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Campaigning

What is campaigning?
Campaigning is a term often used to summarize the process of training a horse and guiding it through its racing career. Although campaigning is often misunderstood and overcomplicated, it is actually very simple! In short, if you are caring for your horse each month and entering it into the best fitting race available, when appropriate, you are campaigning correctly! There's nothing mysterious about it, although this page will offer a few tips and tricks to help you up your racing game.
Young Prospects
Two Year Olds
Before we get too far into things, it's important to note that campaigning may look slightly different for horses of different ages. Two year old horses are the most noticeably different, as they're all making a fresh start and will have much more limited race offerings throughout the year. However you choose to prepare your young horses, there are a couple rules of thumb to remember:

Peak is a critical component in determining how successful a young horse will be. Horses who peak slowly are usually not good candidates to race (competitively) at a young age.

Maturity is important if you want to avoid injury. Breeding for better Development will ensure your horses are ready to race safely.

Speed-dominant (or versatile distance horses) make better two year old prospects as they will have more races available, including series races for all breeds.

Intermediate distance and Stamina-dominant can skip the early sprinter series races and aim for Gold Cups and World Championship Festival, or International Stock Horse Championships (depending on breed), but preparing can be a little trickier.

If your juvenile is peaked, mature, and speed-dominant it's probably a good candidate for campaigning through juvenile series races. If it's peaked and mature but not speed-dominant, either train it for sprint distances or aim for the end-of-year series races that run on longer distances!

A step-by-step guide to training and campaigning young Thoroughbreds can be found here. If you have other breeds, there's still some information you might find helpful.
Three Year Olds
Three year old horses also usually have limited racing options. Typically, they can either enter 3yo+ races with older horses or they can prepare and enter series races for their age group.

Since they are usually entering fields with aged horses, it is advised you do not race unmaxed three year olds unless preparing for Trinities or another series race. Outside of campaigning for series races, your horse will benefit more from spending extra Energy on training, maxing out their stats (and Courage/Consistency) faster so that they are better-prepared to race once they turn 4.

Three year old series prospects still need to meet the same basic criteria as two year olds, though Stamina-dominant horses are more desirable series candidates for Thoroughbred and Goldblood at this age due to Trinities.

As a 3yo, Potential and Consistency/Courage matter more than they do for 2yos, although 3yos do not by any means need to be maxed in any of those things to be successful. Also, as a general rule, 3yos who participated in juvenile races perform better than those that didn’t race as a 2yo due to some Experience carrying over from the juvenile races and the fact that their highest juvenile PR will boost their PRs in 3yo series races. Horses who didn’t race as a 2yo can still be competitive in their 3yo year, but it’s recommended to start preparing them in races as a 2yo if at all possible. None of these factors are deal-breakers -- a horse can still do well even if they are lacking in an area!
Choosing the 'Best' Race
If you're thinking about campaigning your horse, you've probably set your sights on either a series race or Year End Awards - perhaps both! In either situation, you want to enter your horse in the best races possible. The best race for a horse is the one in which it will score the highest Performance Rating (PR).

When deciding which race to enter, you should keep in mind all of the factors that help a horse's PR. Look for races that meet any or all of the following criteria:
• Stellar race
• Favorite distance
• Home track
• Largest field
• Rainy weather (if your horse likes mud)

You should also avoid races where your horse may suffer significant penalties to their PR:
• Rainy weather (if your horse dislikes mud)
• Open sex (if your filly has low Filly Power)
• Out of region (especially if your horse dislikes travel)

On top of the above factors, you'll also want to enter your horse when they are at their best so they are prepared to run the highest PR they can. There are a few traits you should keep an eye on:
• Energy
• Rest
• Morale
• Peak

Assuming your horses are ready to race and you focus on picking the best races available, you should be well on your way to prepping your horse to achieve your goals!
Favorite Distance vs. Familiar Track
Entering a Stellar race, when available, seems like a no-brainer. But you'll often find yourself forced to pick between favorite distance and familiar tracks...and this is where things fall into a grey area. Which is better? There's not a single correct answer, but there are some ways to make an educated decision.

First, check your horse's distance aptitude genes. If they have Excellent or Outstanding for both Speed and Stamina, they are most likely not as picky about distance. Although they will still run better at favorite distance, their PR will not drop as much if they enter 1-2 furlongs (100-200 yards) away from it. If your horse is intermediate (favors neither speed or stamina), favorite distance becomes very important and should almost always be prioritized.

