Stables are starting to get filled. A lot of our virtual trainers are well on their way to building successful racing stables. Horses are being figured out and properly placed in the tournaments that fit their traits. During the second month of virtual racing, we're starting to see a big separation between top training barns who are truly figuring out the game and the 'newbies' or average players still trying to obtain success.
Just like in real horse racing, certain people, whether jockeys, trainers or owners, are going to excel and adapt more quickly than others. Don't get me wrong, there's still a lot of luck involved here. But, without that true understanding and the commitment to want to better your skills in the game, and without that desire to research your competition, you're just not going to be successful in our fantasy racing world. It's so important to watch what the successful trainers are doing. Because there is so much information available, the deeper you dig, the greater the probability that success will come your way. In this skill/strategy game, information is power. Yes, I know that watching your horses race, battling through the stretch to either win by a nose or lose by a nose is very thrilling. But, you have to go beyond the action part of this game and look at those in-depth intricacies in order to maximize opportunities.
As the game advances and new features get added, you can expect new levels of strategy to become available. Now, don't get scared - for those who just want to have a little fun, maybe have a cocktail or two while watching some exciting virtual racing, that opportunity will still exist. For the real strategist and racing game enthusiast, we're about to add more pieces to the puzzle - more opportunities to test your skills and challenge your brain.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be talking about the do's and don'ts and how to step up your game play quicker than normal. This week, I want to touch base on the addition of a new game feature that is called Lasix. Lasix in real racing is a diuretic that helps horses breathe better and maximize lung power. Lasix keeps all fluids out of the lungs, which has a tendency to help a horse with breathing problems run a further distance. In our game, Lasix doesn't make a horse go faster - it can help a horse maintain top speed a little bit longer before the horse tires and fades.
I've noticed players experimenting with the new Lasix feature, and that's great. Just one word of advice from this old handicapper who's been around horse racing for a long time. If your horse is a sprint specialist and he does well sprinting at certain distances and you've just entered him in another sprint tournament, then giving that horse Lasix is probably not going to help him. Lasix will best serve the horses that tend to tire very quickly toward the end of a race. If your horse spits the bit very late in the race and almost appears to be running backwards and has a very fast deceleration in speed during that last part of the race, then Lasix will help him. The only unknown is how much. That's something that you, the trainer, have to figure out on your own.
When experimenting with Lasix, be very careful not to be changing or mixing up too many things at the same time. Don't be jumping from the turf to the dirt, or from a mile to a mile-and-a-half. Don't be making dramatic changes in your horse's workout. The reason why I say this is that by doing these type of things while at the same time giving your horse Lasix for the first time, you will not be able to know if the Lasix helped the horse in a particular race or if it was due to some other change in racing conditions.
Finally, Lasix is consistent. In other words, whatever effect Lasix has on your horse one day, it will have the same impact the next time you race on Lasix again. Using Lasix will not increase or decrease your horse's inconsistency factor, nor will Lasix add or take away courage - and, it will not make your horse run faster at higher speeds. Once you understand what Lasix can do, it will be easy for you to identify which horses in your barn should be treated with it prior to their tournaments.