New Users

What is the timeline here and how long is each season?
Each season occurs over a four month period, meaning there are 3 seasons per calendar year.
What are some of the primary game features?
Horse Improvement- When are we supposed to see an improvement in their times?

Horse growth and maturity is a realistic experience that occurs over time. Horses can improve from experience on a surface or it can happen as they age and mature.

There is no age change, we find that whole concept distasteful. The horse's age in a natural manner and improvements can happen every single day.



Race Comments- The comments that are made about a race ,IE, in hand, Smoothly, are these hidden clues to the horse's ability?

The race comments do indeed offer insight into the performance of the horse. For example 'In hand' would indicate that the jockey was trying to conserve the horses energy down the stretch and might occur if the horse had a lead at the stretch pole.



Training - When the horse has a track work or a race, does the amount of stamina lose have any bearing on track distance and race type? IE some horses go to 7% and other return at 20%, is this another hidden clue?

This is explained under the training section of the FAQ

What do I get when I sign up?
You receive 1 token which is redeemable for one horse from the sales ring. There are additional bonuses available for your initial deposit, please see the deposit page for details.
Can I just play for free?
An active subscription is required to participate in races. You can however train your horses and participate in other features of the game without paying.
What is the stamina bar?
The stamina bar is a reflection of the horse's readiness. 100% condition is optimal for racing. In order to raise the condition of a horse, you simply need to wait. Each night the horse will recover stamina automatically. The bar will climb up to 100% and stay there until a race is run, at which point it will drop based on how tired the horse is at the end of the race.
How many times can a horse race in a day?
There is no limit to the number of time a horse can race in a day, but each race will tire the horse out and therefore it will not run to the best of its ability. Please see the racing section below for more information.
Premium Membership
Premium membership is an option that gives members access to more tools and reports that make managing a stable quicker and more efficient. These tools do not directly influence a stable or horse's ability to win races, but provide more detailed information for the owners.

Items included in membership:
  • Global Workout Stats - this gives you vital information on the workout times throughout the sim and can help you place your horses.
  • Horse Potentials - provides a visual summary of the potential of the horses in your stable and also shows their growth in a quick overview.
  • Top Training Times - includes a breakdown of all your horses and their best training times at each distance, sortable and filterable.
  • Top Racing Times - includes a breakdown of all your horses and their best racing times at each distance, sortable and filterable.


Player Contributed Guide

How do I pay and find Premium Access?

Firstly click on my account(top right of main screen) and then the little icon to the right of your stable name(underneath Racing Data),you will then see your account details page. On the right is your Account Options and the Purchase Premium Access link is about half way down.
This page will appear:
https://www.sportofkings...count/purch_premium.aspx

So now you have it for a month what do you get for it?

I will go through the main if not all benefits for you.On the main screen top left,click the Stables icon you will see a new choice,Premium Features has appeared. When you click on it you should see this:https://www.sportofkings.us/stables/premium/

  • Auto Trainer Settings--you can set your horses to train automatically every night instead of you training manually,they will train to the preferences you have set on each horses page.
  • Horses Potential--you can see the growth and potential of your horses without going to each horse individually.
  • Top Training Times--your top training times by all your horses together for your pleasure.
  • Stable Race Time Report--your horses race times altogether.
  • Global Workout Stats--all horses that have trained not just yours have records here,you do not know what horse but you will see if your horses training compares to other players by AGE and DISTANCE.The GOING is not included so Turf and Dirt cannot be judged seperately.

Hopefully its ok to put this up as it should be for the paid players only but im sure this once is ok,the following is training times for YEARLINGS over 5F(1000M) this season so far:
5F Records797 Top 5%1:03.44 Top 10%1:03.85 Top 25%1:04.73 Top 50%1:06.28

So in total there have been 797 trains over 5f(1000m) by YEARLINGS this Season so far,the top 5% times are 1minute 03.44seconds OR better,it does not show the fastest just the time to get in the top 5% then 10% etc. So if your YEARLING is doing for example 1minute 01.10seconds its well in the top 5% and maybe even the top performer.