Second, check your horse's Intelligence. If they have Excellent or Outstanding Intelligence, they most likely travel easier than horses with lower Intelligence. This means they won't suffer as badly when racing at unfamiliar tracks, even outside of their home region. On the flip side, horses with a bad Travel gene will have a lower PR when racing away from home (especially if they don't have some level of familiarity at the track they do race on) and they will also lose more Energy and Rest.

You should also keep an eye on your horse's track familiarity table. Although they have a primary track set, they may actually have high familiarity with other tracks, broadening your options for entering. They may also have low familiarity at all tracks, including their primary track, in which case it won't make much difference to their PR either way. That said, a horse’s Travel gene does have some bearing in this (as mentioned above), so in cases where all tracks have low familiarity, Travel is something to keep in mind.

If your horse falls somewhere in the middle for both distance aptitude and Intelligence, you may have to try both options to see which works best for your horse. If all else fails, look for Stellar races (when appropriate) or try to enter favorite distance as much as possible.
Resting
Rest is absolutely critical if you want your horses to run high PRs and see success in series races. If your horse is G1 level, it's advised you only enter them when they have a blue Rest star - perhaps yellow in a pinch. Entering with Rest below those levels will usually result in substantial declines in PR, which isn't helping your horse get anywhere.

During racing season, you should plan on resting your horse for the entire month before series races as well as any time their Rest declines significantly. In a 'rest month' you should typically Pamper your horse and then, if Rest is still low, perform a buddy workout if you believe it will benefit your horse to do so (consider how long ago their last buddy work was as receiving a "Lackluster" penalty will lower Rest). Another option to improve rest if desired is Gleam. Each of these improves Rest and will help your horse recover faster (in addition to the improvement just from taking time off). In some cases, you may find that Pampering alone is enough to bring yellow Rest back to blue - at which point you might choose to enter a race.

During off season, your horse is likely already taking a break and will regain some Rest simply because they aren't racing outside of certain Series races. Instead of racing, you can use this time to perform some beneficial training. For 2 and 3 year olds, performing Track or Trail Ride will increase Maturity and Peak and will lower Risk. There is also a chance they may gain Longevity. For 4 year olds and older, Track or Trail Rides may boost Prime or improve Courage and Consistency. In addition, Track Rides will improve Experience and Trail rides will improve Rest, so they can be useful for those reasons alone. You can also add in a buddy workout to your horse’s routine to improve Rest and help maintain a little Experience.

That said, if your goal is to improve Prime, instead of doing Buddy Workouts you might instead want to focus on Track or Trail Rides, both of which have better chances to improve Prime than Buddy Workouts. Trail Ride is the most likely to improve Prime, though if your horse needs Experience more than Rest, Track Rides are the next best option.

