Welcome back to the Tribe!
Today we will be discussing one of the most recent changes to virtual racing – Zed Run Horse Stamina.
There is plenty of debate already across the community on what it is, why it is important, and mainly how to manage it. Therefore, we are going to dive in today to answer some of those questions, and hopefully help you guys win more races!
Nothing should be considered investment or financial advice. Enjoy the ride!
Zed Run Horse Stamina
The newest addition to the horse racing algorithm is stamina. The funny thing about these additions to the platform is that the developers don’t exactly fully explain what these changes do.
In fact, they gave the community very little information at all about the impact of stamina on a horse. They more consider this as a discovery phase for players, which is kind of cool in ways. At the same time, it can be very frustrating.
With the limited data we have so far, lets take a look at what stamina is.
What Is Horse Stamina
Zed Run horse stamina is a metric to let the stable owner know how tired a horse is. In other words, how much energy a horse has left in the tank.
If you look above at the image we provided above, you can see a little curved bar going around each horse. This is their stamina bar! Right now, it is quite hard to view stamina except when trying to enter races.
Many of the data platforms like Know Your Horse are currently trying to build out plugins and features to make these metrics more accessible for the community.
Stamina in general is a simple concept, but leaves plenty of questions unanswered like:
- At what percentage of stamina does a horse no longer compete at full capacity?
- What are the effects on a horse’s stats from continually racing with low stamina?
- How long does it take to fully replenish a horse’s stamina?
Well, we are going to try and answer those below. lets dig in deeper to why stamina is so important.
Why Is It important
Stamina is important because it can drastically effect a horse’s ability to perform in races.
This is clearly an issue since it is imperative for horses to perform at their best in races to maintain their stats, win money, and continue to show.
If a horse is unable to perform, then slowly their stats start to fall. This can impact several things like:
- An assets overall value
- How much a horse can charge for stud fees – male horse
- How much a U/U/U offspring can be sold for – female horse
- And obviously the amount of races you can win
As we can see, stamina can effect everything about a horse if not cared for properly or fully understood.
So, lets dive into some tips we have learned to help managing your horse’s stamina.
How To Manage Stamina
While the stamina feature is new, you have to imagine that people all over the community are trying their best to figure it out.
Here are some general rules that pertain to stamina that should help you manage it:
- Only race up to three times per day
This is a general rule for horses. If you race them over three times per day then you will start to see them perform poorly on the 4th-6th races. Now, some people have begun to use this to their advantage to class down during these races. But, if you use more of your horse’s stamina in the day before, it will not be fully replenished by the next day for those 3 prime races you want to get in.
As you can see, there are trade offs. If you plan to race your horse every day, then you might want to find a suitable middle ground for down classing vs performing.
- Winning races might take more stamina
Something that we have personally noticed with our horses is: the faster they run in a race, the more stamina that is taken up.
On several occasions our horses have only raced twice in a day, but performed really well in both races. After trying to sign them up for that third leg, we realize that their stamina bar was lower than usual!
This could just be a coincidence, but it is definitely something to be aware of.
- Longer distances might take more stamina
The next thing to really consider is the distance that your horse races in.
We have one horse “Minty Fresh” that excels at 2400m races. So much so, that it is all we race her in.
Ironically, we have also noticed that she seems to tire out more frequently than other horses (she is a Z3 by the way). This COULD be tied to her performances, but even when she underperforms it seems to still drain more of her stamina.
- Some horses might have more stamina
While this is not confirmed by the Zed team (to our knowledge), it definitely feels true.
Some horses seem to be able to run significantly more races per day without losing much stamina. To our knowledge and from a conversation with Danshan, it does seem that the lower Z score a horse has, the high stamina pool that horse COULD potentially have as well.
For instance, a Z1 should be able to run more races per day than a Z5.
From this, lets try to answer some of the questions from above.
At what percentage of stamina does a horse no longer compete at full capacity?
It is generally believed that under 90% stamina a horse will start to show diminishing returns. Simply put, it slows down below 90% and needs a carrot break.
What are the effects on a horse’s stats from continually racing with low stamina?
This one is not as quite intuitive.
No one really knows at this point, but clearly it will not be good. There will need to be a way to determine a horses potential at full stamina VS certain percentages of stamina. This could greatly effect a horse’s value on the market as well because owners could race anywhere from 1 to 5 times a day at different strengths ideally.
For example, would you rather purchase a horse that only places 1, 2 or 3 every race at full stamina and then falls off after that. Or purchase a horse that is more consistent for lower percentages of stamina allowing you to race more per day? These kind of questions will have to be answered by the market and data down the line.
How long does it take to fully replenish a horse’s stamina?
This is also a toss up. If a horse if going unraced, it should not take more than 24 hours to replenish a horse’s stamina. Although this can vary at how low the stamina is from its previous races.
Thanks for reading our post on Zed Run horse stamina! We hope you benefit from better stamina management and get more wins!
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We’ll see you on the track!
Welcome back to the Tribe!
In this post we are going to discuss Zed Run horse speed! If you are new, you might want to fully read this post as it will drastically help you from purchasing a slow horse and investing too much time in a horse that will not return the favor!
We are going to be going over:
- What is Zed Run horse speed
- Why is horse speed important
- Places to get horse statistics
- Why you should be using flame
- How this effects breeding
Nothing should be considered investment or financial advice. Enjoy the ride!
