Dead Jockey Wins: Hero or Pretender?
Winning a race while not consciously participating is the sporting equivalent of selling a blank scrapbook full of famous autographs.
Frank Hayes achieved this admirable feat when he rode to victory in a horserace, dead. Pure gold, in Non-Stamp Collecting circles, or bronze if you prefer.
His 1923 victory came in the steeplechase, at Belmont Park in New York State. It was his first and only victory, and his maiden race! Still, the jury is out on whether Hayes belongs in the Non-Stamp Collecting Hall of Fame.
Had Hayes decided to pass away after two furlongs, to increase his chances of winning, then there would be no doubt about his heroics as an actively non participating winning jockey.
However, given the uncertainty surrounding the motive underpinning his death, Hayes is yet to be included in the NSC Hall of fame.
As is stated on page 456,66, 717 of the 1902 revised edition of the NSC Handbook:
'To acquire full non-collecting
status members must be 'actively'
not collecting. All indifference and
lethargy concerning hobby and sport
avoidance needs to be empirically
demonstrable in strict quadruple
blind trials under casual out of hours
Frank Hayes, not consciously participating.