The newest star on the Triple Crown scene, William “Jinks” Fires, will be the featured guest on the next bloodhorse.com Talkin’ Horses podcast.
Fires, 70, expects to be represented by his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter in Archarcharch, the upset Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner. Although new to the Derby trail, Fires is no stranger to Churchill Downs. He has been stabled at the Louisville, Ky., track on a continuous basis since the early 1960s.
Fires, who resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas, grew up in a large family actively involved in horse racing. Of the nine boys and two girls in the Fires family, eight boys, including Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, have worked in the horse business.
Family connections also play another role in Fires’ life as Jon Court, the regular rider for Archarcharch is his son-in-law.
The cutoff time for questions is Monday, April 25 at 5:00 PM ET, and the podcast will be recorded on Tuesday, April 26.