(For 1 to 6 Players)
You're at the Track for a "Day at the Races" -- 10 exciting speed and
strategy contests. After you check the Past Performances and odds,
place your simulated wagers out of your starting "Stake" of $750. Bet
your favorites to Win, or go for the big-payoff Exacta! See how good a
handicapper you are! One of two Players "ride" the outside horses
and try to our-maneuver the computer. Get your simulated bets
down! Watch for the start -- and THEY'RE OFF!!!
COAX -- Either Upper Side Button
WHIP -- Either Lower Side Button
WIN EXACTA (To Determine "W" or "E" Bet) --  Button
MOVE HORSE NEARER RAIL -- Top of DISC
MOVE HORSE AWAY FROM RAIL -- Bottom of DISC
HOW TO PLAY INTELLIVISION HORSE RACING
1. Have each player pick a number from 1 to 6, to be used for all 10
races in the game.
This gives every player a unique identity with the computer. The
computer runs a tab of all simulated betting, and keeps each player's
"stake" total up-to-date.
2. Turn on the Master Component.
You see the Title and hear part of the William Tell Overture. By the
time the music stops, the Intellivision computer "creates" a stable of
8 horses, and randomly makes each one a unique thoroughbred with
different abilities of speed, endurance, quickness out of the starting
gate, etc. YOU'RE THE HANDICAPPER. IT'S UP TO YOU TO FIGURE OUT
WHICH HORSES ARE BEST, AS YOU WATCH THEM RACE EACH OTHER
IN DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS.
3. Press the Direction Disc or any key. The blank "Betting Sheet"
This is where you record all simulated bets before each race. Each
player starts with $750 of simulated "money" (if you go broke,
you've automatically lost the game).
4. Press any of the four buttons on the sides of either Hand
controller. The "Past Performance" display appears.
This tells you which horses are running in the first race -- and who
will control them. The computer "rides" the 2 horses on top. The
lower left horse's running can be affected by the left Hand Controller;
the lower right horse by the right Hand Controller. (See details under
"Advice for Jockeys").
5. When you release the side button, the picture automatically goes
back to the Betting Sheet. You can switch back and forth as much as
you want between these pictures. Look at the Past Performance
display to pick the horse you like. Then switch back to the Betting
Sheet to place your simulated wagers.
Since this is the first race, there are no Past Performances for you to
consider (each horse is running for the first time in his computer-
created "life"). The computer has, however, posted tentative odds on
each horse (shown as pairs of hyphenated numbers, such as: 3-1).
This would mean you'd win $3 for every $1 you pretend to bet. The
computer in not a perfect "tout" -- that would be too easy!
6. To actually place bets, EACH PLAYER DOES THE FOLLOWING: When
you see the gold marker above the dollar signs, key in your player
number (1 through 6). The press ENTER.
Players identify themselves, one at a time, to the computer. If you
don't want to bet on a race, you don't have to do anything until Step
The $ in that player's line turns to gold.
7. Key in the amount of your simulated bet (maximum: $250 or the
amount of your stake, whichever is less). If you change your mind
about the bet, press CLEAR and do it again.
8. Press ENTER
9a. There are 2 kinds of bets you can make -- "Win" and "Exacta." W
means a bet To Win (there are no Place or Show bets in this game). If
you want to bet one horse To Win, press ENTER again.
9b. If you want to make an "Exacta" bet, change the "W" to "E" by
pressing the , then ENTER. An Exacta bet is on the first and second
horses -- in their finishing order.
NOTE: Exactas "pay off" at 15 to 1, so a successful "E" bet can put you
way ahead in this game. As you would expect, though, they're a lot
harder to win.
If you make the change from "W" to "E" and then switch over to the
Past Performances, the "E" will change back to "W" when you return
to the Betting Sheet. Just press  again. The press ENTER
10. When you see the checkerboard symbol, press the key for one of
the horses running in this race (you can see their names again any
time before the race starts: press a side button). Its initial letter and
color appears. If it's the one you want, press ENTER. If it isn't, press
any key and try again. Only 4 horses are in every race, and the
computer rejects bets on non-racing horses.
You're picking the horse to Win or be the first part of An Exacta
If you bet one horse to Win, your choice is now "locked in", and
cannot be changed. The computer deducts your bet from your total
stake, and adjusts the odds on the horse. If everybody bets on the
same horse, it will probably be the betting "favorite" (with low
payoff odds) by race time.
If you selected an Exacta bet, press the key for the first horse then
ENTER , then the key for the second horse and ENTER again.
If you bet a 2-horse Exacta, when you press ENTER the second time,
your Exacta bet in now "locked in."
11. When every player who wishes to bet has done so, pick two
people to be Jockeys and use the Hand Controllers to affect the
running of the outside horses. (See "Advice for Jockeys").
The left Hand Controller affects the third horse from the rail; the
right Hand Controller affects the fourth horse from the rail. If you
want all 4 horses to be controlled by the computer, don't use either
Hand Controller once the race starts.
