Bob and Val Yagos
Resides: Jacksonville, AR
Family: daughters Tammy and Mary, and sons Joey, Matt and Ryan
- Owner Bob Yagos, who retired his multiple stakes winner Spotsgone in 2010, was afraid it might be a while before he had another horse like him, but found himself with a colt that would take him and his longtime trainer Jinks Fires to their first Kentucky Derby in 2011.
- Archarcharch showed promise as a 2-year-old, but it was at three when he really came to hand, winning both the Southwest Stakes and Arkansas Derby to earn the trip to Churchill Downs for the Derby. He unfortunately exited the race with a career ending injury and stood his first season as a stallion in 2012 at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.
- Archarcharch is currently among the top-five second crop sires and is represented by stakes winners Joan of Arch, Go No Go and Toews On Ice.
- Yagos, who operates a large auto salvage business in Jacksonville, first ventured into racing for recreation 20 years ago and has been Fires for about 19 years.
- Prior to Archarcharch, Spotsgone provided the owner with some of his biggest thrills in racing. He was retired after finishing second in the 2010 Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn, although he was eventually elevated to first when the winner Win Willy was disqualified for a minor medication violation. A winner on both dirt and turf, Spotsgone’s biggest wins were the 2007 Hanshin Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park at odds of 80-1, 2007 Sea O Erin Handicap at Arlington and the 2008 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn.
- In recent years, he has become more and more involved in the Arkansas breeding program and is standing Spotsgone at Lake Hamilton Equine Associates near Hot Springs.