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News and Updates
Mar-12-2020
MARCH 8TH UPDATE
Although temperatures were very good these past few days the winds were very gusty.  We have wind gust of about 25 mph.  We will now look to settle group 1 & 2 early this week.  Health is holding very good. We will send samples of droppings to the vet this week now that we are entering our second month.  We will update the results later in the week.  
The birds continue to arrive daily between the mail and fanciers dropping them off.   We now have about 800 birds here at the loft.  We had several fanciers drop birds this past week including Robert Rotiroti and Katie from Canada.  Super Mario Loft from Chicago and Jim Micenec from Ohio aslo dropped by this week.  Patrick Sikora from Chicago also stopped by along with 2 new flyers from Chicago.  We always welcome visitors and like to enjoy some time with everyone so please give us a call if you plan on stopping by.  
 
Gentlemen....Is There A Lady In Your Life That
Would Like To Compete
In The 2020 Hoosier Classic? 
Now Is Their Chance To Compete!!
It is great to see over 3800 perch reservations as of today.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far.  The Hoosier Classic is now in its 8th season and our 3rd with
Guaranteed Prizes of $1,280,000
Don't Miss Out On The
BIGGEST RACE IN 
NORTH AMERICA
with the
BIGGEST GUARANTEED PAYOUTS


TAKE HOME THE MONEY $$, THE TROPHY 
& BRAGGING RIGHTS IN 2020
Most important increase the value of your stock by 
Beating the Best in the BIGGEST Race in North America
 
Final Race October 11th 2020
- BBQ Friday Oct. 9th
- Shipping at Hoosier Loft Oct 10th
- Banquet at Blue Chip Hotel & Casino Oct 11th
- Live Race Day Auction
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Mar-12-2020
FEBRUARY 23RD UPDATE

We are happy to report that we are now over 3500 birds reserved for the 2020 season and our first group has been moved out of quarantine yesterday and put into the new loft.  Although a bit chilly yesterday the birds were enjoying the sun in the large aviary's.  So far the health is perfect, but we know its only been 10 days now since the first birds arrived.  The first group has been responding to the whistle at feed times so starting today trap training will start for this group.  

Please remember that before you ship your birds to ANY one loft race PLEASE make sure your youngsters know how to eat and drink.  Its very helpful if they are flying up to the perches as well.  45 days old is a perfect age.  We have settled older youngsters before.  We strongly advise everyone to at least vaccinate for PMV  two weeks before shipping birds.  We have again provided below some steps to follow before shipping to any races.  These steps can ONLY BENEFIT your birds during shipping. 

Remember that Hoosier Classic has a

GUARANTEED PAYOUT of $1,265,000
Biggest Payout In North America
- $250,000 1st Place Prize
- NEW 125 Mile Activation Race
- Guaranteed 25 training tosses before Activation Race
- GPS Tracking on all races
- Live Stream of all races
- 4 Race Series
- 8400 sq ft loft
- 250 Paid Prizes on Final Race

Mar-12-2020
FEBRUARY 17TH UPDATE
Last week was our first week accepting birds for the 2020 season.  We had just about 100 birds arrive in the first week. They have gone through our intake process of getting a vaccine, wormed, and receiving a chip ring. While they spend their first week in quarantine our goal is for them to learn to respond to a whistle during feeding time and they seem to have caught on to that rather quickly.  They all look great and got to enjoy some sun on Sunday in the quarantine aviary.  
For those that will be shipping birds in the coming weeks we ask that you ship birds no later then Wednesday to make sure they arrive before the weekend.  When shipping birds please include perch fees along with information for your loft and contact information.   We have again included tips below for preparing young birds to ship to one loft races.  These tips are also good for shipping birds to other fanciers, auctions, etc. 
 
 
We are currently over 3400 birds signed up for the 2020 season.  Don't miss your chance to be a part of the Biggest Payout in North America with
$1,265,000 in prizes. 

- 5 birds for $1000 / Less then 5 - $300 per bird
- Live Clocking
- NEW 125 Mile Activation
- Guaranteed 25 trainers before activation race
- Top 100 Birds Auctioned
- $250,000 First Place
- $100,000 Ace Pigeon Prizes
Feb-12-2020
NOW ACCEPTING BIRDS

We are happy to finally say that the new loft is now ready for the 2020 season.  We have posted a video of the loft on our YouTube page with a walk through of the new loft along with the new security system installed.  

