I have given myself the task of finding the nearest version of Joe Estes in our chat room. This search of mine began when I came up with my individual conclusion that knowledge about breeding is THE foundation for success. The amount of information forthcoming has been a little intimidating, so I’ve proceeded to save and print the discussions I’ve found most enlightening, with the objective of studying and comparing notes.
The beauty of a game like this, is in the acceptance that many questions simply don’t have answers.
You can enter the chat room and have someone tell you that the mare line is the most influential in your breeding, and the next day have a player of equal skills inform you otherwise.That’s the game right there, figuring out what you can through your own experimentation and trial and error, knowing full well that any game ends as soon as answers are full and absolute. I fully enjoy analyzing seemingly contradicting information and trying to fit the puzzle pieces together.
Some interesting theories that have come up include, but are not limited to:
The SIRE line must be younger than the DS and DDS line to have a good horse.
Combining Turf and Dirt lines usually leaves you with a horse mediocre on both surfaces.
Mill Reef, Roberto, Blushing Groom and Northern Dancer are great options for DDS.
You can get a great horse without having to sell your house to buy credits.
Inbreeding is not bad per se, but you have to avoid 1×2, 2×2, 2×3.
Breeding speed to speed and more speed leaves you with a hamburger.
You need a strong back end to your breeding, and that means looking for the better DS sires, combined with some excellent DDS sires, without inbreeding them.
The hype about inbreeding is totally exaggerated, and some actually helps.
Again, these are all theories, and the only thing I can affirm right now is that there is no one way to play this game, or anyone that can decide that for you. Some players will try and breed completely free of inbreeding, for instance, but I’ve seen quite a few horses that looked like a christmas tree that have been great runners. When I’ve inquired about this, I either get the ‘deer stuck in the headlights’ response, or I am told that it only affects percentages.
So if it’s mostly speculation, what am I rambling on, and what is the real message in the context of this article? It’s in the title..”chats for newbies”. In my opinion, it’s the place to be for any newbies out there that want to accelerate their knowledge of the game as effectively as possible. The fact that so many great players are there to answer basic and complex questions is one of the nicest features of our sim, so don’t be afraid to ask questions after you’ve introduced yourself.
Contrary to popular opinion, your willingness to ask is a true sign of intelligence. Just remember, that you’re not asking with the purpose of knowing, but rather the intent of discovering the many marvels of the mystery.
My best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to each one of you.