Mary Jo Pons, matriarch of Maryland's Country Life Farm and a driving force behind the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, died of natural causes on Monday evening, Jan. 1 at Bright View Assisted Living in Bel Air, Md. She was 87.
Racing partnerships by most estimates today make up more than half of the ownership entities racing Thoroughbreds. The Pons family of Country Life Farm in Maryland has now taken the partnership concept into the breeding arena.
Multiple stakes winner Mosler will stand at Country Life Farm in 2017 for $4,000.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
Morning Fire won the second race at Parx Racing July 12 and became the first winner for multiple graded stakes winner and Maryland-based stallion Friesan Fire.
Two-time champion steeplechase jockey Matt McCarron has been named the new trainer at the Pons family's Merryland Farm in Hydes, Md.
Maryland stallion Freedom Child was represented by his first two reported foals Feb. 6-7 at Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md.
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- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington announced that Malibu Moon, currently 14th on the North American General Sire list, will stand for $95,000 live foal in 2015, the same fee he commanded this year.
- By Steve Haskin
When he eventually was sent to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm as a baby, the son of Palace Music acquired a reputation for being feisty and mischievous. read blog
Racing Hall of Fame member Cigar, whose 16-race win streak from 1994-96 included victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at age 24 Oct. 7 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
Graded stakes winner Super Ninety Nine has been retired from racing and will stand in 2015 at Josh and Mike Pons' Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., as the property of Spendthrift Farm and Country Life.
Stonestreet Farm tweeted that they were "over the moon," after landing grade I winner Ask the Moon for $1.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6 in Lexington.
Kentucky's WinStar Farm and Maryland's Country Life Farm (owned by Josh and Mike Pons) have reached a co-ownership agreement to stand WinStar's homebred colt Cal Nation at the Pons' Merryland Farm near Hydes, Md., in 2013.
Friesan Fire, winner of the 2009 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and the favorite in that year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand at Merryland in Maryland.
While racing erratically through the lane, front-running Ask the Moon captured the Personal Ensign Invitational Stakes Sept. 3 for her second grade I stakes win in a row at Saratoga this summer.
Ask the Moon, claimed for $75,000 last month, took the lead and never looked back while widening her advantage through the Saratoga stretch to produce an 18-1 shocker in the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Popular New Jersey stallion Unbridled Jet died July 7 when he was struck by lightning at Kurt Sleeter's Sleeter Farm near Clementon, N.J.
Pensioned Maryland sire Citidancer, sire of 29 stakes winners, including grade I winners Urbane and Hookedonthefeelin, succumbed to laminitis Aug. 11 at the age of 23.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced Jan. 20 the appointment of Josh Pons to its board of directors. Pons will serve a three-year term as a new member.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale opened Sunday in Maryland with a gross that exceeded last year's first session total, but the average and median prices both suffered setbacks.
Citidancer, one of Maryland's leading sires for years, has been pensioned at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., because of declining fertility.
- By Ray Paulick
Joseph Pons Sr. touched a lot of people in his life, from breeders and racetrackers to prisoners he helped rehabilitate at a nearby detention center. Hundreds of those people turned out Monday at the Pons family's Country Life Farm north of Baltimore to celebrate the life of the beloved Marylander who died last Wednesday at the age of 83.
Joseph P. Pons Sr., patriarch of Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., died Oct. 12 of a heart attack at his home at the farm.
Oratory, winner of this year's Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) in stakes-record time in the silks of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable, arrived at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., Aug. 30 to take up stud duties for 2006.
Carnivalay, one of Maryland's top stallions since entering the stallion ranks at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., and one of the last of the Northern Dancers at stud, has been pensioned because of decreased fertility.
Filling the void left when his half-brother Malibu Moon was recently moved to Castleton Lyons Farm near Lexington, Parker's Storm Cat will enter stud in 2004 at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md. The son of Storm Cat's fee will be $3,000.
Malibu Moon, sixth on the first-crop sire list, has been moved to Dr. Tony Ryan's Castleton Lyons Farm near Lexington
Allen's Prospect, sire of 57 stakes winners and a hallmark of consistency, was euthanized Wednesday, Sept. 3, at age 21 following surgery at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for removal of a tumor under his jaw.
Starting Tuesday, Jan. 1, bloodhorse.com will publish daily installments of the award-winning "Country Life Diary."
The Pons' family's Country Life Farm of Bel Air, Md. announced Friday the acquistion of Merryland Farm, a 159-acre horse farm located in the Long Green Valley of Maryland.
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