Recent Updates

Season 17 by sportofkings 2
10/1/2019 10:57:29 PM

Season Length Change
Behind the scenes we are working on setting everything up to transition to 3 month seasons (4 seasons annually). We know this has been repeatedly requested and this should help further create engagement, increase pace of races, and number of races daily. We will post all the implications as we wrap the final steps but expect a few things:

1) Recovery time will be reduced roughly 25% to match the reduced schedule
2) The schedule will be compressed 25%
3) Purse money - obviously with more races in a single months subscription either the average purse has to decline or cost increase, we'll listen to comments on the forum regarding this.


New Season Start Dates
1/1
4/1
7/1
10/1
Updates 9/27/19 by sportofkings 1
9/27/2019 3:47:43 PM

Immediate Changes

  • Raising many juvenile Maiden purses
  • Adding Juvenile Maiden Allowances back: this will help more horses progress through and perhaps a few more lower class horses to stick around.
  • Raising juvenile graduation purses


Future Changes being put in place

  • Updating Championship Series so that beginning next season weight from a maiden win will not count for any age group


Updates 9/20/19 by sportofkings 1
9/20/2019 6:00:30 PM

In an effort to help reset, or set for new players, the expectations of breeding results we have created a summary chart that using data that we started logging a few seasons ago. This data is actual results, not evaluations, and the page will continue to be updated as data rolls in.


https://www.sportofkings...cs/breeding_results.aspx

I hope this helps people better understand what to expect.
We've added a few new bloodlines

*Elusive Quality
*Langfuhr
*Sunday Silence
*Sadlers Wells


and one rare one:
*Bayern
We've tweaked the names of a few levels and added one more upper tier.

Code:

Name - Price - Max Horses
Beginner - $14.99 - 9
Basic - $24.99 - 15
Stablehand - $34.99 - 25
Advanced - $49.99 - 40
Expert - $74.99 - 75
Professional - $99.99 - 125
Epic - $149.99 - 190
Legendary - $199.99 - 260
Ultimate - $299.99 - 390



Subscriptions will stay at the same tier they were at before (based on # of horses). We did tweak the price of what is now the 'epic' plan to bring it in line. It was slightly cheaper per horse than the higher packages which wouldn't make sense.
9/8/19 by sportofkings 2
9/8/2019 8:44:48 PM

Public Breeding Toggle added for both sires and mares
Updates 8/30/19 by sportofkings 1
8/30/2019 6:54:02 PM

  • Breeding evaluator should no longer show you horses that are not of breeding age. This was an unintended consequence of showing ineligible horses.
  • New internal tool to measure interest in races by all possible filters to help us continue to improve the schedule. Note that we won't necessarily only focus on current interest areas but this will allow us to see areas where interest is falling short of expectations.


Happy Season 16 everyone.
8/27/19 by sportofkings 1
8/28/2019 2:19:34 AM

Minor update: End of Season
At the end of the season all public breeding will be reset to false. This will prevent a rush to change the settings but it will require owners to actively reset their horses to public each season.
8/18/19 by sportofkings 1
8/19/2019 12:06:32 AM

Next seasons championship schedule has been posted, thanks to everyone for helping us continue to grow the pots. Best of luck to everyone in the upcoming season.
A provisional season 16 schedule is now visible at:
https://www.sportofkings...view_seasonschedule.aspx

Notable changes:

  • Schedule will begin officially on the first 4 day week (works out to a full week for next season)
  • Removal of Handicap Races
  • Introduction of Senior Division C (6=8 wins)
  • Introduction of 3YR Division A (2-4 wins)
  • Introduction of Overnight Stakes for Seniors (0+) - massive purses [plat token] with an earnings cap of $1000 lifetime
  • Raised Senior Divisional (A,B,C) purses from 6 added + 14 bonus to 10 a + 15 b
  • Raised few of the added races from silver tokens to gold tokens
  • Raised 3yr graduation purses to 12 a + 13 b
  • Added a new series of high stakes races for juvenile maidens to the beginning of the season [diamond] -- The request was for a more comprehensive program but we have a full series in weeks 1-3 now added.
Updates 5/22/19 by sportofkings 2
5/22/2019 8:26:02 PM

