2017 One Loft Race Stats – FINAL REPORT!!!

January 13, 2018
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Well, the first year for the One Loft Race Stats Report is in the books.  We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to this effort and we thank you all for yours words of advice, encouragement and suggestions.  We had two goals when we started this project – (1) transparency and (2) fun/enjoyment.  We are absolutely confident we accomplished those goals!  What we didn’t know would happen would be the interest around the world for this information.  We are right now working with some international publications on sharing this information with the pigeon world as a whole.  I guess when you are tracking 13,826 initial entries and over $2,700,000 in prize money the international community takes notice.

Below are the races we tracked.  We did drop the Route 66 as they did not complete the race series before December 31, 2017.

We have collated the information into key categories and all corresponding charts can be found below. Having a hard time reading the graphs? Simply click on the image to enlarge it.

  • OLR Initial Inventory & First Race Stats
  • The # of Birds Entered, # of Birds sent to Final Race, % of Initial Entry sent to Final Race
  • OLR Miscellaneous Stats
  • Initial Entries, # of Birds in First Race & Percentages 
  • Total $ Won – $ Won Per Entered Bird 
  • Breeder Money Won/Lost (NEW CATEGORY!)
  • Top 10% Positions Won & Percentages 
  • Number of Money Winning Positions  
  • The Money Winners on the Final Race

One of the key goals we had as well was to recognize success measured against the number of entries and not just overall success.  As such, congratulations to the following breeders for being at the top of the individual categories we tracked in 2017!!

Highest Percentage of Birds to First Race:  Duane Gragg

Highest Percentage of Birds to the Final Race:  UTAZ (Ray, Ryan Jones & Tom Hill) 

Money Won Per Entered Bird:  Ganus Family Loft (Mike Ganus)

Highest Percentage of Birds Who Finished in Top % against Initial Entry:  Kolvenbag & Son - (Geert Kolvenbag)

Highest Percentage of Money Winning Birds against Initial Entry:  Marengo Creek Farms - (Steven Harvard) 

Highest Percentage of Money Winners on the Final Race against Initial Entry:  Hi-Cal Syndicate - (Stan, John, George, & Timerman)

We hope to have some articles on The Loft Report in the coming months about each of the above lofts sharing their success with the pigeon world as a whole.  We will also be announcing our plans and the methodology for what we will track in 2018!

Yours in the Sport,

Joe Nemelka and Drew Lesofski

 

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OLR Initial Inventory & First Race Stats

 OLR Initial Inventory & First Race Stats FINAL

NOTE:  We sure hope breeders use this chart to consider the races they will enter in 2018, but please recognize that every race may have a bad year.

 

The # of Birds Entered, # of Birds sent to Final Race, % of Initial Entry sent to Final Race

FINAL

NOTE:  This stat is sorted by the OLR that were able to get birds to the final race.  To us, that is a key to having a successful OLR in that everyone wants an opportunity to fly for the big money and opportunity in the last race.

OLR Miscellaneous Stats

OLR Miscellaneous Stats FINAL

NOTE:  In evaluating a OLR, there should also be some consideration given to what percentage make it home from the final race as that tells a breeder how well prepared the birds were for the final race as well as the considerations given to the birds to be successful in the final race (i.e. water on trailer, weather, etc.).  Obviously, no matter how well prepared certain races can turn difficult with high losses so do not judge too harshly the results of a single race, but it is certainly something to consider in evaluating a OLR.  Something to consider on this chart is the YPM of the average speed winning pigeon as that will tell you a lot about the difficulty of the race course the birds have to fly, which obviously translates to losses.  Losses and average speed should both be considered in evaluating the race.

 

Initial Entries, # of Birds in First Race & Percentages 

Initial Entries, # of Birds in First Race & Percentages FINAL 1 Initial Entries, # of Birds in First Race & Percentages FINAL 2

NOTE:  There can be a lot of variables in getting birds to the first race for a OLR breeder.  Choice of races is a key one as breeder who picks a race that loses a lot of birds prior to the 1st race can really drop a breeder’s percentages.  So keep that in mind as you evaluate these numbers.  Having said that, a breeder who does get a high percentage of birds to the 1st race may tell you they have a program and quality of pigeon that increases their percentages.

 

Initial Entries, # of Birds in Final Race & Percentages 

Initial Entries, # of Birds in Final Race & Percentages 1 FINAL Initial Entries, # of Birds in Final Race & Percentages 2 FINAL

Total $ Won – $ Won Per Entered Bird 

Total $ Won – $ Won Per Entered Bird 1 FINAL Total $ Won – $ Won Per Entered Bird 2 FINAL

NOTE:  We have been asked this repeatedly so we will answer it again – please remember the numbers above only include prize money related to required entry fees.

 

Breeder Money Won/Lost

For 2017, we have decided to simply put breeders into won/lost categories as opposed to disclose what each individual breeder won or lost.  There has been a lot of discussion around whether we should publish this data so for the first year we thought we would take the more conservative route and show these categories.

Total Breeders Tracked:   60

Total Breeders Tracked FINAL

NOTE:  We hope that everyone who sees this chart quickly realizes that it is very hard to make money in the OLR game.  Seventy percent (70%) of the breeders we tracked lost money.  More than 50% lost more than $5,000.  So to those who think the OLR game is all about the money the numbers simply do not back that up.  Most breeders treat the OLR game as a hobby and enjoy the races win or lose and write it off as entertainment just like others do a hunting/fishing trip, family vacation or golf club membership.  The Loft Report is very interested to track these results over multiple years to see if there are a few breeders who consistently do well financially or if over time everyone moves toward breaking even with some good years and some bad years.

Top 10% Positions Won & Percentages 

Top Ten 1 FINAL Top Ten 2 FINAL

NOTE:  We think this may be the most important chart of them all.  The breeders that do well on this chart are those who don’t just have a lucky win or hot bird – these are those breeders with a quality program and high quality birds that are consistently there in most races.

 

Number of Money Winning Positions  

Number of Money Winning Positions 1 FINAL Number of Money Winning Positions 2 FINAL

NOTE:  This is a fun chart to tell us what breeders come through when money is on the line.  The breeders who do well here aren’t “practice players” – they shine during game time!

The Money Winners on the Final Race

The Money Winners on the Final Race 1 FINAL The Money Winners on the Final Race 2 FINAL

NOTE:  The previous stats about money winners told us who were “gamers.”  This chart tells us who are those breeders that have birds that can get it done at the end when the game is on the line.  These breeders birds shine on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights!

 

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