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Idaho firm homes in on racing pigeons

TAKING WING:With birds commanding record prices, the murky and lucrative world of pigeon racing has caught the eye of a feed supplier to Kentucky Derby racehorses

AP, MERIDIAN, Idaho

Last year, Taiwanese police made multiple arrests for a similar bird-napping scheme. Others have even used performance-enhancing chemicals on their birds. In 2001, Belgian police raided 80 homes of breeders and feed and medicine suppliers, confiscating suspicious products.

Zamzow will not disclose the blend of his pigeon pellets, but maintains the concoction is natural. His father, Jim Zamzow, the company’s founder and chief formulator, borrowed nutritional principles from his existing work with show dogs, champion 4-H livestock and thoroughbred racehorses, rushing to complete the test formula in time for racing in Taiwan this summer and fall.

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