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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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Issa (#1)
10/18/19 11:02 am
If anyone has met the Copper Cog purchase requirement to access the special Discord channel and has not yet been given access to the channel, please message me on Discord to have your 'Cogsworn' status updated. I may have missed a few of you in the flurry of the past few weeks.
Issa (#1)
09/22/19 9:49 am
I'll be hanging out in Ask Issa again this morning!
Issa (#1)
09/21/19 7:23 pm
Frozen Nectar is now limited to horses 4 years and older.
Issa (#1)
09/21/19 11:01 am
You can find me in Ask Issa (on Discord) for the next hour or so!
Issa (#1)
09/18/19 10:37 am
Rusty Recycler can now be fed every 15 minutes! For now, this change comes with no changes to how fast your meter fills or how often you receive Rumpled Packages. We hope this makes it easier for less active players to earn shiny rewards from Rusty. <3
Issa (#1)
09/16/19 2:42 pm
'Stay Logged In' is working again!
Issa (#1)
09/15/19 10:57 pm
Gelding now has an additional incentive! You will receive a monetary reward any time you geld a horse, provided he is not pensioned and, if retired, has at least 5 foal slots remaining, although their bonus will be reduced if they have less than 10 slots remaining. Gelding also rewards an additional $2,000,000 bonus to their base reward for each Select Sale parent.
Issa (#1)
09/13/19 4:38 pm
Blood Types can now be verified via progeny if they have a tested foal who is a different type from their other (tested) parent. If this is possible for your horse, you'll see a 'Verify' button on their Genetics page. As it is now possible to 'test' (verify) nearly infinite numbers of horses based on one or two purchased tests, the price for exact type testing has increased.
Issa (#1)
09/11/19 11:45 am
The Gelding Advisor has been booed out of town. Genotype Search and Quick Match results now show MII acceptance status icons.
Issa (#1)
09/10/19 4:39 pm
Male Probability and Female Influence are now permanently hidden genes. As far as you're concerned, it's probably easiest to pretend they don't exist.
Issa (#1)
09/06/19 10:42 am
One lonely mare was not picked up from the Select Sale. She has been placed back up for auction in hopes of finding a forever home. Bidding will be open for at least 24 hours. You are welcome to bid even if you purchased your limit from the sale already.
Issa (#1)
09/05/19 10:22 am
Peer Comparisons now assess each horse only against other horses of their respective breed group. You'll need to click the 'Update' button to see any changes in your horses' ratings.
Issa (#1)
09/05/19 12:19 am
Item gifting has moved to user profiles.
Issa (#1)
09/03/19 7:24 pm
Extreme Mare Makeover broodmares can now be purchased from the Horse Trader. These will be part of an ongoing 'contest' (reward info to come) as well as offering an opportunity to buy guaranteed MII mares.
Issa (#1)
09/01/19 5:25 pm
Stallions who earned less than 50 racing points before retiring may not breed. Goldbloods may only breed with other Goldbloods. Impure horses may no longer be bred.
Issa (#1)
08/31/19 9:55 am
Don't forget it's the last day to sign up for yearling partnerships if you want to participate in Green to Gold next year!
Issa (#1)
08/26/19 7:20 pm
The Genotype Search revamp is complete and it is now reopen to the public! Give it a whirl and let us know if you spot any errors.
Issa (#1)
08/26/19 11:59 am
The end of December has been extended to Sunday. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to get the coding done that needs to be done this week and we also want to be sure it rolls over on a day Flash is off work just in case. Because yearly rollover is always 100% angelic and never, ever throws a fit.
Issa (#1)
08/25/19 2:53 pm
The Stallion Select Sale will begin in less than 10 minutes in Discord!
Issa (#1)
08/21/19 2:05 pm
PSA: When looking for those sweet yearling partnerships don't be afraid to search outside the box. You will benefit more if you forge your own path and don't partner with the same horses others are already partnering with.