Wells Bayou wins eerie Louisiana Derby at empty track

Posted at 7:47 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 20:47:12-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Wells Bayou took an early lead and held off NY Traffic to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a head. The major prep race for the Kentucky Derby was one of the few U.S. sporting events to continue as scheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was run in front of an empty clubhouse and grandstand at Fair Ground Race Course because of crowd restrictions related to the virus. Trained by Brad Cox and with jockey Florent Geroux aboard, Wells Bayou earned 100 points toward qualification for the Kentucky Derby, which has been delayed until early September.