There are a number of prestigious races that occur throughout the racing season. These are a great way to try your horses against other horses of the same age/skill level, and to take home large purses, trophies, and even special blankets for your horse!
There are often Live Broadcasts of special races, which take place in the Discord chat. These are live announcements (like watching a TV/radio) of the races as they unfold. These events happen based on time/interest and generally focus on the races with the most entries. They often run a day (or sometimes two) before the majority of races run. Since these races also often fill to their capacity (meaning no more horses are allowed to enter), it's an excellent idea to enter special races ASAP - within 24 hours of races being posted - to guarantee your slot into the race. If you mark your candidates for these races in their mini notes or another list, you can easily go through and enter them before you care for the rest of your barn.
Each horse is only allowed to enter ONE special race a meet. You cannot enter the same horse in both regions and doing so will result in a official warning being placed on your account. AQs do not fall under this rule.
These races are "win and you're in" races for qualifying for the Gold Cup (American or Eurostralian) regional championships. They are always G1 races and vary from meet to meet. They have a slightly higher purse than regular G1 races.
World Championship Festival
The World Championship Festival, or WCF, is the major racing event of the FFH year, taking place at the end of each racing year. This is a series of races held in November. The WCFs alternate each year between Aerokni and Dalucirain. They are all G1 races with some of the highest purses of the entire year.
In order to race here, horses must place in the top 9 of their respective regional championship Gold Cup.
WCF juvenile (2yo) races are held at 6 and 9 furlongs. Races for 3yo+ flat racers are held at 4, 7, 10, and 14 furlongs. Steeplechase races are held at 22 furlongs.
Regional Gold Cups
These races are regional championships held each year in October A. The AGC is held at Aerokni Park while the EGC is held at Dalucirain Raceway. They are all G1 races with high purses and the bonus to doing well is that your horse will be eligible to race in the World Championship Festival! The current Qualification Requirement for the GC races are a minimum PR of 210 (or Auto Qualifier Win) for 3YO+ and a minimum PR of 100 for 2YOs.
Gold Cup Juvenile (2YO) races are held at 5 and 7 furlongs. Races for 3yo+ flat racers are held at 5, 8, 11, and 16 furlongs. Steeplechase races are held at 20 furlongs.
The Gemstone races are special G1 races held for 2 year olds. All of the Gemstone races are 4 furlongs. The Gemstone races are held on August B. There are 4 races on each surface - open, fillies, custom open, and custom fillies.
The Trinities are the major races for three-year-old routers. There is a dirt series and a turf series. All trinities run in April B, May A and May B. To win one Trinity is big; to win all three races in the series is huge.
Trinity Crown: The Trinity Crown is a three-part dirt series ranging from 9-12 furlongs for 3 year olds. There is also a concurrently running Custom Trinity Crown.
Trinity Tiara: The Trinity Tiara is a three-part dirt series ranging from 9-12 furlongs for 3 year old fillies. There is also a concurrently running Custom Trinity Tiara.
Trinity Bowl: The Trinity Bowl is a three-part turf series ranging from 9-12 furlongs for 3 year olds. There is also a concurrently running Custom Trinity Bowl.
Trinity Diadem: The Trinity Diadem is a three-part turf series ranging from 9-12 furlongs for 3 year old fillies. There is also a concurrently running Custom Trinity Diadem.
League Of Legends
The League of Legends is held in September A. They alternate each year between Aerokni and Dalucirain, taking place on the opposite hemisphere from that year's WCF races. In order to race here, horses must be 4 or older. Unlike other special races, League Of Legends is a free-for-all, and does not have separate divisions for fillies/mares or customs. There are only six League of Legends races yearly, consisting of a sprint race (6F) on dirt and turf, a mile race (9F) on dirt and turf, and a route race (12F) on dirt and turf. League Of Legends races have the highest purses of the year. There are no League Of Legends races for marathons or steeplechase, but marathon races are still able to enter the route race since it is 12F. The current Qualification Requirement for the LoL races are a Auto Qualifier win.
The Crusader's Challenge is a tough series that runs on both distances available to horses transitioned to marathon. It begins on June B and runs through to August A. The horses who earned the highest points during this series race are declared the winners. The winning categories are split by region and gender. If horses tie for first place, then a victor's match race is organized as a tie-breaker. The horse that wins the match race will be declared the winner in the category they tied in.
The horses run 14F on dirt in June B, 16F on turf in July A, 14F on turf in July B and then 16F on dirt in August A.