The Race Track Industry Program honored the Cella family with its 2019 Clay Puett Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the racing industry during the 46th Annual Global Symposium on Racing awards luncheon Tuesday.
“Oaklawn has been a labor of love for my family for 116 years,” said Louis Cella. “We believe Oaklawn is the oldest continuously owned sports franchise in America and we are very proud of the fact that today we are one of the brightest spots in racing. With our live season starting in just a few weeks, Oaklawn will begin an exciting new era which includes gaming and sports betting and will soon include a high-rise hotel overlooking our homestretch, convention facilities, restaurant and a spa. But at the center of it all, which is our main focus, is our great sport of Thoroughbred racing.”
The 2019 John K. Goodman Alumni Award was awarded posthumously to Liz Bracken, this year's distinguished alumna for her outstanding contribution to the racing industry.
The RTIP's 2019 Distinguished Student Award, given to the RTIP student who the faculty feels best embodies the qualities and performance that represent the goal of bridging education with opportunity, was shared this year by Alex Sausville and Abel Zander.