04/30/2014 2:04PM

'Indian Charlie' banned over racist remarks


Several racetracks and sales companies, including Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, have said that they will no longer advertise in the popular but controversial gossip sheet known as “Indian Charlie” after an edition of the publication on Saturday included racist remarks about Mexicans.

Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton are two of the largest advertisers in the two-sided gossip sheet, which is typically distributed by hand throughout sales grounds during auctions. Many consignors at auctions also take ads out in the sheet.

Keeneland announced the policy in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, and it further stated that the sheet would be banned from its grounds. Boyd Browning, the president of Fasig-Tipton, said the company found the language in the sheet “offensive and unacceptable” and would cease advertising in the publication immediately.

The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Pimlico, and Palm Meadows training center, has also banned the sheet and will no longer advertise in it, said Tim Ritvo, president of Gulfstream and chief operating officer of the Stronach Group’s racing division, in an interview Wednesday. “Indian Charlie” is also often distributed daily during high-profile race meets.

The decisions were precipitated by a letter from Ada Limon to Thoroughbred Daily News on Monday. Limon, who described herself as a Mexican-American racing fan, called on advertisers to cease doing business with the publication because of the racist item.

The Saturday edition of the sheet included an item purporting to give advice to trainers about how to avoid hiring an undercover agent for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Contending that the PETA agents would be vegetarians, the item advised trainers to hire Mexicans, because “you’d be hard-pressed to find a Mexican who hasn’t, at one time or another, made a meal out of someone’s pet dog, a cat, and/or a hamster.”

The publication is produced by Eddie Musselman, a former jockey’s agent who started distributing the sheet two decades ago.

Joseph Rotell More than 1 year ago
after this NBA thing everything is going to be racist
BigSkyEquine More than 1 year ago
The moniker Indian Charlie and the cartoon have always been inherently and obviously racist. The advertisers who have recently stopped advertising with the rag have long tolerated and supported its racism. Kathy Guillermo of PETA testified before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in 2011 at the Lasix hearings, and made clear then that there would be action taken if nothing was done to improve the welfare of racehorses. Her testimony fell on deaf ears. Nothing was done, pre-race performance enhancing drugs were and are continued to be permitted, American racehorses continue to breakdown at ~ 4 X the rate of horses racing in raceday medication free international jurisdictions. PETA is making their case for the ethical treatment of racehorses, and they and the racehorses will eventually prevail.
jody More than 1 year ago
sure they will, because they will own all the racehorses before long and can kill them like they do 98% of the animals they get there bloody paws on.