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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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Making Magic
Katie (#494)
12/11/19 1:29 am
The AFP requirement for Platinum has been reduced from 45 to 40.
Issa (#1)
12/10/19 3:17 pm
Update: Mares will no longer show AFP.
Issa (#1)
12/09/19 4:16 pm
Unmaxed offspring no longer count into a mare's AFP, which means she will need at least 3 maxed foals to show AFP.
Issa (#1)
12/07/19 4:18 pm
Don't forget to visit the Vale of Runes to grab a surprise from the Year's End Calendar each day this month!
Issa (#1)
12/03/19 11:05 pm
The bug with Peak inheritance has been squashed. All 2 year olds have had their Peak gene and corresponding gain rate adjusted accordingly.
Issa (#1)
12/01/19 11:45 am
Crusader's Challenge is making a return as another option within the 'Trinity' season. The series will now be 3 races, offered on both surfaces, at 14, 16, and 18 furlongs.
Issa (#1)
11/29/19 9:55 pm
We've been tweaking some economy balance things the past couple of weeks. These changes include adjustments to: tack prices, ultrasound & mare check-up fees, breeding pass suggested values & raffle cost, partnership payback, blood range costs (for Savvy & up), and suggested stud fees. There might be a few other little things here and there. All relevant pages (excluding Handbook) should reflect current updated costs/values.
Issa (#1)
11/25/19 9:27 pm
Friendly reminder: This is the last week to grab those yearling partnerships to participate in the Green to Gold challenge!
Issa (#1)
11/17/19 7:10 pm
Duplicate entries will be allowed in WCFs tomorrow for stables who had horses qualify in multiple regions. If that applies to you, hold off on retiring any second or third entries you may have!
Issa (#1)
11/17/19 10:13 am
Don't forget to get your yearling partnerships done! Only 2 weeks left in Y38!
Issa (#1)
11/15/19 1:57 pm
Barrel of Champagne can now be used from your inventory.
Issa (#1)
11/13/19 10:56 pm
Experience and Well Rested no longer show on horse pages. This is not vital information to know and over-complicates racing for the majority of players. While similar 'personality' traits will still impact races to some degree, this is not something you need to worry about when entering races.
Flash (#2)
10/29/19 10:01 pm
All types of training are now lockable and can be completed through the Auto Train feature.
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.