Pueblo Wins 12-7, Is Last Team To Reach Quarterfinals In Stanford
Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International
Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Old Pueblo became the final team to qualify for the
quarterfinals of the Stanford Financial Group 100th U.S.
Open Polo Championship, defeating Texas Polo 12-7 Thursday at the
International Polo Club Palm Beach.
loss eliminated Texas Polo from the tournament.
other first-round action, 10-goaler Javier Novillo Astrada scored
eight goals to lead Las Monjitas over Pony Express 10-7 and clinch
first place in Division I. Pony Express and Old Pueblo finished
with 2-2 records, but Pony Express placed second and Old Pueblo
finished third based on their head-to-head record Pony Express
defeated Old Pueblo 11-10.
four quarterfinals are Sunday beginning with a doubleheader at 10
a.m. when Las Monjitas plays 1997 champion Isla Carroll and 1999
runner-up Pony Express plays 2003 finalist Lechuza. White Birch,
which reached the finals three times, plays Old Pueblo at noon followed
by 2002 champion Bendabout (as Coca-Cola) against Catamount at 3
Texas Polo closed to within one at 8-7, Old Pueblo scored four consecutive
goals, two by 8-goaler Jeff Hall and two by 9-goaler Matias Magrini,
in the final two chukkers to break open a close game.
key was hitting the ball and running, said Hall, who was a
member of the 2003 champion C Spear team with Magrini. We
opened up the game. We used some of our best horses in the beginning
and in the end.
finished with a team-high five goals while 8-goaler Facundo Pieres
scored four goals, all in the first half. Hall added three goals
while patron John Hall, Jeffs 55-year-old father, did not
Laulhe led Texas Polo (1-3) with three goals while Pepe Heguy scored
two goals and patron Michael Price and Milo Araujo added one goal
Monjitas welcomed the return of 9-goaler Eduardo Novillo Astrada
to the lineup after an absence of almost five weeks due to cracked
ribs and a bruised lung. He scored one goal as did patron Camilo
Bautista. Nacho Novillo Astrada did not score.
got a little tired at the end, but it was fun playing, said
Eduardo Novillo Astrada.
Monjitas jumped out to a 8-3 lead after four chukkers and coasted
to its fourth consecutive victory. Pony Express rallied to cut the
margin to two twice, the last time at 9-7 on Sapo Casets breakaway
goal with 1:35 remaining in the game.
and substitute Pablo MacDonough, who replaced an injured Alex Agote,
led Pony Express (2-2) with three goals apiece. Ten-goaler Bautista
Heguy added one goal and patron Bob Daniels did not score.
teams, featuring nine 10-goalers, entered the Stanford Financial
Group U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious polo
tournament in North America, highlighting the historic inaugural
polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The 26-goal
tournament culminates with the championship match on Sunday, April
18 at 3 p.m. Fifteen teams, in 2002, is the record for teams in
a U.S. Open.
Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open is being played on the
International Polo Club Palm Beachs five world-class Bermuda-grass
playing fields and teams will also take advantage of the many private
fields in Wellington.
Houston-based Stanford Financial Group, a privately-held global
network of affiliated companies, has signed on as the title sponsor
of the 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2004. Stanfords
family of companies provides international private banking, trust
and brokerage services and real estate development. Currently, the
Stanford organization manages in excess of $17 billion in deposits
and assets, serving clients on six continents. The success of the
group is the result of entrepreneurial spirit and drive spearheaded
by third generation Chairman and CEO R. Allen Stanford.
the high-goal teams on the field, the International Polo Club Palm
Beach has amassed a lineup of prestigious sponsors for the U.S.
Open. The Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open tournament will
feature a different presenting sponsor every Sunday, including Bombardier
Aerospace, Cunard Ltd. and HUMMER, Mitchell-Peck Jewelers, Piaget
always, there will be a delicious Sunday brunch, catered by The
Breakers, open to the public preceding the featured stadium match,
along with the now traditional and very popular champagne divot
stomp and a post-match awards presentation.
tickets for the U.S. Open tournament Sunday games range from $15
for general admission to $40 for terrace lawn seating and are available
in advance. For ticket information for the U.S. Open, please call
the club at (561) 204-5687 or visit online at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Tickets are also available at the gate.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between
Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.