Jockey and Pace Strategy

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Do you guys find, that when you pick a jockey and pace strategy for your horse before a race, it makes a big difference in how your horse runs? Is there a certain technique to picking the right strategy? For under 6.5 furlongs, I have picked 'save ground at all costs' and anything above that, i've picked 'save ground when can.' Should I just be experimenting with different strategies?

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That's a funny question to be

Because you can't use these strategies during training your horses, yes it would be trial by error to see which works best for that particular horse.

The performance report on your horse can sometimes guide you in the right direction in choosing, however occasionally they will get it wrong, but their usually accurate. It will inform you on the horses preferred running style and with jockey instructions. For instance, the horse may not like being around other horses or prefers to be on the outside or near the fence during running. Trial by error is usually what happens if the instructions they have provided for the horse appears to be having a negative effect on them.

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Instructions???

When you play a computer generated game you want to believe that instructions are taken into account in deciding the outcome of a race.Would your horse race differently with no instructions or with different instructions?Do the computer programmers enter the instructions before each race?Is it an illusion to make you feel that you have changed the outcome of the race by giving instructions?We all play the game hoping that what we do makes a difference and the outcome is not solely left up to the computer.Some trainers are convinced that giving the correct training/jockey instructions are important .

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Or

You could give instructions about cutting your stable back to 4 horses, then go and quadruple your stable size to 16 and hence become a liar. Isn't that right 21burns? What happened to being burnt out?

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Jockey and Trainer instructions

Believe it or not, I think there is something in the software that makes a difference on the jockey instructions at least. In training, when the horses are sent out in "sets" of similar BSRs and surface preference, the horses with performance reports that state they do not like being around other horses usually run to the outside of the pack. I have tested this theory on multiple races with the same "set" of horses assigned DIFFERENT post positions. In other words, the same horses are not always on the outside but the ones who "prefer" the outside just end up there by running without being jockeyed by the player only the computer. So I think it is important to provide instructions to the jockey to "allow" or not interfere with the horse running to the outside. If you don't, then you are essentially interfering with the computer programming for where this particular horse would run best.

Man, what have I been smoking?

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I find trainer and jockey

I find trainer and jockey instructions seem to impact some horse much more than others. Personally I like to experiment, starting with the rough suggestions in the performance report then tweeking every chance I get till I find what works for a specific horse.

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Jockey And Pace Strategy...

.. I have found with certain horses finding the right combination of Instructions and workout can make the difference between running fair and running great ( firing). I remember having a 116 BSR that went from last (and being blocked on the rail) to 4th in the last 2F of a 5.5F race gaining 6 1/2 L on the winner of a G3 Tourney. I had the combination right and the horse fired off. Sadly, I was still new and hadn't kept track of that combination. So to this day I have no idea which combination it was but I do know that they were the right ones because that little 116 pony was the fastest horse in that General Tourney race that contained mostly 120s in it ( this was before the blue restricted races were made)... So to answer the question, are jockey instructions and pace strategy important ??.. With some horses... DEFINATELY.

There is no way to train using different workouts, but you can train using different jockey instructions and pace strategies and the right combination can make the difference of your horse winning or not even in training mode. This is just one example of where training gets better results than using just the Dat file.

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Thank you

Thank you for everyone's opinion.

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burnsy is back?

I thought I saw a person snooping around my stable.I tried to sneak some new horses into my stable.I have been exposed as a liar by Kingsport.The flame in Burnsy has been rekindled by the promised changes that are to take place in November 2013.I intent to rebuild my stable to 300.On second thoughts, I may reduce my stable back to less than 4.Remember,Burnsy is a liar,cry baby,whiner,negative,misleading person who has no idea about breeding/training race horses let alone giving instructions.This game is so complicated and confusing for me.

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Helping the ailing and confused

"This game is so complicated and confusing for me." -Burns

Without a doubt that has been obvious. You need to try another simpler game, maybe like checkers.
If you can pass through checkers without any problems, maybe give cribbage a shot !


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