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.  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. 
- ↑ "Fires Goes 7-For-9 in Arlington Blitz". Chicago Tribune. May 26, 1987. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/24617044.html?dids=24617044:24617044&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=May+26%2C+1987&author=Neil+Milbert&pub=Chicago+Tribune+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=FIRES+GOES+7-FOR-8+IN+ARLINGTON+BLITZ&pqatl=google.
- ↑ Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
- ↑ "Racing Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires retires"