The Only Time in Sports History When a Dead Man Won a Competition…


Date: October 05, 2021

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“The Irishman is dead, but he’s not done yet.

“Frank Hayes (1901 – June 4, 1923) was a jockey who, on June 4, 1923, won a steeplechase despite suffering a fatal heart attack in the later part of the race at Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, New York, US.

The twenty-two-year-old Hayes had never won a race before and in fact by profession was not actually a jockey but a horse trainer and longtime stableman. The horse, a 20–1 outsider called Sweet Kiss, was owned by Miss A. M. Frayling. Hayes apparently died somewhere in the latter part of the race, but his body remained in the saddle throughout. Sweet Kiss eventually crossed the finish line, winning by a head with Hayes technically still atop her back, making him the first, and thus far, the only jockey known to have won a race after death.”


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