BONANZA: Our town's Charles Cella (Southern Real Estate &
Financial Co.) walked away from the Breeders' Cup Turf race last
Saturday at New York's Belmont Park with $1.04 million of the $2
million purse when his colt, Northern Spur, won by a neck. Cella,
also the owner of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., purchased
Northern Spur for $1.3 million at the urging of trainer Ron
McAnally. In the Belmont winner's circle, Cella was quoted by the
Daily Racing Form as saying, "I've never been so thrilled in all my
life." McAnally's wife, Debbie, was heard to say of Cella, "This
man is the best thing that ever happened to racing. Many people
think he's a controversial person, but they don't know him. He's
the most decent human being, with a heart of gold." Jockey Chris
McCarron rode Northern Spur in the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass and
will be aboard if Cella's colt starts, as expected, in the $3.9
Japan Cup in Tokyo on Nov. 26.
AIRDOME: Maybe San Francisco's shellacking of the St. Louis
footballers a fortnight ago could have been avoided if the Rams'
schedulers had read TWA's in-flight Ambassador magazine for
October. "On Oct. 12, the St. Louis Rams move to their new home in
the Dome at America's Center, where they will tangle with the San
Francisco Giants on Oct. 22," sez the glossy mag.
WRITE STUFF: If you have "skill in establishing and maintaining
harmonious relationships with public officials, the general public,
and representatives of the media," writing talents, a nose for
news, and an undergraduate degree in journalism or marketing, you
could make $35K-$46K a year as flack for St. Louis Housing
Authority's exec director Janice Washington. Applications are due
by Nov. 6. The job is a new one.
DEVELOPING STORY: He has not left his job yet, but St. Louis
Development Corp.'s exec director Larry Bushong has a number of
past and present City Hall types eyeing his $75,000-a-year job
(with auto). Among those being mentioned as possible successors:
9th Ward Alderman Martie Aboussie; St. Louis Development Corp.
staffers Marion Eisen and Mary Nelson; 20th Ward Alderman Sharon
Tyus' hub, Sterling Miller; and Regional Housing Alliance chief
Susan Rollins. Bushong has said he plans to leave the city
development agency by year's end.
900 CALLS? Fred Steinbach, who resigned of mayor of Chesterfield
in 1990, after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor sexual abuse
charge, is making a political comeback of sorts. …