Keeneland bars 'Indian Charlie' newsletter from grounds

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

The Keeneland Association said Tuesday that it will no longer advertise in the racing newsletter "Indian Charlie" or allow it to be distributed on Keeneland's grounds.

Indian Charlie is a free publication that pokes fun at racing industry bigwigs and others.

"Keeneland works diligently to ensure that all of our customers, clients, employees and outside staff, whether for racing or sales, are treated with the utmost respect and dignity," Keeneland said in a news release. "Any standards or statements less than that are unacceptable within our industry and the international community that we strive to serve."

The announcement appeared to be in response to Saturday's issue, which included an item headlined "How To Keep PETA Operatives From Infiltrating Your Racing Stable." The first suggestion was to "try to hire Mexicans."

"There has never been a known undercover PETA informant from south of the border," the newsletter said. "And let's face it, you would be hard-pressed to find a Mexican who hasn't ... made a meal out of someone's pet dog, cat and/or hamster."

A column by Mexican-American poet Ada Limon that appeared in the Thoroughbred Daily News called on Keeneland and several other advertisers to stop advertising in the sheet.

Ed Musselman started Indian Charlie in 1994, and a 1998 Derby contender was named for the newsletter. The publication was sued for libel by bloodstock agent and professional handicapper Donald Alvey, a case that was dismissed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2001. In 2002, a Fayette Circuit Court judge threw out a libel case filed by breeding consultant Cecil Seaman.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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