Accomplished Rider Munsell Dies in Florida
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 6/28/2013 10:29:32 AM
Last Updated: 6/29/2013 8:56:24 AM
Retired jockey George Munsell Jr., who competed for more than 40 years, died June 10 in Williston, Fla. He was 73.
Munsell ranks among the top 200 riders all-time by wins as he reached the winner's circle 2,822 times while riding from 1955-1999. His win total ranked 184th through June 27.
Born in Miami, Fla., Munsell told the Williston Pioneer in 2010 that he made his debut at age 16 at Gulfstream Park. Munsell would go on to compete in races throughout the country but he spent most of his career in the Southwest. He competed at tracks such as Turf Paradise, Rillito Park, Prescott Downs, Downs at Albuquerque, and the former Santa Fe Downs and Centennial Race Course.
After retiring from race riding, Munsell worked as a rider at farms throughout central Florida.
He is survived by his son George Munsell II, daughter Michelle Munsell, and a grandson.
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