Frank Hayes (jockey)
Frank Hayes (1888–1923) was a jockey who, on June 4, 1923, suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of a steeplechase race at Belmont Park in New York. Hayes had never won a race before this race and by profession he wasn't actually a jockey, he was a horse trainer and a longtime stableman. The horse was owned by Miss A.M. Frayling and was a 20-1 outsider called Sweet Kiss. He finished and won the race with his lifeless body still atop, making him the first, and thus far, only known, jockey to win a race after death. The heart attack probably having been brought on by severe training to make weight and the subsequent excitement of riding his first winner. After the race, all rules were waved by the Jockey Club in this instance, the result being declared official without the customary formality of weighing in. Hayes, dressed in his colorful racing silks, was buried three days later. Hayes' victory was just as bittersweet for his horse. Sweet Kiss had to endure the nickname "Sweet Kiss of Death" for the rest of his life.
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