I was looking at the newbie guide, and figured it might be good to have a section about training practices, shipping, dealing with natural energy, jockey selection, leasing and breeding. We’ve all had about a year to play around with the new racing code, experienced some of the downfalls and a lot of the cool niftiness of all these options. For someone just coming in, I imagine it’s a tad overwhelming.
I’m asking folks to post questions or advice on certain problems they’ve run into/experienced/avoided. If it’s okay with Shanthi, I’d love to see some of what’s generated here added to the newbie guide. We’ve got a wealth of information and experience among us, so let’s share it. =)
I’ll probably add my 2 cents tomorrow. It’s too late tonight.
Just to start the ball rolling, though:
Stable Location: Where should I build my barn? This is probably the most important decision you will make, as it will have a lasting effect for however long you play the game. Location, location, location! Think carefully about it. Australia might seem like a good place to be, as it does have races almost all year round. That’s great if you can keep your horses locally within Australia. However, if you want to send your horses to a different track, it’ll cost at least $25,000 a pop to send them to the United States, and another $25,000 minimum to get them back home. So, in order just to break even, a horse has to earn at least $50,000 while abroad before you can even think about turning a profit. Choose a location that’s closed to several tracks as it opens up a wider range of possibilities and keeps shipping costs to a minimum because you can race your horses closer to home.
e.g. I’m located near Belmont. It’s $100 to ship to Belmont, $200 to ship to Aqueduct and around $500 to ship to Saratoga. And, for the most part, at least one of these three tracks is usually in use throughout the year.