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Harford's Country Life Farm shows top stallions in an improving breeding market

Harford's Country Life Farm shows top stallions in an improving breeding market

Maryland has become a draw in recent years for horse breeders who want their mares to give birth to the next racing champion, thanks to money flowing from slot machines that supports the racing industry, one prominent Harford County horse farm owner says.

“It’s kind of emboldened us to take a gamble and make a bet,” Mike Pons, whose family has owned and operated Country Life Farm south of Bel Air for the past 85 years, said following Country Life’s annual stallion show Saturday.

“We could have a whole new level of Maryland raising and breeding that we haven't seen for quite some time,” Pons said.

He said the increased funding for racing is helping Maryland horse farms...

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