Darlene Ricker | 03/04/18

The start of two high-goal tournaments—the 20-goal Iglehart Cup and 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup—made for an electric week at International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) with a flurry of down-to-the-wire matches.

Except for a blowout in the Iglehart (Pilot def. La Indiana 12-3) and a comfortable win in the C.V. Whitney (Valiente def. Daily Racing Form 13-10), last week’s games were one-goal gaspers. In the Iglehart, Coca-Cola took Prestige Worldwide 9-8, and Goose Creek slid past Coca-Cola 12-11 in overtime (golden goal by Matias Magrini). Colorado took Grand Champions Polo Club 14-13 in a C.V. Whitney semifinal that screamed for OT but ended with the sixth chukker. 

Facundo Pieres was all over the place—literally—competing in both tournaments for different teams: Pilot (Iglehart) and Valiente (C.V. Whitney). He barely had time to gobble an energy bar before zipping from Pilot’s win to his debut on the 26-goal Valiente team. Rarely, if ever, has parking been double- and even triple-deep at a weekday game, but this one featured the two top players in the world (Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso) as teammates for the first time ever in the U.S. 

Making 10 goals in Wednesday’s C.V. Whitney semifinals, Pieres took the pressure off Cambiaso in Valiente’s 13-10 win over the newly formed Daily Racing Form-DRF Bets. Although the “Cambieres” machine had only two practices before the game, the perpetual archrivals dovetailed with aplomb. Watch video of their first practice:   

With a few roster shuffles required by the handicap difference between the two tournaments, today’s 26-goal C.V. Whitney final is a quasi-rematch of the 2017 Colorado Open final, a 20-goal tournament that Valiente won 8-7. As was so in Denver, there is a Jornayvaz on each team, but this time they are swapping jerseys, with Bob playing for Colorado and Rob for Valiente. Watch Cambiaso and company in highlights from the Colorado Open final:

Today’s C.V. Whitney final will be live-streamed starting at 2:45 p.m. on the USPA Polo Network: uspolo.org

Also today at IPC the Iglehart Cup resumes (La Indiana vs. Postage Stamp Farm, 4 p.m. on field 5). The tournament continues this week with the final bracket games (Goose Creek v. Prestige Worldwide at 3 p.m. Wednesday and Pilot vs. Postage Stamp Farm at noon Thursday). The semifinals start next weekend, and the final is set for March 15. Check the 24-hour IPC high-goal hotline for field assignments and schedule changes for all tournaments: 561-282-5290.

Cover photo by David Lominska