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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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As of next Sunday, the start of July A, the Pro Shop will resume cyclical/seasonal stocking of items.
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Timber Tournament and Crusader's Challenge winners from Y38 to Y41 have been awarded their trophies and prizes!
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09/16/20 11:20 am
Welcome Waylon (#1593) to the mod team! Also a (very) belated hello to mods Light Shock (#2785) and Bucky (#2464) who were regrettably not formally announced.
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Genotypes have been reduced to $200,000 ($150,000 if you have the appropriate Business skill). The Pro Coin option has likewise been reduced to 20 PC.
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09/13/20 11:56 am
Gem and Trinity Prospect icons have been removed.
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09/07/20 5:33 pm
Horses in all sections of the stable now show a quick check for show entry, which is greyed out if they are not currently eligible (or opted in) to enter shows.
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09/07/20 2:47 pm
Yearlings now show checkmarks on the stable page to designate when have a yearling buddy assigned.
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09/07/20 2:46 pm
A bug with Bundle of TLC has been fixed. If you had TLC active on any horses, it has been returned to your inventory.
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09/07/20 1:46 pm
Out slot mares will no longer earn Golden Apples while on pasture.
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09/07/20 1:10 pm
Players now have unlimited Import rolls, but are still limited to 5 purchases per breed per year.
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09/05/20 5:14 pm
Peer Comparison are no longer available for horses that have been transitioned to marathon, steeplechase, or driving trials.
Issa (#1)
09/02/20 3:10 pm
Due to a severe bug causing horses to be created with no stats, some March foals have been reset. All imports and horse trader horses affected by this bug have also been removed. Purchase prices and trader tickets have been refunded.
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09/01/20 4:50 pm
Customs, Imports, Horse Trader, and Select Sale horses will all start with reasonable levels of Rested from this point forward.
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08/19/20 10:38 pm
2 year old races will be offered for Standardbreds beginning this year!
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08/17/20 9:27 pm
Sending Sparks of Joy rewards Pro Coins!
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08/17/20 9:26 pm
Horses may now transition to Steeplechase if they have at least 90% Maturity and are 3 years of age. Steeplechase races have been changed to 4yo+. Courage will play a greater role in Steeplechase races.
Issa (#1)
08/17/20 8:21 pm
Appendix horses have updated icons to make them easier to find.
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08/17/20 4:18 pm
Favorite stallions are sorted into their own section of Genotype and Quick Match results.
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08/16/20 9:14 pm
Select Sale horses can no longer be sold.
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08/16/20 1:22 pm
Blossom Tea now only increases Maturity to a minimum of 60%.
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08/15/20 8:17 pm
Don't forget your yearling partnerships! The clock's ticking!
Issa (#1)
08/14/20 10:25 am
Maturity was updated for yearlings to be a little more in line with the new standard (with a lot of grace!). We've decided not to adjust horses 2yo+ as it's too difficult to account for variables that may have impacted their Maturity. You'll start experiencing the new system properly with yearlings incoming in Y42.
Issa (#1)
08/10/20 3:06 pm
Maximum age of eligibility for Gelding Advancement has temporarily been increased to 12. This will be available through the end of February.
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08/10/20 10:42 am
Bedazzling Shampoo may now be used from your Inventory.
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08/08/20 10:23 pm
Every 3rd freshman stallion a stable breeds to will not require a Breeding Pass. (In other words: 1 out of every 3 freshman breedings will not use a pass.)
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08/08/20 10:22 pm
Horse Trader colts will improve to the maximum possible Geldability gene upon retirement.
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07/14/20 10:19 pm
Experience and Rested are now reflected with stars which vary in color similar to Morale.
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07/12/20 7:58 pm
Yearling auctions are open for consignment through the end of August!
Issa (#1)
07/12/20 1:55 pm
The maximum cap for color show points has been increased from 10 to 15.
Issa (#1)
07/12/20 1:51 pm
Color show purses have been adjusted. The purse will now be a 'jackpot' combined from the base $10,000 entry fee of every entry, scaling based on number of entries. A $100,000 minimum purse remains in place in the case of shows with less than 10 entries.
Issa (#1)
07/09/20 9:45 am
Horses now show a note when they do not have wraps equipped during a race. This does not trigger an icon and can only be seen by viewing the results.
Issa (#1)
07/05/20 11:36 am
Auction vouchers will no longer be awarded for auctions.
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.
Issa (#1)
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!)
Issa (#1)
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.
Issa (#1)
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.
Issa (#1)
06/16/20 8:33 pm
Hype will now slightly decrease a horse's Experience and Well Rested traits.
Issa (#1)
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.
Issa (#1)
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.