Charles Cella

Terry Wallace, Longtime Voice Of Oaklawn Park, Dies At 74

Terry Wallace, Oaklawn Park’s track announcer for 37 years, has died following a lengthy illness. Wallace, known as “The Voice of Oaklawn” for decades, began calling races at the Hot Springs track in 1975 and called a record 20,191 consecutive races before ending his streak Jan. 28, 2011. He stepped down as announcer following the […]

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ARCI Kickoff Luncheon Honors Oaklawn Heroes Charles Cella, Cecil Alexander

Starting at the top, Arkansas’ pari-mutuel industry was spotlighted at Wednesday’s luncheon kicking off the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 84th annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Hotel Hot Springs. Gov. Asa Hutchinson lauded Oaklawn Park; the track’s influential owner Charles Cella, who died in December, was remembered, and Cecil Alexander, […]

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Plainsman Becomes First ‘Lasix-Free Bonus’ Winner Of Oaklawn Meet

Plainsman became the first “Lasix-free Bonus” winner of the meeting, and 15th since Oaklawn began the program in 2015, with a half-length victory in Saturday’s ninth race, a maiden special weights sprint for 3-year-olds. The victory may have been a surprise to bettors – Plainsman paid $70 in his 2018 debut – but not to the anti-Lasix crowd, […]

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American Pharoah Statue To Be Unveiled At Oaklawn Park On Jan. 11

As a lasting tribute to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, who began his historic campaign at Oaklawn, the track will unveil a life-size bronze statue of American Pharoah Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Oaklawn opens for its 114th live racing season Jan. 12 with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. Zayat Stables LLC.’s American Pharoah, trained by Hall […]

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Louis Cella: ‘Committed To Keeping Oaklawn One Of The Premiere Racetracks In The Country For Generations To Come’

Louis A. Cella, whose family founded the Oaklawn Jockey Club in 1904, has been named president of the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack and gaming facility as well as Southwestern Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Oaklawn. He succeeds his father, Charles J. Cella. In addition, John G. Cella has been named president of the family’s […]

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Services Set For Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella

Services for longtime Oaklawn Jockey Club President Charles J. Cella, who died Wednesday morning at his home in St. Louis after a battle with Parkinson’s disease, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Annunziata Catholic Church in St. Louis. The church is located at 9305 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124. Cella had […]

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Longtime Oaklawn President Charles Cella Dies At 81

Charles J. Cella, a leading figure in American Thoroughbred racing for over a half century and longtime President and Chairman of the Board of the Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. According to his sons John and Louis Cella, Cella was at home in St. Louis, surrounded […]

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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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Wayne Smith Named General Manager At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn President Charles Cella announced today that Wayne Smith has been named General Manager. “Wayne Smith begins an exciting new era for Oaklawn,” said Cella, whose family has owned and operated Oaklawn since its founding in 1904. “It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with Eric Jackson. Because of his dedication and guidance, Oaklawn has become […]

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