HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS GRUELING 2018 SEASON

First a hardy congratulations to the owners of  these survivors.   Survivors of what is to be remembered as the ''season from hell''.   The entire program
was definately affected by what is to be deemed climate change.    The delays in training, scheduled releases causing the season to be stretched out to
nearly 2 months longer than usual.   Once we went beyond the normal race dates, we began to feel the wrath of the heat and continuted thunder storms
that plagued the entire southern area.   So maybe its not fair to call these champions survivors.   They should aptly be called the heroes of 2018 for
their inert skills and genetic talents, which even more apparent was the size of their will and heart.

150 MI SERIES OPENER SAW 28 BIRDS DROP WITH LOU GURINO, HOLLYWOOD  LOU, HAVING 3 IN THE TOP 10.   NEWCOMER ABC
LOFT WAS RIGHT THERE WITH TWO ALONG WITH TWO OTHER NEW LOFTS, 'DREAM TEAM' AND ''SARRETT RACING''.  THIS WAS A
NICE WORKING RACE WITH 1284 YPM SPEED.

225 MI.  SAW GFL 292 IN THE CLOCK FIRST, WITH 7 ON THE DROP ALL MAKING 1361 YPM.

JACKSONVILLE 300 MI STATION....13 DAYBIRDS,  3 BIRDS DROPPED TOGETHER.   RED GRIZ 'DESTINED CHOICE' TRAPPED FIRST FOR
THE CLOCKING PRIZE.   EQUAL FIRST WERE VAL KRYSTOVS BOLGAR LOFT WITH HIS  HEN " RED DAWN".     KEN EASLEY ALSO
WITH ''  URBAN KONE''.          THE FINAL BIRD (13TH) THIS DAY WOULD BE GFL 292  "PLANET ICON" WHO WAS THE 1ST TO TRAP AT
THE 225 STATION.

AFTER THIS TOUGH 300,  WEATHER DELAYS AGAIN CAUSED HAVOC FROM THE INTENDED 350 MI STATION.   THIS WENT ON FOR
NEARLY A MONTH WITH US HAVING TO SPOT TRAIN EVERY CHANCE WE GOT.   CONTINOUS THUNDER STORMS PLAGUED THE
RACE COURSE WITH NO END IN SIGHT.     NOW, WE HAD TO CONTEND WITH THE SUMMER HEAT AND HUMIDITY.   AFTER SEEING A
POSSIBLE WINDOW FOR THE FINAL RACE,  I POLLED THE RACE COMMITTEE TO GET THEIR VIEW ON THE DISTANCE AT HAND
WITH THE HEAT/HUMIDITY FACTOR AND THE CONSENSUS  WAS TO DO THE FINAL FROM 250 MI.     WATER THEM WELL,  AND HOPE
FOR GOOD RESULTS.    THE BIRDS WERE LET GO AND SHOT STRAIGHT OUT (SAME AS THE 300) NO CIRCLING.  SKIES WERE BLUE
AND THE WEATHER FORECAST WAS GOOD ALL THE WAY.     DRIVING BACK, I GOT A CALL FROM BRUCE DAEHN THAT A FRONT
KICKED IN OUT OF NOWHERE FROM THE GULF AND WE COULD SEE RAIN BY THE TIME THEY HIT MILTON.    FROM ABOUT 100
MILES OUT FROM HOME THE SKIES BEGAN TO DARKEN WITH NO SUN.    AT ABOUT THE 50 MILE STATION THE THUNDERSTORM
BLEW AND HEAVY RAIN CAME ALL THE WAY BACK TO MILTON AND THE LOFT.    BRUCE WAS THERE WAITING FOR ME SO WE SAT
DOWN AND JUST HOPED FOR BIRDS.   THE SKY TOOK AN INTERMITTENT BREAK, RAIN STOPPED MOMENTARILY AND SOME BLUE
SHOWED UP.   THEN 3 BIRDS DROPPED FROM THE SOUTWEST AND TOOK THEIR SWEET TIME  TRAPPING.    NO DOUBT THEY WERE
GLAD TO BE HOME BUT THEY WERE 'BONE DRY'.......  AFTER 8HRS. 5 MINUTES FROM 250 MILES THE SPEED WAS 907 YPM.   1ST TO
TRAP WAS ''SCHECKLES'' BWF HEN FROM DAEHN/MIEL TEAM.   2ND IN THE HOLE WAS EASLEY/SILVERCREEK WITH''LEANNA' WHO
WAS ALSO THE WINNER OF THE ''B'' RACE.    THE EASELY TEAM HAD A GREAT CHANCE TO WIN THE MARATHON  2BIRD PICK
CLASS IF HIS OTHER ENTRY COMES SOON.....
3RD TO TRAP WAS NEWBY  TO WINNERSCUP, FROM LOS ANGELES,  TANAI KANTISIRI WITH HIS DEVRIENDT ''PLATINUM''  .  HE WAS
ALSO 2ND IN THE ''B'' RACE (WHICH PAID OUT 3 SPOTS).     NO OTHER BIRDS FOR ANOTHER 33 MINUTES BEFORE 4 CAME
TOGETHER, DAEHN/MIEL....CHAMP CAMP.....AND SARRETT LOFT.     DAEHN/MIELS BIRD ''SUPERMAN'' TOOK THE 3RD SPOT IN THE
'B' RACE.   

