Could it be that Team Valor’s Barry Irwin is the architect of the infamous Indian Charlie parody that debuted at Keeneland?
Indian Charlie, aka Eddie Musselman, seems to think so. See the Sept. 18 issue of the newsletter, right-hand column, mid-page caricature of Barry “White Shoes” Irwin, in Chuck’s words.
In the Friday, Sept. 25 issue of the newsletter, the last one issued at the Keeneland sale and the 14th consecutive edition trashing Jim Squires, Indian Charlie writes in the story titled “Jim Squires Makes the Guinness Book of World Records” that if Squires makes a 15th appearance in the newsletter on “Saturday, you’ll know that ‘White Shoes’ & Co. are up to their old tricks & have put out another ‘bogus’ Indian Charlie.”
Ray Paulick, who wrote a recent editorial about Indian Charlie, was fairly gleeful in his commentary as a former Charlie victim, naturally. He wrote: “You can look at this parody by clicking here (the newsletter’s name and logo were removed by us so as not to breach any copyright laws). It was certainly a no-holds-barred mockery, with several allusions to Ed Musselman’s manhood (I’ve been concerned for some time that he might have a man-crush on me).”
I wonder if Ray’s still concerned?
Barry, an excellent writer who comments frequently on Ray’s articles and is an advertiser on his site, wrote the #11 response to Ray’s commentary, in my bold below. How about the last line?
NYRA paid him $7,500 each summer to come up to Saratoga to “keep horsemen in line.”
Nowadays, he scrapes by taking money from people who want their enemies bothered.
Whoever did the parody elevated the genre. I especially enjoyed the poem. Brilliant!