By FutureJockey35 and her hard-working team!
Welcome to the 4th issue of the Post Time Magazine! My apologies for such a delay in getting it out, this is going to be a shorter issue than normal. Things are getting pretty hectic with school and life in general, so nyracinggrl39 is going to be helping me get these out for a little while, until I have some more time. Thanks for being so patient everyone, hope you enjoy it.
Inside the Winner's Circle
Getting as good as we can:
Well for anyone who missed the Breeders' Cup Classic, they missed the awesome mare Zenyatta put it to the boys in an exciting last to first place win. And again, I'm overwhelmed by the feeling that we should have a similar format as the Breeders' Cup. Something like this could boost our player base and I believe more players may give their horses a chance instead of retiring them. Having horses racing in different classes, on different surfaces, and different ages could be something to shoot for. Maybe we could set it up by the horse's purse earnings and throw in some grade 1 races to separate the contenders from the pretenders, at the end of the year we get to watch the best race against the best, and then we'd have something to brag about. Also, I think we could do something in spring for a big Derby race like the Kentucky Derby. The last thing I'd like to see improve is our horses getting more attention instead of being talked about in our forums - we could maybe have recaps and news about the best and up and coming horses. To some, this my sound next to impossible but with the guys we have running this show and our testers and every one else who has helped get this game where it is today... we can do anything. Thanks for the best darn game out there.
Back Stretch Community
Interview with Birdzilla:
Sharon: What attracted you to HRF? How did you find it?
Birdzilla: I've been a fan of horse racing since I was a little kid. It's still my favorite sport to watch by far, and I had always thought that somebody should make a good racing game. I even bought an Avalon Hill racing board game to see if it was any fun. I have to tell you, few things simulate thoroughbred racing more closely than rolling dice and moving plastic figurines around a game board. So when Gallop Racer came out for PS2 I bought it and loved it, but when the PS2 croaked a couple of years ago, I went online searching for a racing game and this is the first place I landed. The game had nearly everything I was looking for so I never really checked out any other games.
Sharon: What was your first impression when you became a member of HRF?
Birdzilla: I was very pleasantly surprised to find that such a place existed. At first I was too busy playing the jockey game to pay much attention to the community goings on, but as time went on, I started to really appreciate the whole HRF idea even more. I have tremendous respect for the HRF team for always trying to improve the game in every way possible.
Sharon: What part of the game do you like the best? Jockey, Trainer, or Bettor?
Birdzilla: I like the trainer game the best, not that I'm very good at it, but I enjoy the whole breeding- training- racing puzzle. I liked the jockey game more when you could just slide up the rail and win most races, but I'm getting better at it slowly but surely. I've never played the bettor game except in private mode, and that's quite a bit different from the community game.
Sharon: With the aspect of the trainer game, do you think there should be tournaments for horses based on their earnings?
Birdzilla: I think it's a good idea, although the tournaments would have to be based on points earned and not dollars earned, since some tournaments offer far more races than others making it easier to accumulate a lot more money per tournament. Having a top end cap on points earned to determine eligibility for certain big points tournaments would encourage more players to take a shot at a tournament with a 30k entry fee and a 5-10k race fee.
Sharon: Which horse in your stable do you feel has been the most competitive? What were your first feelings about when you bred him/her? Birdzilla: Well, so far Take It Personal has won the most money at 625k and her race record is 10-4-2-1 which is pretty decent. But she doesn't seem to show up in the final, despite having equal or better speed ratings in the prelims than most all of the competition. She's got another final on Monday, perhaps this time.
When I bred Bold Ruler to Personal Ensign I was hoping for a nice horse, and I got one, now if we could just win some points.
I've got three pretty nice two year olds in Valedictorian, Beat Feet Fleet and Tobins First Prize. All of them look pretty promising so far, but the tournaments will tell.
Sharon: What would you tell any of the new members just getting into the trainer game for the first time?
Birdzilla: First thing, make sure you're a VIP if you're going to train successfully. The benefits more than justify the cost. Second, start out slowly. You don't need to breed a boatload of horses looking for a huge speed rating. Third - train, train, train. And finally, get a mentor. There are some very skilled players who have generously offered their time to help new players. All new players should take advantage of this opportunity... Plus you earn free points!
Sharon: Do you think a small or large stable is better?
Birdzilla: That depends on your time and your bankroll. To keep a stable of 30 horses costs 255k points just for stable fees. Then you have to figure in entry and race fees as well, so the game can get expensive in a hurry. Plus, it takes time to run all those practice races to find out your horses likes and dislikes. I recommend starting out with a few horses and working up as you gain more experience. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably go a lot more slowly.
Sharon: Which new feature of our game do you like the most? Which one do you think is the best?
Birdzilla: There are so many of them. I like the new SR restricted tournaments in the trainer game a lot, it will keep more horses active, but I think the Mentor program gets the nod for best new feature. It helps new players get better and get more involved in the community by matching them up with experienced players and that's how this place will grow.
Sharon: I want to thank you for your time and participation. Do you have any last words for our members?
