Saturday, 31 July 2010

Staying in the Saddle

Jockey Frank Hayes holds the dubious distinction of being the only jockey to have won a race while dead.

In 1923, he suffered a heart attack mid-race while riding at Belmont Park in New York.  By the time the horse, Sweet Kiss (a 20 to 1 long shot) crossed the line in unexpected triumph, Hayes was dead- although he managed to stay in the saddle.

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