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Pastimes : Things that make you go...hmmm.

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From: Steve Felix6/8/2013 12:17:46 AM
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Frank Hayes wasn't actually a jockey, he was a horse trainer, and while it seems silly to make a distinction between the two it needs to be pointed out that he apparently didn't know what he was doing. Case in point, he wanted to ride a horse named Sweet Kiss professionally despite the odds against it (20 to 1). After nagging Sweet Kiss's owner his wish was granted, and Hayes became Jockey for a day at New York's Belmont Raceway.

Frank Hayes, The Only Dead Man to Win a Horse Race

On June 4, 1923, jockey Frank Hayes took off through the gates at Belmont Park on Long Island. He and his horse, Sweet Kiss, made it to the finish line first. But all was not well. During the race, Hayes had a heart attack and died. Nonetheless, he was declared the winner:
But when the horse crossed the finish line it became quite evident that Frank Hayes was more than just “relaxed”- the jockey dropped out of the saddle, lifeless.

It was later determined that Hayes had died of heart failure shortly after Sweet Kiss took the lead, and the New York Times speculated that the jockey’s heart had given out as a result of severe training in order to make weight, coupled with the excitement of winning his first race. Hayes, dressed in his colorful racing silks, was buried three days later. In light of the incident, Belmont’s Jockey Club waived all of the rules and thus made Hayes’ win official. This ruling makes Frank Hayes the only jockey to win a race while deceased. In fact, it is the only time in sports history when a competition was won by a dead man.

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