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February
Year 56

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Making Magic
Issa (#1)
02/15/24 5:42 pm
All horses need to be retested for Genetic Merit. There are no changes to the award, but some horses lost their GM/GD and retesting ensures they all have the awards they should.
Issa (#1)
02/11/24 2:05 pm
February will be 2 weeks, with rollover happening on Sunday, February 25h.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 5:07 pm
Although Appendix stock horses cannot enter flat series races, they are eligible for contesting series races.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 1:38 pm
Sparks of Joy, Grooming jobs and Sanctum of Gold all now award player experience.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 12:54 pm
A new Yearling Quick View has been added. It shows Morale, Maturity, Risk and indicates if a horse has Genetic Ratings purchased (as required for YA). Additionally, yearlings now show Forever Pro Traits in their Trait & Stat Panel so that you can more easily manage Risk.
Issa (#1)
02/07/24 10:56 am
Stallions with tested Above Average or Legendary Producer Quality can no longer grade F. If you have one who is currently F, his grade will adjust if inspected again.
Issa (#1)
02/06/24 8:20 pm
Would like to earn a free Appaloosa stallion? Complete this form to claim your tickets for the upcoming raffle! Tickets must be claimed by Sunday, February 11th at 11:00am.
Issa (#1)
02/06/24 11:41 am
If you used a Cupid's Arrow for Y56 foals and all of your mares do not show the green 'Guaranteed' + icon in Mare Services, please contact me on FFH or Discord so that your mares can be fixed before they foal.
Issa (#1)
01/28/24 10:25 pm
Reminder: The January Pro Shop sale ends at the end of the month. Prices of several items and upgrades will be adjusted at the beginning of February, as explained in this news post.
Issa (#1)
01/28/24 10:23 pm
Horse care has been enabled again. You can resume feeding and training horses.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 6:32 pm
Horses who have used either Family Jewels or Mythos Scepter now show a magic wand icon under Producer Quality (even if not visible) to indicate that their PQ is not what they were naturally born with.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 6:31 pm
Mythos Scepter has been revamped and is now an item you can use to change either Colt or Filly PQ of retired horses. More information can be found in the item's description and notes.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:07 pm
The Appaloosa raffle will be held at 9:00pm tonight. You do not need to be present to win. Since the raffle is happening pretty late, ticket sales will remain open through 6:00pm.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:06 pm
Mare grade inspections have reopened. There is a now a fee for grade testing mares, as listed on the inspection page. Mares do not need to be tested to be eligible to breed. The only other adjustment to mare grading is the removal of surface from the grading formula.
Issa (#1)
01/23/24 11:26 am
Don't forget it's the last week to purchase yearling partnerships for Y55!
Issa (#1)
01/22/24 11:52 am
Open dispersal of racers and broodmares at the Golden Apple Orchard will close at the end of February Y56.
Issa (#1)
01/19/24 11:49 am
Ultra Wraps are now marked with a blue checkmark in Racing Quick View to easily find horses who are wearing them.
Issa (#1)
01/06/24 7:12 pm
Tournaround Medallion may be used on any breed to improve their transition genes. Additionally, it now improves a horse's Endurance/Lead Change gene by one level. Before you rush out and buy some - note that it will be part of the upcoming January Pro Shop specials!
Issa (#1)
01/04/24 5:56 pm
Stallion Grade Testing has been reopened. Surface has been removed from the grade formula since it no longer impacts foal Potential.
Issa (#1)
01/03/24 6:21 pm
Dance of the Dunes will have a new open division for all races this year, in addition to the usual colt/gelding and filly divisions.
Issa (#1)
12/30/23 3:19 pm
Kickstarter is now available in the Golden Apple Orchard.
Issa (#1)
12/27/23 4:58 pm
Initiate's Quest is no longer open to Amateur players and is now limited to only Green and Novice.
Issa (#1)
12/23/23 12:56 pm
100yd races for 4yo+ have been added to the Midsummer Revelry series.
Issa (#1)
12/18/23 4:08 pm
The bug with miscarriages having a blank complication note on mare Breeding Info pages has been fixed. Additionally, complicates are now sorted with the most recent at top, much like progeny lists, BWs, and race history.
Issa (#1)
12/17/23 9:27 am
Grade testing is closed until further notice.
Issa (#1)
12/02/23 10:25 am
Today's the last day to participate in the Pro Shop Sale! (Possibly early tomorrow morning if you're in a different time zone.) Please also make sure you've voted in the polls for Colby's Crew and Old Friends. Colby's Crew has significantly less votes than Old Friends, so looks like some of you might have missed it in the news.
Issa (#1)
12/01/23 11:49 am
The Year's End Calendar starts today! Don't forget to stop by the Vale of Runes to open the door each day in December.
Issa (#1)
11/24/23 3:31 pm
Great news! We are able to sponsor a horse at Old Friends. Please vote in this poll to pick a horse.
Issa (#1)
11/15/23 3:11 pm
If you won an Appy stallion in the raffle and do not have Stat Gene, Heritage, Peak/Prime stablewide upgrades, please PM or DM me a link to the stallion.
Issa (#1)
11/14/23 6:19 pm
Answers to the Upgrade Raffle Challenge can be found here. Again, I'd highly recommend reading this even if you didn't participate as these questions address some incredibly important keys to racing success.
Issa (#1)
11/14/23 10:40 am
Upgrade raffles will be running tonight at 5:00pm! You don't need to be present, but are welcome to hang out in Discord to celebrate with the winners.
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 4:54 pm
Deadline for the upgrade raffles has been extended to Monday at 6:00pm. There's not many entries yet so be sure to get yours in!
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 4:41 pm
