Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, the fourth-leading rider in Keeneland history, won his first race in Lexington since the 1995 spring meeting, when he piloted Glen Hill Farm's Poydras to a 6 1/2-length score Saturday at Keeneland.
With that victory, Fires has now ridden at least one winner in five different decades at Keeneland. Fires rates behind Pat Day, Don Brumfield and Shane Sellers on the track's all-time winners' list.
The 56-year-old Fires, a native of Riverdale, Ark., who has won more than 6,000 races, rode his first winner at Keeneland in the fall of 1965. He was the leading apprentice in the nation that year. His victory Saturday was number 264 at the Lexington, Ky., track, 30 wins ahead of his next closest active competitor, Craig Perret. He is more than 500 victories behind Pat Day.