How Do Speedway Points Work? [Updated!]

Most people know what speedway points are and how they’re accumulated, but how exactly do they work?

When your horse speeds during a race, it gains you points. However, you only gain one point per horse per round. You also need a total of three speeds to qualify for the Feature.

So if you have a 1000-point horse and you average nine, you’ll only gain 100 points for the race. The next time you’ll race, you’ll need to have a 10th horse to qualify for the feature. This process continues until you either win the feature race or run out of horses. At which point, you’re out of the running for the championship.

Here’s a recap of how speeds work:

Horses Are Accumulated

Horses are accumulated based on how they perform during the race. For example, if you have a 1000-point horse and you average 10.5 speeds, you’ll have 100 points for that race. You’ll need another 100 points in the next race to be eligible for the Feature, and so on. Essentially, the more you put in, the better you’ll do. When you reach three speeds, you win the feature. When you reach four, you win the feature and the mile.

You Get One Point Per Horse Per Round

Each time your horse races, it will gain you one point. So if you have a 1000-point horse and you average 9.5 speeds during the race, you’ll gain 100 points. The following time you race, the 1000 will be increased by one point, meaning you’ll now have 1001 points. Again, keep in mind that you can only gain one point per horse per round.

Feature Races Are Mandatory

You need to have at least three speeds in order to be eligible for the Feature Race. So if you don’t have three, you’re not eligible to win the feature. You can, however, still win the mile and be declared the official race winner. The following screenshot shows the minimum three speeds needed to qualify for the feature race.

The More Horses, The Better

The more horses you have, the better. In order to win the feature, you need at least three speeds. So if you have four horses, you’ll have a 33% chance of winning the feature. If you have five horses, you’ll have a 40% chance of winning the feature. For every additional horse you have, you’ll increase your odds of winning the feature by 3%.

You Have To Win Or Out-Raced The Opposing Team

If you start a race and the other team is already racing, you have to beat them by at least one lap in order to qualify for the feature. In the event of a tie after the first lap, you have an extra lap to gain the lead. If you don’t, they’ll be declared the winner and you’ll have to wait until next time to try again.

There Is No Defeated Syndrome

Every race-day, you’ll receive a small envelope with your point total in it. There is no defeated syndrome when it comes to racing. You either win or you lose. There is no in-between. If you lose, you can still win the mile and be declared the official winner of that segment.

To put things in perspective, here’s a list of the top racehorses in the United States based on points:

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