News and Updates
Jan-09-2017
SFBATC LOFT UPDATE 01/08/2017

Time is flying! We are already 8 days into the New Year.  The first birds will begin to arrive for the 2017 season in just over three weeks.

Additionally, SFBATC will be breaking ground on the Loft expansion as soon as the rain stops. There are existing lofts to move and this process has begun.  As the loft progresses, I will post updates and pictures.

To date 487 perches have been reserved and paid out of the 650 that will be available in 2017. If you haven’t pre-paid your perches yet there are only 163 perches still available. As a reminder, the new loft addition will accommodate a total of 650 birds.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

With retirement from my home remodeling business, I now have the opportunity to dedicate even more time to the SFBATC.  I have the ability and relentless focus to strive for and ensure a standard above all other races.  Of utmost importance is bird health, successful race returns and consistent communication to and with breeders.         

Stay tuned for more updates and always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Oct-25-2016
END OF SEASON 2016
First I would like to thank all the breeders that had participated this year in the San Francisco Bay Area Triple Crown, because of you this race has grown every year and has become one of the Top One Loft Races in the Country. We are looking to even making it bigger in the near future.
 
Our final race is over and we had a great turnout for lunch and the waiting for the arrival of the birds.
 
The weather at release was partly cloudy, south winds 4mph, and 36 deg. The head winds did pick up to 10-15mph as the birds flew home making for a tough race.
 
Congratulations to all the winners!!!
 
First Drop
Drama Queen Loft
Michael Groe
Fassio Loft
 
Bronze winner - Michael Groe
Silver Winner - Michael Groe
Gold Winner - Michael Groe
 
2016 Champion Bird - Jb & D
Amazingly close! Baldwin and Tilson was only behind by 50.3 seconds
 
I will need a completed W-9 from anyone receiving $600 or more in winnings. The form can be found on the main page under the “info” tab.
 
Also, some winners are prepaying perches and leaving money in their account towards entry fees for next year. That way you can lesson or even avoid a 1099. So let me know if you would like to do the same.
 
Because of our limited space we will once again offer perches on a first come first serve bases. You can guarantee your perches by prepaying them online. And like last year we will discount the perches if purchased by January 1, 2017. We will ONLY be taking the first 525 perches this coming year. So get your perches early and don’t miss out.
 
I will be putting the clock on training mode and keep it running this week so people can see all late birds arrive. I will be sending birds out October 31st and November 7th. Checks will go out November 8th. I will reconfirm mailing addresses before then.
 
Again thank you to all the breeders for making this race great,
 
Mike Belus
San Francisco Bay Area Triple Crown
Oct-23-2016
RACE #4 UPDATE
We basketed the birds and the truck left at about 5:20pm. Birds then arrived at the release point around 1:00am. The birds get to rest and will be watered around 7am. We should be able to release the birds at 8:00am. The birds will be experiencing light winds from all directions along the race course today.
Good Luck to all.
Oct-12-2016
LOFT UPDATE 10/12/2016
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Race #4 will be postponed.

Race #4 was scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 16th. Because of rains along the race course forecasted Thursday thru Monday. We will hold race #4 on Sunday October 23rd. 

I am hoping to road train the birds

Monday 40 miles
Wednesday 60 miles
Friday 40 miles

Race #3 had 3 birds on the Drop and split $4000. 

Rossi Loft LLC
Fassio Loft
Henry Lindsey

Bronze winner - Rossi Loft
Silver Winner - Richard Norgrove
Gold Winner - Richard Norgrove

Congratulations to Race #3 Winners
Oct-06-2016
WEEKLY UPDATE

Good Afternoon Breeders,

Race #2 is in the books, it turned out to be a very difficult race. We released 316 birds and after two days we only clocked 218 birds. I don’t know what happen. The wind was calm most the way accept for the final 30 miles they encountered a 25 mph side wind that may have blown them a little off course. When the birds did start to arrive birds came from every direction high and low.

Congratulations to the first drop that included 8 birds:

Duane Gragg (first in clock winning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Classes)

Alca Loft

Jb & D

Mike Ganus

Junior Juanich (2 Birds)

AP Amy

Huan Qiu Zhang

Tonight is shipping for Race #3 of our 4 race series, 240 miles, just north of Weed CA. There is a prize of $4,000 to the first drop.

