UPDATE: ‘Indian Charlie’ Publisher Apologizes For Controversial Article

Keeneland announced Tuesday that it would stop advertising in the controversial horse-racing newsletter ‘Indian Charlie.’

It also said it would no longer allow the newsletter to be distributed on its grounds.

According to Keeneland, the decision came after an article in the Saturday edition.

The article, apparently intended as satire, included an observation that, "You would be hard-pressed to find a Mexican who hasn’t… made a meal out of a dog, cat and or hamster."

Keeneland said in an email that it, "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. Any standards or statements less than that are unacceptable within our industry and the international community that we strive to serve."

‘Indian Charlie’ publisher Ed Musselman wrote the article and said Keeneland did the right thing.

ABC 36 News spoke to Musselman Tuesday night over the phone.

Musselman said he is not a racist.

He said the article was meant to be funny.

But he regretted writing it and said he felt terrible about putting Keeneland in a bad situation.

He said the race track’s reaction was, "appropriate and absolutely what they should do."

Keeneland was not the only business to cut ties with the newsletter.

According to The Paulick Report, the Stronach Group had also cut ties with
‘Indian Charlie.’

Stronach owns Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and the Maryland Jockey Club.

Musselman told us he had lost the majority of his advertisers.

The Louisville native started ‘Indian Charlie’ 20 years ago as a tip sheet.

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