News and Updates
Jan-02-2024
2024

Happy New Year to all.  We are looking forward to another successful year in 2024.  We will be changing our website cover page soon, displaying the 2023 winners.  Thank you!

Dec-03-2023
BIRD RETURN

Congrats to all our winners this year!!  If you would like us to mail your bird(s) back please let me know immediately, we plan to ship as many as possible this week.  If you have prize money coming from the Superbird I can deduct shipping from your winnings.  Otherwise you need to send me $60 for 1 or 2 birds, $70 for 3 or more.  If we don't get your bird(s) out this week we will definitely the followng week.  If you don't want your bird(s) back they will go up for auction within our club so some of our newer flyers can get some good birds for a minimal cost.  My number is 619-933-8188 or sminervangruen@aol.com.  Thanks, Steve Miner

Nov-30-2023
SUPERBIRD RACE

Our Superbird Race is this Saturday, Dec. 2.  Weather looks very favorable for a good race, cross/tail winds not too strong along the course.  We wil be releasing with the birds from the California Classic and the Royal Cup.  We will have 146 birds in our race.  The prize fund and prizes are as follows:

 

146 birds @$100 ea  $14,600

$25/bird from Classic race   $7,778

Total                             $22,378

15%                             $3,356

 

TOTAL PRIZE FUND         $19,022

 

1.)  $8,000

2.)  $4,000

3.)  $2,000

4.)  $2,000

5.)  $1,022

6.)  $1,000

7.)  $500

8.)  $500

 

ALL PRIZES ARE PAID BY THE DROP.

Nov-23-2023
RACE WINNERS/SUPERBIRD RACE

Congratulations to our top 5 winners, especially Dan Lionello and Adam Gluck for having 2 birds in first drop of 5 and they were nestmates!!  Amazing speed of the birds, 1929 YPM is the fastest SDHC in our 43 years of racing.  Extreme tail winds the last 75 miles definiely enhanced the speed of the birds.

If you would like to nominate your bird(s) for our 360 mile Superbird Race on Saturday, Dec.2 for $100 ea. please either contact Steve Miner 619-933-8188 or send in a check to cover your bird(s) made out to San Diego Holiday Classic.  Address:3511 Rolling Hills Ln., Bonita, Ca. 91902. It appears there will be approximately a $20,000 prize fund. We will be training the birds next week and they all go unless you tell us otherwise.  If you have $$ coming from our race I can deduct Superbird entry for you.  

Again thank you to all our breeders for making 2023 San Diego Holiday Classic another success!!  Note:  We are the longest running one loft race in the country, 43 years!!!!

Nov-21-2023
2023 SDHC PRIZE LIST

     We pay by the drop until prizes are gone.  We also pay special races by the drop as well.

 

1)  25,000

2)  15,000

3)  10,000

4)  6,000

5)  4,000

6)  2,000

7)  2,000

8)  1,500

9-12)  1,000

13)  775

14-28)  500

Nov-20-2023
RACE RESCHEDULED

Due to high winds on race course on Monday we are rescheduling our race to Tuesday.  There will be 2 races on the same day.  Our race and the California Classic, released 30-40 minutes apart.  Our race will be released first as early as possible and then California Classic.  The release points are @ 20 miles apart, so if we release 30 min before Calif. Classic the birds will be @50 minutes apart.  

We are still hosting lunch, raffle, and entering special races tomorrow at our clubhouse starting 10:30-11;00  We will be giving 4 $500 cash as part of our raffle along with perch fees to various races.

We are trying to give our birds the best opportunity to race!!   Hope you can make it tomorrow, thx, Steve

Nov-16-2023
CHANGE FOR RACE SCHEDULE

Due to inclement weather for Saturday, rain at release point, we are scheduling the Royal Cup for Sunday and the San Diego Holiday Classic for Monday.  We plan on training tomorrow 50 miles, and race on Monday.  The schedule for the activities at the hotel will stay the same.  We will have our City of Hope auction and our Breeder auction on Saturday night along with the live bird auction of 10 birds from Nanez Family Loft.  The activities are scheduled to start at 7:00 Saturday night however we will have the Nanez birds there by 6:00 for viewing and then start the auction right at 7:00.  The COH auction will follow, then the Breeder auction.  You are on your own for dinner that night.   Any questions-Steve Miner 619-933-8188.

Nov-12-2023
190 MILE RACE

Birds were released at 6:20, clear skiy, 5 mph head wind at release.  Yuma, 50 miles into the race 8-10 crosswind from the north, El Centro 100 mi. into race 5-6 cross winds, then at top of mountains 50 mi. from home 15-20 tailwinds.  The high today at the loft 81 degrees, fairly dry as it has been the last 2 weeks.

This year at the hotel on Saturday night we will have a live bird auction of 10 birds from Rick Nanez from Nanez Family Loft.  Rick has an outstanding record in one loft racing for the last 10-15 years.  

In addition we will have our annual City of Hope Auction and our Breeder Auction for our race on Sunday.  You will be on your own for dinner.  John Timmerman will have the sit down dinner at the hotel on Monday night this year.

Good luck to all!!  Any questions contact Steve Miner, 619-933-8188.

Nov-05-2023
RESULTS OF 125 TOSS

The 125 toss was a tough test, when they hit the mountains it was already @ 80 degrees.  This year has turned out to be very difficult mainly due to the dry heat we have had for the past 2 weeks.  It looks like the weather for Wednesday (150 race) looks better.  Good luck to all.

Nov-05-2023
125 MILE TOSS

Yesterday we had the 125 mile toss and the results were on Wincompanion however this morning we had to do a inventory to identify a few bad chips and the 125 toss reslults are completely different because of our inventory today.  We will have a complete clocking inventory tomorrow morning which will include a few birds that came home this morning after we started the inventory.  We will be hand scanning Tuesday evening before we load for the 150 mi. race Wednesday.

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