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Tracks & Jockeys

Tracks
Types of Tracks
There are 3 different types of racetracks on Flying for Home: Flat, Steeplechase, and Special. You can view a list of all tracks on the game on the Tracks page of the Racing tab. This list is sorted by region (American Tracks, European Tracks, and Pacific Tracks), so you can easily find the tracks most relevant to you.

Flat tracks are the most numerous tracks and also host the most races, ranging from claiming to G1. Any horse who is not a steeplechaser will race at these tracks. These are also the tracks you'll choose from when selecting your primary home track as well as additional training assistants.

Steeplechase tracks host only steeplechase races. You will not want to set a horse's home track to any of these tracks unless they've been transitioned to steeplechase. This means that, most likely, you won't need to worry about these tracks until you're more established in the game.

Special tracks host all of the series races on Flying for Home. These are special G1 races where the best of the best compete for various championships. No horses can have these set as home tracks, ensuring there is no 'home track advantage' in series races.
Home Tracks
When completing the tutorial, you selected your first home track and assigned all of your horses to it. Over time, through training and racing at the track, they'll build up familiarity with that track. The higher their familiarity, the better 'home track advantage' they'll have when racing at that track.

It is always a good idea to race at your horse's home track if possible. However, there's no reason you can't race your horse at other tracks in their region if there is no suitable race at their home track. Their Performance Rating (PR) may be slightly lower away from home, but they can still be quite successful in races.

As you build up a larger stable of horses and begin to race more competitively, you will want to consider hiring a training assistant to assign each of your horses a secondary home track. To do so, visit the Training Assistants page found on the left bar of your Stable. Having a second home track allows your horses to perform at their best at more than one track, giving them a wider range of 'best choice' races to choose from.

You should avoid racing horses outside of their home region if at all possible. Entering races in the opposite region will lower PR, consume extra Energy, and may contribute to injury. If your stable grows significantly, you might find yourself struggling to fit all of your horses into one region's races. At that point in time, consider hiring training assistants in the other region. This will allow you to split your stable in half - racing some of your horses in the West and some in the East. This does add extra expenses, so you'll only want to do this when you have a very high number of racing horses.
Jockeys
Contracting Jockeys
When completing the tutorial you contracted your first jockey. In a few weeks, you'll get a notification in your inbox letting you know that your contract is about to expire. Be sure you go extend your contract when you see this notification. If you do not extend your contract, you may lose access to the jockey you've already assigned to all of your horses.

You'll most likely only need one jockey for your horses unless your stable grows quite large. However, if at any point you decide you need a second jockey (such as a steeplechase jockey), you can contract another one on the Jockey page found on the left side of your Stable. This page also has information about custom jockeys - which may be something you want to consider as you get a better grasp on racing.
Importance of Jockeys
Contracted jockeys cost money, so no doubt you're wondering if it's worth the expense. The answer is yes. Contracting a jockey allows you to assign them to your horse. Over time, through racing and training, your horse will build up a bond, know as familiarity, with their jockey. This will increase their Performance Rating (PR) in races.

In addition to familiarity, jockeys have their own stats. While this is not a major component of races, it can be enough to swing things. These stats are hidden and can range from best to worst. (Exception being custom jockeys, which are guaranteed to be the best.) If you notice all of your horses consistently performing lower than you'd expect, you might want to consider trying a new jockey. This should be a last resort and done only after you've exhausted every other possible stat/trait that impacts race performance.

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