Ray Paulick, a victim of the Indian Charlie newsletter on several occasions, has written a piece that in part questions the judgement of those who support the publication and its author/editor, Eddie Musselman, with advertising dollars. Ray wrote:
He’s been sued by some of those he’s attacked in print, and maligned by others. To his credit, though, this jokester has a steady stream of advertisers and supporters who allow him, like the Energizer Bunny, to keep going and going, from Gulfstream Park in winter, to the Keeneland and Churchill race meetings in the spring, to Saratoga in summer and back to Keeneland in the fall for the sales and races. He never seems to tire of telling the same jokes or victimizing the same individuals, year after year. But, like the court jester, his aim is to please those he serves.”
Indian Charlie’s main target at the Keeneland sales was Jim Squires, author of the tell-all Headless Horsemen book, which took big shots at major players in the industry. No doubt, Mr. Squires — who coined the term “the Dinnies” for wannabes and followers of Dinnie Phipps — was not popular with the Kentucky set, and he took some heavy lumps in the newsletter over a two-week period. Click here to see an issue that features a cartoon of Ray and Jim Squires together as bikers, with “Dinnie’s Restaurant” in the background and the legendary trainer Frank Whiteley Jr. looking on. Mr. Whiteley, the trainer of Forego and Ruffian among others, was unfairly sullied without fact in the Squires book, and this was Indian Charlie’s revenge for Kentucky. Note the advertisers who approved: Claiborne Farm (home to the Phipps mares), Ashford Stud (accused of shenanigans by Mr. Squires), Walmac Farm (Johnny Jones), Wintergreen (John J. Greely III), Castleton Lyons (an Irish farm like Ashford), Adena Springs (Frank Stronach), and Middlebrook Farm (Helen Alexander). That’s major industry power.
Turns out that this year, at the Keeneland September sale, someone decided to get even and published an Indian Charlie parody edition anonymously with “Injun Chuck” the butt of the joke. Ray has included a copy in his editorial, which you can read by clicking here.
With prices precipitously down at Keeneland, at least there was room for a few guffaws. Click here to read Ray’s editorial.