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|What Is A Grade?
A “grade” of race is a way to classify the level of competition of the race. Each of these grades will have horses with varying levels of talent, starting with the lowest level (Allowance) and progressing to the highest level – Stellar races.
You should always aim to enter your horse in the most appropriate grade for their current capabilities. For example, if your horse is low on Morale or not at Peak, they may need to enter a lower grade than they will be able to enter when at their very best. For more information on how to select the best grade for your horse, please see the Evaluating Talent Handbook page. It goes into great detail about the various ways you can estimate your horse's talent - before and after entering races.
As a reminder, a horse entering too low of a grade will receive a 'Handily' note and will have a handicapped (reduced) PR. This note indicates that a horse should move up a grade (or more) immediately, and habitual offenders may receive a warning.
|Grades on Flying for Home
|The horses in these races are toward the lower end of the talent spectrum, but allowance horses can still bring in a steady, respectable income. Horses who run in allowance races without a Handily note have the highest chance to earn Golden Apples, which can be spent at the Golden Apple Orchard.
(G3, G2, G1)
|Graded stakes are races which have a name followed by a grade: (G_). All graded stakes races award points to the winner(s), but the amount of points given varies by grade. G3, or Grade 3, is the lowest level of graded stakes. G2, or Grade 2, is the middle level of graded stakes. G1, or Grade 1, races are a high level with higher purses and more points awarded.
|Stellar is a special type of G1 race designed for the best and brightest horses currently racing. These races will often be fiercely competitive with high Performance Ratings as horses work their way toward series races. These are an excellent type of race to enter if you are preparing your horse for a series race. Experience carries more weight in Stellar races, so PRs will be higher than regular G1s. Prep Races are also counted in Stellar races, like in series races. Because PRs are higher, Stellar races are also great for building earning points. Stellar wins help horses make it through series races’ entry pools as well as play a part in calculating Year End Awards.
Unlike real life racing, Flying for Home does not have a grade of races known as 'Claiming' races. (These are usually the lowest class of races available at most tracks.) Instead, horses can be claimed in any grade if they are entered with the 'For Claim' option turned on. This option is located on their Race Preferences page. If this option is turned on, you horse will be listed for claim - meaning other players can 'claim' the horse and they will own it after the race. If several people enter a claim on the same horse, it will randomly select the "winner" of the claim. If you do not want to lose (sell) your horse, do not designate it as available for claim.
Interested in claiming some horses? You can find a list of horses available for claim at the Claiming Catalogue. Horses will be priced based upon the purse of the race they are entered in, so horses entering higher grades (often higher quality horses) will cost more than horses entering allowance.
Horses that run in 6 races as Up For Claim automatically become eligible for turn in at the Golden Apple Orchard, regardless of potential.