WALLY HALL: Arkansas better off because of Charles Cella

Moments before the introduction of Hunter Yurachek as the new athletic director at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, an email informed me that Oaklawn Park, Arkansas and Missouri had lost a great man and leader.

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drs01 says...

Wally - Charles Cella did a lot for the horse owners and trainers. Their tributes to him are highlighted in another article. Missing from your column and the other article is any mention of what Mr. Cella did for the horseplayers, the folks who come to the racetrack to wager on the races., the folks who supported Oaklawn all through the years. Very little. I know that you will say that the "quality of racing" greatly improved at Oaklawn. It has. But that didn't pay for the price of seating, concessions, programs, and parking. Free admission (finally) was the result of lobbying laws, not the racetrack's generosity.

Posted 7 December 2017, 9:23 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

drs, my momma always said, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.

Posted 7 December 2017, 11:52 a.m. Suggest removal

drs01 says...

Delta - this wally hall article is titled "like it is"...and I don't regret telling it.

Posted 7 December 2017, 5:45 p.m. Suggest removal

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