He likely didn't intend to set this world record in horse racing, but there was no way Frank Hayes could have known he would be the first jockey to cross the finish line with this ill-fated claim to fame.
Nestled in Elmont, New York, just outside of New York City limits, the Belmont Park race track was a popular spot for equestrian enthusiasts and gamblers alike. It first opened on May 4, 1905 where it held it's first Spring meet.
It is home of the Belmont Stakes and the third leg of the Triple Crown. Many know it more commonly as the "Test of the Champion." The original park was unprecedented in its size for the time and featured an extension of a Long Island Rail Road from Queens Village station to the south side of the property.
On June 4, 1923, jockeys and their horses were competing in a Steeplechase where horse and rider must make jumps over fences and ditches on a two-mile course.
That fateful day, Frank Hayes saddled up his horse, Sweet Kiss, and prepared for the biggest race of his life. Little did he know it would be the last one he ever rode...