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Louisiana Derby will be run as scheduled March 21

A major prep race for the Kentucky Derby will be run as scheduled next week -- without spectators.

Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is joining other tracks in banning fans through the remainder of its racing meet that ends March 29. Only essential staff and credentialed horsemen and media will be in attendance.

The $1 million Louisiana Derby will run as scheduled on March 21. The race offers the winner 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.