After about 24 hours of fretting, the wait is over for the California Chrome camp. The New York Racing Association ruled Monday that the use of nasal strips will be allowed for the Belmont Stakes June 7, the third leg in the colt's bid for a Triple Crown.
The news was posted on Chrome's official Facebook page.
UPDATE- California Chrome has been approved to wear his nasal strip in The Belmont Stakes and WILL RUN! State Steward Steve Lyndowski officially approved the horse to wear the strip. New York here we come!!!
Here is the complete official statement from the NYRA, the Jockey Club, and New York Gaming Commission.
"The three Stewards at Belmont Park today unanimously agreed to allow the use of equine nasal strips for all horses running at racetracks of The New York Racing Association, Inc (NYRA), effective immediately," it reads, in part.
"California Chrome will be permitted to use nasal strips when he competes at the 146th Belmont Stakes on June 7, 2014."
Chrome has worn the strip for his past six races -- all wins -- but there was some concern that he wouldn't be allowed to wear it for the Belmont. New York racing rules differ from those elsewhere regarding the use of the strips, and another Triple Crown contender, I'll Have Another, was not allowed to wear the strips in 2012.
It didn't matter then, however, since I'll Have Another scratched prior to the race with a leg injury.
Earlier Monday Chrome's assistant trainer Alan Sherman said he was confident the NYRA stewards would rule in his horse's favor despite the I'll Have Another ruling.