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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 49 The Tackeria Invitational got the season started, Oct. 12-14. In front of a good crowd on an unseasonably hot day, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Julio Gracida, Mariano Gracida) won a hard-fought overtime decision over FlexJet (Santos Bollini, Lucas Escobar, Kris Kampsen, Juan Bollini) in the final. FlexJet controlled most of the game until the sixth chukker when the game was tied twice, 8-8 and 9-9, before Mariano Gracida scored the winning goal in a crowd of players around the goal mouth to clinch the victory. Gracida, the youngest son of Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida, was named Most Valuable Player. He scored four goals including one in the sixth chukker to tie the game and the game-winner in overtime. Cupid, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Julio Gracida was Best Playing Pony. To get to the final, FlexJet advanced over Santa Clara, 11-9, and Casablanca dominated Sebucan, 9-5. In the subsidiary, Santa Clara (Fernando Chavarria, Whistle Uys, Brandon Phillips, Luis Escobar) tied Sebucan (Carlitos Gracida, Pablo Pulido, Marc Ganzi, Pablo Dorignac), 10-10. On Oct. 22, Sebucan rallied in the fifth chukker to win the U.S. Trust Cup. After a scoreless fourth chukker, Sebucan (Pablo Pulido, Juancito Bollini, Whistly Uys, Carlitos Gracida) scored three goals in the fifth chukker for a thrilling 9-7 victory over ChukkerTV (Gerardo Patin, Brandon Phillips, Julio Gracida, Juan Bollini). South African Whistle Uys was named MVP. Seven-year-old mare Cortina, played by Juancito Bollini in the fourth chukker and owned by Santa Rita Polo Farm, was Best Playing Pony. The lead changed hands nine times before Sebucan took charge in the fifth chukker after a scoreless fourth chukker. Uys opened the fifth chukker, taking a 6-5 lead followed by goals from Gracida and Juancito Bollini for an 8-5 lead going into the sixth chukker. Juan Bollini scored with 4:32 left to cut the lead to 8-7, and Carlitos Gracida converted a Penalty 3 at 2:44 to clinch the win. In the subsidiary, Newport (Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Juan Cruz Merlos, Kris Kampsen) dominated Travieso (Justin Daniels, Tony Calle, Mariano Gracida, Pablo Dorignac) for an impressive 12-6 victory. The following week, a new Sebucan Gracida Wines' Julio Gracida, Mariano Gracida, Riley Ganzi and Carlitos Gracida won the Legends of Polo Gracida Memorial. Tony Coppola presented the Tackeria Cup to Casablanca's Mariano Gracida, Juancito Bollini, Julio Gracida and Grant Ganzi. GABRIELLE STODD Sebucan's Whistle Uys, Juancito Bollini, Pablo Pulido and Carlitos Gracida won the U.S. Trust Cup. Olexa Celine presented the Fall Classic trophys to Sebucan's Julio Gracida, Whistle Uys, Mariano Gracida and MVP Pablo Pulido.

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