The enhancements and modifications have been made to the Stable page and the Stable Summary page. The updates should be available late Friday morning. These enhancements will benefit larger stables. Players will have the option to turn the Unity feature off and on for the Stable page. Players will also have the ability to sort horses by birth speed rating (BSR).
Three big updates next week, all geared toward a better performing Stable and Stable Summary page. The Stable Summary page will now be paginated for larger stables. This will help with the loading speed while making it easier for players to navigate. In addition, we’ve added a display for the birth speed rating for your horses.
I just deleted the previous thread on the desktop client extension because I don’t want partially-addressed issues confusing other players on our home page. Support will be glad to help everyone with an issue. We have had thousands of installs that were successful with about 5% experiencing some sort of installation issue, which I will address now.
* California Chrome should win the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
* Wicked Strong, after his impressive win in the Wood Memorial, expect him to cross the wire first.
* Tapiture was a solid second in the Rebel Stakes and continues to impress.
* Vicar's In Trouble won the Louisiana Derby handily and is training quite well at Churchill.
* Wildcat Red was a strong second finish in the Florida Derby after being bumped and squeezed. Expect more from this horse.
* Constitution won the 2014 Florida Derby, which has been a proven path of success when Running for the Roses.
* The 2014 Kentucky Derby winner is not one of the above-mentioned horses. Expect this year's Derby winner to be someone else.
It’s official! The new desktop client extension that we’ve all been waiting for – the heart and soul of our horse racing game, the differentiator between us and any other horse racing game – is scheduled to be released in approximately 48 hours.
Will Take Charge will be the heavy favorite for the Grade 2, $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 12. He is coming off of runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Donn at Gulfstream and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, both of which were run in track record time. Revolutionary was one of the early favorites for last yea'rs Kentucky Derby but hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Nine 3-year-old colts were entered April 9 in the $1 million Arkansas Derby Saturday. Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin lead the field. Tapiture, Ride on Curlin and Strong Mandate finished second, third, and fourth, respectively last out in the G2 Rebel, the prep for the Arkansas Derby.
Just a few weeks ago, the racing experts, and fans alike, were once again saying there was no clear favorite for the Run for the Roses. But, everything changed last weekend when California Chrome won his fourth race under a modest ride by Victor Espinoza. Those 4 impressive victories were won with a combined 24-length lead when crossing the wire.
There are quite a few things going on simultaneously. First and foremost – the desktop client extension. All the modifications we wanted to make – the ones that delayed the launch – are all completed. In the end, it will be well worth the wait. Testing is going on and, hopefully, that is wrapped up in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Today we published over 150 new tournaments (many of then Generals) . If you want special conditions please use the tournament request tool or the race secretaries in the forums. Tomorrow we will publish another 30-40 Blues as well.
The blues are filling very fast but we would like to see even more fill.
* Anyone under the age of 25 entering a racetrack should receive a $5 betting voucher each time they attend.
* Horse racing should disallow the use of the whip for all 2-year-old races.
* Weekend racing should be accompanied by concerts geared toward the next-generation fan.
* All of these are a good start, but many more ideas are needed if horse racing wants to successfully reach a younger audience.
* I agree that horse racing needs changes, but in my opinion none of these suggested ideas are the answer.
Race horses are being pushed harder sooner. This leads to more breakdowns and probably the elimination of some very talented young Thoroughbreds from ever getting involved in a Triple Crown race. If horse racing wants to see another Triple Crown winner, we're going to have to do something dramatic.
Can we get younger fans back to the great sport of horse racing, or will that just not happen? Horse racing should be attracting young fans because it's exciting, fast-paced, involves gambling and is an overall exciting day of entertainment. I want all you players out there to pretend that you are the general manager of a major racetrack, Santa Abanita (this is all pretend).