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 2014 Equinics are:
PASTURES OF GREEN
SOUTH AFRICAN RACING ASSOCIATION (SARA)
EMPIRE STATE RACING (ESR)
UNIVERSAL RACING CLUB (URC)
CITY RACE RHEIN-MAIN TURF CLUB
MINNESOTA TESTBARN RESIDENCY
EAST-WEST CONNECTION (EWC)
ALL-STARS RACING (ASR)
When are the 2014 Equinics?
Feb 08, 2014.
What is the 2014 Equinics flow?
November 06 - Equinics are announced
November 29 - Residencies sign up deadline
Dec/Jan - Residencies organize selection of their team
TBA - Lighting Of The Torch Ceremony
Dec/Jan - Torch Run & Diary Entries
Jan 19 - Residencies provide list of entries
Jan 20 - Passwords posted to race pages
Feb 06 - Opening Ceremonies
Feb 08 - Races Run
Feb 09 - 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.
2012 -"MAY THE ODDS BE WITH YOU" with races named after Racetracks from around the world.
2014 - TRIBUTES is the theme of the 2014 Equinics. Categories are still being formulated but they involve tributes to SIM horses and SIM players. Players will provide the tribute names for each category. This will become clearer once the race pages are posted.
Are the races Grade I?
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. The races will be purchased as Owner Restriced Stakes (40000 credits) and Mike has agreed to convert them to Grade I status after they have all been purchased. Mike's continued support of the Equinics is greatly appreciated.
Where are the races being run?
The Equinics Turf races are always run in the equivalent Olympics host country. For 2014 that would be Russia. Russia does not have a SIM presence; after exploring various alternatives it was decided to run both turf and dirt races at Vermont, the host track.
How do I get involved with the Equinics?
As of this writing, to the best of my knowledge, most tracks are accepting new residents. Check out the residencies on the Residency List under Connect. (Please not that simply clicking on the Join Residency link does not necessarily mean that you have joined a residency - follow the links on the Residency Name to check out joining instructions for a specific residency.) To be considered a "residency' there must be multiple residents, and a net presence of some kind. Residencies will be looking for help putting together their Equinics Teams. Other ways of getting involved is to donate credits to the equinics credit 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 2014 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.
What is the contact email?
All residency questions should be directed to your Residency Manager. Residency Managers and Coordinators can contact us at [email protected]
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 Residency Managers have sole discretion in determining eligibility for their residency. Not every residency will participate, it is the Residency 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 2014 Equinics are WINTER races.)