This week we wanted to do a 40 training toss on both Monday and Wednesday but there was weather issues on Monday so we took the birds 50 miles on Wednesday only. The toss should have been a easy toss with no issues but that was not the case. The birds came scattered.

Good luck to all

Sep-29-2016
UPDATE 09/29/2016 So we have had Race #1 Last Friday and Alias-Alias 346 BB was the first bird in 5 minutes and 34 seconds ahead of the rest of the birds. Congratulations to Tim Skalland.

Congratulations to Debbie Ganus for the first bird in the clock,(4th overall) entered in the Bronze, Silver, and Gold classes.

Tonight is shipping for Race #2 188 miles, Redding, CA.

Payout will be done soon, still waiting for a couple of checks that are in the mail. Payout will be very similar to last years.

Tomorrows race looks to have head winds along the course.

Good Luck to All,
Sep-18-2016
LOFT UPDATE 09/17/2016
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are one week away from the first race. If you have not done so already please check your bird inventory and get your entry fees in as soon as possible. 

This coming week we will have a 40 mile toss on Monday and a 60 mile toss on Wednesday. The first race will be Friday.

The birds are looking great and are doing well on the training tosses.

You may also enter your birds in the Triple Crown Classes
Bronze, Silver, and Gold classes.

1. The classes are not required.
2. You may enter one or all classes.
3. One time entry fee due before first race (September 23rd).
4. You can enter one bird or all or any combo.
5. The classes are a winner take all and paid by the clock.
6. The total of each class entries will be divided by 4 and paid 1/4 at each of the four races (4 chances to win).
7. Triple Crown Classes are separate from entry fees

Example for the Gold class: 100 birds entered
100 x $100 = $10,000
$10,000 / 4 = $2,500
First bird in the clock that has entered the Gold Class wins $2,500 
There will be a $2,500 winner at each of the 4 races.

Same format for the Bronze and Silver classes.

You can pay online with your credit card with no extras fees or send a check.

Mail checks to:
SFBATC
2325 Pearlite Ct
Antioch, CA 94531
Sep-08-2016
THE 100 MILE QUALIFIER
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The time has come that we have all been waiting for, "The 100 Mile Qualifier". Tomorrow morning the birds will be released at about 0700. Should be clear skies with head winds up to 15mph along the way. All birds that return will need their $300 per bird entry fee paid and is due before the release of the first race on Friday September 23rd.

Good luck to all!

Sep-05-2016
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

Today the birds went on a 57 mile toss and will go again on Wednesday. The birds are looking good.

This Friday, (September 9th) is the 100 mile qualifier. All birds that return will need their $300 per bird entry fee paid and is due before the release of the First race on Friday September 23rd.

 

You may also enter your birds in theTriple Crown Classes

Bronze, Silver, and Gold classes.

1. The classes are not required.
2. You may enter one or all classes.
3. One time entry fee due before first race(September 23rd).
4. You can enter one bird or all or any combo.
5. The classes are a winner take all and paid by the clock.
6. The total of each class entries will be divided by 4 and paid 1/4 at each of the four races (4 chances to win).
7. Triple Crown Classes are separate from entry fees

Example: 100 birds enter Gold
100 x $100 = $10,000
$10,000 / 4 = $2,500
First bird in the clock that has entered the Gold Class wins $2,500 
There will be a $2,500 winner at each of the 4 races.

 

You can pay online with credit card or send a check.

Mail checks to:

SFBATC

2325 Pearlite Ct

Antioch, CA 94531

Aug-23-2016
UPDATE AUGUST 23ND

Well we have started training and the one thing we are all afraid of happened on Sunday, it was our 6th toss, 24 miles, released 516 birds and now we are down to 366 birds. I am at a loss. The only thing I think could have happen is they got caught up with other birds. We have birds going all kinds of directions around here.

On Wednesday we will go to the same spot and see how they do.

I will be sending this update thru “Constant Contact” and as a private email, if you do not receive the “Constant Contact” email please check your “spam folder”.

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