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Foal Potential

Overview
There are a number of things that come together to determine a foal's racing talent - otherwise known as their Stats or Potential. Although it is often impossible to tell exactly what factors contributed and how much, it's rarely a complete mystery. These factors are explained in brief below. If you wish to know more about any particular facet of breeding, you can usually find more details on related pages.

Determining Potential
Stat Genes
Stat Genes are the foundation of a foal's stats. In many cases, they contribute the most to stats, but this is not always the case. A foal who has many other positive or negative factors at play (see sections below) may end up significantly different from how their Stat Genes indicate they should max.

For more information check out the Stat Genes page.
Producer Quality
Producer Quality of a foal's parents is very important to determining how good or bad a foal ends up. It is often considered the most important factor in where a foal's stats end up. Good producers may produce a foal with stats far beyond their Stat Genes - such as a Peerless (60 potential) with mostly 'Good' Stat Genes. On the flip side, bad producers may produce a foal with stats significantly worse than their Stat Genes would suggest - such as a 6 potential with all Excellent Stat Genes.

You can find more detailed information on the Producer Quality page.
Bloodline (Blood Type) Cross
The Bloodline or Blood Type match of a foal's parents can impact the foal's potential - this can be a positive or negative impact. A sire and dam with an exact Blood Type match (both have the same Blood Type)can give a boost to their foal's potential. A cross that is one away from being exact (for example, I x II) can also give a foal's potential a smaller boost. However, a foal whose parents are more than 2 types apart (such as I x IV) may see a significant reduction ,to their stats and overall potential.

You can learn more about how Blood Types work on this page.
Distance Aptitude
Distance aptitude - or distance genes - is pretty critical. A horse born with no genetic aptitude for a distance is essentially a horse with no genetic aptitude to race. These horses without distance aptitude are known as 'intermediates'. This is because they'll usually be trained for mid-range distances (respective to breed) since they have no stronger preference in either direction.

Stats of genetically intermediate distance horses can take a huge hit. It's rare to see intermediates, especially those below 'Good/Good', maxing high enough to be a top tier stakes racer. However, it is important to note here that only horses who are genetically intermediate runners can have their potential affected. On the other hand, horses who have strong genetic aptitude for both Speed and Stamina ('Excellent' or better on both sides; otherwise known as 'versatile') may benefit from a significant bonus to their stats.

You can learn more about distances and their role in racing here.
Surface Aptitude
Like distance, surface preferences are inherited through a horse's Aptitude Genes. Horses may be bred to be dirt runners or turf runners. Occasionally you may breed a horse that is 'Strong' for both (referred to as 'dual surface'). However, a horse can also be born with no aptitude for either surface. Not only will these horses struggle to maintain proficiency during training, their maximum stats (potential) is penalized slightly at birth.

You can learn more about distances and their role in racing here.
Conformation
Good Conformation genes are important! Although some horses with absolutely horrible legs can be great racers, having a well-conformed horse helps them perform to the best of their innate ability. Stats of foals with 'Poor' or 'Fair' Conformation genes tend to suffer, while stats of foals with 'Excellent' or 'Outstanding' Conformation genes usually improve. Can you have a Peerless with bad Conformation? It's possible, though unlikely! You can also still have a 6 potential foal with 'Outstanding' Conformation.
Racing Points
Stallions and mares who performed well on the track are granted a bonus for their foals. Although this is not a realistic feature, it is a way to reward horses (and their owners) that go above and beyond by balancing out the uncertainty of breeding.

A stallion's or mare's foals will receive a small stat bonus if they earned a Performance Merit (100 points) and a larger stat bonus if they earned a Performance Distinction (250 points). A stallion/mare with less than 100 points has a chance to give a small stat bonus based on how many points they did earn.

Visit the Racing Points page to learn more about points and how to earn them.

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08/31/21 3:32 pm
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08/30/21 12:01 pm
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08/21/21 12:58 pm
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08/20/21 6:41 pm
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