Triple Crown bid intact-California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip at Belmont

Belmont officials will allow California Chrome to wear a nasal strip during the Belmont

Officials at Belmont Park have cleared Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome

to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown next month. Stewards have cleared the horse to use the strip he wore while winning the Derby and Saturday's Preakness. New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.

The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak is thought to improve airflow through his nostrils.