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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 possible. Entering races in the opposite region will lower PR, consume extra Energy, and may contribute to injury. There is a hidden travel preference trait which determines how well a horse travels to other regions, also affecting how much energy they will lose racing in other regions. It also determines how well they do at home track vs. unfamiliar tracks. The travel trait is largely influenced by the intelligence gene. 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(s). This will allow you to split your stable in half - racing some of your horses in your original region and some in a different region. 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
Issa (#1)
06/27/20 10:13 am
We've added a new community feature: Horse Hunt! Check in daily(ish) for a new mystery horse to find.
Issa (#1)
06/26/20 6:50 pm
Stablewide Show Results can now be accessed from your Stable Results page.
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06/23/20 1:03 pm
The cost of stallion Spotlight Ads have been reduced to $200,000.
Issa (#1)
06/23/20 11:14 am
Grey yearlings may now participate in Color Shows if they are otherwise eligible.
Issa (#1)
06/21/20 9:59 pm
Show results from last week had some hiccups with points and earnings. They'll be fixed later this week. In the meantime, you can go ahead and enter new shows!
Issa (#1)
06/21/20 9:16 pm
Shows will award a maximum of 10 points for the time being. (Y'all tossed waaaaay more ponies into them than we imagined!)
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06/21/20 3:22 pm
Morale is now displayed as colored stars rather than a sliding scale bar.
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06/21/20 3:20 pm
Refusal chances for Gate Training and Interval workouts have been swapped. Horses will now refuse Interval (G-B and B-G) less often and Gate Training more often.
Issa (#1)
06/21/20 11:04 am
Yearlings who compete in 5 Color Shows will receive a boost to their Travel ability.
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06/17/20 6:59 pm
Horses have heights now which are rolled within a breed-appropriate range for foundation horses and genetically inherited from parents of bred horses. Ominous, if I say so myself.
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06/16/20 8:33 pm
Hype will now slightly decrease a horse's Experience and Well Rested traits.
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06/14/20 6:06 pm
Horse Trader stallions will receive a 200 PC bonus if they are accepted into SIP. This has been retroactively awarded for active (not pensioned) HT stallions.
Issa (#1)
06/14/20 5:49 pm
Peerless has been corrected to only assign to horses who are Peerless by birth. This may have removed Peerless awards from some horses who had attained it by other methods previously.
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06/14/20 5:46 pm
Horses sired by Horse Trader stallions or who are from the Horse Trader themselves will earn doubled rewards when they earn Performance Merit and Performance Distinction.
Issa (#1)
06/14/20 10:30 am
Horses may now be fed again! Feeding any type of grain will slightly boost Morale and Condition.
Issa (#1)
06/14/20 10:18 am
Feeding is temporarily unavailable.
Issa (#1)
06/13/20 7:43 pm
Buddy Workouts will be temporarily unavailable after tonight's rollover.
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06/13/20 4:42 pm
Peak % shows for 2 year olds in the Forever Pro panel.
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06/10/20 8:21 pm
Valebloom now shows an icon in Genotype and Quick Match search results as well as a checkmark on Breeding Info pages.
Issa (#1)
06/10/20 8:08 pm
Sire Condition (at the time of covering) now shows on Breeding Info pages for bred mares.
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06/10/20 3:04 pm
Buddy Workouts have been corrected to only increase Risk if a horse falls below 80% Energy.
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06/09/20 4:24 pm
Morale has been adjusted so that regular training provides larger increases while Buddy Workouts provide less.
Issa (#1)
06/05/20 11:13 am
Some issues with Quick Match (relating to Development, Intelligence & Temperament) were fixed. Mares should now correctly show up all studs that meet the requirements for the chosen level.
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 3:51 pm
To alleviate confusion, Driving Trials are now held as Trot races. All existing trials have been swapped to Trot and all transitioned horses have been set to 100% Trot. Make sure you update any locked training settings to maintain this for the future!
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 3:13 pm
Marathon, Steeplechase, and Driving Trials now award 6 Golden Apples for every (non-Handily) Allowance start. (Increased from 2.) Golden Apples earned in flat Allowance races have also increased from 1 to 2.
