The United States Polo Association (USPA), USPA Global Licensing and International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) hosted the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship Draw Party, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the IPC Pavilion in Wellington, Florida, for the 64 players competing in the inaugural GAUNTLET OF POLO.
The sport’s newest and most challenging tournament series, the GAUNTLET, boasts an unprecedented 16 teams across three of the most highly-esteemed tournaments in America and a potential $1,000,000 purse. Claiming the C.V. Whitney Cup and the first $125,000 prize, Pilot has earned a place in the USPA Gold Cup Semifinals, the only team still eligible for a chance to be crowned the inaugural GAUNTLET champion.
The winner of the final leg of competition, the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship, will take home a grand prize of $250,000 with the potential for a $500,000 bonus awarded to the GAUNTLET champion with a sweep of all three tournaments. The official draw determined the playing order for the final 22-goal competition of the season which begins Wednesday, March 27 at IPC.
The C.V. Whitney Cup and USPA Gold Cup have produced an unparalleled level of competition while introducing an array of talented new faces, further confirming the benefits of the GAUNTLET platform.
The GAUNTLET promises to be a fierce display of competitiveness and sheer will to win as the teams compete for the final $250,000 purse and Pilot contends for the total $1M.
SD Farms: Sayyu Dantata 2, Peco Polledo 6, Tito Ruiz Guiñazu 8, Pelon Escapite 6. Total: 22.
Cessna Polo Team: Chip Campbell 2, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario 7, Felipe Marquez 6, Felipe Viana 6. Total: 21.
Santa Clara: Nico Escobar 3, Nino Obregon 6, Cubi Toccalino 8, Luis Escobar 5. Total: 22.
Aspen: Stewart Armstrong 3, Tomas Schwenke 2, Lucas James 7, Polito Pieres 10. Total: 22.
Coca-Cola: Gillian Johnston 2, Wesley Finlayson 4, Julian de Lusarreta 8, Nacho Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 22.
Iconica: Maureen Brennan 1, Peke Gonzalez 5, Sebastian Merlos 9, Matias Magrini 7. Total: 22.
La Indiana: Michael Bickford 2, Facundo Obregon 6, Jeff Hall 7, Tomas Garcia del Rio 7. Total: 22.
Equuleus: Joe DiMenna A, Iñaki Laprida 7, Magoo Laprida 8, Mariano Gonzalez 7. Total: 22.
Old Hickory Bourbon: Will Johnston 2, Jason Crowder 6, Miguel Novillo Astrada 9, Stevie Orthwein 4. Total: 21.
Las Monjitas: Camilo Bautista A, Francisco Elizalde 8, Matt Coppola 4, Hilario Ulloa 10. Total: 22.
Park Place: Andrey Borodin A, Juan Britos 8, Nico Pieres 9, Lucas Díaz Alberdi 5. Total: 22.
Daily Racing Form: Jared Zenni 6, Geronimo Obregon 4, Santiago Cernadas 6, Agustin Obregon 6. Total: 22.
Postage Stamp Farm: Annabelle Gundlach A, Lerín Zubiaurre 8, Mariano Aguerre 8, Joaquin Panelo 6. Total: 22.
Stable Door Polo: Henry Porter 3, Santino Magrini 4, Victorino Ruiz 6, Santiago Toccalino 8. Total: 21.
Tonkawa: Jeff Hildebrand A, Tincho Merlos 8, Sapo Caset 10, Sterling Giannico 4. Total: 22.
Pilot: Matias Gonzalez 3, Gonzalito Pieres 9, Facundo Pieres 10, Curtis Pilot A. Total: 22.