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Breathe easy: Triple Crown chaser cleared to wear nasal strip Published: May 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome can breathe easy — he's allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip that opens his nasal passages, just as he did in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list. A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state's Gaming Commission said the track's three stewards unanimously agreed to lift the ban.

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