Birdzilla: It's been a pleasure, Sharon. I guess I could leave everyone with the words of advice that would like to thank you for your time and participation. Do you have any last words were written on the wall at my elementary school gymnasium "play fair, have fun, nobody hurt" Top of Form members.
Joke of the Week:
Some race horses staying in a stable...
Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I've won 8 of them!"
Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I've won 19!!"
"Oh that's good, but in the last 36 races, I've won 28!" says another, flicking his tail.
At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don't mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I've won 88 of them!"
The horses are clearly amazed. "Wow!" says one, after a hushed silence. "A talking dog."
Breeder’s Cup 2009:
The Breeder’s Cup for 2009 was one with questions and much excitement. This year the attention was on Zenyatta and whether or not she could defeat the boys in the Classic. Friday was the girls’ day and Saturday was the boys’ day. On Friday, it was certainly a day for rejoicing and it is was also a day for upsets in the thoroughbred racing world. These horses had been training and running races to get qualified for the Breeder’s Cup. To get in, there were prep races to run and some horses got in by their earnings.
The races on Friday included the Marathon, Ladies’ Classic, the Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the Filly and Mare Sprint. Along with brilliant performances there were also wild finishes. The Marathon went to Iron Man, an Irish-based colt by Giant’s Causeway and is out of the mare, Better than Honour, who doesn’t need an introduction because her son Jazil and daughter Rags to Riches both won the prestigious Belmont Stakes. The Juvenile Fillies had a very wild finish because the filly, She Be Wild, came from behind and took the rail to win. Offlee Wild is a freshman sire who has sired 12 other winners in graded company.
In the Filly and Mare Turf, Forever Together was there to win back-to-back titles, but unfornately, she finished 3rd behind Midday, who gave Cecil Henry his first win. Life turned out to be sweet for John Sheriffs, who sent Life is Sweet to the Ladies’ Classic instead of Zenyatta and it was Life is Sweet at the finish line. Sired by Storm Cat and out of Sweet Life, Life is Sweet is a full sister to believe it or not, Sweet Catomine. The Filly and Mare Sprint turned out to be another decision maker because Informed Decision held off late charger and the 2008 winner of the race, Ventura. With Informed Decision’s win, she gave her sire, Monarchos, his first Breeder’s Cup winner. And in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, it was Tapitsfly, who is sired by Tapit, and she also gave co-owner Dale Romans his first victory in the Breeder’s Cup.
Saturday was another day for racing in the Breeder’s Cup. The winners included California Flag in the Turf Sprint, Goldikova in the Mile, Vale of York in the Juvenile, Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile, Conduit in the Turf, Pounced in the Juvenile Turf, and Dancing in Silks in the Sprint. The last race of the day was the Breeder’s Cup Classic which included Belmont winner, Summer Bird; Colonel John; Mine that Bird; and Einstein. With Zenyatta going off as the favorite in the race, nobody thought she could hold up against the boys. With Mike Smith once again riding her, she was last going past the clubhouse for the first time. She didn’t make her move until they got to the final turn. She then proceeded to fly past horses one at a time and then eventually flew past Gio Ponti. The crowd was still cheering when she headed back towards the winner’s circle and Zenyatta knew that the ovation was for her because she would stand and pose. With winning the Breeder’s Cup Classic, Zenyatta is now 14-for-14 and being retired for broodmare duty. She has nothing left to prove because she is truly a Queen. She will not be forgotten.
Notes from the Jockey's Room
This section is mainly for any aspiring jockeys/exersice riders here on HRF. For each new issue of the magazine I'll be posting a different video, book recommendations, and anything else that could be of help in getting you more information about these "mysterious" careers. Anyone looking to become a jockey/exersice rider knows how hard it is to come by information relating to this and so I hope you find this section helpful.
Below is video #4 of a 4 part video series created by retired jockey and creator of the Equicizer, Frank Lovato Jr
Book of the Week:
Ride of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys
by Lenny Shulman
"What It Takes To Be A Jockey" DVD by Frank Lovato Jr
I talked about the DVD in the last issue, but I want to go over it again for those of you that may have missed it:
It's going to cover everything you need to know to be a jockey - it was filmed on location at the jockey camp I went to this last summer and also includes interviews and advice from Hall of Fame Jockeys, Mike Smith, Chris McCarron and Pat Day.
Take advantage of this guys! I know there are a lot of aspiring jockeys out there and what Frankie is doing with this DVD is absolutely amazing. He's doing this for us, there's nothing in it for him...besides perhaps saving a couple careers and even lives. I know for a fact that a lot of the stuff that is going to be on the DVD are things that you simply aren't taught going into a career as a jockey. If you don't have a mentor who's already been a jockey that can teach you, then you learn these things by trial and error out on the race track and the price you pay could very possibly be your life. So don't take this lightly, at least check out what he has to offer. If you have any questions about it, feel free to send me a message, the link to where you can order the DVD is below... thanks.
Well, that's it for this issue! Thank you to those of you who took the time to read it. Your support and comments mean the world to the other writers and me. You all ROCK, thank you for making this community a great one to come, hang out, and race.