Frank Hayes: The Only Dead Man in History to Win a Race

Many sports pushes the human body to the limit, and this exertion can prove fatal for some. Frank Hayes was one such casualty, and while there have been many before him and after, what makes Hayes’ case an exception was that he came out a winner despite losing his life in the process.

Frank Hayes was born in 1901 in Ireland. When he was a teenager he and his family emigrated to the United States in 1916. They lived in Brooklyn and Hayes found work as a stable hand for horse breeder James K.L. Frayling. Hayes maintained stables, trained horses and did other stable jobs, but secretly he wanted to be a jockey himself.

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