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How'd You Do? / Re: 10/3
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:02:32 pm »
SO amazingly proud of Autumn Red winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe! And her stablemate finishing 3rd. Flaming Key also had a nice BC prep in the Beldame. Sort of mixed results from others.

13(7)-2(1)-1(1)-3(2)-3(1) $1,759,650

 Icefall (4yo, Brigade) in a Starter Allowance
 Ch. Autumn Red (4yo, What's Your Point) in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr. 1). Sent home.

 Ch. Flaming Key (3yo, Sleipnir) in the Beldame Stakes (Gr. 1)

 Careless Question (2yo, Doodles) in a claiming race
 Yves Saint Laurent (3yo, I'm No Fool) in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr. 1). Sent home.
 Ch. Lord of Misrule (3yo, Long Live The King) in the Tulloch Stakes (Gr. 2)

 Chief Spy (4yo, Highland Magic) in a claiming race and stays home
 Golden Ghost (3yo, Gilded Saint) in a NW2 Allowance
 Flattery (2yo, Mr. Prospective) in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr. 1). Sent home.

 Also Rans:
 Magical Me (2yo, Hogwarts) 8th in a NW3 Allowance
 Kissing Book (5yo, As You Wish) 7th in a claiming race for sale
 Draconian Love (2yo, Von Lichtenstein) 6th in the Champagne Stakes (Gr. 1)
 Iron Poetry (2yo, Long Live The King) 8th in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr. 1). Sent home.

General/Questions / Continuing Stallion Spotlights?
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:26:48 pm »
Willa and I have severely derailed on these so I want to take a quick count: do you guys enjoy these? Want to see them return? Things you found useful/want more of/didn't care for/etc.?

How'd You Do? / Re: 9/29
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:59:17 pm »
Amazing day for us with 7 out and all in the top 3, including 2 SP's.

7(2)-3-3(2)-1-0 $342,000

Littleover Easy (6yo, Candidate) in a NW3 Allowance. I had planned on this being her final race (having just hit 10 lifetime starts) but she won by daylight so she will definitely finish out the year and then I'll see if I still want to race her a little next year before retiring her to broodmare duties.
Playmate (2yo, Demand the Best) in a maiden/her 2yo debut.
Phoenix Cure (4yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in a NW3 Allowance

Successfully claimed Celtic Toy (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in a claiming race.
Ch. Loewe (4yo, I'm No Fool) in the Mercedes Classic (Gr. 1). Extremely happy to see Loewe back in form, and this was her turf debut as well.
Tan Profit (3yo, Mr. Prospective) in the Storm Queen Stakes (Gr. 1). First start with us since we claimed her for 20k back in June. Earned that back!

RC Bee lease Ch. Crown of Nefertiti (5yo, Eighteen Karat) in an Allowance.

General/Questions / Re: Racing Frequency
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:44:54 pm »
Also meant to add: when I first started playing I used races to keep horses fit, so I did race at A/B and managed a few stakes winners. But I still made sure that energy was A, though. I've just had better luck with longer breathers/more training and only entering at A/A.

Then again, the ponies occasionally decide this racing thing is silly and it's much more fun to lag behind and snack along the way.

Horses For Sale / Re: Black Storm West Auction
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:50:14 pm »
Still several solid runners and broodmare prospects for cheap! Only reserves left are 5-15k (all weanling/yearling reserves are 5k). Mares DO come in foal, for two for one. ;)

Thanks to everyone who has purchased horses so far!

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Oct. 7)
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:13:22 pm »
I have two with Ch. Autumn Red and Ynez Saint Laurent. Both longshots, but I had actually shipped them to England months ago for specific races then forgot to actually enter, so instead of shipping them back home I decided to make something of the overseas trip and sent them on to France. So they've been chilling/training there for a few months, now. Fingers crossed!

How'd You Do? / Re: 9/26
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:40:14 pm »
Congratulations Wolfhound!

And Shanthi, I think that would be my entire racing string haha.

11(2)-2(1)-2-2-1 $336,700

 High South (2yo, Silver Wizard) in a NW2 Allowance
 Ch. Dream Machine (5yo, Black Warrior) in the Vosburgh Stakes (Gr. 1). Very shocked but very happy, too!

