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Frank Burgo
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I've watched Harness Racing for over 40 years, and even though I think this game is fun, it is completely unrealistic for a horse with a Sulky or even a thoroughbred horse to cut out and back in or visa versa. If the driver of a Harness (Standardbred) horse Zig Zagged, he could easily flip his sulky (with him in it). There has to be a way to simulate this, in this game. In Harness Racing, you will see the drivers fall in behind each other and ride the inside, along the rail. This way they use the shortest distance around the track, and by staying behind the horse in front of them, they RUN WITH COVER. There are drivers that will pull out, and run what they call ONE OVER, and try to challenge the leader. You will also see a second horse fall in behind that horse and run ONE OVER, WITH COVER. That's the correct way this game should be played. The only time you will see horses going three, or four wide, is in the stretch run, or even at times in the turn to try and get to the lead. There needs to be some sort of house rule that will give the possibility of a bonus for horses running with cover (saves their stamina), and a possible negative effect for horses that run without cover (like the race leader). It's very rough to go wire to wire in the lead and win the race.
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