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Thu 1st Feb 2024

Gauntlet of Polo Draw

Action kicks off on Friday 9 February

On Thursday, January 25, the initial draw event for the 2024 Gauntlet of Polo series concluded at the National Polo Center-Wellington (NPC), finalizing the bracket play lineup for this year's competition. The Gauntlet of Polo, now in its sixth consecutive year, is a prominent winter polo event that attracts elite polo players to South Florida, competing for three highly coveted American titles: The C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup, and U.S. Open Polo Championship.
Eight teams are poised to participate in the first phase of the tournament, the C.V. Whitney Cup, which will determine a contender for the 2024 Gauntlet. Named in honour of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, a dedicated polo player and three-time U.S. Open winner, the tournament was last claimed by Valiente in 2023. Valiente secured their fifth C.V. Whitney victory and a $50,000 prize by defeating Pilot in the final match.
The C.V. Whitney begins on Friday 9 February with Valiente vs Coca Cola and La Fe vs Tamera. The full schedule can be viewed here
The 2024 Gauntlet of Polo Teams:
Coca-Cola (22): Gillian Johnston (0), Kristos ‘Keko’ Magrini (6), Polito Pieres (9) & Julian de Lusarreta (7)
Pilot (22): Curtis Pilot (0), Santos Merlos (6), Facundo Pieres (10) & Santiago Torres (6)
Dutta Corp (22): Timmy Dutta (4), Joaquin Avendaño (4), Mariano ‘Nino’ Obregon Jr. (6) & Tomas Garcia del Rio (8)
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Hilario Ulloa (10), Juan Britos (9) & Jose Meirelles (3)
La Fe (22): Louis Devaleix (1), Lucas Diaz Alberdi (6), Francisco Elizalde (9) & Roberto Bilbao (6)
Scone (22): David Paradice (0), Rufino Merlos (3), Poroto Cambiaso (10 & Tomas Panelo (9)
Tamera (22): Alejandro Poma (1), Segundo Saravi (5), Matias Torres Zavaleta (8) & Diego Cavanagh (8)
Valiente (22): Bob Jornayvaz (0), Peke Gonzalez (7), Paco de Narvaez Jr. (5) & Adolfo Cambiaso (10)
Clearwater (22): Chip Campbell (1), Jared Zenni (6), Lucas Criado Jr. (7) & Raul Gringo Colombres (8)
Photograph: Pilot's Facundo Pieres scored eight of his team's nine goals in the 2023 Final of the C.V. Whitney Cup at the National Polo Center. By David Lominska

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