12. When you're ready for the race to start, press 0, then ENTER.
The scene switches to starting gate. You hear the famous "Call To the
Post." After a brief delay, THEY'RE OFF!
THEY'RE OFF & RUNNING!
As soon as the starting gate opens, all four horses start moving.
Although you can't see it, the track is slightly curved. This means
that the horse running closes to the rail has to travel the shortest
distance. The computer-control horses immediately move in close to
the rail, coming away from it only to pass. At the beginning of the
race, the horses tend to have the most speed. Then they gradually
slow down (especially when the track is Muddy) after a few furlongs.
Each furlong is marked by a black post, and signaled by a soft "gong"
as the leading horse approaches it. You'll hear the hoofbeats of the
running horses and the sound of jockeys' whips as they near the
Watch the running patterns of all the horses in the race, not just the
ones you bet on, so you'll spot the characteristics that will make
some of them winners. These characteristics will stay the same for
each horse throughout this series of 10 races. Things to watch for:
* Speed out of the starting gate
* Early pace
* Speed down the home stretch
* Speed on different track conditions (dry, mud or turf)
When the winner crosses the finish line, you'll hear the cheers of the
crowd and see the time flashed up on the Tote Board. When all the
horses have crossed the line, the Tote Board will show you the order
of finish, from right to left.
After a few seconds, the scene will automatically change back to the
Betting Sheet, and you'll see the effects of the betting on each
Let's take a closer look at the typical running pattern during a race:
All the horses run relatively fast at the beginning of the race (even
though some of them might be a bit sluggish coming out of the
starting gate). After a furlong or two, some differences between the
runners start to become evident, and usually by the 3rd furlong
mark there is considerable slowing. This is especially true on a
ADVICE FOR JOCKEYS
Even though each horse's energy is depleted as the race goes on,
resulting in a slower and slower pace, all the entries do have an extra
store of speed, which can be stimulated by "the Whip" -- near the
end of the race. The computer-controlled horses will be speeded up
this way, and you'll hear the "crack of a whip" when either of them is
spurred along for a final dash. The computer always knows when to
apply this extra stimulation to its 2 horses so they won't run out of
energy before they get to the finish line. Listen for the whip sounds
and watch the computer's horses make their moves for the lead. If
you are one of the jockeys controlling the #3 or #4 horse, there are
things you can do to get to the finish line faster.
The top button on each side of the Hand Controllers will, when
pressed "COAX" your horse to get a little more speed. You can COAX
your horse during the first half of the race, and you should use this
button when you need a little burst of extra effort to improve your
running position. When you COAX your horse, its speed will increase
slightly. When you release the button, your horse's speed goes back
to what it would have been if you hadn't pressed COAX. Remember,
though, every horse has a limited amount of energy and if you coax
your entrant too much you may see all that energy used up before
he gets to the finish line.
The other control you can use against your 3 competitors is WHIP. A
WHIP command from you will make your horse sprint at absolutely
top speed -- and at a tremendous cost of running energy. When
WHIP is used, the horse goes much faster . . . But when the horse
reaches the end of its endurance its speed drops to little more than a
walk. The WHIP should never be used for more than the last 2 1/2
furlongs of the race, and in most cases for not much more than 1
The ideal way to use WHIP is to time it so your horse is still sprinting
at top speed as it crosses the finish line. If your timing is perfect,
your horse's energy would be exhausted just as it crosses the line. To
improve your timing, COUNT THE FURLONGS AS THE RACE IS RUN, SO
YOU KNOW WHERE THE LEADING HORSE IS ALL THE WAY. FURLONGS
ARE MARKED BY BLACK POSTS AND YOU HEAR A "GONG" SOUND AS
THE LEAD HORSE APPROACHES EACH ONE.
Even if your horse is out of the picture, your controls will work.
Sometimes a horse will "come from behind" at the finish, driven on to
victory by a well-timed WHIP.
MANAGING YOUR "STAKE"
To be a consistent winner in the HORSE RACING game, you'll need
skill at handicapping. You also have to use your simulated money
wisely. REMEMBER: YOU START WITH A "STAKE" OF $750. YOU'LL
WIN IF YOURS IS THE BIGGEST STAKE AFTER 10 RACES. DON'T TRY TO
DO IT WITH ONE OR TWO LONG-SHOT BETS.
The more you know about the horses the easier for you to see the
differences among them so you can predict the winners. Raise your
betting amounts progressively. Before the 1st race, you have only
one (rather poor) clue about the entries -- the computer's rough
"odds". A bet on any of these horses is not much more than a wild
guess, so make your initial bet a very modest one, perhaps only $10.
With the 2nd race, you'll have more information, because you've
probably seen a least one of the entries run, but there are probably
new comers, too. So it's best to keep your bets small at this point.