Finally the biggest thing you get in my view,based on I use it the most is on each horses page,you get to view the record times of your horses with a no star,one star,two stars and three stars guide to show where they are compared to all other horses owned by all other players. So for example if you have a great 1mile(1600m) YEARLING that trains fast it will show if it is your stables record holder and how many stars it has compared to other players.We often call this three star TRAINING times not to get confused with the three star POTENTIAL rating that new HOMEBRED horses get on birth.

You will all pick it up very quickly once you get Premium Access I am sure. This part you will find on each horses page so click on any one of your horses,on the left hand side just underneath the horses photo you will see:

  • Recent Races
  • Upcoming Races
  • Training
  • Event History

Click on the Training one and the horses training appears which most of you obviously know is there but you will see three options at the bottom: MORE------------EXPORT HISTORY-------------VIEW RECORDS
If you click VIEW RECORDS you will see all the hidden info and hopefully find some horses with the green three stars!!
Good luck hope I have helped a bit at least.
Martin.



Horses

Can horses improve over time?
Horses absolutely can and will improve with age, some more than others and there is no for sure way to know just how much they will improve. We have tried to create a very realistic model in this area. As a horse ages and improves you will get occasional notes from the trainers or jockeys who will give you some feedback on your horse. Please see the information regarding maturity below.
What is maturity?
Maturity is the term used to indicate how fully physically developed a horse is. A fully mature horse has no more physical development left. It is important to note that this is independent of a horse's ability to handle specific surfaces and conditions.
Ability of Males vs Females
At this time (and until further notice) both genders will have equal ability levels and therefore fillies will not receive a weight break when racing against their male counterparts.
What are the naming policies?
Horse names are reserved on a first come first serve basis. No two active horses should share the same name and a horse that retires with at least 1 win will forever hold that name. A horse that retires with 0 wins loses rights to the name. Any vulgar or offensive names, as determined by the site administration, will not be tolerated and will be changed. Violations of this nature can result in a ban of the users account. Also note that horses cannot have their name changes once they have raced.
What does gelding a horse do?
Gelding is available for male horses and is a term that refers to the castration of a male horse. This process generally offers a performance boost to the horse, but comes at the cost of prohibiting the horse from having offspring. This is a very common practice and a large majority of male thoroughbreds end up being geldings.
What does pasturing a horse do?
Sending a horse to pasture removes them from your stable and sends them to the stable manager farm. This is mostly a housekeeping (cleaning) function that allows owners to keep an organized and easily navigable stable. (Eligible) Horses that have been sent to pasture become part of a pool of horses available for purchase by players via the stable manager sales [Under Private Sales]. New players get first access to these horses, and then after 14 days they will be opened to the rest of the stables. [Retired horses that have been gelded are not eligible for purchase again]
When can a horse begin racing? (What Age)
All horses are eligible to begin racing on the first day of their two year old year. All horses age at the same time, which is day 1 of a new season.
How long can a horse race and to what age? Also how long can a horse live?
A horse can continue its racing career through its eight year old season. The day a horse turns 9, the system will force them into retirement. There is no hard and fast rule, but a horse has a chance to pass away starting at age 10 and the chances increase with each year. Also note that unwanted horses which remain in the stable manager for a significant period of time will be removed from the game and marked as deceased.
I retired a horse but he/she cannot be bred?
Horses must be at least three years old before they are eligible to be bred. See the breeding section for more information.
What are points?
Points are our horse ranking system that allows us to determine a horse's rank and award possiblities. The system is designed to be similar to Timeform's scoring system and works as follows.

The amount of points each race is worth is determined by combining the quality of the horses (speed ratings during the race) and the type of race that it is and then the standard payout schedule is used to distribute points beyond that.

