Horses can now use equine nasal strips while running at racetracks of the New York Racing Association, according to the three stewards of Belmont Park.
California chrome will be allowed to use nasal strips when he competes at the 146th Belmont Stakes nest month, the state Gaming Commission said in a news release.
"I recommend that the stewards at state-based thoroughbred racetracks discontinue their ban on equine nasal strips," said state Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Scott Palmer. "Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated."
The approval to use nasal strips comes after California Chrome trainer Art Sherman contacted the Stewards requesting permission to use nasal strips on the horse.
As stated by the state Gaming Commission, "only equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race."