Born: 07/23/1940, Rivervale, AR
Resides: Hot Springs, AR
Family: wife Penny, daughters Candice and Kristal and son Douglas
Trainer Jinks Fires, always among the leaders at Oaklawn Park, enters the 2011 season with a deep stable headed by several promising 3-year-olds. Chief among the group of sophomores are $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Archarcharch, owned by longtime client Bob Yagos and Patricia Blass’ Bluegrass Bull, third in the Smarty Jones. Both colts are likely for the March 19 $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) as they continue to progress toward the the April 16 $1million Arkansas Derby (G1).
Fires has trained for Patricia and Gus "Buddy" Blass and their colorful line of “Shoe” horses for more than 30 years. Most recently they found success with Prom Shoes, the winner of the 2008 Fifth Season Stakes and 2009 Essex Handicap, who was retired at the beginning of the 2011 meet with nearly $500,000 in earning. Prior to Archarcharch, one of the best horses Fires trained for Yagos was multiple stakes winner Spotsgone, who won the 2010 Razorback Handicap via the disqualification of Win Willy.
The native of Riverdale, Arkansas is the second eldest of the popular racing family. Of the nine boys and two girl in the Fires family, eight boys, at one time or the other, worked in the business with the most widely known being Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires. Another brother, Bucky, was a popular outrider in New York and Chicago as well as Hot Springs. Keeping things in the family, the regular rider for Archarcharch is Fires’ son-in-law jockey Jon Court.