California Chrome’s Triple Crown Bid in Jeopardy

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Dylan Buell/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — California Chrome’s quest for a Triple Crown could come to an end if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

Trainer Art Sherman has not pulled the horse out of its chances of becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and added on Sunday that he would suggest the move of using nasal strips this week.

“I’d have to leave it up to the owners,” he said Sunday. “I know they’ll be upset.”

California Chrome has worn the nasal strip in six straight victories and co-owner Perry Martin wanted to see how the colt would run with them.

“If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards,” Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said Sunday.

Sherman trains in California and said that he wasn’t aware that it would be an issue at the Belmont Stakes.

“This guy, Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can’t run with a nasal strip. He’s very funny about things like that,” Sherman said. “I don’t know why they would ban you from wearing one. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there.”

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