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Long Range Training vs Farming Between Races

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  Quote beerkeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Long Range Training vs Farming Between Races
    Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 9:27pm
The last while I have been trying to give my 'high potential' horses at least 3-4 weeks before races, usually finding a race a month out to train for after each run. The downside of this plan has been that it is tying up places in my stables.

I have been considering sending my runners to the farm instead of setting a training date right away. This would lock them up for six weeks, but that's really only an extra 2 weeks over the minimum training time I have been using. Has anyone tried this? Would there be a downside to activating a horse just before entering (ex, activate Thursday and race Saturday)?
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  Quote beerkeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 9:32pm
A side perk of this is that I have been trying to separate my stables into 3 groups:

Elite - With high cost breedings, hopeful for stakes and graded winners.
Maidens - Filled with horses who didn't make the cut and are just looking for a win before retiring).
Bargains - 2/3yo bargain breeds, looking for diamonds in the rough.

By doing this, especially in the bargain and maiden stables, I would be able to roll more than 10 horses without the need to create additional stables.
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  Quote kyogle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 10:51pm
Someone may come up with a more helpful answer as I've never done what you are planning, I always set a training date at least 3 weeks on (or enter in the planned race, at least 3 weeks away) when I bring a horse off the farm

The obvious potential problem with your plan is horse condition. He's going to leave the famy 'piggy'. I would expect that he has virtually no hope of being sharp two days later, and will probably still be groggy

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  Quote beerkeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 11:34pm
Originally posted by kyogle

Someone may come up with a more helpful answer as I've never done what you are planning, I always set a training date at least 3 weeks on (or enter in the planned race, at least 3 weeks away) when I bring a horse off the farm

The obvious potential problem with your plan is horse condition. He's going to leave the farm 'piggy'. I would expect that he has virtually no hope of being sharp two days later, and will probably still be groggy


I have a few who have gone to the farm for gelding, and I think some may have not been 'piggy' after their time on the farm. Its more the ones that have had longer downtime that come back 'piggy'.

However I might be better running the maidens and bargains back quicker (1-2 week turnaround if they come back RTG / groggy, and then farm them if they come back worse.

And with the top notch runners, take them off the farm on Saturday for the next week.
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  Quote cadet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 11:35pm
Originally posted by kyogle

Someone may come up with a more helpful answer as I've never done what you are planning, I always set a training date at least 3 weeks on (or enter in the planned race, at least 3 weeks away) when I bring a horse off the farm

The obvious potential problem with your plan is horse condition. He's going to leave the famy 'piggy'. I would expect that he has virtually no hope of being sharp two days later, and will probably still be groggy


I almost always give mine two weeks from the farm and the come up sharp and run their race.

Every horse is different... some excel at 3 weeks rest others need 8 weeks. Just have to try a few things until you find what clicks
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  Quote cbxtra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 12:51am
Ok I have a question to go along with this...it was suggested to me to give my 2 yr olds 7-8 weeks between races, would it be better to send them to the farm for the 6 weeks then bring them back and train for 2 weeks then race?? Or is it ok to leave them in the training barn for those 7-8 weeks??
Mind you I'm not worried about freeing up space so that's a non issue?!
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  Quote bizalls Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 2:15am
which stable is the elite stable?
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  Quote nextbonus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 4:16am
Originally posted by cbxtra2

Ok I have a question to go along with this...it was suggested to me to give my 2 yr olds 7-8 weeks between races, would it be better to send them to the farm for the 6 weeks then bring them back and train for 2 weeks then race?? Or is it ok to leave them in the training barn for those 7-8 weeks??
Mind you I'm not worried about freeing up space so that's a non issue?!
Thanks! I love reading all these different posts and learning more tricks to the game 😁


I've been playing 19 years and have no idea which is "better." But, I do know that it is much more expensive to put them on the farm than to just train them. The more horses on the farm, the more the cost. I just gelded a bunch and am paying $$$$.   
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  Quote kentuckiana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 5:24am
You must be careful with how many horses are on the farm with any one stable.
The dollar cost will grow rather rapidly after six weeks.
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  Quote cadet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 12:32pm
I don’t think the farm has any impact on the horse different than sitting idle or training for a date. IMO farm was 100% a user friendly function that doesn’t impact the horses ability function of the game.

Farm= simulated cloud data management
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