The life of a racehorse trainer is no bed of wood shavings. It's a dirty, thankless job, with high risk to both money and person, and a big win can be years in the making. So what better vocation to make a sim game out of? Android gaming favorite Kairosoft is up to the challenge - after all, they managed to make both real estate and tailoring fun - with Pocket Stables. Surprisingly, they've also gone back to their old price model: the game is $4.99 with no ads or in-app purchases.

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You are a tiny, pixelated owner/breeder/trainer trying to make a living in the cutthroat world of high-stakes racing. You'll have to field likely equestrian candidates, train them to top physical condition (Lasix optional), put up the money for races, and cross your fingers. Wins in lower tiers let you try for bigger races, all the way up to the Triple Crown. A quality horse goes to your very own stud farm to help make the next generation.

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Unfortunately the developers seem to have left out some of the more esoteric parts of the horse trainer's trade, like haggling with hiring jockeys, mucking out the stables, and employing liberal use of an elbow to grab the track seat by the finish line. Pocket Stables is available for all devices running 1.6 or later.

Pocket Stables
Pocket Stables
Developer: Kairosoft Co.,Ltd
Price: $5.49