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 2:04 pm
Ultrasounds have been moved to Breeding Info. Checkups have been split into two sections on the Veterinarian page.
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 2:04 pm
Quick Match results now have a Hypomate button to directly view the hypomate between your mare and the selected stallion.
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 2:03 pm
All horses aged 6 or older will automatically max all of their stats when training. This applies to newly-transitioned horses as well.
Issa (#1)
06/03/20 2:02 pm
Updates in for Steeplechase, Marathon, and Driving Trials! All horses are now eligible to transition. Horses may receive a bonus improvement to their maximum stats based upon Endurance.
Issa (#1)
05/31/20 2:15 pm
All color genes are now shown for any horse with Genetic Ratings. Warnings for possibly LSS/LCS will now appear in Hypomate.
Issa (#1)
05/25/20 6:35 pm
Genotype Search also now allows you to filter horses by points earned.
Issa (#1)
05/25/20 6:04 pm
Producer Quality may now be revealed as Legendary. Select Sale stallions will show Legendary PQ without requiring any additional testing.
Issa (#1)
05/25/20 5:41 pm
Genotype Search now allows you to Show/Hide Cloaked and Cloaked Line horses.
Issa (#1)
05/25/20 4:37 pm
KISS Match (part of Quick Match) is now available to everyone who has any level of Pro, without requiring the Quick Match upgrade.
Issa (#1)
05/25/20 3:40 pm
Quick Match has received a few updates and fixes! More detail will be covered in a later news post, but a summary will also be posted in Discord announcements. In short: fixed distance match issues for miler mares, adjusted KISS+, added Forever and Forever KISS search options.
Issa (#1)
05/22/20 6:07 pm
Everyone who can see Consistency can now see Courage in the main Stats/Traits section of the horse page. Dirt & Turf percentages as well as the Stats bar have also been added to the Exercise page for quick reference.
Briana (#3)
04/23/20 7:07 pm
Gemstones and Midsummer Futurity races are now functioning as intended, and they are no longer erroneously displaying as full. Enter away!
Issa (#1)
04/22/20 2:48 pm
A series of improvements have been rolled out for Select Sale 2 year olds to bring them up to speed with their peers.
Issa (#1)
04/20/20 11:23 am
Long Gallops now have a chance to increase Athleticism.
Issa (#1)
04/19/20 10:25 pm
Green 2 Gold prizes have been given out for Y39 winners! They, unfortunately, do not work yet, but you can surely admire their invisible art until they do.
Issa (#1)
04/19/20 3:52 pm
Training has been reinstated! Horses going into training with low Energy may become 'exhausted' and suffer consequences as a result. This will most significantly impact 2 and 3 year olds.
Issa (#1)
04/18/20 4:15 pm
Horses will now lose varying amounts of Morale based upon race performance.
Issa (#1)
04/18/20 1:58 pm
Horses with 25% or less Select lineage will now receive bonus rewards when earning Performance Merit, Performance Distinction, and Superior Stallion/Broodmare awards. The base Performance Merit reward has also been increased to $200,000.
Issa (#1)
04/18/20 1:19 pm
Buddy Workouts now always require only 10% Energy, rather than amounts based upon Athleticism. However, working a horse with less than 100% Energy will increase Risk.
Issa (#1)
04/17/20 11:58 am
Energy requirements for training now have slightly more variation.
Issa (#1)
04/13/20 7:04 pm
Green 2 Gold leaderboards are now available within the Leaderboards page.
Issa (#1)
04/13/20 3:40 pm
The (now largely irrelevant) Custom % on horse pages and pedigrees has been changed to show Select %. You can still recognize impure Goldbloods by the "Impure" notation and greyed blood icon in their Breed section.
Issa (#1)
04/13/20 12:09 pm
Maximum Prime limits are significantly over 30 and many horses, especially Stock and Standardbred, fall into the 30+ range. To better reflect the range of possibilities, Prime stars have been adjusted. Each star now represents 4 Prime, with 10 stars representing 40+ Prime.
Issa (#1)
04/12/20 2:06 pm
Stock horses earn full papers and lose Appendix status upon earning 25 points.
Issa (#1)
04/07/20 2:32 pm
The Sire Leaderboard is complete! You can find it within the regular Leaderboard page.