Updated on 09/16/2011 6:45AM

Nasal strip info discontinued

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Because of the difficulty of accurately collecting and recording nasal strip information, Daily Racing Form will no longer display that data field in its past performances, effective Feb. 1.

Nasal strips first gained popularity in 1998, and were worn by three winners of the 1999 Breeders' Cup. The number of racetracks reporting the equipment - denoted by an "n" in DRF past performances - has since dwindled to one in four, and only 1.6 percent of all starters currently wear nasal strips, causing Equibase Company, which supplies racing data for Daily Racing Form, to discontinue collection.