Frank Hayes, a trainer and one time jockey, has gone down in history as being the only dead man to win a horse race. His first and only win as a jockey too I might add. It wasn’t just any horse race either, it was a steeplechase, the type of horse race that has jumps throughout it. So how is it that Frank Hayes, a dead man, could possibly win a horse race?
The unconventional win took place on June 4, 1923, at Belmont Park in New York State. Frank Hayes was a 35 year old horse trainer, stableman and part time jockey who had never had a win in his life riding horses in races. This is a record that he technically kept, as he was not alive at the finishing post.