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Asa Arkansas's Governor


Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement on the Passing of Charles Cella

“One of the great American Sportsmen”

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the passing of Charles Cella:

“With the news of the passing of Charles Cella, horse racing fans everywhere are no doubt mourning the loss of one of the great American sportsmen. Upon becoming Oaklawn’s President in 1968, Cella became the third generation of his family to lead the organization, and during his tenure, he built the track into a world-class destination for thoroughbred racing. Through his unique combination of vision for the future and respect for the sport’s traditions, Cella transformed the facility and left an indelible mark on the industry as a whole. He will be missed.”

Oaklawn is the longest, continuously-owned sports franchise in the country of all sports genres.

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