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Charles Kurtsinger

Charles Kurtsinger
Induction Year: 
1967
Career Years: 
1924-1939
Number of Mounts: 
5,651
Number of Winners: 
721
Winning Percentage: 
12.80%

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Bio

    Charles Kurtsinger rode from 1924 to 1939. He was born in Kentucky and learned race riding from his jockey father and from veteran rider Mack Garner. When his career ended Kurtsinger had won 12.8% of his races.

 

    Kurtsinger is best known for riding War Admiral to victory in the Triple Crown in 1937, a year when he was also racing's leading money-winning jockey. The following year the two also won the Widener and Queens County Handicaps.

 

    Kurtsinger was aboard Twenty Grand at 2 when he beat Equipoise in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and set a mile record for 2-year-olds at 1:36. Kurtsinger and Twenty Grand later won the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Wood Memorial, Dwyer, Lawrence Realization, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

 

    Charles Kurtsinger was the nation's leading money-winning jockey in 1931 and 1937. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1967.

 

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