Gene Reducers may now only be used on bred horses, not Horse Trader, Import, or Select Sale horses.
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 12:11 pm
Answers to the Stallion Raffle Challenge, as well as the most relevant Handbook links, can be found here. Highly recommend everyone check this out, even if you didn't participate, because this covers a lot of the most important information for successful breeding!
Issa (#1)
11/10/23 4:56 pm
An additional rule has been added for raffle stallions - they may not be Cloaked.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 8:24 pm
Stallion raffle tickets must be claimed by Friday at 5:00pm. The raffle will be held Friday evening.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 11:13 am
Juuuuust kidding! (About the previous post...) I just added 1 additional Liver Chestnut and 1 additional Flaxen Liver Chestnut. Enjoy!
Issa (#1)
11/06/23 9:53 pm
We've added 7 new shades of Chestnut including 2 regular Chestnut, 2 Flaxen, 1 Liver, and 2 Flaxen Liver. All new shades can be viewed in the Horse Previewer.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 5:09 pm
If you have an Appaloosa who is heterozygous or homozygous for Mottling, you may update their image to correctly show their mottling by reloading from their Image Gallery.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 4:39 pm
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle will be held tomorrow, Monday, at 9:00pm FFH time. Tickets must be purchased by 7:00pm.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 12:31 pm
February will be 2 weeks this year with races running on November 19th. This is not a permanent change, but one we feel is best in the circumstances of Y55.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:36 pm
Midsummer Revelry now includes 500yd races for 3yo ONLY and 700yd races for 4yo+.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:35 pm
Trials of Olympus now includes 7F races for 3yo ONLY.
Issa (#1)
11/03/23 10:24 am
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle is being postponed to either Sunday or Monday. Tickets may be purchased up through 1 hour before the time the raffle begins, which will be announced on Sunday.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 1:42 pm
Question #22 in the Stallion Raffle Challenge has been updated for clarity.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 10:49 am
Stallion Raffle Challenge update: If you are confused about what a question is asking for, you may contact me (DM or PM) for clarification before submitting.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 6:04 pm
2yo and 3yo stallion raffle eligibility has been updated due to an error in the script - a few more are eligible for tickets that weren't showing before. Additionally, you must have raced at least 20 2yo, 20 3yo, and 30 4yo+ to be eligible for the category.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 3:19 pm
Appaloosa broodmares are now available in the horse trader. Each player may purchase broodmares until they have 20+ total Appaloosa broodmares.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 2:12 pm
A new account setting has been added to show your barn names as buttons rather than text. A new option in barn naming allows you to designate a barn as the start of a new line.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 12:25 pm
Appaloosa color shows are now published for January.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 11:28 am
Surf and Turf has been added to the Golden Apple Orchard and is also now a possible reward when harvesting farm plots.
Issa (#1)
10/27/23 10:31 pm
The "|" dividing barn names has been removed to allow you more customization and improved aesthetics when organizing barns. Barn name character limit has been increased to 30 characters.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:59 pm
The Pampered grooming buff has been renamed to Radiant.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:57 pm
Grooming (the training action) has been renamed to Pamper to avoid confusion with Grooming Centers.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:56 pm
Beginning in February, players will be awarded 126 Grooming Center slots per month (increased from 84).
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 2:56 pm
Broodmare dispersal at the GAO is temporarily available again.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 12:49 pm
Surface Genes no longer impact a foal's birth stats. Distance Genes have a less significant impact on a foal's birth stats than they previously had.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 10:29 am
Mares must now have an updated grade test to submit breeding requests to outside stallions.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 9:35 pm
Training and feeding have reopened.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 4:45 pm
The Y55 Training Sales are now open for consignments! Bidding will begin October 29th.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:40 pm
Stock horses now maintain distance proficiency easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:27 pm
Goldbloods now maintain Coat Condition easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 9:00 pm
Contesting arenas can no longer have muddy weather. Contesting races held at series facilities will not be impacted by mud, even if the main track is muddy.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:52 pm
Horses no longer have a chance to reveal genotype upon retirement. However, the chance to reveal transition genes is increased for horses who have a Minor, Major, or Master. (With each award offering a greater chance.)
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:47 pm
Prices for imports have been adjusted. Colts now cost twice as much as fillies, varying upon a player's rank.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:27 pm
Preparedness is now available as a stablewide upgrade trait.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 4:55 pm
Time Turner and Prismatic Time Turner have been restored from retirement. They now change a mare's due date to January or the current month and Prismatic also resets a mare's color show cooldown.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 3:05 pm