SO NOW THE HUNT WAS ON...........WE HAVE BOLGAR LOFT,  EASLEY/SILVERCREEK, MIIKE GANUS, NESLER BOYZ,  TANAI KANTISIRI
ALL WAITING TO SEE WHAT WAS TO BE FOR THE TWO BIRD MARATHON PICK WINNING TEAM.

THE NEXT BIRD TO COME CAME SOLO 37 MINUTES LATER AND AS WE WATCHED, IT COULD HAVE BEEN A RED BOLGAR HEN OR
RED GRIZ FROM JACKS LOFT.   BUT IT WAS TO BE ''DESTINED'' CHOICE FROM NESLER BOYZ TAKING THE 8TH SPOT AND
CLINCHING THE AVERAGE SPEED BY 3 HRS. AND 48 MINUTES.   SHE ALSO CLINCHED THE TWO BIRD MARATHON PICK CLASS
WITHOUT NEEDING HER PARTNER BIRD.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NESLER BOYZ FOR THEIR PERFORMANCES.   BILL SENIOR ,  HAD PASSED AWAY PRIOR TO THE START
OF THE RACES.   HIS BELOVED WIFE LINDA (WHO ALSO IS KNOWN AS 'WHITE DOVE')  WATCHED THE SERIES RACES WITH SON
MAC.    I RACED IN THE SAME CLUB WITH THE NESLERS ALONG WITH AL BIECHE AND OTHER GREATS BACK IN THE 80S AND 90S.
A FINE GROUP OF PEOPLE.     REST IN PEACE BILL NESLER...........


* NEW FLIERS :  CLIFF PROUT FROM CALIFORNIA,  JASON SARRETT FROM SAN ANTONIO, ABC LOFT NEW YORK,  TANAI KANTASIRI FROM CALIFORNIA ALL HAD
GOOD SHOWINGS
THIS SEASON.   LOU GURINO FROM FLORIDA IN HIS 2ND SEASON END   UP 2ND AVG. SPEED.   JASON SARRETT WAS CONSISTANT WITH HIS SMALL ENTRY.  ADL'S
BIRD ''JOSEY WALES''  WAS UNIQUE WHEN SHE ARRIVED AND I MADE NOTE OF IT AND SHARED IT WITH ADL.  SHE ENDED UP 3RD AVG. SPEED IN THIS TOUGH
SERIES.   CLIFF PROUT, NEW TO THE OLR FIELD ENDED UP 4TH AVG. WITH HIS CALIFORNIA ENTRY.   THE FINAL WITH THUNDER, LIGHTNING AND HEAVY RAINS
THE LAST 50 MILES TOOK ITS TOLL ON SOME TEAMS THAT HAD GREAT SHOWINGS UP TO THAT POINT.   ABC LOFT NEW YORK DID VERY WELL.   WELL KNOWN KEN
EASELY DID WELL WITH HIS OLR BIRDS AT BOTH THE 300 AND FINAL TOO.

MIKE GANUS WON THE STANDARD COLOR CLASS AND WAS IN THE HUNT FOR THE MARATHON ALONG WITH BOLGAR LOFT WHO IS BRAND NEW TO THE ONE LOFT
FIELD.  

VAL KHRYSTOV FROM CALIFORNIA WAS IN THE HUNT FOR MARATHON GOING INTO THE RAIN SOAKED FINAL.   VAL HAD ONE OF THE THREE EARLY BIRDS ON
THE MOST DIFFICULT 300 WITH ONLY 12 DAYBIRDS.   VETERAL JERRY McCALIB FROM DALLAS HAD A GOOD ONE ENDING UP 5TH AVG. SPEED.  THE TEAM OF
DAEHN/MIEL FROM FLORIDA HERE HAVE SPENT CONSIDERABLE SUMS OF MONEY  ON BIRDS.   BRUCE DAEHN PURCHASES ''WINNERS'' ONLY FROM SUCCESSFUL
BREEDERS (GFL) THEORIZING THAT WINNERS BREED WINNERS IN THE OLR ARENA.  DAEHN/MEILS TOP BIRDS THE LAST TWO YEARS ARE GANUS/TILSON
CROSSES.   OTHER NEW ENTRIES SOFIA LOFTS, G&L , PR LOFT, VALHALLA, TEAM FUJITAKI,JOE ZARACHIWICZ, GOSHENTOWN LOFTS, CHAMP CAMP,  JIMMY ZHANG
, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME.   REALIZE THAT THIS SEASON WAS NOT INDICATIVE OF THE NORM AND THAT THE BIRDS YOU SENT MAY HAVE BEEN
JUST FINE IN THE NORMAL SERIES WITH NORMAL WEATHER.    WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE NEW FLIERS COMING AND TESTING THEIR BIRDS AND HOPE THAT THOSE
WHO DIDNT SCORE WILL CONSIDER TRYING AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.     THANKS TO THE VETERANS WHO SENT TEAMS AGAIN THIS YEAR BUT MAY HAVE BEEN
MORE SUCCESSFUL HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE CRAZY WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT STRETCHED THIS SERIES OUT TWO MONTHS BEYOND NORMAL FINISH TIME.  
IF IT WERE NOT FOR YOU VETERAN BREEDERS BEING THERE YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT TO SUPPORT ONE LOFT RACING...........WE WOULD NOT BE
HERE..........THANKYOU.

                                                                                                              
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