After winning the Preakness on Saturday (May 17th), California Chrome is on track to make a bid for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes on June 7th, but his trainer suggested Sunday that the horse might not run in the race next month if its not allowed to wear a nasal strip. Trainer Art Sherman said, "I'd have to leave it up to the owners. I know they'll be upset." ESPN cited the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York Racing Association stewards as saying they hadn't received a request to use nasal strips in the Belmont. But Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said, "If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards." California Chrome has worn a nasal strip, which is used to assist breathing, during his current six-race winning streak, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Sherman said, "I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs . . . " Two years ago, the horse I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness while wearing a nasal strip, but New York officials said he couldn't wear one in the Belmont. The horse wound up being scratched from the race because of a leg injury.