News and Updates
Oct-27-2017
2017 BIRDS AND CHECKS Checks will be going out this weekend. If you have more than $599 coming to you, you must turn in a completed W-9 before I will send out a check. So, if you have not done so already please email me one asap.

I need to know if you would like your bird back or not. I have about 70 birds not claimed yet. After this Sunday all birds not claimed become property of the SFBATC. Shipping can be deducted from your winnings or pay online thru the online store located on the "home" page and click on the "store" tab.

Also perches for 2018 are available for a discounted rate till December 31st like last year. Perches are first come first serve. The way to guarantee your spot is to prepay your perches. We will only take in the first 850 birds this coming year. We already have almost 100 perches paid for 2018.

Thank You
Mike Belus
Oct-19-2017
UPDATE 10/18/2017
I would like to thank all the participating breeders for making this an even bigger year than last. This race has grown every year and we owe it all to you.  It was great to see so many of you at the final race.  The day was filled with delicious food, laughter and shared stories, all for the good of the sport.   
 
Well, now the dust is starting to settle and the 2017 season is coming to a close. We started the season with 770 birds, and after close to 2,200 road miles (1228 training and 975 race miles) 236 birds were shipped to the 4th and final race of 350 miles this past Sunday. We had 38 birds on the day and after 3 days we have 141 birds clocked.
 
After having two very fast 200 and 275 mile races the birds worked hard during the final race and after 7.5 hours, we got two birds on the drop.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:
 
A - Race Winners
PASO 0841 BBWF owned by J & M Partridge Loft winning $22,500
WSJ 0542 DC owned by Curt Gammil winning $22,500
 
B - Race Winner
SG 0405 DC owned by Sebastion - Jose - Beto winning $17,556
 
Champion Bird A - Race
WSJ 0542 DC owned by Curt Gammil winning $14,000
 
Champion Bird B - Race
GFL 0361 BB owned by Ganus Family Loft winning $4,000
 
Over $167,000 in prizes paid out
 
Big Money Winners
Curt Gammil $36,500
J & M Partridge Loft $29,500
Sebastian-Jose-Beto $19,189
Ganus Family Loft $16,784
Baldwin & Tilson $7,653
Luis Medina $7,500
Hayloft $6,576
 
Anybody with more than $600 in winnings is required to turn in a completed W-9.  You may also  apply winnings towards 2018 for discounted perch fees and have the difference sent to you.  Stay tuned for 2018 news and announcements. 
 
2018 Discounted perches if paid by January 1st 2018.
1 - 4 perches $115 each
5 or more $95 each
 
Also, if you would like your birds shipped back you can pay with credit card, send check, or I can take it out of the winnings. $60 for first bird and $15 for each additional bird.
 
Thank you
Oct-15-2017
RACE #4

Birds are in the air at 0750, 23 degrees, clear and calm. Birds were relased on Hwy 97 at the Hwy 138 junction about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls, OR. Good luck to everyone.

Oct-06-2017
LOFT UPDATE 10/05/2017

I would like to congratulate Gomez Loft and De La Torre Loft for clocking the first two birds on the first drop and splitting $5,000 in Race #3 (275 miles).

The birds are looking very good right now. Race#2 (200 miles) was a success and training has gone well.  For Race #3 the winds were forecasted to be the same as the previous week and I was confident that we would have a great return and subsequently a full final race, shipping 400 birds. 

You have likely seen the results from race #3. The first 2 birds were followed by a flock of 60 birds for a solid start. The first 118 birds were all within seventeen minutes. Twenty minutes went by before the next birds arrived.  They were coming out of the back and trickling in to the loft. At this point the realization set in that something went wrong. The tail wind was stronger than forecasted and I suspect the birds may have overshot and continued down the central valley.

Moving forward we will give the birds four training tosses prior to the 4th and final race of 350 miles on October 15th.

If you are planning to attend the final race and require accommodations, I would recommend the following location which is just 1.5 miles from the loft:

Best Western Plus Delta Inn and Suites

5549 Bridgehead RD.

Oakley, CA 94561

(925) 755-1222

We will be serving tri-tip, chicken, salad, beans, and bread for lunch at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the final race. We expect birds to arrive around 2 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the final race and lunch.  We look forward to seeing you and sharing good food and conversation.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Sep-24-2017
RACE #2 Birds were released at 0730. Birds took off fast. Should be a fast one with a slight tail wind. Beautiful clear skies and a crisp 47 degrees at the release point. Good Luck to Everyone!!!
Sep-13-2017
Sep-05-2017
LOFT UPDATE 09/05/2017 The birds loft flew this morning to get ready for the 100 mile qualifier tomorrow morning. The weather has cooled down a little and should be clear with some smoke in the valley. Birds should be let out at 7:00 and arrive a little after 9. All birds that return from the qualifier need to have there entry fee paid by Saturday September 16th.

Good Luck to all
Sep-01-2017
LOFT UPDATE 09/01/2017

Due to the Excessive Heat wave that we are having here in the area we have put a hold on training till Monday. Monday we will try to go 57 miles and then Wednesday the 100 mile qualifier. Our air quality has not been the greatest due to all the fires in the mountain ranges up and down the state.

Just a reminder the Entry Fees will be due for all birds that return in good condition from the 100 mile qualifier. There are 3 entry options this year.

Mandatory Entry into the A-race

A-race $300 per bird (mandatory)

Optional entry

B-Race $700 per bird (optional)

Triple Crown Class $100 per bird (optional)

Aug-04-2017
LOFT UPDATE 08/04/2017
Training has started!!!

We have had our 8th toss and are up to 24 miles. To this point it has been a little rough. the weather has been hot and hasn't let up. Next week it is supposed to cool down to the 90's. We let the birds out in groups on tosses under 40 miles and will let the birds out in one mass once we get to 40 miles. Birds were supposed to go out this morning but it is very cloudy and the K-Factor is up. So, we will try for Sunday. We will go 24 miles both Sunday and Monday then up to 40 miles on Wednesday and Friday.
 
September 3rd is the 100 mile Qualifier. That is just over 4 weeks away.
 
Mike Belus
Jul-10-2017
LOFT UPDATE 07/10/2017
The birds are looking great!!!

We have the birds flying daily for 45 - 50 minutes. We have had the annual visit from the nearby falcons. We haven't seen them for a few days and hope they are gone now. I did happen to see a few birds being hauled away. 

This coming Friday we will be pulling the 10th flight and be dipping the birds. At the same time we will be doing a physical inventory.

We will start training on July 21st, taking the birds 1.6 miles to the rivers edge. We will slowly work the birds up to the 100 mile Qualifier on Sunday, September 3rd.

Keep checking the training results for inventories and training tosses.

Mike Belus
925-759-2644
belusconst@aol.com
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