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October 12, 2012

Horse racing game at the starting gate

Homestretch will bring the sport to the tabletop

After covering thoroughbred racing locally for a dozen years, it has been frustrating that no board game I’ve tried has ever done a solid job in all areas of capturing the sport for the tabletop.

That may be about to change.

R&R Games is preparing to release Homestretch, first in Germany at the big Essen show and then to the United States. It really looks as though this game is going to treat the sport with respect, be playable for small and large groups while covering both owning and racing horses.

The game was designed by Frank DiLorenzo and he was kind enough to provide some insight into the game and its background. The rulebook thanks Tampa Bay Downs for helping with the game.

“They were very helpful in working with us on the photography and graphics for the game,” said DiLorenzo. “Their track photographer, Stephanie Van Minos was very generous in supplying us with a wide variety of shots that she had taken at their track. They also provided some information on basic questions I had on horse racing as I developed the game.”

If players want an even more immersive experience, they will be able to go to the website and download some audio components of racing.

“It's going to be basically a little sound app or individual sound files that people can download for background sounds,” said DiLorenzo.” Just some added flavor when playing the game. Mainly the trumpet call at the beginning, the announcer stating they're off, sounds of horses galloping, etc. Just

for fun.”

Each race has 11 horses numbered 2 through 12 to correspond to the numbers that can be rolled on a pair of six-sided dice. Obviously, the 2 and 12 would be hard pressed to win as those numbers would only appear on 1 of 36 rolls compared to 1 in 6 for the number 7.

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