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Horse Basics

The My Stable page, displaying age/sex of Horses along with their status, Stats, and Preferences and record

What does my horse’s status mean?

Every horse in Photo Finish Live has a status that lets you know how it is. A horse’s status lets you know what actions it can perform. It changes pretty regularly.

Ready to Race: A horse that’s Ready to Race can register for races or be sold to other players. It has no outstanding debts, injury risk, or negative conditions.

Recovering: A horse that’s Recovering has run a race recently. It can register for races or be sold. However, if it races before the recovery timer ends, it has an increased risk of becoming Injured.

Exhausted: A horse that’s Exhausted has raced very recently. It cannot register for races but it can be sold to other players.

Every horse in Photo Finish Live has a status that let’s you know how it is. A horse’s status lets you know what actions it can perform. It changes pretty regularly.

Injured: A horse that’s Injured has suffered an injury and needs to heal. A horse that’s Injured cannot register for races, breed, or be sold to other players. To recover from an injury, you must wait until the timer finishes and then pay the horse’s medical bill from the horse’s information page.

Retired: A Retired horse cannot register for races, but it can breed or be sold on the market. Male horses can also be put on the Stud Market where players can use them as breeding partners by paying you a fee.

Pregnant: A Pregnant horse is a mare that is carrying a foal. It cannot breed or register for races, but it can be sold (with the pregnancy) on the market. Foals will arrive after an amount of real world time.

What does a horse’s grade mean?

Horses in Photo Finish Live are graded based on their genetics. The Grades are:

  • D
  • C
  • B
  • A
  • S
  • SS
  • SSS

D is the lowest grade and SSS is the highest. Each grade is subdivided. A horse with A plus is stronger than a horse with no marker or one with a minus. A horse’s attributes (Start, Speed, Stamina, Finish, Heart, and Temper) are all graded as well. Each of these grades shows the strength of the horse in that specific trait. A horse’s Grade is the average of it’s attribute grades. Grades are a range. An S grade is not a single number of a small range of numbers. Two horses with S grade Start will have very similar Start but may not have the exact same value.

What do a horses attributes and preferences do?

Each horse in Photo Finish Live has 6 attributes:

  • Start
  • Speed
  • Stamina
  • Finish
  • Heart
  • Temper

Each horse in Photo Finish Live has 3 Preferences:

  • Surface (Dirt / Grass)
  • Direction (Left / Right)
  • Condition (Firm / Soft)

Every horse has a grade or star count in each of traits which determines their strength for that trait.


Start: Start is the speed at which the horse leaves the gate. It’s the most powerful stat at 4 furlongs, but quickly drops off in longer races.

Speed: Speed is the pace of the horse once it gets into its stride. It’s strong at short and middle distances, but drops off when races get too long.

Stamina: Stamina is the horse’s ability to keep running as its gets tired. The longer the race the more important it is. It starts to become valuable in middle and long races.

Finish: Finish is the horse’s ability to push for the finish line after a hard effort. It is the strongest stat at 12 furlongs, but doesn’t become important until the longest distances.

Heart: Heart is a horse’s competitive spirit. The closer a horse is running to a competitor, the more powerful it’s heart stat is. Heart is best in larger fields and in fields where other competitors are a similar strength.

Temper: Temper is a horse’s ability to focus and put effort into the race. Horses always have better and worse days, but a well tempered horse rarely gets shaken and doesn’t drop off as much when it does.


Surface: There are two types of surface in Photo Finish Live, Dirt and Turf. Horses that aren’t suited to the surface of the race course receive a penalty.

Direction: There are two race directions in Photo Finish Live, Right and Left. Horses that aren’t suited to the direction of the race course receive a penalty.

Condition: There are two track conditions in Photo Finish Live, Firm and Soft. Horses that aren’t suited to the condition of the race course receive a penalty.

What happens when horses age?

In Photo Finish Live, horses age as real time passes. Every season in the game is a year of a horses life.

As horses age, two major things occur:

  • Different actions become available.
  • Race performance changes.

Age Based Actions

Only horses of certain ages may Race or Breed…

  • Age 0 & Age 1: Horses are too young to do anything.
  • Age 2: Horses may run Juvenile tier races.
  • Age 3 – 8: Horses may run any tier of race except Juvenile.
  • Age 3: Horses may retire.
  • Age 3 – 16: Horses that are retired may breed.

Race Performance Changes

Every horse in Photo Finish Live has a peak age. During this time, the horse will run it’s absolute best. At other times, it’s performance will be closer to standard. The peak is a curve that can last months or years. All of the factors that determine the strength and length of a horse’s peak are genetic. However, a horse’s peak information is not visible. Instead players may deduce it by watching the horse’s race performance.

Is there a difference between studs and mares?

In Photo Finish Live, a horse’s sex determines how, when, and how many times it can be used for breeding.

Male Horses (Studs)

Male horses can begin breeding at age 3 if they are retired . To breed a stud, it Must be put on the Stud Market; there is no in-house breeding. On the stud market, you’ll set a Stud Fee that determines the cost of breeding with your horse. Players pay that fee to you (minus a market fee) whenever they use the horse. When you use your own horse, you pay the fee to yourself. The only expense is the market fee. Since studs can breed 35 Times Per Season you should have plenty of opportunity to use your horses for yourself and collect additional fees from other players.

Studs can breed until age 16. Be advised, the Stud Market is only open for breeding during the first quarter of every season.

Female Horses (Mares)

Female horses can begin breeding at age 3 if they are retired. Mares you own can breed and produce new foals for you.

To breed a mare, head to the Stud Market to find a suitable partner. Pay the Stud Fee and your mare will become pregnant. Mares can become pregnant once per season and always deliver at the beginning of the next season. Breeding is always successful.

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