Faculty member gives input on California Chrome's nasal strip

Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Dr. Elizabeth Santschi was interviewed by NBC4 concerning the nasal strip worn by the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes’ winning horse: California Chrome. The strip allows a horse to breathe more freely while it races Santschi said, which caused controversy over whether or not Chrome would be permitted to wear it in future races.

Officials eventually decided to approve the use of California Chrome’s nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes on June 7. If Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes, he will receive the rare Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing: a title that hasn’t been given out since 1978.

“There is some experimental evidence that suggests the strip reduces the amount of work the horse has to do to get air,” Santschi said. “But there’s no evidence that it is either performance enhancing, or that it’s going to take a normal horse and turn it into a super horse.”

Watch the NBC4 clip with Dr. Santschi here.

Posted May 20, 2014