10:41 am Jun. 7, 2012
In advance of I'll Have Another's bid to win the triple crown in New York this weekend, Jason Horowitz turns up a fun detail about horse racing politics.
New York State is the only one that bans racehorses from using nasal strips like the kind I'll Have Another wore in his two prior victories. The inventor of Flair, a nasal strip popular with horses, tried, in vain, to get a state official to reconsider the ban. Horowitz:
[Jim] Chiapetta did not fare any better with Carmine Donofrio, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board steward.
“Do you have a minute?” Chiapetta said he asked Donofrio.
“No! What do you want?”
Chiapetta suggested there was a good deal of science recommending the strips.
“I don’t need no science,” Donofrio replied, according to Chiapetta, who said he took notes during the exchange. Donofrio’s office declined to comment on private conversations.