UPDATE: Sports Illustrated is reporting that California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes in his bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, according to the New York Racing Association.


California Chrome trainer Art Sherman had expressed concern that the colt might not run in New York because of his nasal strips.

In a joint statement from the New York Gaming Commission, New York Racing Association and Jockey Club, it was announced today that "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., effective immediately."

In accordance with the N.Y.S. Gaming Commission Rule 4033.8, "Only equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race."