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APR 2012

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138 REASONS WE LOVE DERBY No.65: Everybody knows the winner. No.66: Indian Charlie. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS you should know about the Indian Charlie horseracing newsletter is that its creator, Ed Musselman, refers to Churchill Downs chairman and CEO Bob Evans as "Te Sausage Man." His nickname for president and COO William Carstanjen is "Muam- mar Gaddafi." Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is "Dead Duck Darnell." Musselman has taken shots at trainer Dale Romans for having a "fat ass." "It's for the horse people, not so much for the racing fans. Lukas, Baffert — they all read it. You almost couldn't come up with anybody from that circle who doesn't," the 60-year-old Musselman says. "I think the horsemen appreciate the humor of it and take it for what it is. It's just satire." What does University of Louis- ville hoops coach Rick Pitino think about being included in Indian Charlie? "Rick Pitino ain't too crazy about me," Mussel- man says. He publishes about 75 newsletters SPORADICALLY, my out-of-town friends arrive Friday night and, sooner or later, we end up at Outlook Inn. Jukebox. Pool. Tose stiff Bloody Marys that we've promised not to mention again in the magazine but do so anyway every time we write about drink- ing in this town. At Outlook we talk Derby horses, which we've been emailing about for days. Stormello, we say, because of jockey Kent Desormeaux. Curlin, sure. Any Given Saturday and trainer Todd Pletcher, who's due — but really because that's a great name, Any Given Saturday. What about Circular Quay or, what the hell, Cowtown Cat? Another Bloody Mary. Te billiards table eats more quarters. Tis weekend will be the only time I see some of these guys all year. One of us is going with Imawildandcrazyguy because he thinks that will make him a wild and crazy guy, even though we all know that's bull. Some idiot at the bar is going on and on about Hard Spun from the eight spot. Does anybody know anything about Nobiz Like Shobiz? Te trainer's name is Barclay Tagg. Tat's kind of cool. We're all sort of new to this. We've moved onto beers. Te cue ball cracks another tight triangle. Sam P., lock it up. Nobody likes Street Sense. Tomorrow, on Saturday — wow, it's almost 6 a.m., which means it's already Satur- day — we're all going to be wrong. Tonight, though, each of us is so right. — JM [24] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.12 each year, distributing more than 1,000 free copies to the barns and press boxes at tracks from Kentucky to Florida, New York to Arkansas. He's the only employee, save a few folks he pays to help him with distribution. "No, I don't have any back- ground in writing," Musselman says. "I'm self-taught, and I'm sure it shows." Te first issue came out April 14, 1994, and now the advertisements have turned it into a "money-maker." "I don't make a fortune off of it — just a job and a living," he says. Musselman's childhood home was a couple of blocks from Churchill Downs, and he still lives in Louisville, though he spends much of his year traveling from track to track. "When my parents couldn't find a babysitter," he says, "I got to go to the track with them on Saturdays." He says he worked several racetrack jobs — jockey agent, assistant trainer, clocker — before starting a tip sheet that quickly transformed into the newsletters we look forward to reading each Derby Week. He named it after a departed Churchill clocker. "He was an Indian. Everyone called him Indian Charlie," Musselman says. (And, yes, his buddy and trainer Bob Baffert named his 1998 Derby favorite after the newsletter. Te Los Angeles Times did a story about it and everything.) Over the years, people have sued Musselman for libel. And Churchill once banned him from the backside for writing nasty things about a security director. But the press rallied behind Musselman, and he was back in no time. "Churchill, they basically put up with me," he says. — JM No.67: Biscuits and peppery gravy at Wagner's Pharmacy. No.68: Not admitting we enjoy the celebs. FOR THE RECORD: If the University of Kentucky were playing the University of Louisville, I would cheer for the Cardi- nals. And also for the record, I'm not into gawking-and-stalking celebs on Derby Day — except for that time with Tommy Lee and maybe that other time with Gene Simmons. But seriously, who can resist former UK Wildcat John Wall? I spied him in the Turf Club last year and asked if he would mind taking a picture with me. He said, "I wouldn't mind at all, ma'am." His kindness and manners impressed me, but for the record, being referred to as ma'am was rather depressing. — MD ILLUSTRATION BY ROBBY DAVIS

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