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Charles "The Flying Dutchman" Kurtsinger
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1906
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1946
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Charles ("Charley") Kurtsinger, a son of Charles Herbert Kurtsinger and Elizabeth Jane Moore, was born in Kentucky in 1906. He trained as a jockey and rode his first professional race in 1924. In 1937 aboard War Admiral, he became the fourth jockey in history to win the Triple Crown. Prior to this feat, he won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1931 aboard Twenty Grand and in 1933, he won the Preakness Stakes aboard Head Play. In all, he rode 5,651 times, winning 721 races, with a career that spanned 15 years.

Charley was the jockey aboard War Admiral on November 1, 1938, for the historic match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit which was called the "Match of the Century" occurring at Pimlico Race Course.

Charley retired in 1939 and was attempting a comeback in 1942 when his practice saddle slipped and he was thrown under the horse. He suffered a fractured left leg, ending his hopes of a comeback. He then turned to training.

Charley died at the age of 39 in 1946 of complications from pneumonia at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. He was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1967. 
 
Burial:
Saint Michael Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section N, Lot 61
 
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Record added: Oct 30, 2013
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- kellybean
 Added: Jul. 29, 2014
You lived a very full life! Rest in peace.
- Darlene T.
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014

- Sharon
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
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