Sherman raised the possibility his horse wouldn't run in the Belmont if barred from using a nasal strip, but the problem was solved in about 24 hours, clearing the way for big crowds and plenty of betting at Belmont Nike Air Max 45 in less than three weeks.
New York racetracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on Air Max 95 Chili Red
Racing hasn't had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, and the sport's popularity has waned in the nearly four decades since. But it gets a boost every time a horse heads to the Big Apple with a Triple Crown on the line.
"I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half," trainer Art Sherman said. "Any time you can have a good air passage that means a lot for these thoroughbreds."
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner was cleared to Air Max 95 Sneakerboot Green
Two years ago, Doug O'Neill trained I'll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with the colt wearing a nasal strip. New York officials told O'Neill his horse couldn't wear one in the Belmont. The issue became moot when I'll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.
their list. A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state's Gaming Commission on Monday said the track's three stewards unanimously agreed to lift the ban.
wear the nasal strip he has worn all through a six race winning streak that has set him up for a chance at horse racing's 12th Triple Crown.
This Belmont Stakes is shaping up as a possible 11 horse race, including two newcomers to the Triple Crown trail: Commissioner, sixth in the Arkansas Derby; and Tonalist, the Peter Pan Stakes winner. Intense Holiday, 12th in the Derby, is on the list.
winning run in Boston last month.
The strip worn by California Chrome during his six race winning streak is thought to assist airflow through the nostrils something that should come in handy June 7 for Belmont's grueling run.
California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip
California Chrome doesn't need to go 26.2 miles to reach racing immortality, though. Just 1 will do.
Other states allow equine nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them, as do humans in other sports. American marathon star Meb Keflezighi can be seen sporting one during his Air Max 95 Black And Purple
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