Zed Run Horse Speed
In the virtual world of horse racing, several things can give a horse its value.
Sometimes it is bloodline like Nakamoto or Szabo. Sometimes it is their type of Genesis or Legendary.
It can even be coat color like some of the super rare coats that usually bring in a premium.
Although, something that will always bring more value to a horse is it’s speed and race history. While race history is important, experienced stable owners will look past the typical standard statistics they see, and go straight for the horse’s speed.
What is Horse Speed
Horse speed is the rate at which the horses can run races.
For instance, a standard time for the 2000M race is around 120 seconds. While that might win some races, overall it is an average time for the population of horses on the platform.
Horse speed allows users to know more than just wins and losses. It allows them to dig into the potential of a horse.
Why Is Horse Speed Important
As we just mentioned, horse speed is what gives a horse it’s depth.
The horses on the platform are more than wins and losses, flame and odds. They have underlying stats that will let you know their REAL potential. While most horses have not been raced more than 50 times, a horse really won’t show its full potential until its raced around 1000 times.
After about 1000 races, you will start to get a complete picture of the distribution of the horse. Horses with 50 races or even 100, are just a snap shot of what they fully will become.
Find Horse Statistics
Therefore, it is extremely important to know where to get statistics on horses.
Not every horse you buy will have 1000 races, but the more information you can gather on a horse, the better educated decision you can make on where to race them, and how much they are worth after all!
The three main sources we are going to use to retrieve horse speed data are:
- Know Your Horse (KYH)
- Zedrun Tools
Lets dive into the first tool, KYH and we’ll talk about a useful tool that we like: The density chart per distance!
Know Your Horse Speed
Almost every Zed head knows about Know Your Horse!
There are A LOT of great tools and metrics on this site that you can use. One in particular that we like is the Density chart. You can find these charts by searching for a horse and clicking on “speed analysis” on the left hand side of the screen. Or it might be hidden somewhere in the menu if you are on mobile.
Anyways, the charts allow you to see your horse’s performance compared to the population standard curve.
Similar to a Z-curve, these charts are great in fully getting a grasp on the range your horse has.
For instance, our horse Jocka’s Truce performs extremely well at 2000M as we can see because his average race times are a full standard deviation above the rest of the population!
Use this tool on your own horses to figure out how the compare to the population, or use it to check out if a horse is worth purchasing! Either way, a great tool to add to your arsenal.
Zedrun Tools Charts
The next tool we are going to use is from a platform called Zedrun Tools!
While Zedrun Tools has many many awesome features, the one we use the most is similar to the last one. To get to this chart below, search a horse and click on “rank analysis” on the left side of your screen. Or in the menu for mobile users.
This tool compares your horse’s performance to the rest of the population in terms of straight percentages. If you hate curves like in the last tool, then this one might be more straight forward for you.
The main difference is that this tool does not fully capture your horses range or tell you the number of races per distance, but it is still a great metric to review!
Below is Jocka’s Truce’s chart. As we can see again, he excels at 2000m and the 1600m standing at the top 85% and 84% of the population respectfully.
Make sure to look up your horses on Zedrun Tools and learn about all the other cool charts and data you can observe on the platform.
The last platform we are going to discuss is Hawku!
Hawku really is more of a general overview for us. Sadly, we have not had the time to fully dig into the platform, but it has been quite successful at measuring a horse’s overall speed for us.
As you can see below, Jocka’s Truce’s speed in total is in the top 95.6%! Clearly this horse has wheels for legs because he is rolling all over that track.
To get to this chart type in your horse’s name and click on “speed data” right below their picture.
What is Zed Run Flame
The last thing to consider when it comes to measuring a horse’s speed is the newest addition to the platform, flame.
Flame is an indicator that Zed Run uses to let users know which horses in each race have the most potential!
This is probably one of the neatest features on the platform. Very early on, you can start to tell which distances your horse is strongest at, even if they are not winning races. This is an awesome tool to help those new to the platform or those not great with data.
From just paying attention to the distances your horse gets flame at and the general level of competition in the race, you can easily find the sweet spot for your horse to excel at!
One thing to consider is that flame, like odds, is relative to the competition per race. For instance, if your horse gets put in a race with plenty of weak horses then it might get flame at a certain distance. Where as in a race with stronger horses, your horse might not get flame at the same distance. Pay attention to this!
Although, what about offspring? Does any of what we talked about matter for a horse’s offspring?
How Speed Effects Breeding
At the end of the day, horses are money machines when it comes to breeding.
Generally, a fast horse will rake in a much larger stud fee compared to slower horses in hopes that the offspring will inherit some of that speed!
While we don’t know for sure how this works, there is a decent correlation to speed being inherited for the most part. Here are a few things to consider:
- Horse preferences like distance are not an inheritable trait
- Z value has a part in letting a horse carry on its traits to the offspring
- Bloodline is mostly just is an indicator to the ultimate potential a horse can reach if you get lucky (like a more expensive lottery ticket with bigger prizes)
- Offspring get most of their traits from the male (around 65%) and less from the female (around 35%)
With that information, be careful with what and who you breed with!
Zed Run Horse Speed Post
Thanks for reading this post on Zed Run horse speed! Hopefully, this post will educate readers enough to makes smarter purchases, race better on the track, and ultimately enjoy Zed Run more!
If you enjoyed this post…. maybe check out our Zed Run blog!
We’ll see you on the track!
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