Five iconic trainers on Digiturf.com

Updated: February 7, 2013, 11:22 AM ET
By Edward Chamberlain-Bell | Digiturf.com

Digiturf.com established itself as the world's premier online virtual horse racing community in March 2001 but they are the first to admit that none of their success would have been possible were it not for the caliber of horse racing enthusiasts who were attracted to their game. Digiturf.com says that their aim was to simulate the excitement of real-life horse racing as authentically as possible for people who aspired towards training and racing their own horses; it was a tall order but clearly they succeeded.

The single most defining aspect that differentiated Digiturf.com from other horse racing games, which were mostly arcade games or games of chance, was that Digiturf.com was a skill-based game of strategy allowing players to compete against each other to be the best. Players were responsible for the management (or mismanagement) of their virtual stables but when they were successful they could take full credit for their accomplishments because every success is a personal testament to a trainer's understanding of how to train their horses for competitiveness.

When Digiturf.com recently awarded twenty trainers iconic status on their website it was a polite acknowledgement that their success is the collective result of the players who make their virtual horse racing community great. By their own admission, the virtual horse racing community is greater than the sum of its parts.

Five trainers who defined the future of virtual horse racing at Digiturf.com include Sharkano, PillButt, Samster, Mickdry and Tri M Fent Stables (listed chronologically as they joined Digiturf.com, not in any order of preference).

Trainer: Sharkano
One of the most astute trainers to join Digiturf.com was Sharkano in 2001. Within six years he had won over 1,880 races, 25 Championship titles and $287,000. He was the kind of trainer who understood how to play the game to his advantage then share that knowledge with fellow trainers before suggesting changes to the handicapping system that would make virtual horse racing even more realistic. In addition to a distinguished run at Digiturf.com, Sharkano is always remembered as the trainer who either did it first or wrote the rules that helped other trainers do it themselves.

Trainer: PillButt
PillButt was regarded as the hardest working man in the world of virtual horse racing until his collective winnings exceeded $1,000,000; which was when he became known as the richest man in the world of virtual horse racing. Even after winning his first million Pillbutt continued racing over 500 virtual horse races a week. He propelled an entire community forward with every race he entered by competing in over 82,500 races where he won 13,327 races and 36 Championship titles. Incredibly, Pillbutt never ran those races because he had to but because he wanted to.

Trainer: Samster
They say that behind every great man there has to be a great woman. You don't get a better woman than Samster in the virtual horse racing community. Samster went from rookie to royalty within her first year when she took over the reins of her husband's ailing stable. She cleaned house, won races, won championships, won the Triple Crown of Virtual Racing and was even interviewed by Bill Finley from NY Times on Sirius XM Radio. In addition to winning 22 Championships, 10,400 races and earning over $697,700, Samster is one of the most respected and liked members of the Digiturf.com community!

Trainer: Mickdry
It takes more than impressive statistics to earn the respect of the virtual horse racing community. Nobody epitomized this better than Mickdry who proved that your accomplishments are less important than how you accomplished them -- and Mickdry was very, very accomplished. Despite winning $247,600, 3,395 stakes races and 11 Championship Series, Mickdry was a man of the people and for the people because despite his phenomenal accomplishments, he unselfishly wanted the same for everyone else.

Trainer: Tri M Fent Stables
Tri M Fent Stables joined Digiturf.com in 2003 with an old-school approach towards virtual horse racing. He wanted the prestige of winning championships in conjunction with a record-breaking number of wins but he also wanted the most elusive distinction of them all: a high runs to wins percentage. He's not only a prolific runner; he's also one of the most pragmatic and profitable. Tri M Fent Stables doesn't run a race unless it can increase his 3,573 wins or $338,664 earnings. He's not only passionate about virtual horse racing at Digiturf.com, he's also an iconic champion!

When one considers the impact that these five trainers had on the direction of virtual horse racing, it begs the question: what impact could you have on the future of virtual horse racing if you joined Digiturf.com today?

Digiturf.com is a simulated online horse racing game where players develop their skills and strategies in owning, training and racing virtual horses against others from around the world. The horses are computer generated but the stakes are real.