FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Charles Cella, owner of Oaklawn Park, watches the crowd after post position draw for the running of the Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Cella, who helped turn Oaklawn Park into a major racing destination in the South as a third-generation president of the Arkansas track and a thoroughbred owner himself, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in St. Louis. He was 81.
FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Charles Cella, owner of Oaklawn Park, watches the crowd after post position draw for the running of the Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Cella, who helped turn Oaklawn Park into a major racing destination in the South as a third-generation president of the Arkansas track and a thoroughbred owner himself, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in St. Louis. He was 81. Danny Johnston, File AP Photo
FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Charles Cella, owner of Oaklawn Park, watches the crowd after post position draw for the running of the Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Cella, who helped turn Oaklawn Park into a major racing destination in the South as a third-generation president of the Arkansas track and a thoroughbred owner himself, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in St. Louis. He was 81. Danny Johnston, File AP Photo

Longtime horse racing figure Charles J. Cella dies at 81

December 06, 2017 06:16 PM

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