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The Sentinel-Record/File photo INNOVATOR: Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella in a file photo from October 2003.

The Sentinel-Record/File photo INNOVATOR: Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella in a file photo from October 2003.

Oaklawn's patriarch leaves legacy of growth

By Mark Gregory
This article was published December 7, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Charles J. Cella, whose innovative leadership over the course of the past half century helped turn Oaklawn Park into one of the nation's premier racing centers, has died of complications from Parkinson's disease, his family said Wednesday. He was 81.

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