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Jay Egloff of South Western played college football at LSU.

The Egloff family lives and reunites here along a stretch of back road between New Oxford and Gettysburg.

Pull up the long driveway to the heart of the nearly 500-acre standardbred racing horse farm, a postcard kind of place with miles of fields and fence line.

Mark Egloff and his father, Tad, run Vieux Carre Farm, raising and selling the foals that have gone on to become some of the best trotters and pacers -- harness racing horses -- in the country.

This also is the place where younger brother, Jay, joins them a couple of times a year, returning to his roots.

Those reunions are for a little work and a lot of laughs, at some point the talk usually veering back to the past...


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The Egloff boys were wrestling and football stars at South Western High in the early 1980s, before pursuing quite different career paths.

Mark Egloff (Class of 1983) has spent his life with the horses he fell in love with as a kid.

Jay Egloff (Class of 1985) became a Marine fighter pilot.

It was in college, where both planned on wrestling careers, when things really got interesting.

Mark wrestled only for parts of two years at the University of Virginia, spending more time riding for the polo team and helping it win a national title.

He went on to tour the world as a professional polo player and lived in West Palm Beach, Fla. for 15 years. He met Princess Diana and played against Prince Charles.

"I came to realize that I was good enough (playing polo) to make a living but not good enough to make the big money," he said with a laugh.

He ended up running a country club and working in real estate.

Then, five years ago, he moved back to the family business. He was drawn to the horses he loved and to small-town life where he and his wife could raise their two boys.

Jay has his own story to tell.

He earned a wrestling scholarship to LSU, but when the university dropped the program a few weeks before he arrived he tried out for the football team instead. He not only made it but became a special teams captain as a junior and a part-time starter at fullback as a senior.

Meanwhile, he satisfied a long desire by earning his pilot's license -- then graduated and joined the Marines to become a fighter pilot.

He began flying F-18 fighters in 1995 and has had at least a half-dozen overseas deployments, often to Japan or Korea. He also spent seven months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He and his wife and their two boys (ages 14 and 12) were stationed in Buford, S.C., before he was transferred to Yuma, Ariz., a year or so ago.

Now he trains young pilots to do what he's done.

Still, there's time for the brothers to talk each week and for Jay to return home each year.

So it turns out that the farm, with its 250 horses, is much more than a successful business. It's a gathering place.

Where the talk will turn to how Jay remembers his older brother pushing him to become better than he ever could have been alone. And where Mark remembers how "I used to pound on him pretty good. We had our share of fights. When he was 15 he told me he was going to whip my butt ... but he didn't really get it done."

They both laugh at the stories.

They both admire each other's lives.

"I'm blown away by what my brother does. I'm so proud of him," Mark said. "He's probably one of the most qualified fighter pilots in the whole world."

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