The base points are assigned at the end of each race using the following formula:
Speed Rating Points
60+ 1
90+ 2
120+ 3

The bonus points are assigned using the following criteria:
Race Type Bonus Points
Invitational 20
Championship 20
Derby 15
Graded - Gold 10
Graded - Silver 8
Graded - Bronze 6
Graded Stakes 6
Added 4
WFA 4
Sponsored 4
Allowance 2


Training

What do the training times mean?
The training times will help establish a guideline for the speed of the horse and should reveal what the distance(s) and surface(s) the horse likes to run at. Premium members will receive an additional report that will classify training results within the global percentages.
How do training times relate to race performance?
Training results will give you a general idea of a horse's ability. As with real life racing a horse can both improve and slow down under race conditions depending on numerous factors. It is best to judge a horses ability based on the performance in a race rather than exclusively through training.
How frequently should I train a horse?
Horses take time to recover from these timed workouts so most trainers will work them every 3-5 days. The maximum number of trains per day is one.
How will I know which distance my horse prefers?
You will be able to determine this based on the times he/she runs over various distances compared to the competition. Expert trainers will also be able to identify horses than are over exerting themselves in races, resulting in an extremely tired horse.
What does the equipment do?
Horses generally have reactions to equipment and medication that can alter their performance on the track. You are currently able to use three different kinds of equipment on each horse.

Tongue Ties: Some horses benefit from having their tongues tied up, keeping them from swallowing it while racing. A horse that needs this piece of equipment will generally be able to relax and use less stamina when running.



Blinkers: A horse can often focus a bit better when equipped with blinkers, allowing them to run on the front a bit better. It seems that an equal number of horses have a distaste for blinkers are those that enjoy them.



Ear Muffs: Some horses are easily distracted by noises and rattled by big crowds. Ear Muffs can often help settle horses down and enable them to perform more consistently.



Racing

Race Payouts
The track will pay out 100% of the purse. The jockey will take their % from the horse's winnings.

The payouts are as follows:
# HorsesFirstSecondThirdFourth
1100.00 %0.00 %0.00 %0.00 %
2100.00 %0.00 %0.00 %0.00 %
375.00 %25.00 %0.00 %0.00 %
470.00 %30.00 %0.00 %0.00 %
550.00 %30.00 %20.00 %0.00 %
650.00 %30.00 %20.00 %0.00 %
750.00 %30.00 %20.00 %0.00 %
850.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
950.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1050.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1150.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1250.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1350.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1450.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1550.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1650.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1750.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1850.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
1950.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %
2050.00 %25.00 %15.00 %10.00 %


Races that are marked with (Bonus) in the description are races will be distributed in bonus money.

Championship level races use a mandatory payout schedule and will always pay out 4 places.
How often can my horse run?
There are no hard limits to how frequently a horse can run, but a horse will see reduced performance on the track if they run too soon or frequently. The layoff will be calculated by looking at the most recent public work or race, and using whichever is most recent.

Criteria:

Over-racing is defined as running more than 4 races in the past 30 days. The penalty increases with each race in excess of this mark.


Recent RacePenalty (-) / Bonus (+)
< 4 DaysHeavy Penalty (--)
4-14 DaysBoost (++)
14-30 DaysBoost (++)
30-60 DaysSmall Boost (+)
60-90 DaysNeutral
90+ DaysPenalty (-)
I just finished a race, what can I learn?
There is a lot of information to be garnered from each race, from pace scenarios to distance concerns. The deciphering of the information will be up to the trainers but there are a few system mechanics that you should be aware of. The first is that a horse may not exit a race with more than 20% stamina but can exit with less. Another important thing to look at is the pace scenario that played out during a race which can dramatically impact the fractions and fatigue of a horse. There are many more items that can/should be looked at but we will leave that to the trainers to decipher.

If you are unsure or need a refresher on how to read a past performance chart please see this wonderful tutorial.

