OK, so to recap (for the old and new CW players) how racing works:
Each team gets assigned horses (every team currently has 6, they may lose/gain horses as the year goes by).
The goal of the racing challenge is to race the horses and gain points. However, points are based on how well the horse does in the race (weighted for competing against other CW horses), as well as the level of the race.
Maiden Races: For every horse your CW horse beats, they gain 1 point. If the horse is owned by a CW team, your horse gains another 2 points (3 total). For every horse your CW horse loses to, they lose 1 point. If the horse is owned by a CW team, your horse loses another 2 points (3 total).
Allowances: Same as maiden, but 2 points lost/gained for non-CW horses beating/being beaten by your CW horse, and 5 points for CW-owned horses beating/being beaten by your CW horse.
Stakes Races: 5 points lost/gained for non-CW horses, 10 points for CW horses.
As you can see, coming in last in a stakes race will be a lot more harmful to your team than coming in last in a maiden.
Also, keep in mind that with the new race code, horse confidence does play a role…if your horse consistently loses, they will gradually lose some/all of their “will to win” and be less likely to run well in the future. (You do not want this happening with your team horses! )
Prior to entering races, CW teams must vote on the race in question. Any team member may suggest a race, provided it is at least 7 days in the future (and no more than 6 weeks in the future). Once a suggestion has been made, the rest of the team is expected to vote on it. Any vote counts for participation from the team member (see below).
In order to enter a race, the race must have at least 4 votes (5 total, counting the person who suggested the race). The race must also not have a majority vote of “no” for the race. (Ties votes will count as “yes”, and the horse will be eligible to enter.)
Horses are expected to run on a realistic race schedule. If the horse is being worked out, that must be taken into consideration as far as energy/fitness, but if horses are just sitting around doing nothing and losing fitness for no reason, this will count against the team. (If a horse has a reason not to race, such as injury, then it’s not an issue.) Likewise, horses are expected not to be overraced. Not only will this hurt the horse, but it will hurt your team, as a horse with no energy won’t run well and will cost you points.
Points gained from racing will be “weighed” based on the participation from the team. For each race, the points earned will be adjusted based on how many team members participated in the decision (i.e. voting) for that race. Obviously, you want all your team members participating on every race decision, if possible.
Any questions, please post.