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Performance Ratings, also referred to as PRs, are a measure of how well a horse performed in a race. You can think of it as a numerical value assigned to the time where a high PR correlates to a fast time. A horse who earns a higher PR will place higher in a race than a horse who earns a low PR - this ordering can never be swapped.|
PRs also generally correlate to what grade a horse should enter, as listed in a chart on the Evaluating Talent page. Although a horse can sometimes run unusually well or unusually poor, once they're racing consistently you should get an idea of their average PR and use that as a guideline for entering.
This page walks through all of the major and minor components of PR, but we've also provided a PR Predictor calculator you can use to easily pinpoint problem areas for your horses. It may be useful to refer back to this page as you plug your horses' information into the template.
Performance Ratings are offered as a stablewide upgrade in the Pro Shop. Once purchased, you'll be able to see PRs in all past and future races for any horse you own. You'll also see statistics on their page for their (recent) average PR, highest PR, and best PR of the year. This can help you make entering decisions quickly, but is otherwise not necessary for success.
You don't need the Performance Ratings upgrade to figure out your horses' PRs! The lengths (L) between horses in a race always corresponds to the difference in PR between those two horses. 1 length = 2 PR points or L * 2 = Difference in PR. If your horse ran 10 L behind a horse that ran a 120 PR, you can calculate that your horse ran 100 PR.
This formula is accurate until PRs enter very narrow margins (within 2 points), in which case you may see a variety of notes including: 3/4L, head, neck, or nose.
|Major Components of PR|
|Minor Components of PR|