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 managed track or Residency.
The Managed tracks participating in the 2008 Equinics are:
Pastures of Green
The CR RACERS
Ohio Thoroughbred Racing
East-West Connection (EWC)
Great Plains Residency
Alpine Turf Club
Northwest Racing Circuit
When are the 2008 Equinics?
Week 3672 - August 09, 2008.
What is the 2008 Equinics flow?
Mid Jan - Equinics are announced
End Jan - Residencies sign up
End Jan to July - Residencies organize selection of their team
May - Lighting Of The Torch Ceremony
May to End July - Torch run with Residency Diary Entries
Mid July - Residencies provide list of entries for each race
Early Aug - Opening Ceremonies
Early Aug - Passwords posted to race pages
Jul/Aug - BTB writers sign up
Aug 09 - Races Run
Aug 09 - Closing Ceremony
What is the Equinics' Theme?
Each year the organizers pick a theme for the Equinics. In 2006 it was "Jockeys". The theme for the 2008 Equinics revolves around charitable organizations and is named The Race For The Cure. Resident Managers will pick a charity and a race will be named with that charity. The 12 remaining races will be named by supporters of the Equinics as determined by the organizers.
Are the races Grade I?
Because of feedback from the first year, and our subsequent experience with the 2002 Equinics.
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.
Isn't that being elitist?
You obviously were not involved with the Equinics the last couple of times around or this thought would not enter your mind. Think of the Jamaican Bobsled Team or Eddie the Eagle at the Calgary Olympics - they were the best their country had to offer. They came, they competed, they held their head high when the competiton was over. Same thing at the last Equinics. The best some tracks had to offer in some conditions were just trying to break their maidens. I know of no track/entity that has a top 20 horse in all conditions. If they field a strong team they are still going to have 'marginal' horses in some races. Every single stable in the SIM has a shot at participating in the Equinics. All you have to do is join a residency.
Where are the races being run?
The Equinics Turf races are always run in the equivalent Olympics host country. For 2008 that would be China. Dirt races are always run at the Equinics Host Track - 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, and writing an Equinics Diary entry. 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?
From what I can see they are all doing it a little differently, but there are two main methods: elimination races and selection committees. Check with your track manager for details. Residencies are solely responsible for fielding their team and determining eligibility for their residency.
What is the Equinics' Diary?
For each Equinics, a route map is prepared and the Equinics Torch travels through participating tracks. Each Residency writes a diary entry concerning the travels of the torch as it passes through their territory.
How long does it take to put the Equinics together?
Well, a very long time. Coordination with up to 20 SIM entities; email back and forth with potential sponsors; graphics and webpage stuff; running our own elimination races; I don't know..maybe 20 minutes or so...
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.
Potential questions are: "Hey, there is not a condition for my star horse!!!!!"
My only possible response is: "I know."