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How does a horse’s equipment help it race?

California Chrome, his nose pointed toward possible Triple Crown glory in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, will do so with the bridge of that nose covered by an adhesive strip that retails for around $10.

The nasal strip, merely a larger version of what humans wear to prevent snoring, in recent weeks has become nothing to sneeze at, especially in an industry eager to produce a Triple Crown champ for the first time since Affirmed galloped to glory in 1978. It’s a small investment in a typical trainer’s tack room full of the conventional, time-tested equipment designed to help jockeys make their horses run better, straighter, and faster.

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