Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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P O L O R E P O R T 48 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 30-yard penalty to trail by one with 3:48 left. After FlexJet missed two scoring opportunities, Julio Gracida scored the insurance goal with 18 seconds left. Uys, making his final appearance of the fall, finished off an outstanding season. Uys was a member of four winning teams during the medium-goal season, three titles with Sebucan and one with Whitehall Ranch. To get to the final, FlexJet defeated Travieso (Tony Calle, Carlitos Gracida, Pablo Dorignac, Tommy Biddle), 12-8, and Casablanca edged Audi (Marc Ganzi, Mariano Gracida, Juancito Bollini, Jeff Hall), 10-9. In other high-goal action, American Polo Horse won the coveted Triple Crown of Polo's third and final leg of the 2018 polo series, Nov. 14. Playing in the dark, Justin Daniels converted a 30-yard penalty shot with 5:05 left to give APH (Justin Daniels, Tony Calle, Whistle Uys, Jeff Hall) a thrilling 7-6 sudden death overtime victory over Flexjet (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Julio Gracida, Jeff Blake). Hall, the team's field general, was named MVP. Daniels scored a game-high four goals including the game-winner. The evenly-matched 16-goal teams exchanged the lead seven times before Daniels converted a 30-yeard penalty to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:42 left in regulation time. Both teams had scoring opportunities before the game went into sudden death overtime. APH led 2-1 after the opening chukker and 4-1 midway through the second chukker before FlexJet battled back to shut out APH, 2-0, in the third chukker and went into halftime tied, 4- 4. The game was tied twice, 5-5 in the fifth and 6-6 in the sixth, before Daniels' heroics. The APHA Best Playing Pony went to Garinche, a 4-year-old bay gelding played by Gracida in the fourth chukker. The season concluded with the International Cup and the Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial. USA captured the International Cup for the seventh year in a row. In an exciting finish, USA remained undefeated with a hard-fought 9-7½ victory over Azerbaijan. USA's Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Jeff Blake and Juan Bollini led for most of the game to turn back the upset-minded Azerbaijan team of Rashad Hasanov, Elcin Jamalli, Andres "Lala" Laplacette, Adrian Laplacette and reserve Amil Namazov. Bollini was replacing his son, Juancito, who was injured in an earlier game. The Laplacettes are Bollini's nephews. Blake, a three-time U.S. Open champion, was named MVP. At 6-goals he was the highest-rated member of the team. Team USA dominated most of the hard-fought, physical game. Azerbaijan made it interesting late in the game. Trailing 8-4½ with 1:27 left in the fourth chukker, the aggressive Azeris scored three unanswered goals before Elcin Jamaili missed a scoring opportunity and Marc Ganzi scooped it up to score an insurance goal. The APHA Best Playing Pony was Nadia, a 5-year-old chestnut mare played by Marc Ganzi, and Grand Champions Best Playing Pony was Fendi, an 11-year- old dark bay mare played by Adrian Laplacette. Both horses are owned by Santa Rita Polo Farm. Later that day, Gracida Wines won the Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial. The fifth annual game that attracts family and friends from all over the world, honors the polo great who died tragically in February 2014 at the age of 53. It was only fitting Gracida Wine, with Gracida's sons Carlitos and Mariano, nephew Julio Gracida and Riley Ganzi, defeated APH's Santos Bollini, Weston Gracida, Wes Finlayson and Whistle Uys. Gracida Wine took a 3-0 halftime lead behind two goals by Julio Gracida and Ganzi and never trailed in the four- chukker game. Carlitos Gracida, 27, an up-and- coming 4-goaler, was named MVP. The club also hosted a busy medium- goal schedule from Oct. 12 to Nov. 18, dominated by Pablo Pulido's Sebucan. Tony Calle, Justin Daniels, Whistle Uys (not shown) and Jeff Hall won the Triple Crown of Polo. With them is artist Ramiro Britto. USA's Juan Bollini, an injured Juancito Bollini, Jeff Blake, Grant Ganzi and Marc Ganzi won the International Cup. GABRIELLE STODD

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