Updated April 09, 2012

The 2012 Equinics FAQS

What are the Equinics?
The Equinics are a player sponsored and coordinated day of races showcasing good horses representing the entire SIM family.
The Equinics consists of 16 races on the dirt and 16 races on the turf. Up to 20 horses may be entered, with each horse representing a Residency.

Who is participating?
The Residencies participating in the 2012 Equinics are:

Pastures of Green
East-West Connection
Empire State Racing
Comedy Central
GR Simsters
Minnesota Downs
Rhein-Main Turf Club
Hispano Parlante
Testbarn
Blazing Saddles
NWRC
YOSS
QUEENSLAND
UNIVERSAL RACING CLUB
DelPenn
MIDAS
KENTUCKY HORSEMEN
SALTIRE


When are the 2012 Equinics?
Week 5121 - Jul 28, 2012.

What is the 2012 Equinics flow?
March - Equinics are announced
End March - Residencies sign up deadline
Apr/May/June - Residencies organize selection of their team
TBA - Lighting Of The Torch Ceremony
April/May/June/July - Torch Run & Diaries July 13, 2012 - (firm deadline) Residencies provide list of entries
July 20, 2012 - Passwords posted to race pages
July 27, 2012 - Opening Ceremonies
July 28, 2012 - Races Run
July 29, 2012 - Closing Ceremony

What is the Equinics' Theme?
Each year the organizers pick a theme for the Equinics. Past themes were:

2000 - Race With The Olympian Gods

2002 - Run With The Legends - Legendary Racehorses

2004 - With Wings On Their Heels - Honouring past Olympic sites

2006 - Jockeys - All time greats

2008 - Race For The Cure - Charitable Organizations

2010 - "We Are The SIM" and reflected the global community that makes up the SIM world.

The theme for the 2012 Equinics is "MAY THE ODDS BE WITH YOU" with races named after Racetracks from around the world.

Are the races Grade I?
Yes.
This is a showcase day for SIM Residencies and in order to attract the highest level of competition possible it was decided to make all races Owner Restricted Grade I.

Where are the races being run?
The Equinics Turf races are always run in the equivalent Olympics host country. For 2012 that would be Track 33 Berkshire. Dirt races are always run at the Equinics Host Track - 37 Vermont.

How do I get involved with the Equinics?
Hmmm. Well, as of this writing, to the best of my knowledge, most tracks are accepting new residents. Check out the residencies on the Resident List under Misc, under Residencies in your stable page. Residencies will be looking for help putting together their Equinics Teams. Other ways of getting involved is to donate credits to the equinics account and contributing to the Special Equinics Edition put out by the BTB. You can also support the equinics residency with any unaffiliated stables.

How are the tracks picking their horses for the Equinics?
They all do it a little differently, but most use some form of selection committee. Check with your track manager for details. Residency Track Managers are solely responsible for fielding their team and determining eligibility for their residency.

What is the Equinics' Diary?
By popular demand the Equinics Diary returns for the 2012 Equinics. Each residency is responsible for preparing an article documenting the passage of the Equinics torch through their 'turf'. Although there will be a Diary route mapped out, past experience has shown that not all residencies will meet the deadline for their diary article. Therefore each diary entry is to be treated as an independent article. It is anticipated that track managers will ensure the deadline for submission is met for their respective tracks. Previous diary articles can be read by following the Equinics' links at the bottom of this page and should provide some guidance to diary writers. In any event they remain entertaining reading and some are absolute SIM classics.

Is there anything else I should know?
I just want to re-emphasize the requirement to belong to a residency to participate in the Equinics, and that Track Managers have sole discretion in determining eligibility for their residency. Not every residency will participate, it is the track manager's decision. Not every residency will field a full team (ie. they may not enter a horse in every race). Other then that, if you have an unanswered question ask on the Main Board, or your Residency Board.

Listed below are the permanent conditions for the Summer and Winter versions of the SIM Equinics. (Note - the 2012 Equinics are SUMMER races.)

EQUINICS RACES
WINTER EQUINICS SUMMER EQUINICS
    2006 -  2010 - 2014   2008 -  2012 - 2016
3 YO - OPEN - 6F DIRT 3 YO - OPEN - 6F DIRT
3 YO - OPEN - 8F DIRT 3 YO - OPEN - 8F DIRT
3 YO - OPEN - 9.5F DIRT 3 YO - OPEN - 10F DIRT
3 YO - FILLY - 6F DIRT 3 YO - FILLY - 6F DIRT
3 YO - FILLY - 8F DIRT 3 YO - FILLY - 8F DIRT
3 YO - FILLY - 9F DIRT 3 YO - FILLY - 10F DIRT
4 AND UP - OPEN - 6.5 DIRT 4 AND UP - OPEN - 6.5 DIRT
4 AND UP - OPEN - 8 DIRT 4 AND UP - OPEN - 8 DIRT
4 AND UP - OPEN - 10 DIRT 4 AND UP - OPEN - 10 DIRT
4 AND UP - OPEN - 12 DIRT 4 AND UP - OPEN - 12 DIRT
4 AND UP - OPEN - 16 DIRT 4 AND UP - OPEN - 16 DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 6.5 DIRT 4 AND UP - F&M - 6.5 DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 8 DIRT 4 AND UP - F&M - 8 DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 10 DIRT 4 AND UP - F&M - 10 DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 12 DIRT 3 YO - OPEN - 6F TURF
4 AND UP - F&M - 14 DIRT 3 YO - OPEN - 8F TURF
3 YO - OPEN - 6F TURF 3 YO - OPEN - 9.5F TURF
3 YO - OPEN - 8F TURF 3 YO - FILLY - 6F TURF
3 YO - OPEN - 9.5F TURF 3 YO - FILLY - 8F TURF
3 YO - FILLY - 6F TURF 3 YO - FILLY - 9F TURF
3 YO - FILLY - 8F TURF 4 AND UP - OPEN - 6 TURF
3 YO - FILLY - 9F TURF 4 AND UP - OPEN - 8 TURF
4 AND UP - OPEN - 6 TURF 4 AND UP - OPEN - 13 TURF
4 AND UP - OPEN - 8 TURF 4 AND UP - OPEN - 16 TURF
4 AND UP - OPEN - 10 TURF 4 AND UP - F&M - 5.5 TURF
4 AND UP - OPEN - 13 TURF 4 AND UP - F&M - 8 TURF
4 AND UP - OPEN - 16 TURF 4 AND UP - F&M - 10 TURF
4 AND UP - F&M - 5.5 TURF 4 AND UP - F&M - 14 TURF
4 AND UP - F&M - 7 TURF 2 YO - OPEN - 6F DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 8 TURF 2 YO - FILLY - 6F DIRT
4 AND UP - F&M - 10 TURF 2 YO - OPEN - 6F TURF
4 AND UP - F&M - 14 TURF 2 YO - FILLY - 6F TURF