C.V. WHITNEY CUP® | U.S. POLO ASSN.

February 9 - 25, 2024

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

All C.V. Whitney Cup games will be livestreamed on the USPA Polo Network.

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Originally known as the U.S. Handicap, the C.V. Whitney Cup was established in 1979 and first competed for on handicap and played in conjunction with the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Debuting at Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas, it was won the first two years by Tulsa.

Nine years later, in 1988, the tournament was renamed for C.V. (Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny”) Whitney, an avid polo player and three-time winner of the U.S. Open (1928, 1937, 1938) and son of 10-goal Hall of Famer Harry Payne Whitney. Inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in 2022, Whitney left a lasting mark in polo. Rising to a 6-goal handicap during his playing career that spanned the "golden era" of polo, Whitney was a formidable factor in all major USPA tournaments. After his playing days, Whitney raised outstanding racehorses, with 15 that competed in the Kentucky Derby. In its inaugural years in 1988 and 1989, Mr. Whitney was on hand in Lexington, Kentucky, to make the first presentations of the C.V. Whitney Cup. The winner those first two years was awarded to the Ft. Lauderdale team of Jack Oxley, Joey Casey, Ernesto Trotz and Bart Evans.

Now played as a stand-alone tournament, the C.V. Whitney Cup is the first in a series of three prestigious 22-goal tournaments hosted by the National Polo Center - Wellington (NPC) in Wellington, Florida, followed by the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Notable contemporary C.V. Whitney Cup winners include Valiente (2012, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2023), Lechuza Caracas (1999, 2002, 2011), White Birch (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2005) and Park Place (2021, 2022).

History was made during the inaugural Gauntlet of Polo in 2019, when Pilot won the C.V. Whitney Cup—starting a run to capture all three events, winning $500,000 prize money, then earning $1 million over the course of the series and becoming the only team to do so.

In 2023, reigning USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship victors Pilot (Curtis Pilot, Lucas Escobar, Matias Torres Zavaleta, Facundo Pieres) were pitted against four-time C.V. Whitney Cup winners Valiente (Robert “Bob” Jornayvaz, Lucas “Luckitas” Criado Jr., Mariano “Peke” Gonzalez Jr., Adolfo Cambiaso). A match decided primarily from the penalty line, a breakout second chukker for Valiente combined with a successful late drive from Gonzalez provided the edge for a narrow 10-9 victory over Pilot and $50,000 in prize money. Read article here.

This year's elite competition will field eight exceptional teams including Coca-Cola, La Dolfina, La Fe, Pilot, Park Place, Tamera, The Dutta Corp and Valiente. Back to defend their title, Valiente will strive to earn the organization's sixth championship and will once again be led by the legendary Adolfo Cambiaso hoping to secure his ninth C.V. Whitney Cup victory. 2023 finalists Pilot will re-unite with the addition of 6-goaler Santos Merlos, attempting to secure their first C.V. Whitney Cup win since 2019. Last claiming the trophy in 2022, Park Place hopes to pick-up exactly where they ended last year's Gauntlet season following an exhilarating U.S. Open Polo Championship triumph.

Coca-Cola's Gillian Johnston, the only woman set to compete in the series joins La Dolfina, La Fe, Tamera and The Dutta Corp all battling for their first C.V. Whitney Cup title, with La Fe and The Dutta Corp boasting a unique advantage fielding identical rosters to last year's competition.

10-goalers competing this year include current U.S. Open Polo Championship victor Hilario Ulloa (Park Place), reigning USPA Gold Cup champion Poroto Cambiaso (La Dolfina) competing in his first Gauntlet of Polo since reaching the 10-goal milestone, six-time C.V. Whitney Cup winner (2008, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) Facundo Pieres (Pilot), and eight-time C.V. Whitney Cup champion (1991, 1995, 1996, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2023) Adolfo Cambiaso (Valiente).

The winner of the C.V. Whitney Cup will receive $50,000. In partnership with USPA Global Licensing, each of the teams will select a charity of their choice from 10 non-profits and both charities of the winner and runners-up will receive a $2,500 donation.

The George Miller Memorial will serve as the subsidiary to the C.V. Whitney Cup. Miller is credited for his contributions to developing the sport throughout Texas and received the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame's Iglehart Award in 2017. Founder of the Austin Polo Club, he is remembered as a renowned horse trainer while simultaneously mentoring countless players in the early stages of their careers, including Cecil Smith and Rube Williams. The winner of the George Miller Memorial will receive $25,000 in prize money.

Representing Team USPA is Active Member Kristos "Keko" Magrini (Coca-Cola) and alumni Santiago Torres (Pilot) and Timmy Dutta (The Dutta Corp).

Learn more about the Gauntlet of Polo.

Photo: 2023 C.V. Whitney Cup Champions: Valiente - Bob Jornayvaz, Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez, Lucas "Luckitas" Criado Jr., Adolfo Cambiaso, presented by Whitney Miller Douglass and Royal Douglass III. ©David Lominska

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

All teams will play two preliminary cross bracket matches each. Bracket I will play Bracket II and Bracket III will play Bracket IV. Following the first round, the winner of Game 1 will play the loser of Game 2, followed by the loser of Game 1 versus the winner of Game 2, the winner of Game 3 versus the loser of Game 4 and the loser of Game 3 versus the winner of Game 4.

