News and Updates
Oct-29-2017
BIRDS RELEASED FOR FINAL RACE

 

Birds were released this morning for the Final Race from Matthews, MO - 350 Miles.   Clear skies at the release point with approximately a 2 mph wind and after checking several stations along the course looks like they will have clear skies all the way home.   

Again, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE!!

Jim

Oct-28-2017
BIRDS SHIPPED FOR FINAL RACE

 

Birds are on their way to Matthews Missouri, 350 miles!!  Aaron Burns is driving the birds down and Brandon Fisher will be liberating.  Brandon will video the release as well.  You can follow the trailer by checking the GPS Tracker using the information listed below.  We are set for a 7:45 am release.  Weather still shows - NW Wind at release and changing to West along the course at 5-10 mph.  West wind will be a side wind.  All are welcome to come out and enjoy the race, we will have food ready around 12:30 and plenty to drink.  It will be somewhat chilly but we have fire pits and heaters in the tents.  
Remember Vita King will be open to get a jump on supplies for the breeding season.  Save some money on shipping of grit, nest pads, nest bowls, and drinkers while you are here.

Good luck to everyone!  Lets hope for a great race tomorrow.  

Thank you to Rico, Neil, Azec Loft, and Marty & Melissa for all their help shipping this evening.

A special thanks to my 3 sons and my wife for always being there for me.

Good Luck Everyone,

Jim

Please do not change the GPS Password:

http://gps.brickhousesecurity.com/G/BHS/QuickView.aspx

Username: hoosierclassicrace@aol.com
Password: Pigeons123

Oct-27-2017
TRAINING UPDATE

 

Our intention was to train today and but we have strong winds and heavy overcast skies.  We do not what to take a chance with the birds out in this kind of weather with them being basketed for the final race tomorrow.   
We will update tomorrow after we are done basketing.  

Jim

Oct-26-2017
TRAINING 33 UPDATE

Birds are home from training however we have a large group still out flying.  We aren't sure if they got spooked or are just enjoying the sunny skies today.   Jim is out in the yard watching for hawks in case that is the problem and working on getting them in. 

Oct-25-2017
FINAL RACE INFORMATION AND TRAINING UPDATE

We have had rain since Sunday and finally today it cleared out.  We will be training tomorrow 75 miles.  We have been watching the weather very closely.  As of now Sunday looks to be the next best day to race.  It will be very chilly with a west wind of 5-10 mph.  However we have watched the weather forecast change three times in one day!  Our plan is to race Sunday but if the weather drastically changes the race will be held off.  
Birds look really good..let's hope for a good toss and some favorable weather.

All participants in the race are welcome to attend the race on Sunday.  We will have a tent set up with heaters and plenty of food and drinks.  Aside from the chilly weather it should be a great day to talk and watch for pigeons!  We did send hotel information out on Monday for those that are traveling.  If anyone needs that information again or any other information please feel free to email or call.  

If you will be attending the race and would like to place an order with Vita King to be picked up you may do so Thursday & Friday.  We would like to have all orders placed ahead of time.  If you would like to place an order please call Kelly in the Vita King office at 219-733-0011.  This would be a good time to stock up on the Jovati Grit and save some shipping costs.  

Take Care,

Jim

Oct-23-2017
FINAL RACE UPDATE

Final Race Update


Birds were loft flown both Saturday and Sunday morning.  We have rain today and tomorrow so the birds are staying in.  We are hoping to train Wednesday and Thursday. 
As far as the final race we are hoping for Saturday or Sunday.  The weather forecast has changed 3 times over the last 3 days for the weekend.  We will update Wednesday with a more definitive date.  If anyone would like to attend the race that is traveling, the closest town to us with hotels would be Valparaiso, In. 

Super 8

Address: 3005 John Howell Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: (219) 464-9840


Quality Inn & Suites

Address: 2301 E Morthland Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: (219) 465-1700

Hamt
on Inn
Address: 1451 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: (219) 531-6424

Holiday Inn Express
Address: 1251 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219) 464-9395

Fairfield Inn
Address: 2101 E Morthland Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383

North of us is Blue Chip Hotel and Casino which is about 20-25 miles from our house if anyone is interested in staying there.
Address: 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 879-7711

We will update again Wednesday. 
Have a great week,

Jim
Oct-19-2017
RACE 3 RESULTS

Congratulations to the Big 10 - 1st Drop Winners today!

I was still driving when I received a call that we had 10 on the drop.  I was surprised at how fast they came and thought to myself what an easy race we will have.  Not as fast/easy as I thought...after we reached 300 they started to trickle in.  Many birds have been coming from the East today.  I am very disappointed in todays returns  based on how the birds handled and looked during basketing last night.  It turned out to be a perfect day for a race weather wise.  Hopefully we see many birds return tomorrow.  

Take Care,

Jim

Oct-19-2017
BIRDS RELEASED FOR RACE 3

Birds were released for Race 3 at 7:30 am.  Clear skies at release with a SW wind of 3 mph. 

 

Good Luck Everyone,

 

Jim

Oct-18-2017
RACE 3 - 250 MILES

Birds were basketed for tomorrows 250 Mile Race. Weather calls for a 6 mph SW wind at the release and a 5 mph NW wind at home.
I will be driving the birds so Kelly and Keith will be here to monitor the clock and prepare the loft. If you are coming to watch the race please remember to stay behind the white fence. We don't want anyone spooking the birds.
We forgot to post the GPS information last week. Listed below is the information if you would like to track the birds. PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE USERNAME OR PASSWORD.

http://gps.brickhousesecurity.com/Login.aspx

Username: hoosierclassicrace@aol.com
Password: Pigeons123

Truck will leave between 11:30-12:00 tonight. This should give the birds around 2 hours to relax on the truck before release in the morning. We are planning to release the birds at 7:30 am.

Good Luck to everyone tomorrow,

Jim

Oct-17-2017
TRAINER 32 UPDATE

Birds are home but continue to fly around the loft.  Hopefully they start coming in here soon.  They must be feeling pretty good today.

Jim

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