As of right now, Bovada lists the odds of California Chrome winning the Triple Crown at 10/13 versus 10/11 that he will not.
There are several reasons that odds makers are skeptical of the horse's chances, beyond the obvious fact that there hasn't been a successful Triple Crown attempt in nearly forty years.
Nasal strips help horses to breathe more easily. While California Chrome doesn't wear a strip during his training sessions, he always uses one during the races.
The horse's trainer Art Sherman says he is unsure of what the owners may ultimately decide to do if officials reject the request.
"Perry Martin may just say no if they don't allow the strip," Sherman said. "He's kind of funny about things like that."
Sherman went on to add that he didn't understand what all the controversy was about, but conceded that the training staff was concerned about the development.
Both the runners-up from the Derby and Preakness, Commanding Curve and Ride On Curlin respectively, are expected to run in the race on June 7th. Third, fourth, and fifth place contenders from the previous races will also be running.
Of course, another problem is that everyone's attention will be on California Chrome, which makes the horse the prime target for all the jockeys running that day, who will be gunning for their own win. Denying Chrome's Triple Crown victory has a certain appeal for many horse trainers and riders.
Beyond the prestige of a Triple Crown victory, California Chrome is also running for a $1.5 million purse.
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