Following the conclusion of the second round, all teams will be ranked 1-8. The top four ranked teams will draw for semifinal pairings with the winners of the semifinals advancing to the C.V. Whitney Cup final.

Any ties between teams that played each other will be broken by who-beat-who. All other ties will be broken by a one-player shootout.

The George Miller Memorial will serve as the subsidiary to the C.V. Whitney Cup. Teams who do not qualify for the semifinals of the C.V. Whitney Cup will automatically be entered in the George Miller Memorial.

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

Brackets

Semifinals
Finals
Thu, February 22nd
Park Place (2-1) 10
Valiente (3-1) 11
Thu, February 22nd
Coca-Cola (2-1) 6
La Dolfina (3-1) 13
Sun, February 25th
Valiente (3-1) 12
La Dolfina (3-1) 10

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Valiente (3-1)

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Bob Jornayvaz
Outdoor: 0
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Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Paco de Narvaez Jr.
Outdoor: 5
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Adolfo Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10
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Jesse Bray
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Joaquin 'Pelo' Vilgre La Madrid
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Federico Panzillo
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

La Fe (1-3)

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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Roberto Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Jeronimo Del Carril
Substitute
Outdoor: 8
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Jorge 'Tolito' Fernandez Ocampo Jr.
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Mackenzie Weisz
Substitute
Outdoor: 6

Bracket II

Coca-Cola (2-1)

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Gillian Johnston
Outdoor: 0
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 6
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Pablo 'Polito' Pieres
Outdoor: 9
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Julian de Lusarreta
Outdoor: 7
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Alfonso Pieres
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

Tamera (3-1)

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Alejandro Poma
Outdoor: 1
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Segundo Saravi
Outdoor: 5
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Matias Torres Zavaleta
Outdoor: 8
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Diego Cavanagh
Outdoor: 8

Bracket III

La Dolfina (3-1)

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Dillon Bacon
Outdoor: 2
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Quinn Evans
Outdoor: 1
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Poroto Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10
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Tomas Panelo
Outdoor: 9

Park Place (2-1)

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Andrey Borodin
Outdoor: 0
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Josh Escapite
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Juan Britos
Outdoor: 9
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Hilario Ulloa
Outdoor: 10
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Jose Meirelles
Outdoor: 3
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Cody Ellis
Substitute
Outdoor: 5
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Carlos 'Toly' Ulloa
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Bracket IV

Pilot (0-3)

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Curtis Pilot
Outdoor: 0
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Santos Merlos
Outdoor: 6
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Santiago Torres
Outdoor: 6
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Gonzalo Deltour
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Outdoor: 6
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Facundo Pieres
Outdoor: 10

The Dutta Corp (0-3)

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Joaquin Avendaño
Outdoor: 4
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Tomas Garcia del Rio
Outdoor: 8
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Timmy Dutta
Outdoor: 4
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Victorino 'Torito' Ruiz Jorba
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

no bracket

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Feb 9, 2024

February 09

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (3-1)

10

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-1)

12

February 09

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

10

Tamera logo

Tamera (3-1)

11

Saturday, Feb 10, 2024

February 10

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-1)

16

Pilot logo

Pilot (0-3)

12

February 10

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (3-1)

14

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (0-3)

9

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024

February 13

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-1)

13

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

9

February 13

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (3-1)

9

Valiente logo

Valiente (3-1)

11

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024

February 14

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-1)

11

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (0-3)

9

February 14

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (3-1)

17

Pilot logo

Pilot (0-3)

12

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024

February 21

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

10

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (0-3)

9

Thursday, Feb 22, 2024

February 22

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-1)

10

Valiente logo

Valiente (3-1)

11

February 22

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (3-1)

12

Pilot logo

Pilot (0-3)

11

February 22

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-1)

6

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (3-1)

13

Sunday, Feb 25, 2024

February 25

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

8

Tamera logo

Tamera (3-1)

14

February 25

Final

C.V. Whitney Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (3-1)

12

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (3-1)

10

C.V. WHITNEY CUP®

THE VENUE

The National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC) is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country. The perpetual home for polo in America, NPC is owned and managed by the United States Polo Association to showcase the finest the sport has to offer.

The Association’s premier event, the Gauntlet of Polo, takes place from February to April each winter season showcasing the world’s preeminent teams, professional athletes and finest horses which come together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship trophies. Throughout the year, the facilities are also used to showcase USPA Member Clubs and prestigious national tournament competitions including the anticipated finals of the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship and Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship.

The entrance to the club is via a palm tree-lined drive, that leads past tennis courts to the steps of the magnificent pool and Mallet Grille. The natural Florida terrain is augmented by a large lake, lush tropical landscaping and some of the most carefully manicured polo fields in the world. Spectating from the stadium, private boxes, fieldside tailgates and special hospitality tents, all overlooking the U.S. Polo Assn. Field One, is an unparalleled experience.

NPC invites you to experience the best polo in the country, taking place at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, the National Polo Center – Wellington.


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