The 4 horses in each race are randomly selected by the computer. By
the 4th or 5th race you'll probably be able to see all the horses in the
stable run a least once.
Now you can start to make more educated choices, and you should
start to bet more confidently. When the last 3 races are run, you
might even try an Exacta or two, if you're ahead. REMEMBER, IF YOU
LOSE THE $750 YOU STARTED WITH, YOU'RE OUT OF THE GAME.
THERE'S NO CREDIT EXTENDED AT THIS TRACK!
HANDICAPPING: PICKING THE WINNERS
Many of the principles of successful handicapping at a real racetrack
apply to this game. This brief discussion should help you to do better,
especially if you are not already an experienced racing fan.
Simulated wagering, even for harmless amusement (as in this game),
should be a rational, rather than an emotional process. Before every
race you are provided with a concise summary of recent Past
Performances by each horse for that day. Even though you don't
know all the variables that make each horse different from the
others, you can deduce a great deal by looking carefully at these
Here's a typical kind of Past Performances display for a race at 10
furlongs, on Turf. Look at what you can learn about the horses that
will be running...
RACE LENGTH: 9 FRLG
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Dry] 47.5 P B Y
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Turf] 42.4 P B W
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Turf] 47.7 B V O
[3 or 4 Furlongs, Turf] 17.1 R W G
[5 or 6 Furlongs, Muddy] 25.9 V Y R
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Turf] 44.7 Y P R
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Turf] 52.0 P Y V
[3 or 4 Furlongs, Turf] 17.4 R W G
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Dry] 46.1 P B W
[9 or 10 Furlongs, Turf] 47.4 P Y V
[3 or 4 Furlongs, Dry] 14.3 V P G
[5 or 6 Furlongs, Turf] 21.7 V Y R
This is an example of the Past Performance information you'll get
after most of the races have run. The first things to consider are the
race distance and track condition -- especially when that distance
and condition have been run earlier. As you see every horse in this
race has run at 9 or 10 furlongs, on Turf. Taking them each in turn,
we see that:
* BLUE has beaten YELLOW, WHITE, VIOLET and ORANGE in the same
kind of race. BLUE was beaten by PINK. But PINK isn't running this
* RED hasn't done well on Turf at all, and ran 3rd behind YELLOW
and PINK at this distance.
* WHITE didn't even place at this distance, and it was beaten in its
last race by PINK YELLOW, and VIOLET. Definitely not a contender!
* VIOLET was beaten last time by PINK and YELLOW.
So far, BLUE looks like the strongest horse for this distance. But
double-check by looking at the times they all ran 9 or 10 furlongs:
BLUE -- 47.5, 42.4 and 47.7 seconds
RED -- 44.7 seconds
WHITE -- 52.0 and 46.1 seconds
VIOLET -- 47.4 seconds
BLUE has run the best time at this distance -- good confirmation or
his apparent superiority over these horses. RED has run the second
best time. On the basis of these clues, BLUE would be a good Win bet,
or BLUE-RED a good Exacta bet -- in spite of the computer's rough
odds which make BLUE, WHITE and VIOLET the favored entries.
To summarize: Look for match-ups of distances and track conditions.
Then look for match-ups of horses. Then compare the times of horses
that ran those distances but in different races. After a while, these
clues will point you to the winner more and more frequently.
You'll do better if you keep your own written record on a piece of
paper, so you won't lose tract of any early-race information.
By doing this, you can "save" important information. The Past
Performances displayed for each horse only go back the last 3 races
(with the most recent race at the top). In the series recorded here,
you can see that WHITE has run six times. In races 1, 2 and 3 it
showed that is was a fast horse on Mud and Turf and not too
impressive on a dry track. With this extra summary of results, a
player can easily see this pattern confirmed in races #6, 7 and 8, and
feel confident about how this horse would be likely to run in the
REMEMBER, THE MORE RACES THAT HAVE BEEN RUN, THE MORE
INFORMATION YOU HAVE ON WHICH TO BASE YOUR PICKS.
SIMULATED GAMES SOUNDS
CLICK -- A Hand Controller key has been pressed and is valid.
BUZZ -- A Hand Controller key has been pressed incorrectly.
"Call to The Post"-- The race is about to start.
CLANG -- Starting gate opens.
HOOFBEATS -- The horses are running!
GONG -- A furlong marker is about to be reached by the leading
WHIP -- One of the 4 horses is being whipped to a sprint.
CROWD CHEER -- The finish!
BETTING SHEET SYMBOLS
W = A BET TO WIN
E = AN EXACTA BET (on #1 & #2 Horses)
PAST PERFORMANCE TRACK SYMBOLS
Track symbols look like the following letters on their sides:
J -- 3 or 4 Furlongs
U -- 5 or 6 Furlongs
O -- 7 or 8 Furlongs
Q -- 9 or 10 Furlongs
Light Tan = Dry
Brown = Muddy
Green = Turf
�1979, 1997 Intellivision Productions, Inc.