We start accepting birds on Wednesday February 12th.  We have had several calls over the weekend from fanciers who were shipping birds out yesterday.  Please remember we recommend vaccinating your youngsters at least 2 weeks before shipping them to any one loft race.  We have detailed our intake process below regarding what will happen to your birds once they arrive at the Hoosier Classic

  1. All Birds are vaccinated for PMV using the KM-PMV vaccine
  2. All birds are treated for external parasites using "Spot On" by Klaus
  3. Birds are placed in quarantine for 7 days and given 2 days of Vita Pro Combo
  4. While in quarantine birds are treated for Canker using "Tricho-Green" by Dr. Peeters
  5. One week after the birds arrive at the Hoosier Loft they are vaccinated for paratyphoid using the KM-1 Vaccine
  6. After 1 week in quarantine they will be moved to the main loft.  Once in the main loft they will not mix with any other groups of birds until after they have been settled. 


All products used during the intake process are available through Vita King Products.  
We have provided tips below for fanciers to help ensure that their birds arrive in a healthy and stable condition.  Preparation on the breeders part sets your birds up for success during a One Loft Race.  


Don't Miss your chance to compete against the best birds in the world.  
We are currently over 3300 perches reserved.  The 2020 Season will be a very exciting one with $1,265,000 Million in Prizes.  No Race in North America Guarantees this much in prizes.
If you need help signing up feel free to call the office at 219-733-0011 or sending us an email

 

Link to the latest YouTube Video    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CaqO-nPbdE 

 

 

Dec-13-2019
DECEMBER 8TH UPDATE
We are about 7-10 days from being able to work inside the new loft.  The cold weather is starting to set in so working out of the wind will be a pleasure.  We are making progress but there is no time for any days off.  A video has been uploaded showing where we are with the construction.  We will be ready for your Champions February 12th, 2020.

Now is the time to Reserve your Perches.
Thank You everyone who has reserved perches so far.  We are already over 1800 reserved.  Remember when considering races to think about the Hoosier Classic Million Dollar Race with ALL
$1,265,000 in Prizes Guaranteed

- $250,000 1st Place Prize
- $100,000 in Ace Pigeon Prizes
- All Prizes Guaranteed
- 4 Race Series
150 -180 -220- 350 Miles
- 2020 Perch Fees  5 Birds/$1000
- $500 per bird activation due after 125 Mile activation race
- 8400 sq ft of loft space
- Live Pro Vigil Security Monitoring 24hrs a day
- Weekly Updates
- Monthly Veterinarian Analysis 
- GPS Tracking on all races
- 32 Benzing Antennas to ensure no missed pigeons
- Live Clocking on All trainings and races
on Wincompanion & Benzing
- Guaranteed Minimum of 25 tosses before activation race
Top Quality Feed - Vita King Products - Jovati Grit
 
Now Winning Just Got Easier!

The breeders listed below are part of the 
Hoosier Classic Breeders Connection 
If you contact any of these breeders they will send birds to the 2020 Hoosier Classic Race for you.  You will be considered the "Buyer" and responsible for "Perch Fees" & "Activation Fees" 
Any winnings will be split between the "Breeder" & "Buyer"


Call the breeder of your choice and arrange for your next champions to be shipped to the
Hoosier Classic in 2020!!

Frank McLaughlin - 781-820-8327
Jim Gabler - 815-441-5179
Tim Lucas (Champ Camp) - 765-480-7072
Big Andy - 352-345-6613
Nanez Family Loft - 715-566-3040
Mark Karges/Silvio Mattacchione - 905-985-3555
Mark Mourton - 208-484-4752
Bill "The Book" Richardson - 520-250-5477
Dec-13-2019
DECEBMER 1ST UPDATE
$1,265,000 GUARANTEED

Hoosier Classic is the ONLY race ito GUARANTEE ALL PRIZE PAYOUTS in North America

We guarantee your prizes so now is the time to guarantee your perches for 2020 by signing up at HCRACE.com

We are at almost 1400 reserved perches for 2020 and its only December 1st! 
"Competition Breeds Champions"
Come fly against the Best Birds in the world and let your birds earn their true value
with $1,265,000 in Guaranteed Prizes

 
 