Stock and STB stallions no longer earn bonus foal slots upon retirement.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 2:04 pm
The mare grading formula has been updated. All mares may now be tested again, although most likely there will be few changes.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 11:01 am
Horses who are Handily in races will now lose Experience.
Issa (#1)
10/15/23 6:15 pm
Horses who earn Court of Stars now receive a Producer Quality boost. Horses who have already earned Court of Stars have also received a PQ boost.
Issa (#1)
10/11/23 1:04 pm
A few minor adjustments have been made to Stallion Grades and stallions will need retested. Notably - Since SS/Import/Custom cannot be the worst level of 'Average', they may still earn B grades. Horses with tested negative mutations also cannot grade higher than C unless tested AA+ PQ. This info has been updated in the Handbook as well. Thanks for your patience!
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 11:13 pm
The Stallion Grade system has been updated and testing is open again. These updates offer more flexibility in factors that have less impact on a foal's potential while placing more weight on factors that have a stronger impact on a foal's potential. The Handbook page has also been updated, though the most notable change is that tested Average PQ cannot grade higher than C.
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 12:36 pm
The Stallion Testing Center is currently unavailable.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 5:10 pm
Contesting horses may now enter multiple races at the same track.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 12:44 pm
Contesting horses will have a 3 leg jackpot series through July, August, and September beginning in Y55. This will be offered for both barrels and poles with alternating regions per race.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:42 pm
Performance based Suggested Grade now only looks at a horse's most recent race. This should alleviate a lot of problems where horses show a lower grade than is actually appropriate, helping avoid Handily results.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:17 pm
Horses with Performance Ratings available now show their Stellar best PRs separate from non-Stellar best PRs.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 1:46 pm
Mares who are already retired may be eligible for reduced foal slots. If so, a notice will appear at the top of their page allowing you to opt in (or opt out) of the foal slot change.
Issa (#1)
10/06/23 6:49 pm
Mare retirement is now available again. If your mare does not retire with the correct amount of foals lots, please post a bug.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 7:26 pm
Experience now shows an exact percentage (%) for horses owned by Pro accounts.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 2:44 pm
Distance proficiency gains have been increased for the distances above and below the distance a horse selects for training or BW.
Issa (#1)
09/17/23 3:31 pm
The Y54 Yearling Sale is open for consignments! Consignments will be accepted until bidding opens at the start of September.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:50 pm
The value of Golden Apples has been updated to 200 GA = 100 PC = $1,000,000 (loosely). Prices for items in the GAO have been updated accordingly. The PC value for Sunkissed Tart, Ultra Wraps, Cream Token, Roan Token, and Dun Token have also been updated.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:48 pm
Minimum pricing for public sales has increased to $100,000. Horses already listed for sale have been updated accordingly.
Issa (#1)
09/11/23 4:32 pm
A horse design contest is being held for the upcoming Select Sale. Visit #🌈pretty-pony-designs on Discord to read the rules and enter!
Issa (#1)
09/10/23 12:14 pm
Jockey fees (taken from race income) have been adjusted. The fee for 3 jockeys has been reduced, while additional cost tiers have been added for having 4 or 5+ actively contracted jockeys.
Issa (#1)
09/09/23 11:08 am
Stained Glass Cookies can now be purchased in the GAO.
Issa (#1)
09/04/23 1:09 pm
HT mares will earn 1 bonus foal slot, meaning they always retire with at least 2 slots. A bonus slot is also earned for placing top 5 in a series race, rather than top 3.
Issa (#1)
08/29/23 4:55 pm
Mares may now transition to buddies regardless of foal slots used. Mare transition fees have also been reduced.
Issa (#1)
08/27/23 2:33 pm
Registration for Birthday Bash Board Game Arena tournaments is open on Discord. Tournaments start on August 31st!
Issa (#1)
08/26/23 11:15 am
Series entry pools will not run until 6:00pm today.
Issa (#1)
08/23/23 11:10 am
Any horses you wish to enter in this year's Project 6 contest must be registered by Saturday.
Issa (#1)
08/06/23 9:44 pm
Tovero, Cream, Roan, and Silver Tokens as well as Add-On Points are now available at the Golden Apple Orchard. A new item, Rotten Apple, may also now be purchased at the GAO.
Issa (#1)
08/06/23 4:39 pm
The Training Auction is open for bidding! The auction will end at an undisclosed time no sooner than 24 hours from now.
Issa (#1)
08/06/23 1:50 pm
Breed shows now award 1 point per 4 entries and Open shows now award 1 point per 5 entries.
Issa (#1)
08/04/23 1:49 pm
'Horse', referring to an adult male horse, is being updated to 'Stallion' throughout the site. If you find a page that hasn't been updated it, please report it here.
Issa (#1)
08/03/23 5:54 pm
Anyone with Business Skill 6 may now create Stallion Spotlight ads by clicking the button in Stud Services. These ads randomly display when Genotype Search or Stud Book is loaded. Relevant SIP, Grade, and other icons will be added to spotlights at a later date.
Issa (#1)
08/03/23 5:46 pm
Genotype Search has been updated to allow searching by specific Stat Genes. The search form has also been reorganized to better flow with the order on Genetics pages and keep like genes grouped together.
Issa (#1)
08/03/23 12:53 pm
Hidden mares no longer show up in Genotype Search results.