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William H Fires


“Jinks” Fires, as he is known around the track, is one of 11 children from the small Arkansas town of Riverdale. He is one of eleven children many of whom are heavily involved in the racing industry including Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires. Jinks has been training horses for over 50 years and trained notable stakes winner Spotsgone. Archarcharch is his first Grade 1 stakes win and jockey Jon Court is his son-in-law.

Jon Court


Court grew up in Ponce Inlet, Florida and began his riding career in 1980 in Colorado at Centennial Park. Court has notched over 3,000 career victories and has won riding titles at Oaklawn Park, Hoosier Park, and Ellis Park. Court has won several major stakes races including the Citation Handicap (G1) and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap aboard Leroidesanimaux. In 2011, we won the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby on Archarcharch and he scored international success with his win in the 2003 Japan Dirt Cup aboard Fleetsreet Dancer.

Robert and Val Yagos


The Arkansas-based couple has turned down multiple seven figure offers for their prized colt. The two own a salvage yard as well as a farm in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Archarcharch’s victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby gave them their largest win in racing.

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Arch--Woodman's Dancer, by Woodman

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A versatile, class-infused pedigree on both sides of his family is the major highlight of Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Archarcharch’s background, rather fitting for a colt who is a stakes winner at both six furlongs and 1 1/8 miles.

Bred in Kentucky by Grapestock LLC, Archarcharch is by Arch, who was a late bloomer for Claiborne Farm in what was a very strong crop of three-year-olds in 1998. Arch arrived on the scene that fall to take the 1 1/4-mile Super Derby (G1) and break a 1 3/16-mile track record at Keeneland in beating older horses in the Fayette S. (G3).

Arch, a descendant of Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee (Never Bend) through her juvenile champion daughter Althea (Alydar), has sired 2010 champion older male and Horse of the Year finalist Blame, Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale, Alabama S. (G1) winner Pine Island, and Grade 1 turf winner Prince Arch, among other notables.

Archarcharch is out of the Grade 2-placed sprint specialist Woodman’s Dancer (Woodman), who placed in the A Gleam H. (G2) and Las Flores H. (G3). Her first black-type earner was Run Sully Run (Cherokee Run), whose lone stakes win occurred in a grass sprint at Monmouth Park. Archarcharch’s second dam, Pattern Step (Nureyev), won the Hollywood Oaks (G1) in 1988, while his third dam, Tipping Time (*Commanding II), won the same race in 1969.

This is the family of the multiple Group 3-winning and Irish classic-placed Arch Swing (Arch).

Broodmare sire Woodman had classic-winning offspring on both sides of the Atlantic, including Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1) winner Hansel and Preakness victor Timber Country. His daughters have produced the likes of multiple Grade 1-winning grass star Proviso (GB) (Dansili [GB]), Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando (Langfuhr), reigning Northern Dancer Turf S. (Can-G1) winner Redwood (GB) (High Chaparral [Ire]), and Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1) hero Kinsale King (Yankee Victor).

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