2020 Prize Payouts

150 Mile Race   
1st - 5th  $1000

180 Mile Race
1st  $5000
2nd - 10th  $1000

225 Mile Race
1st  $5000
2nd - 15th  $1000


350 Mile Final Race
1st  $250,000
2nd  $100,000
3rd  $75,000
4th  $50,000
5th  $40,000
6th  $30,000
7th  $20,000
8th  $15,000
9th  $12,000
10th  $10,000
11th - 15th  $8,000
16th - 20th  $7,000
21st - 30th  $6,000
31st - 40th  $5,000
41st -50th  $4,000
51st - 75th  $3,000
76th - 100th  $2,000
100th - 150th  $1,500
151st - 250th  $1,000


Ace Pigeon Prizes
1st  $40,000 or New 2020 Ford F-150 Truck
2nd  $15,000
3rd  $10,000
4th  $8,000
5th  $7,000
6th  $6,000
7th  $5,000
8th  $4,000
9th  $3,000
10th  $2,000

Sign Up Today or call the office and we can reserve your perches for you
219-733-0011


 
Nov-28-2019
NOVEMBER UPDATE (11/18/2019)
New Loft

The new loft is coming along.  It feels as if we have been building a loft for 3 years now.  Thank you to everyone that has shared ideas and pictures of lofts.  We are also grateful to have so many pigeon fancier friends who work in the trades.  They have been very helpful moving the process along through actual work or steering us in the right direction
.  
 
2020 Season 

Thank you to everyone who has reserved perches for 2020 so far.  We already have over 800 perches reserved and it's only November.  We understand the most important part of a one loft race are the breeders involved.  Please take time to consider the Hoosier Classic for 2020.  Our intake is earlier this year starting on Feb 12th and ending on May 1st.  This cut off time is very important so we have more time to train earlier and more often.

2020 will be very exciting as we have commitments from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Europe, Kuwait, Canada, Mexico and of course the USA.


Guaranteed Prize Payout
$1,265,000
1st Place Prize of $250,000
$100,000 Ace Pigeon Prizes
250 Paid Prizes on the Final Race


We have had several calls and email regarding the prizes.  Please note that YES the 1st place prize has been reduced however that money will not be removed from the race.  We are instead paying out more in Ace Pigeons and More Prize Positions on the final.  

New for 2020

5 birds for $1000 perch fee
$300 Single Bird Perch
$500 Activation Fee after the 125 Mile Trainer
Minimum 25 Training Tosses Before Activation
New loft 28ft x 304ft - 8400 sq ft of space
Live Video Stream of All Races
Live GPS tracking of All Races
Weekly Updates
Video Updates
Pro Vigil Live Monitoring 24 hrs a day
BIGGEST GUARANTEED PAYOUT 
IN NORTH AMERICA
Final Race weekend October 9th - 11th, 2020
Top 100 Pigeons and Top 10 Ace Pigeons Auctioned
Breeder receives 50% of Auction (No Hidden Fees)

 
Oct-24-2019

UPDATE FROM 10/16/2019

 

Unfortunately under a load of stress I have made a wrong decision as to how to handle the prize money.  In the last 48 hrs our world has come crashing down.  All I had on my mind were the birds lost in the fire.  There is a clause in our rules that states under catastropic events all entry money will refunded.  I should not have acted so fast.  If the heat of the moment I thought of only the birds going to the final race.

We will refund all "activation" money for birds activated after the 100 mile race.  We will also honor the winnings of race 3 & 4.  There will be NO average speed payout because the final race was cancelled.  

Now I have to take the gloves off!!  I have ALWAYS taken the high road and never spoke bad of anyone in the race.  I have watched my family cry for the last time.  Leaving the banquet Sunday evening we were surrounded by individials who thought it was the right time to come after us.  Last night we read that Eastern Pearl Loft (Yan Zheng) and Chen Loft (Dave Chen) believe WE set the loft on fire.  SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU!  What do we gain by this?  Why would I let my family go through this? Get Your Facts Straight!

Again, checks will be mailed out early next week.  There are several fanciers who had birds show up later and not paid for.  We will go breeder by breeder when figuring refunds.  Please keep in mind there were over 800 breeders in the race and this will take up to 2 weeks to figure.  All High Roller payments will begin to be refunded today.

