A day after California Chrome won the Preakness, his trainer raised the startling possibility he might not try for the Triple Crown because of New York rules barring a nasal adhesive strip the colt has used in recent races.
If California Chrome were to win the Belmont Stakes on June 7, he’d capture the first Triple Crown in 36 years. The possibility that the charismatic horse will pull off the sport’s signature achievement has the thoroughbred racing world abuzz. For years, racing lovers have said the sport needs a superstar in the mold of Secretariat or Seattle Slew to mitigate declines in attendance and mainstream interest.
California Chrome’s connections have seemed as excited at the possibility as anyone. But that didn’t stop trainer Art Sherman from raising doubts Sunday when asked about the New York policy.
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