Race Comment Analysis

Sharpness Comments (PreRace)
Positive or NegativePossible Comments
+on toes, eagerly, ears pricked, ethusiastically, energetically, earnestly
-washy, unsettled, stiff, apathetic
--sluggish, lethargic, listless, languid
Stamina Comments
% Stamina LeftPossible Comments
+20%+some left, might stretch out, willingly
9-20%tried hard, big effort, determined
5-9%tired late, all out, fully extended
<5%exhausted
What levels of races are available for my horse?
There are then many choices of races to enter your horses in, much like real life. It is recommended that you begin your horse in a 'Maiden' race, where only horses with 0 wins can compete. You will then have to hone your training skills to determine what competition level your horse belongs with. Some horses will race up to their competition, some will not, you will simply have to discover that on your own.

There are a number of win restricted racing categories that are available as well:
Win CategoryNumber of Wins
Maiden0
Graduation0-2
Div A2-4
Progress0-4
Div B4-6
Div C6-9
Div D9-12
 3+
Open2+
 0+
 2+
What are tokens?
Tokens are used to unlock access to specific races. These races can be user created races or other types. All user created races require a token of a specific level to unlock access to the race. One token is required for each horse. If a race is canceled, horse not drawn, or horse is scratched the token will be returned to the owners balance.

Race Levels

The different race levels require different priced tokens to participate. The tokens are priced as follows

Bronze: $0.50
Silver: $2.00
Gold: $5.00
Platinum: $20.00

When do races close / How long do I have to enter a race?
Normal races close 30 minutes before post; Claiming races close 24 hours before post; and Championship races close 18 hours before post.
Race Refunds / Cancellations
Races have a required minimum number of horses and stable in order to be a valid contest and run. These numbers will be displayed on the individual race pages. The final check is made when the race closes and if a race fails to meet this standard it will be cancelled and the entry refunded.
My horse was in a race but did not run, what happened?
Races have a maximum of 20 horses. If the number of entrants exceeds that we follow the following procedure:

Horses are loaded into a list based on this criteria (in order):

  • If run in the past 5 days (yes or no) [does not apply to graded stakes / quals]
  • Earnings
  • Wins
  • Entry Order

If there are more horses than the field will support:
The system will look for duplicate entries from the same owner (working through the list bottom up).

If there are still more horses than allowed:
The system will eliminate horses from the bottom up of the list.

How does the race scheduler work?
The race schedule is a complex animal, but we will give a brief breakdown that will help you plan your horse's races. The first thing to know is that the season will be broken down into 4 months (We will have 3 seasons per real life year) and that there will be a championship race at the end of each of these months. The fourth month will contain our very own version of the Breeders' Cup.

The championships are comprised of a series of qualifiers, followed by a final invitational in the form of the Breeders' Cup. Championship Series Details
Weather?
Upcoming weather at each active track is available here
Allowance Racing
The weights for allowance racing are calculated as follows:

  • base weight of 126 lbs
  • each win over the minimum for the level adds 4 lbs
  • each race without a win subtracts 2 lbs
Approximated weights will be displayed on the race entry page.
How does the Handicap Racing Work?

Races which are marked as a handicap will be resitricted based on the horse's current rating.


There are currently three groupings (0-75), (76-96), and (97-117).


Weights will be assigned to the horses based on where they fall within this range with the higher rating indicating a better horse.


Ratings will then be adjusted following the races based on a number of criteria including the finish order, the quality of the race, field size, and the speed rating of the winner. The maximum number of points a horse can move up or down in a single race will be 4.


Weight is calculated based on the current rating of the horse at 1lb per point above the minimum rating for the group (55 being the absolute lowest rating allowed).


As a special perk these races will not count towards the weight in championship / qualifier races.


*Note that the estimated weight will be displayed on the race entry page. We would suggest not using quick enter for handicap races so that you can see this.

