2020 USPA GOLD CUP® | U.S. POLO ASSN.

2020 USPA Gold Cup®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

All games of the 2020 Gold Cup® will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

All games reported in ET.

International Polo Club Palm Beach Reopening Guide.

2020 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 the 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 to 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 & 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. Notable contemporary winners include Valiente (2018, 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 in 2018 with Valiente.

In 2019, Pilot outwitted their opponents one by one in bracket play, landing themselves in the final to face Aspen. With tensions high and the chance to knock off the prospective GAUNTLET Champions, the game came all the way down to the wire forcing an overtime chukker. Pilot managed to seal yet another title and an additional $125,000, narrowly preserving their undefeated streak 12-11. History was made during the first GAUNTLET OF POLO® in 2019, when Pilot captured all three events to win the $500,000 bonus and earn $1 million over the course of the series.

The 2020 USPA Gold Cup® was postponed on March 17, 2020, due to rising health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and was unable to be completed in 2020. Rescheduled in 2021, the semifinals feature Daily Racing Form returning with their 2020 line-up of Constancio 'Costi' Caset, Agustin Obregon, Tommy Collingwood and Jared Zenni, while the other three teams feature new rosters. La Indiana and Pilot will compete with their 2021 line-ups as a warm-up to the 2021 GAUNTLET OF POLO® season. La Indiana’s Michael Bickford, Polito Pieres and Jeff Hall, will be joined by newcomer Nico Escobar, while Pilot replaces Lucas Escobar with Kristos 'Keko' Magrini to play alongside Curtis Pilot, Gonzalito Pieres and Facundo Pieres. The final semifinalist, Las Monjitas, features an entirely new and thrilling team including Melissa Ganzi, the only woman represented at this stage in the tournament, playing alongside 10-goalers Pablo Mac Donough and Juan Martin Nero. Represented by the pink arm bands of all participating players, the 2020 USPA Gold Cup® tournament will be dedicated to Melissa Ganzi who is now free of breast cancer. The tournament will be in honor of her strength and endurance throughout her fight.

2020 USPA Gold Cup Champions: La Indiana - Polito Pieres, Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar, Jeff Hall, Cacu Marcos. ©David Lominska

2020 USPA GOLD CUP®

FORMAT

Bracket I and II will play within their bracket while Bracket III and IV will play cross bracket. Last bracket games will be by order of draw. Bracket I and Bracket II first and second places will advance to the quarterfinals (four total). Bracket III and IV will be ranked one through six and the first through third ranked teams will also advance to the quarterfinals (three total). The eighth quarterfinalist is the next best record of all remaining teams, the better of the third place teams in Brackets I and II and fourth in Bracket III/IV cross. Two-way ties will be broken by who beat who. All others will be broken by a one-man shootout. Bracket I and II winners and the first and second from Bracket III/IV cross will be in separate quarterfinals. Quarterfinal pairings will be decided by draw from the remaining four quarterfinalists. Semifinal pairings will be by draw.

Semifinal winners will play the 2020 USPA Gold Cup® Final at 3:00pm ET on Sunday, February 14, 2021 on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 at IPC.

Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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Daily Racing Form (3-3)

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Costi Caset
Outdoor: 5
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Agustin Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Jared Zenni
Outdoor: 6
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Tommy Collingwood
Outdoor: 5

La Indiana (5-1)

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Michael Bickford
Outdoor: 2
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6
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Pablo 'Polito' Pieres
Outdoor: 10
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Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar
Outdoor: 4
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Juan Cruz 'Cacu' Marcos
Substitute
Outdoor: 3

Las Monjitas (3-2)

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Melissa Ganzi
Outdoor: 0
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Marc Ganzi
Outdoor: 2
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Pablo Mac Donough
Outdoor: 10
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Juan Martin Nero
Outdoor: 10

Pilot (4-1)

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Curtis Pilot
Outdoor: 0
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 2
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Gonzalo Pieres Jr.
Outdoor: 9
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Facundo Pieres
Outdoor: 10

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Tournament Games

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020

February 23

Final

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Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

7

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

13

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

February 24

Final

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Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

6

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

12

February 24

Final

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Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

14

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

February 25

Final

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Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

6

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-1)

12

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020

February 26

Final

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Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

9

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

12

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

February 27

Final

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Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-2)

12

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

9

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

February 28

Final

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Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

8

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

13

Sunday, Mar 1, 2020

March 01

Final OT

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Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

12

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-1)

13

Monday, Mar 2, 2020

March 02

Final

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Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-2)

9

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

8

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020

March 03

Final

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Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

6

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

11

March 03

Final OT

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Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

13

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

14

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

March 04

Final

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Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

13

March 04

Final

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Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

8

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020

March 05

Final

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Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

6

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

9

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020

March 08

Final

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Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-2)

11

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

20

March 08

Final

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Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

10

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

7

March 08

Final

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Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

8

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

7

Monday, Mar 9, 2020

March 09

Final OT

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Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

12

March 09

Final

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Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

9

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

10

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

March 10

Final

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Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

8

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-1)

10

March 10

Final

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Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

7

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

6

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

March 14

Final

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Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

10

March 14

Final

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Pilot logo

Pilot (4-1)

12

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

8

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

March 15

Final

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Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

10

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

11

March 15

Final

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Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-2)

12

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

10

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021

February 10

Final

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Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

12

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-2)

11

February 10

Final

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La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

16

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-1)

15

Sunday, Feb 14, 2021

February 14

Final

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Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (3-3)

9

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (5-1)

14

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Video Highlights

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The Venue

The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier destination for high-goal polo in the United States. Home to the most prestigious 18- and 22-goal 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 Adolfo Cambiaso, Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Sapo Caset as well as one of America’s top-rated players Jeff Hall. Sunday matches take place at 3:00pm ET on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field, home of the official licensed brand for the USPA. The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) looks forward to reopening the venue for competition in a safe and healthy manner. Please visit the IPC Reopening Guide for the new protocols and procedures.

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