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Racing Homers

4122 AU 04 - Cherry cock. This guy is a Blue Check based bird with the modifier for recessive opal cherry (red phase). It makes for a perfect Ash Red mimic. Strictly from racing bloodlines. Sire's older brother was a money winner, was 1/2 Van Hee. Dam was of Hyseken/VanRiel blood. Grandsire, sired a race winner. 

1586 AU 11 - Sprinkle hen. Genetically she is a Spread Almond. All flying bloodlines in her pedigree.  The pedigree is full of diploma winners and producers of race winners.

 
 

This pair is an Indigo Bastin/Fabry cock and a homozygous Indigo Bastin/Havenith hen. They are the oldest and toughest racing blood.

Their offspring have done excellent. They produced Club winners, concourse winners and bred money winners in futurities. The first young one the hen ever bred was 15th in the Eastern Classic young bird futurity winning $1000.00. Her brother bred a 7th place fraternity winner. Her cousin won the Frank Viola futurity, winning 50,000.00

They both have the same sire. He bred five 500 mile winners. The dam to the splash cock bred two 500 mile winners and was down from Col Grantham blood. The dam to the hen bred multiple diploma winners and is down from Foxhills Loft Haveniths which have been pure sine the 1960s from John Blade. This pair is outstanding. Their sire sold alone for $400.00

They are super tough. They excel at 350 miles or more. Forget 100 miles to 300 unless is super long. The Fabry that's in the splash cock is down from Col. Grantham’s blood. She was spectacular. She came from Frank McDonough from S.C. He's know for his Fabry's.

The trait of these lines is the big head. The American Show Racer was made from those lines about 50 years ago. They would fly ASR’s just to diploma them and show them in the flown class.

 

T-Check hen out of a pair of flyers. Sire flew 130 miles as a young bird, dam flew 130 and 200 miles as a young bird. Dam is a half-sister to a race winner and is a blend of several families. Behind her are diploma winners and parents of race winners. Sire is half HVR and the other half pure performance with parents and grandparents of multiple race winners and diploma winners. She is a bit on the larger side with a full body, tight feathers, and great balance. 

2011 Blue Barless Cock. AU 11 WCOF 1688. Sire is "202", a late-hatch barless cock bred from a pair of imports from Phoenix Lofts of Australia. The Phoenix Loft barless family is down from consistent racers out to 300 km, and is heavy in the "Goodjer" family of long-distance pigeons. Siblings of the sire as well as siblings of 1688 have been flown. Dam is a brown barless, so this cock carries brown. Dam is a granddaughter of a Ken Christopher Van Loon cock, and she is also inbred on "The Iceman" line on her mother's side, having both "The Iceman" and his full brother in her pedigree.

 

2010 dark check bronze hen, #7348, she is half Trenton and half Blue Miracle Janssen. She is split for recessive red.

2011 recessive red cock, "Elmo", # AU 11 WCOF 1564. This is a super handling pigeon with super color. So many of the flying quality recessive reds are all washed out, sooty, and plum-colored. Elmo has great color to go with the great genes in his pedigree: His sire is "Red Buck" a very tightly inbred Hollywood cock that is out of "Europa's Prince" and "Red Angel", both grandchildren of "Hollywood" himself. Dam is "6308", bred by Tom Barnhart, and she is three quarters Meuleman. This pigeon represents the first outcross to the inbred Hollywood family of super Hofkens pigeons, and his children should possess the hybrid vigor often lacking in such a tightly inbred family. 
 

2011 black hen, #1264, carries the gene for cherry recessive opal. The sire of this pigeon is a beautiful "white lace" that is a full brother of a 200-mile winner. Dam is a blue bar Janssen, down from both "Blue Miracle" and "Assured Gold".

Late hatch 2011 Almond cock. This is a fairly large pigeon, hatched September 1st. He has excellent ground color and will get more and better flecking with age. He is out of a pair of flyers. His sire, who is half Huysken-VanRiel, flew 130 miles as a young bird, and his dam, an Almond down from a family that consistently produced good flyers, flew 130 and 200 miles as a young bird. 
 
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True Silver (dilute Blue)  #1536. She carries barless. Sire is a son of "The Iceman", a 300-mile winner; dam flew 130 and 190 miles as a young bird prior to being stocked. Although unflown herself, this bird comes from flying stock on both sides. Older siblings of this bird did fly on a 2011 young bird team. 

