In 2002 we (Ganus-Fox) entered the Vegas Classic One Loft Race that was managed by Ed Sittner. We entered six birds each to make a total team of 12 entries…
After the settling in and initial training period we had lost a few birds but the remainder of our team was making good progress.
Then a phone call from Ed Sittner changed all of that pretty quickly. All of our birds were missing !!He explained that he discovered one of his loft helpers had stolen all of the GB and GFL rung pigeons. We had our race entry fees refunded straight away with all due credit to the race organisers.
Then a few weeks before the final race we had another call to say GB02S58334 had returned and was in pretty good condition so we decided to re enter the bird in the race and after a few training races the bird was entered into the 330 mile final…and was one of six on the drop to win equal 1st place and $25,000!! He was of the Ikon bloodline and we named him Syndicate High Roller…
Another bird GFL 02-662 returned shortly after the final with a minor injury and was too late to be sold off in the after race auction. So he was the only bird left in the loft. After an inquiry from a local Las Vegas fancier, Mike sold the bird for $500 and the bird went on to be one of the most successful breeders of big money winners in America.
This blue pied cock became known as Sure Bet and big winners are still reported today. Sure Bet was bred from a son of H&O’s famous bird Super Crack Olympiade 699 when he was paired to a daughter of Hollands Best x Olympia Queen (Ludo Claessens)
A recent winner reported from the line of Sure Bet is Anna bred by A-Lin Loft (Hui Lin) from a pair of birds he had purchased from Tony Huang of Tony’s Loft of Virginia.
This hen was 1st drop (1st to trap) 350 miles…1st drop (6th to trap) 300 miles…1st drop (1st to trap) 235 miles …1st drop (4th to trap) 195 miles..and 22nd from 157 miles….winning the Ace Bird award by over 9 minutes over the five races in the series as well as winning the final of the Spring Break One Loft Race…
The sire of Anna is TonyLoft 11-162 bred from GFL07-1016 Sure King paired to GFL07-782 Sure Dollar and they are turning out to be a super pair of breeders. Another son of this couple TonyLoft11-113 bred China12-13-009180 and he was the winner of 3rd Fujian Straight One Loft Race from 500 km against 3500 birds and 2nd in the Jim Ying One Loft Race winning more than $250,000 in total!!