We will host a race in 2020.  There will be no old bird races as we will use this loft for the young bird series.  All old birds will start to ship back in two weeks.  Any perch fees pre paid for old birds will be refunded as well.  Give us a couple of weeks and we will update with terms of next years race.  We will rebuild the million dollar loft and race, but to have it ready by March 1st would be really pushing it.  We want to believe we are resilient, but it is difficult to be when you are made to feel that you are involved in wrong doing.

Thank you to everyone for your support and I apologize for making the wrong decision so fast.  Again all I had on my mind was the birds lost in the fire.  This will be made right in the next few weeks.

Jim

Oct-15-2019

Unfortunately under a load of stress I have made a wrong decision as to how to handle the prize money.  In the last 48 hrs our world has come crashing down.  All I had on my mind were the birds lost in the fire.  There is a clause in our rules that states under catastropic events all entry money will refunded.  I should not have acted so fast.  If the heat of the moment I thought of only the birds going to the final race.

We will refund all entry money for birds activated after the 100 mile race.  We will also honor the winnings of race 3 & 4.  There will be NO average speed payout because the final race was cancelled.  

Now I have to take the gloves off!!  I have ALWAYS taken the high road and never spoke bad of anyone in the race.  I have watched my family cry for the last time.  Leaving the banquet Sunday evening we were surrounded by individials who thought it was the right time to come after us.  Last night we read that Eastern Pearl Loft (Yan Zheng) and Chen Loft (Dave Chen) believe WE set the loft on fire.  SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU!  What do we gain by this?  Why would I let my family go through this? Get Your Facts Straight!

Again, checks will be mailed out early next week.  There are several fanciers who had birds show up later and not paid for.  We will go breeder by breeder when figuring refunds.  Please keep in mind there were over 800 breeders in the race and this will take up to 2 weeks to figure.  All High Roller payments will begin to be refunded today.

We will host a race in 2020.  There will be no old bird races as we will use this loft for the young bird series.  All old birds will start to ship back in two weeks.  Any perch fees pre paid for old birds will be refunded as well.  Give us a couple of weeks and we will update with terms of next years race.  We will rebuild the million dollar loft and race, but to have it ready by March 1st would be really pushing it.  We want to believe we are resilient, but it is difficult to be when you are made to feel that you are involved in wrong doing.

Thank you to everyone for your support and I apologize for making the wrong decision so fast.  Again all I had on my mind was the birds lost in the fire.  This will be made right in the next few weeks.

Jim

Oct-15-2019

Thank you to everyone that has called, emailed, and stopped by yesterday and today to offer their prayers and support.  Complete strangers who do not fly the Hoosier Classic have called to offer support.  Emails have come from around the world.  We are truly blessed to be involved in such a great sport with so many great people.

We have been asked by some if the fire has been reported.  Please understand that when you have a fire the such as this it has to be investigated.  We are waiting on a professional inspection of "Cause and Origin" to determine the cause.  Once we know the cause we will share this information with everyone.  There has been much speculation as to how this may have happened.  We will not jump to conclusions until a professional finding is released. 

As far as dispersing of prize money we guaranteed a payout of $1,272,000.  Of that total $5500 was paid out on the 180 mile race and $3400 was paid out on the 220 mile race.  This leaves $1,233,000 in prize money.
The fairest way to handle this is to divide the $1,233,000 by the number of birds that were going to the final race.  The last loft fly showed 1922 pigeons.  This would pay approximately $641.51 per bird.  Again these 1922 pigeons flew all of the previous races and would have been shipped to the final.  We understand there are some people who may be upset with this decision.  I know we will never make everyone happy, but again feel these birds making it this far deserve to split the winnings.  It will take a few days to get all the information organized with the help of Wincompanion and we will start to get checks out later this week and early next week.  

My family and I have hosted the Hoosier Classic for 7 years now.  Some expect us to cut and run.  However our plan is to start building a new loft in a couple of weeks. For those that choose to enter the season for 2020 we offer a 5 bird team for $1000.  We understand some may be angry or disappointed in what happened this season as so are we.  However we love this great sport and the many friends we have made over the years.  For those who fly the yearling/old bird series we will update later this week once we have a better handle on if there is enough previous entries to hold the race.

I can not stress enough as to how sorry we are to everyone who lost pigeons in this tragedy.  Never in a lifetime would I have ever thought this would of happened.  

Please take time to enjoy your family, hug your children and tell them you love them.  My sons are my hero's after witnessing them trying to run into a fire this past Sunday morning.

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