Who was the first jockey to win a race… after his death?

| David Lewis | Sports

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In February 1923, Jockey Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack while riding a race at Belmont Park in New York City.

As dead as he was, he remained on the saddle to jump the final fence and cross the finish line in the first place.

Bonus fact: The average horse speed in short distance races (up to a quarter-mile) is 33 mph, and reaches picks of 56mph. 

In mid-distance races (up to half a mile) such as the famous Kentucky derby – the average speed is about 37 mph.

In long-distance competitions and hurdles – such as the Grand National race – the average speed is about 28 mph.

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And if you are really into horse racing, here are some more facts:

Horse racing is first documented as early as 221 BC in Rome’s Circus and archaeological findings proves its practice in ancient Greece, Syria, Egypt and even the very Ancient kingdom of Babylon. It became one of the representations of ancient Rome culture. These games were held in a solemn atmosphere and the important ones were held in the presence of the emperor.

In the big cities of the Byzantine Empire, chariot racing was extremely popular and usually the main event. Despite the rise of Christianity in Rome and the cultural changes it commanded, the status and popularity of those competitions among was not affected.

 

In later times, Thoroughbred horse racing became, and remained, popular with aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title ‘Sport of Kings’.

 

The three most famous horse races to date are: The Kentucky Derby (1875), also known as  “The is held on the first Saturday of May every year. This race attracts gamblers all over the world to tune in and place a bet. It also draws huge crowds, reaching to 160,000 attendees.

Dubai World Cup is backed by the countries Shiokhand known for a staggering prize of $12 million. It is relatively a new competition which started in 1996 and held  on the last Saturday in March of every year

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is branded – not necessarily rightfully – as the ‘greatest horse race in the world, but it has a good claim for the most prestigious European racing event. Into 2020 it will celebrate 100 years.

And if you are really into horse racing, here are some more facts:

Horse racing is first documented as early as 221 BC in Rome’s Circus and archaeological findings proves its practice in ancient Greece, Syria, Egypt and even the very Ancient kingdom of Babylon. It became one of the representations of ancient Rome culture. These games were held in a solemn atmosphere and the important ones were held in the presence of the emperor.

In the big cities of the Byzantine Empire, chariot racing was extremely popular and usually the main event. Despite the rise of Christianity in Rome and the cultural changes it commanded, the status and popularity of those competitions among was not affected.

 

In later times, Thoroughbred horse racing became, and remained, popular with aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title ‘Sport of Kings’.

 

The three most famous horse races to date are: The Kentucky Derby (1875), also known as  “The is held on the first Saturday of May every year. This race attracts gamblers all over the world to tune in and place a bet. It also draws huge crowds, reaching to 160,000 attendees.

Dubai World Cup is backed by the countries Shiokhand known for a staggering prize of $12 million. It is relatively a new competition which started in 1996 and held  on the last Saturday in March of every year

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is branded – not necessarily rightfully – as the ‘greatest horse race in the world, but it has a good claim for the most prestigious European racing event. Into 2020 it will celebrate 100 years.