Franco & Belus Classic

 

 

News and Updates
Nov-03-2020
NO 400 MILE RACE We will not be having the 400 mile second chance race. 

More info to follow
Oct-31-2020
END OF YEAR INFO

Hello everybody,

Well, now that the dust has settled we would like to congratulate the winners. The big winner is the Nevaras / De La O – CA team their bird 144 COOK BB H had arrived all by itself over 8 minutes ahead of the next drop winning over $100,000.

Next, we would like to congratulate the Champion Bird 60620 ARPU BBWF H owned by Angels Win Beto’s Loft - NJ winning over $20,000. This bird’s record was as follows

1st 125 miles

22nd 150 miles

84th 200 miles

40th 250 miles

15th 320 miles

 

Congratulations to all the other birds that won money also. We filled the 58 prizes in less than 21 minutes. And 52% of the birds arrived on the day.

400 mile Second chance race – If you would like to participate in this race please let us know by Monday night. Entry fee is $200 per bird. We will need 200 birds or we will not hold this race.

We will be sending out checks in less than 2 weeks. If you have won $600 or more you must email or mail a copy of a completed W-9 form. You can go to https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf to fill out and print the form.

If you would like to save some money on upfront fees for 2021 you can go to the store at https://www.fb-classic.com/store.html and pay your fees at a discount. If you have prize money coming to you and would like to hold money from your winnings for the 2021 season let us know.

Also, we need to know by Monday night who will like their birds returned at the rate of

1 bird $70

2 bird $85

3 bird $100

4 bird $115

We would like to thank everybody that participated in the 2020 season and hope to see you all back in 2021.

Stay tuned for info for the 2021 season.

Franco and Belus Team

Oct-29-2020
FINAL RACE
Final Race 320 Miles
The final race of 320 miles will be released Thursday morning just north of Winnimucca NV. The birds are ready and looking great.
Since we cannot have a final BBQ party during the arrival of the final race we are going to have a raffle while we are waiting for the birds starting at 10 am Pacific coast time. We will give away $100 credit towards upfront fees for 2021. We will draw one name every hour until the first birds arrive. Once the birds arrive we will pick one last name for the Grand prize. A VIZIO 50" Class 4K UHD LED SmartCast Smart TV V-Series V505-H.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We will not to be having a final race BBQ party this year do to the COVID problem. The gates will be locked and no one will be allowed onto the property. We have called the Contra Costa County Health Department numerous times over the last few weeks and the answer is still the same. No gatherings of over 12 people from 4 or more households. It also states that on their website. Unfortunately, the BBQ get together is one of the big things we look forward to happening every year. It is one of the few times of the year we all get together and have fun staring at the sky.
Oct-26-2020
MONDAY'S 40 MILE TOSS This mornings 40 mile training toss has been canceled do to high winds. These winds should slow down to around 5 mph by Tuesday morning.

This weeks Schedule:
Tuesday - 60 mile training toss
Wednesday - Hand inventory for shipping list
Thursday - Final Race 320 miles

WIND ADVISORY
ISSUED: 1:25 AM OCT. 26, 2020 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING...

* WHAT...Northeast winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph
below 1000 feet. Gusts to 70 mph above 1000 feet.

* WHERE...The entire San Francisco Bay Region.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM PDT Monday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power
lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Oct-21-2020
PREPPING FOR RACE #4 250 MILES
Race #4 250 miles, will be released tomorrow, Thursday 10/22/2020 from about 23 road miles north of Lovelock NV. It is forecast to be 36 degrees, clear, and a NNE 12mph wind.

Our hand inventory/shipping list is up on the site. For those of you that wonder what we do, it is as follows. Each bird is individually hand scanned and then crated through the chute. This way every bird is handled one at a time. Once completed all birds are then let back in the loft through the chute to be watered, fed, and left in the loft to rest all day. After dark we run all the birds back into the crates through the chute just like we are going on a training toss. No birds are let out the loft the day of shipping.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We will not to be having a final race BBQ party this year do to the COVID problem. The gates will be locked and no one will be allowed onto the property. We have called the Contra Costa County Health Department numerous times over the last few weeks and the answer is still the same. No gatherings of over 12 people from 4 or more households. It also states that on their website. Unfortunately the BBQ get together is one of the big things we look forward to happening every year. It is one of the few times of the year we all get together and have fun staring at the sky.

Oct-12-2020
RACE #3 THIS WEEK

Race #2 150 miles is in the books and we would like to congratulate the 30 birds on the first drop of witch 6 breeders had 2 birds on the drop. A big congratulations to Nevares /De la O Loft with the first bird in the traps and the first birds in the Bronze Silver and Gold classes.

This week’s schedule will consist of:

Monday - 25 mile toss

Tuesday - 35 mile toss

Wednesday – hand inventory shipping list

Wednesday night – box up birds

Thursday – Race #3 200 miles

Oct-07-2020
RACE 2 150 MILES Race #2 is underway.  Birds were released at 0730, light smoke, clear, calm, and 45. Today is a Crown Race. First 3 birds in each category get paid. I will post the payout later today.
Good luck to everyone.
Oct-05-2020
CLEANER AIR Monday we will be doing a short toss, Tuesday well be doing a hand inventory, Tuesday night we will box up the birds to transport to Race #2 release point. Good luck
Oct-03-2020
RACE #2 POSTPONED Due to the heavy smoke in the area we have decided to postpone race #2 till further notice.
Thank you
Oct-02-2020
RACE #2 150 MILES

Due to the heavy smoke in the valley, Race #2 has been postponed till Saturday. Tonight the winds should clear the smoke out of the area. 

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