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Santa Anita To Give Away Nasal Strips To Fans

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 17: Victor Espinoza celebrates atop California Chrome #3 after winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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ARCADIA (AP) – Santa Anita is having some fun with the nasal strips worn by Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome.

The suburban Los Angeles track will give fans free souvenir nasal strips next Saturday, the same day the chestnut colt runs in the Belmont Stakes in New York trying to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

The nasal strips are purple with the word “Chrome” across the front.

The track where California Chrome has run some of his races is also giving the first 10,000 fans with paid admission a Belmont button that says “Bring It Home California Chrome.”

Belmont Park stewards agreed last month to allow California Chrome to wear his usual nasal strips when he runs in the 1 ½-mile Belmont. The strips are thought to help airflow though the nostrils.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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