California Chrome fans can breathe easy: New York regulators are expected to allow Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, to wear his nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes, where he will try to become only the 12th horse to sweep the Triple Crown.
Scott Palmer, the equine medical director for the New York State Gaming Commission, instructed state stewards to discontinue their ban on the 4-by-6-inch adhesive patch — similar to the Breathe Right strips worn by N.F.L. players and chronic snorers — which is designed to ease breathing by decreasing upper-airway nasal resistance.
It is legal in most jurisdictions, and California Chrome has been wearing one since Perry Martin, one of his owners, suggested he try one after the colt finished sixth last fall in a stakes race. California Chrome has won six straight races since the white patch went on his white blaze.