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Earlie Fires

Earlie Fires
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Rivervale, Arkansas, USA
Birth date March 19, 1947
Career wins 6,470
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Arlington Matron Stakes
(1966, 1967, 1980, 1982, 1992)
Lafayette Stakes (1966)
Dixie Stakes (1967)
Florida Derby (1967, 1989)
Jersey Derby (1967)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1968)
Santa Barbara Handicap (1972)
Alcibiades Stakes (1973)
Duchess Stakes (1976)
La Prevoyante Stakes (1976)
Arlington Handicap (1978, 1990)
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1979)
Spinster Stakes (1979)
Lincoln Heritage Handicap
(1980, 1984, 1988 (2x), 1993, 1994, 2003)
Isaac Murphy Handicap
(1981, 1992, 2008)
Washington Park Handicap (1985)
Alabama Stakes (1986)
Ashland Stakes (1986)
Gazelle Stakes (1986)
Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (1986)
American Derby (1987)
Pan American Handicap (1988)
Phoenix Stakes (1988)
Davona Dale Stakes (1990)
Donn Handicap (1990)
Forward Gal Stakes (1990)
Sorority Stakes (1990)
Ohio Derby (1992)
E. P. Taylor Stakes (1993)
Hanshin Cup (1993, 1994, 2007)
Sky Classic Stakes (1993)
Nijinsky Stakes (1998)
Purple Violet Stakes (2007)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1991)
Honours
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (2001)
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2007)
Significant horses
Buck's Boy, In Reality

Earlie Stancel Fires (born March 19, 1947 in Rivervale, Arkansas) is a retired United States' Racing Hall of Fame jockey.

Fires began riding professionally in 1964 and led all American apprentices in wins that year with 224. He retired on September 21, 2008 having won 6,470 races at racetracks across North America. In 1983, and again 1987, Fires set a record for Arlington Park by winning seven races in a single day of racing. [1] He is Arlington Park's all-time leading rider with 2,886 wins and holds the record for most wins in that track's Lincoln Heritage Handicap with seven.

In 1991, Fires was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, given to a jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack. He was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 2001 and following its creation, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. [2][3]

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