Born in 1852 in Camden, New Jersey, George Starr became interested in riding as a boy. He started out as a steeplechaser, but gave it up to race Standardbreds. He was trained under William Doble and his son Budd, and later went to work for Monroe Salisbury of California and William Simpson at Empire City Farm, New York. Starr's top horse was the pacer Direct 2:05 1/2. In 1891 his success was chiefly racing pacers under saddle and his best performer was Johnston 2:13 1/2. Known as "Gentleman George," Starr was active in Lexington, Kentucky at a public stable with horses such as The Northern Man 2:06 1/2 and the pacers Vinette 2:09 1/4 and Flying Jib 2:04 1/4. George Starr died in Lexington in 1945 at the age of ninety-three.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals