|Born||November 16, 1906
Shepherdsville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||September 24, 1946|
|Major racing wins|
|Cowdin Stakes (1930)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1931)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1931)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1931)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1931, 1934)
Ladies Handicap (1931, 1937)
Champagne Stakes (1932, 1937)
Clark Handicap (1936)
Belmont Futurity (1937)
Pimlico Special (1937)
Remsen Stakes (1937)
Withers Stakes (1938)
U.S. Triple Crown (1937)
Kentucky Derby (1931, 1937)
Preakness Stakes (1933, 1937)
Belmont Stakes (1931, 1937)
|U.S. Champion Jockey by earnings (1931, 1937)|
|United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1967)|
|Twenty Grand, Head Play, Sun Beau
War Admiral, Menow
Known as "Charley" and nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman", Kurtsinger was born in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, and learned race riding from his jockey father and from veteran rider Mack Garner. Among his career achievenments, he won the 1931 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes aboard Twenty Grand and the Preakness Stakes in 1933 with Head Play. However, he is best known as the jockey of U.S. Triple Crown champion War Admiral. In 1931 and 1937, Kurtsinger was the leading U.S. jockey in earnings. Over his career, he won 12.8% of his starts.
Kurtsinger was the jockey on War Admiral in the famous 1938 match race with Seabiscuit. Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend recounts the story. In the movie version, Kurtsinger was played by retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.
Dealing with an injury that was not healing properly, Kurtsinger retired in 1939 having won 12.8% of his career starts. He turned to training but died of complications from pneumonia in 1946 at the age of 39 and was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1967.