Divisional Racing
The weights for divisional racing are calculated as follows:

  • base weight of 126 lbs
  • each win over the minimum for the level adds 4 lbs
Approximated weights will be displayed on the race entry page.
WFA Weights?
WFA weight chart is available here
My horse is listed as being inelegible to enter a race, why?
There are a couple reasons why a horse might be ineligible to enter a race. Horses are required to have a public work before entering their first race or another reason a horse might not be eligible are if the horse is currently listed for sale or in the auction.


Fees

Subscriptions
In order to participate in our free races you must maintain an active monthly subscription. There are multiple levels available depending on how many horses you have in your stable. If you are to exceed the maximum number of horses allowed by your subscription your stable will not be able to enter any further races. Please note that yearlings and inactive horses do not count against your horse count for the subscription.
How much does a new horse cost?
Horses are $10 each at the sales ring and $8 each when being bred (plus any applicable stud or mare fees). Please note the sire / mare fee is not charged when breeding a horse you currently own.
What can bonus credits be used for?
Bonus credits can be spent on just about anything where you would pay a fee to the site such as: sales ring / breeding fee; premium access; changing your silks or stable logo; or horse evaluation (for equipment only); or breeding evaluations. It cannot be used to pay for items that can/must go to other players. It would be things like purchasing a horse from a private sale or auction nor can it be used to pay race entry fees or nomination costs.

When purchasing or breeding a horse bonus credits can not be used for more than 50% of the fee.
Nominations
Horses must be individually nominated in order to be eligible to participate in the Championship Series. Please visit the nominations page for more information.
Receiving Stud / Mare Fees
Our players are able to sell the breeding rights to their horses. In order to facilitate this transaction there is a 5% administrative fee.
Auction
There is a $1.00 fee to create an auction listings and auctions that are successful (sold) incur a 2% fee.
Private Sales
There is a $0.50 fee to list a horse on the private sales page and there is a flat $4 fee for all successful private sales.


Sales

Can you race a horse that is for sale?
A horse may not be entered into, or have a race pending and still be eligible for a private sales listing.
When do auctions occur?
Auctions occur on weekends and generally the 2nd and final weekend of the month. Please see the auction page for exact details on when the next auction will begin and end.
Fees?
For information regarding the fees associated with sales, please see the fees section.


Breeding

How do I breed?
In order to breed a horse you must select an eligible sire and a mare. In order to be eligible a horse (sire or mare) must be retired, be of appropriate age, have breeds remaining (Per season sires get 20 while mares are allowed 2), and the males must not be gelded. It is important to note that you will be required to pay the Stud/Mare fee if you breed a horse that is not owner by your stable.
What are genetic abiliy and strength ?
Genetic ability is a rough formulation of the horses racing ability from a genetics stand point. Genetic strength is a rough formulation of how likely this horse is to pass on its genetics to offspring.
How do I know which horses to breed?
Each horse has a specific set of genetics that are determined at birth which are NOT necessarily linked to its on track abilities. Do not assume that the fastest horses always have the best genetics. You may use the breeding evaluator to assist in decision making.
Can I breed my horse with someone elses?
Absolutely! You can allow horses to be bred by other owners (for a fee that you control) through the 'My Breeding' section of the game. Your horse will then show up as an eligible horse to match for breeding and the owners will pay you the fee directly.
Why breed when I can use the sales ring?
Breeding allows for greater control of the horse you receive based on the pair of parents that are selected. We will not reveal the specifics, but better genetics will almost always lead to better horses. It is important to note that horses from the sales ring have randomly generated genetics and that neither the sales ring nor genetics have an advantage over the other in terms of finding the once in a life time type horse.


Jockeys

How does jockey selection affect the race outcome?
Jockey's each have special characteristics, that they try to match with a horse during selection but at this time they have no impact on the results.
What happens if multiple horses want the same jockey?
Jockey's will make up their own minds in determining which horse they want to ride, but will almost always pick the horse they expect has a better chance to win based on past performances.
How do I select a jockey?
Jockeys are currently automatically assigned, this feature will be revisited as the game grows.


Last Modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2018