Welcome to Newturf, 26th day of the monthly season.
The Churchill Downs Derby (2800m distance) will be held today. This is the last qualifying race to one of the most expected hurdling month-end event: the Cheltenham Royal Derby (Competitions >> Hurdling >> Cheltenham Royal Derby).
In Newturf, virtual horses run virtual races. Owners are rewarded when their horse wins a race or is placed (up to 3rd, 4th or 5th place depending on the race).
There are 3 different types of horses. Each type of horse runs a different type of race : flat, hurdles or trotting.
A horse can only take part in the races of its specialty.
Every horse in the Newturf world is unique. Its racing performances vary mainly according to its speed, its stamina, its flexibility and its obedience.
Decisions made throughout the game by the Stable Owner, the Trainer and the Jockey have also a direct influence on the horse’s results.
The average speed represents the horse’s ability to maintain a certain pace without getting tired.
The stamina represents its ability to go beyond its average speed as long as possible.
The horse's flexibility represents its ability to adapt to the ground (firm, good, yielding, soft, heavy). The more this characteristic improves, the less the horse will be penalised by the heaviness of the ground.
The more a horse is obedient, the better it will react to the jockey’s orders, and the more regular its performances will be.
The average speed, the stamina and the flexibility can improve through the training. Obedience increases at each race.
You can breed your own horses, the covering can only be done between horses that run in the same specialty.
A horse that is the product of a covering will partially inherit the sire and the dam’s characteristics.
In Flat Racing and Hurdling, the post position is first determined by the Grade (as a reminder in flat racing, the horse has 3 catégories, one for each type of distance: Sprint 1000m-1200m-1400m, Stayers 1600m-1800m-2000m, Marathon 2200m/3000m) and second by Gross Winnings in case of the same Grade.
In Trotting, the post position is determined by the Total Net Gains criteria.
In both cases the horses are lined up in decreasing order from the rail to the outside lane.
Hence, the higher your horse is ranked or the more that your horse has won, the closer it will be positioned to the rail in the Golden Races.
For all the other races, the horses are lined up from the rail according to the time that they were enrolled for the race. Hence, the horses are lined up in from the rail to the outside lane in accordance with the time that they were registered.
12-2 Does the post position have an impact on the outcome of the race?
No, it is an illusion. Being next to the rail in itself does not give them an advantage over horses in the outer lanes. Indeed, in a Sprint, a horse will run the same race whether they are in lane 1 or lane 10. The lanes are staggered to compensate for the bends.
The Random Number Generator (RNG), scaling, and mapping algorithms used (in small proportion) in the transmission from one generation to another of genetic factors (heredity and breeding algorithms) have been independantly evaluated as fair and not predictable.