**Zed-Files is a series that takes a deep-dive into the ancestry of some of the most successful bred horses currently racing on Zed.run. The idea is to learn from these superstars of the track to assist in creating the next champion of your own.**
Everyone who plays Zed.run is looking for the same thing, a dominant racer. So, how do you, or more importantly, I, get one of these elite horses in my, I mean your, stable?
Well, other than shelling out $20k to buy a Z1 Nakamoto on Friday’s drop, hitting the breeding lottery is the best way. It’s happened before and it’ll happen many more times again and the hope is we can learn from the horses that did it in the past to give us a better chance of doing it for ourselves in the future.
And now, the Mane Event
Today’s spotlight is on Mane Event, a Z22 Elite Buterin currently wrecking Class 5. This horse has won an incredible 18% of the more than 1,500 races. It’s racked up almost 2 ETH in prize winnings and it’s currently listed on OpenSea for 20 ETH ($68,000!!!).
At first glance, there’s nothing special about Mane Event’s basic characteristics. An unraced Z22 Elite Buterin colt is probably worth between 0.2 and 0.5 ETH on the open market. Not even the color is special, it’s a common coat Carribbean Green.
Mane Event’s father is Dark Knight, a Z8 Exclusive Finney with a win rate of 7.69% in 13 races. His average odds hover in the neighborhood of 12-15 but he had an impressive Griffin showing pulling in a 7.25. Mane Event’s mother is Apocalypto, a Z14 Legendary Buterin who has never won a race and struggles to pull in anything short of 20. Truly, nothing special on either side.
So, we dig deeper, to the grandparents and great grandparents. This is where we find the real superstar blood. Five horses are linked to Mane Event with the most recognizable being Wall Street, a Z1 Nakamoto with a 160% ROI in 30 races and one of the OG superstars of the game. Despite finishing in dead last, Wall Street garnered 5.83 odds in his Griffin race. He consistently earned sub-10 odds until he was taken off the track in late March.
Both grandmothers are Finney’s, one a Z5 and the other a Z6. Grammys and Cracked are both good racers with positive ROI’s, but it’s Reborn Racer, Mane Event’s maternal grandfather that lends even more superstar DNA. A Z9 Genesis, Reborn Racer has won 75 of it’s 409 races and generated a 46% return on investment.
Knowing is Half the Battle
So what have we learned? There are some tremendous horses that have contributed to the success of Mane Event, but only 37.5% of Mane Event’s ancestry are truly spectacular horses. Neither of his parents have had massive success but all five Genesis or Legendary horses that donated DNA to Mane Event generated positive ROI’s.
In other words, you don’t need a stupendous horse to breed one. Mane Event was bred from a decent racing Z8 and a poor racing Z14 and turned out to be one of the best horses ever bred. Plus, the cost of breeding was only about $60. Now, the horse is worth closer to $60,000.
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