February 28 - March 25, 2019

USPA Gold Cup®

GAUNTLET OF POLO™

Pilot claims the USPA Gold Cup®, the second leg of GAUNTLET OF POLO™, Final score: 12-11

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USPA Gold Cup®

Tournament Format

Teams will play within their bracket. After the first round, the top two teams in each bracket will advance to the quarterfinals. Two-way ties will be broken by who beat who. All others will be broken by a one-man shoot out. Teams that do not advance to the quarterfinals will advance to the subsidiary tournaments.

USPA GOLD CUP®

$125,000

Bracket I
Aspen (5-1)
Tonkawa (2-2)
Park Place (1-2)
La Indiana (0-3)
Bracket II
Las Monjitas (3-1)
Stable Door Polo (2-2)
Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)
Coca-Cola (0-3)
Bracket III
Equuleus (3-2)
Iconica (2-2)
Cessna Polo Team (1-2)
Santa Clara (1-2)
Bracket IV
Pilot (6-0)
Daily Racing Form (3-2)
SD Farms (1-2)
Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

USPA Gold Cup®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Mar 1, 2019

March 01

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Stable Door Polo logo

Stable Door Polo (2-2)

12

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (0-3)

11

March 01

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (3-2)

8

Cessna logo

Cessna (1-2)

7

March 01

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-2)

10

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (1-2)

8

Saturday, Mar 2, 2019

March 02

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

8

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

13

March 02

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-2)

12

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

11

March 02

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

12

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019

March 03

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

11

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (0-3)

9

March 03

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-2)

14

Park Place logo

Park Place (1-2)

12

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019

March 05

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (1-2)

11

Cessna logo

Cessna (1-2)

9

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019

March 06

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (0-3)

11

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

13

March 06

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-2)

10

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (3-2)

9

March 06

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Stable Door Polo logo

Stable Door Polo (2-2)

10

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

9

Thursday, Mar 7, 2019

March 07

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-2)

13

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

7

March 07

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-2)

3

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

8

March 07

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

9

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

18

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019

March 10

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Stable Door Polo logo

Stable Door Polo (2-2)

7

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

10

March 10

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Park Place logo

Park Place (1-2)

9

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (0-3)

7

March 10

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-2)

8

Cessna logo

Cessna (1-2)

10

Monday, Mar 11, 2019

March 11

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (0-3)

10

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

March 11

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (1-2)

6

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (3-2)

9

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

March 12

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-2)

9

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

10

March 12

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

8

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

9

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

March 13

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-2)

12

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (0-3)

11

March 13

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Park Place logo

Park Place (1-2)

8

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

9

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019

March 16

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

9

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (3-2)

12

March 16

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-2)

8

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-2)

9

Sunday, Mar 17, 2019

March 17

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-2)

9

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

12

March 17

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

12

Stable Door Polo logo

Stable Door Polo (2-2)

9

Friday, Mar 22, 2019

March 22

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

9

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-2)

8

March 22

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (3-2)

8

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

9

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

March 25

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

Pilot logo

Pilot (6-0)

12

Aspen logo

Aspen (5-1)

11

USPA Gold Cup®

Tournament History

The USPA Gold Cup® is the second 22-goal tournament of the Florida high-goal season and the second leg of GAUNTLET OF POLO™. Established in 1974 at Oak Brook Polo Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, in its first edition it featured four teams. Inaugural winners Milwaukee (Tom Hughes, Tommy Wayman, Joe Barry, Robert Uihlein III) bested Houston 9-8, with a thrilling overtime victory. Wayman scored the golden goal three minutes into the sudden death chukker. The following year, the USPA Gold Cup® was moved to Milwaukee Polo Club where it was played from 1975 to 1978. In 1979 it moved to Florida and became the crown jewel of the winter season. It its heyday at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, during the 80s and early 90s, the USPA Gold Cup® was the tournament to win, attracting anywhere from 11-20 teams.

After a 17-year stretch at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, the tournament was hosted by several clubs over the years including Royal Palm Polo Club (Boca Raton, Florida), Greenwich Polo Club (Greenwich, Connecticut) and New Bridge Polo and Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina), before landing at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida where it has remained since 2007. 

In 2015 Audi defeated Orchard Hill 16-15 in the highest-scoring final in USPA Gold Cup® history. Audi again landed in the 2016 finals, however Dubai thwarted their back-to-back championship wins, defeating the team 12-11. Facundo Sola was awarded Most Valuable Player after scoring a total seven goals including the winning goal in the final minutes of the sixth to seal the win. Notable contemporary winners include Valiente (2017, 2014, 2013, 2012), Audi (2015, 2011) and Crab Orchard (2010, 2007). White Birch holds the all-time record wins with 12 titles spanning three decades. Record wins by an individual player is held by 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso with 14 total victories beginning in 1991 and including his most recent win last year with Valiente.

2018 USPA Gold Cup® Champions: Valiente - Tommy Beresford, Bob Jornayvaz, Facundo Pieres, and Adolfo Cambiaso, presented by USPA Secretary Stewart Armstrong. ©David Lominska

The Venue

International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier destination for high-goal polo in the United States. Home to the most prestigious polo tournaments in the nation, IPC has hosted the U.S. Open Polo Championship® for over 10 years. Located in the heart of the horse centric village of Wellington, Florida, polo enthusiasts flock to the club every winter to witness top level polo competition that garners some of the world’s best players, including Facundo Pieres, Sapo Caset, Hilario Ulloa, Polito Pieres, Nico Pieres and Jeff Hall. Sunday matches at 3:00pm ET on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field, home of the official licensed brand for the USPA, are ticketed but all other games are free and open to the public.

International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Ave S
Wellington, FL 33414
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