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Dragon Blood - AU 08 GAR 0982 - This is a large Black cock that is 1/4 Dragoon 3/4 top racing blood. Not only is he a magnificent pigeon, but he has produced a 2nd-place diploma winner and two additional birds that placed in the top 20% at the club level over the last two years

 

#264-07 is a Spread Sandy (StSa) cock

Sandy is in ”the Almond Family” which includes Almond (St); Qualmond (St-Q); Faded (St-F); Hickory (St-H); Sandy (St-Sa); Chalky (St-C) and Frosty (St-Fr)

Sandy as reported by Dr. Hollander has very little flecking. In addition the flecking does not darken or increase with age.

But when combined with Spread, Sandy shows the large flecking like my bird, but it still don't darken with age.

On non Spread, Sandy has very little flecking even at advanced ages. It is similar to Almond but without the strong tendency to flecking.

Blue Spread Frosty (StFr) Qualmond (StQ)

The Qualmond mutant gene came from a bird from Dave Rinehart and the Frosty gene is down from Fred Genton racing stock in Idaho. He did very well with Frosty combined with Blue. So the possibilities are there.

 
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The first is a reduced brown check hen. The other pair, both cock and hen have the same genetic makeup.  Heterozygous cherry, heterozygous recessive opal, heterozygous Spread; all on a Blue base.  They will reproduce themselves but will also produce homozygous cherry, with or without Spread, homozygous recessive opal, with and without Spread, heterozygous cherry combined with recessive opal without Spread.  One very interesting point is the cocks are always lighter than the hens and are laced.  You can tell the difference between sexes even in the juvenile plumage due to sexual dimorphic, hormonal interaction.  It can be compared to the coloration difference between male and female Cardinals.

 
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  I breed many reduced Homers with different phenotypes, all with solid racing backgrounds
 
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AU-OSH-2011-0724 - He has the true Bright Trenton eye. He comes out of the son of Ed Oshaben's 2000 ATB champion, which was also a three time 500 and 600 mile day bird.


2008 Oshaben Trenton cock
 

Another one of my Oshaben Trentons
 
  

Articles on the Trenton Strain of Racing Homer
 
 

This strain of white Racers has been selectively bred for a decade for abilities to out-fly and outsmart the Hawks. This is accomplished by deliberately flying them into the teeth of the worse Hawk infestations and letting the Hawks cull them. Only the smartest, quickest and most Hawk resistant are allowed in the stock loft, this ensures the passing on of the Hawk evasion abilities and each generation they get better. They have evolved to be smaller in size and more apple shaped than most Racers. They are a combination of many different white Racer strains. They have also been dropped out to 100 miles to ensure good homing instincts.

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November 2012 hatch. Blue Bar cock split for reduced. This is a small-to-medium sized cock out of a very very nice reduced cock and a solid black hen. The sire is primarily Janssen; dam is Janssen and HVR. Dam also carries recessive opal, down from a family of diploma winners, so there are even odds that this cock carries it as well.
 
#8101 - 2008, a true Silver hen split for barless. She is down from "Assured Gold" and "Granger's Diamond" on both sides, as well as "Dark Vader", a 2-time 600-mile winner. She is also down from Barnhart's "chrome" family on sire's side; this is the family that produced a 300-mile race winner. She flew 100 miles as a young bird prior to being stocked. She is the mother of a pigeon that placed 27th out of 900+ birds in the 2009 GNEO futurity. She has already produced four very nice youngsters this year.
 

AU 2011 Whiteracers.com 444 Black Mottle Cock

Medium built with a nice red/yellow eye. Sire is a direct son of Dennis Khun's foundation bird "Domino" who was a multiple diploma winner for him and his top old bird racer in 02' old birds. He was eventually sold for $2,500. Dam is straight Pepperman which is excellent at the distance or bad weather races.

 

#40941-12 is a blue barless cock who carries the genes for both brown and dilute. His sire was a true flyer who flew 130 miles twice and then retired to stock. His sire is also the grandson of  "The Icemnan," a 300 mile winner. Dam is an import from Willi Thiel of Australia, and is out of a cock that flew three races out to 450 km. Siblings of 40941 have also flown well. 

Sprinkle (Spread Almond) cock #3269-13. Bred from true flyers. Sire was flown in 6 races out to 250 miles and is a son of a Ron Pairan cock that is out of two of Ron's AU champions. Dam has flown out to 250 miles. In this picture he has only a few flecks of black but with each successive molt the black will get heavier.

 

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