 Jedburgh Abbey (2yo, Worthy Victor) in a NW1 Allowance. I think I'm finally figuring him out.
 RC Bee lease Aureus Stella (2yo, Eighteen Karat) in a NW2 Allowance

 Premium Ruby (3yo, French Ruby) in an Allowance
 Sapphire (4yo, French Ruby) in a NW3 Allowance

 Ch. Get the Axe (5yo, Empire Maker) in an Allowance

 Ch. Zero Gravity (4yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in the Adelaide Birthday Cup (Gr. 3)

 Also Rans:
 Wishful Victory (2yo, Celtic Star) 7th in a NW3 Allowance
 Gutsy Peace (3yo, French Ruby) 6th in a maiden
 Simple Iris (2yo, Superdocious) 8th in a maiden

Horses For Sale / Black Storm West Auction
« on: September 24, 2018, 02:29:12 pm »
Some post-summer purging, as I've collected too many horses. Mix of weanlings, yearlings, racehorses of all ages, and broodmares that come in foal. A few reserves, but none over 25k and most are 5k or 10k. No purchasing limits.

Auction begins tomorrow.

General/Questions / Re: Racing Frequency
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:29:02 pm »
I also try to get at least 2 weeks of training under a horse before entering, but some horses just work differently. I'm mostly thinking of Cricket Hill's Palermo who managed to rattle off wins with like 1 week breaks between them. I can safely say none of mine have managed such a trick, though! I definitely race at A/A energy, 2 weeks of races, and I try and send horses home every 3-4 months for at least 2 months (Shanthi has said that 1 month at the farm is more than enough). Right after a race, I don't work them for about 3-4 weeks as a sort of rest/down period to recover E/F. Stakes runners I might board for 7-11 days after a race as a quicker energy boost, but just not working them and saving myself the boarding $$ seems to work well, too.

I am constantly tweaking how I handle my horses, but 2 weeks training before a race, A/A for energy/fitness, and sending home every 3-4 months is fairly standard for me.

How'd You Do? / Re: 9/22
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:25:26 pm »
That should not detract from his achievements. For a horse to be so close to Stud-Qualification after only 9 races is remarkable.

Seriously. There's really no worry whether he'll get those 2 measly SP's. He has several years ahead of him.

Unlike a certain 6yo of mine in the barn who is still 1 SW short. At least it's not a G1 he needs!

General/Questions / Strike it Rich Retired
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:08:36 pm »
We were saddened to discover the retirement of Strike this morning, having just purchased him in the Mixed Auction a few months ago, but that's the risk you take with such an older horse (and probably why no one else bid, lol). We did manage to squeeze in 11 mares to him before the season ended, so looking forward to those foals. Unfortunately I will need to rethink breeding plans for a dozen or so mares.

Although we only had him for about 3 months, Strike It Rich was active in FF for 16 years, so it feels only right to give him a proper send-off. Bred by Stillwater Farms, he won $2.7 million on the track and won 16 stakes races. At stud, he is currently silver with bronze as damsire. He has produced 8 MSW's and 4 millionaires. Some of his best foals include NCh. Billionaire, GCh. Boundless Train, GCh. Rich Belle, and MG1W/this year's G1 Dubai World Cup winner Ch. Strike It Lucky. He also has a 2yo SW in Ch. Tee En Tee.

How'd You Do? / Re: 9/22
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:55:14 pm »
Decent day, but most pleased about the fact that Palermo is now stud-qualified. :-)

Congratulations! That's crazy he's only 2. I don't think any of my horses would survive his race schedule. One day I'd like a freak of my own, haha.

Solid day from our racing crew.

6(3)-2-1(1)-0-2(2) $164,350

Violette (3yo, Unabridged) in a NW1 Allowance
Ch. Magda (4yo, Strider) in a NW3 Allowance

Ch. Fivel (3yo, Foolhardy) in the George Ryder Stakes (Gr. 1)

Ch. Diamond Rose (3yo, Eighteen Karat) in the Flower Bowl Invitational (Gr. 1)
Sunstruck Flag (2yo, Gotta Go) in the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr. 2)

Sun and Steel (2yo, Giant's Causeway) in an Allowance

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Breeder's Cup Festival (Nov. 2-3)
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:36:18 pm »
I just noticed that there are no SC Breeder's Cup races in real life, but there is a Juvenile Turf Sprint which isn't in the game.

There actually is a Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (called the G1 Breeders' Cup Grand National), but it's always at Far Hills in New Jersey and I THINK it goes off a few weeks before the actual BC. So it's sort of an unofficial BC race. I'm fine with not having all the RL BC races (I feel there's too many nowadays. Make it harder again! And not a marathon to watch 2 days of races). That being said, I do miss the RL BC Marathon and would totally welcome it in FF, haha.

Can I please have a June spot to Space Chips for Little Black Dress?

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Jockey Club Gold Cup (Sep. 29)
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:59:08 pm »
Sending out another filly this year in the JCGC with Flaming Key. She won the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks last out so distance shouldn't be a problem. This will be her final prep before the Breeders' Cup (if all goes well).

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