Charles Burr, Rode Mongo, Dead

Retired jockey Charles Burr, who topped the 300 mark by number of wins in a single year, died Sept. 16 in the city of his birthplace, Arkansas City, Kan. He was 74.

In 1951, Burr became the seventh jockey in history to win as many as 300 races in one year. He captured 310 races while still a teenager, winning with 24% of his mounts.

Burr won a number of top races, but none was bigger than the 1962 United Nations Handicap on grass at Atlantic City aboard future turf champion Mongo. Taking on defending grass champion T.V. Lark, Mongo beat him by a nose. Burr also was aboard Mongo in several other wins that year, including a triumph aboard Carry Back in the Trenton Handicap at Garden State Park.

During his career, Burr also won such other important stakes as the Delaware Oaks, Astoria, Black-Eyed Susan, and Black Helen. He rode in two running of the Preakness, finishing fourth on Ram o’ War in 1953 and fifth on Sky Wonder in 1963. 

Burr was involved in a riding accident during training hours in 1980 that forced his retirement and confined him to a wheelchair. He exited racing with more than 1,700 wins, according to Daily Racing Form.

Burr’s survivors include his wife, Mildred, and daughter Cyrise.