UI and Purse Updates

  • Updates the future races UI to include a visual breakdown of the purses (cash/bonus)
  • We have boosted the added money of every race, outside the championship, by 10% for the remainder of the season starting 6/1/2019.
The leaderboard and program page are now live.

https://www.sportofkings...eaderboard/breeding.aspx

The data doesn't capture this entire season up to this point but it should stay up to date as races go off from this point forward.
Updates 5/16/19 by sportofkings 1
5/17/2019 1:20:28 AM

  • Fixed an issue with over-crediting accounts with BC for user created races that were cancelled.

Updates 5/8/19 by sportofkings 1
5/8/2019 10:43:12 PM

  • Fixed an issue with name of the races that were handicaps not properly including handicap.
  • Corrected the times for the races at Southampton.
  • Corrected the times for the races at Lingfield.
Racing Queues by sportofkings 1
4/22/2019 10:43:47 PM

New option
Building from the instant racing framework we have re-introduced the request a race feature as racing queues. This feature will roll out with a very narrowly defined scope. We will expand or contract based on feedback.

One thing that players still won’t be able to do is breed a horse (home bred) and immediately race it so with the current constraints of :
2 yr old
Maiden
Less then or equal to two starts

We have really limited the horses impacted and therefore any impact on the schedule or older horses. This should allow players the ability to not only have a friendly race with friends but also help provided additional race opportunities and nice purses.

One twist that seems like it will play our well is a standing rotation of distances. After a decision is scheduled the next distance should be the one that will be scheduled in the queue.

Our expectation is that by uncoupling this with the horse generation we will be able to eliminate some of the concerns. We are uncertain just how much demand there will be for these races in addition to the normal schedule but will monitor it closely.

Link is under the racing menu item.
Updates 4/18/19 by sportofkings 1
4/19/2019 2:53:33 AM

Chat updated to the newest version the software. Please provide feedback as it's a relatively costly monthly contract. We had previously bought a permanent license but that is no longer supported with the newer versions of this software.
New: Instant Racing by sportofkings 1
4/15/2019 5:37:37 PM

Instant racing is a new format to try and give players an option to queue up for a race on demand to compete with fellow players. This is different than the request a race feature that you may have been familiar with.

Instant Racing has a few features that we hope will make it a success:

  1. A real time interface that shows you who currently has an entry in any of the 6 divisions.
  2. A brand new juvenile horse will be generated for each entry from the sales ring that will fall within the range of the conditions specified.
    • The horses will be identical to those from the sales ring except that they have should have a liking for the surface + distance grouping.


  3. The fees must be paid entirely in cash as the horse price is discounted and a cash purse is available.
  4. The races will be scheduled for only 5 minutes from the time the queue hits the correct level.
  5. The races will be run as Maiden races.
  6. You may remove any of your entries from the queue at any time w/o cost.


We expect this to be a viable alternative to purchasing from the sales ring and the price is reflective of the average cash price paid for a horse from the sales ring.

https://www.sportofkings.us/market/instantracing.aspx

*Note

We had considered a few other options for pricing + purses but have landed on this as a first step to gauge interest. One option would be to charge the full $10 for a new horse but only award a token for a free horse for the winner. Currently the $12 fee and a $40 purse seems like a fun way to get a new horse to the stable.


*Technical Note
This has been tested but not executed with live stables, if there are any hiccups we will act to correct these issues asap.
Updates 4/9/19 by sportofkings 1
4/9/2019 4:18:41 PM


  • Added the ability to group retired horses. These groups will be held separately from the active groups.
  • Added rare sires to the evaluation list -- you need to deselect ineligible sires to see them.
Updates 4/8/19 by sportofkings 1
4/8/2019 10:36:05 PM

A cosmetic overhaul to the horse details page. It felt like the record and earnings were not the focus of the page so we have tweaked the layout. You may need to refresh the style to get the complete style (ctrl+f5)