Once the new site goes live, there will be a change in the cost of breeding. This was mentioned earlier. Fully-nominated (FN) horses are now 120,000 game points or $12; Partially-Nominated (PN) horses are 60,000 game points or $6.
Non-nominated (NN) horses have been REDUCED to 20,000 points or $2.00 per horse.
Sometime Tuesday morning, March 18, the site will be down for 4 to 8 hours. It’s possible that the downtime goes into late Tuesday afternoon/early evening. It is also possible that the transition will not be complete in one session and that several hours of a second day may be required.
The $200,000 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn Park features a field of 8 older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Taptowne breaks from the rail and has registered triple digit speed figures in three of his last five starts but is coming off a layoff.
The G2 $600,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday features eight up-and-coming three year olds going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. The field is led by Tapiture who captured the G3 Southwest by 4 1/4 lengths last out over Strong Mandate and Ride On Curlin who finished second and third, respectively.
We just published 200 Blue Trainer tournaments, but they will not start until after next weeks update/release. We do not want any active Blue or Green tournaments while we transfer the new updates to the live server. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience but it is only for another 4 more days.
One of the most important components to building up our game and community will be retaining new players. I am very proud to announce that the new player wizard is now complete,tested and ready to go live.
The New Unity Race Player is now live. The new player is very interactive and offers a slew of new views. As I said the other day in certain browsers you will have to clear your cache several times to override the old player.
We are also releasing today the new silk builder and training module as well. All these new 3D modules include zoom in functions and full 360 drag and turn.
We’ve made quite a few modifications to the General Tournament Request program and, also, the voting platform. In addition, the program that actually automatically generates General Tournaments has been further modified. With this said, we want our player base to utilize that system more than the Racing Secretary program.
After eight grueling months and a lot of work, I think we can say we have a new definitive release schedule. Because there have been so many modifications, we are doing this in phases as I indicated in an earlier post.
With the modifications that we will be launching and with certain components about to be modified, certain existing components of the game will experience a little inconvenience for the next ten days or so. The Green Tournaments that are scheduled to start tomorrow will all be canceled.
We are very, very close with the new website. As we get close to the finish line, there's going to be some impact on current game play. For example, there will be no Green Tournaments published once the current ones end until the new site goes live. There is nothing we can do about this. Greens are going from multi to single-race events.
The new Unity race player is complete. There is one minor issue we're trying to resolve. What I may do is release it later week or by early next week with the minor issue still there and then have a second release the following week after that once we hopefully resolve it.
Today we released the new desktop client extension to a group of testers from our game and community. Hopefully over the next four or five days, we'll get their feedback, make final tweaks if necessary and get this released within a week or two from then. The desktop client extension has been dramatically changed and improved.
The Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham is the feature race on the Saturday card at Aqueduct. This drew a field of eleven three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt track. Extrasexyhippzster is going for three in a row having most recently won the Miracle Wood by almost four lengths at Laurel going 1 mile.
The Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Saturday features a field of six going 1 1/16 miles on the inner track, lead by Teen Pauline who is on a two-race-winning streak, having beaten Flash Forward by almost 11 lengths last out and Centring by 15 lengths.