Colorado and Flexjet Win Sunday’s USPA Gold Cup® Matches

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2018 – High goal action at the International Polo Club continued this past Sunday with two matches for the 26-goal USPA Gold Cup®, currently one of the highest ranked tournaments in the world outside of Argentina. In the morning, Flexjet beat Daily Racing Form by 10 goals to 9. Then the 3pm feature match followed, with a close game between Colorado and Audi, where both teams were looking for their first victory in the tournament.

Colorado started the game with a goal on handicap, and made the most of the first chukker to get ahead thanks to two goals from Magoo Laprida. Nic Roldan scored to keep Audi in the game. The third chukker saw Marc Ganzi’s team kick into gear; Audi was down by 3 goals when Roldan scored twice and Polito Pieres scored once to make it 5-all. But Colorado came back to finish the first half with a 7-6 advantage.

Colorado started out strong in the first chukker with two goals by Magoo Laprida. ©Alex Pacheco
Colorado started out strong in the first chukker with two goals by Magoo Laprida. ©Alex Pacheco

The fourth chukker was well fought, and both teams scored a goal a piece. Colorado stepped it up in the fifth chukker however, after Audi had tied the game once again. Laprida scored two more goals to make it 10-8 in favor of Colorado by the start of the sixth chukker. Just as it seemed that Rob Jornayvaz’s team would claim the win, Polito Pieres and Nic Roldan scored to tie the match 10-all. But Tomás García del Río, who played in place of the injured Juan Britos, came through to give Colorado the victory with thirty seconds left in the final chukker. Their win led to a penalty shootout Monday morning between Colorado and Tonkawa. Tonkawa won the shootout and will advance to the semifinals against Valiente on Wednesday.

Named as Sunday’s MVP, Tomás García del Río commented, “I was asked to play after Juan Britos suffered a fall the other day, but luckily he is okay. It’s always fun playing on this team, with these players and on these horses. It was easy to fit into the team, since I have played with Magoo and Diego Cavanagh many times before. I always have fun when I play with them.”

Audi continued to tie the score in each chukker against Colorado. ©Alex Pacheco
Audi continued to tie the score in each chukker against Colorado. ©Alex Pacheco

The order of play for the USPA Gold Cup® and the Carlos Gracida Cup at International Polo Club continues as follows:

Tuesday –
10am: Carlos Gracida Cup Semifinal II: Coca Cola vs. Prestige Worldwide
1pm: Carlos Gracida Cup Semifinal I: La Indiana vs. Pilot
4pm: Carlos Gracida Cup Subsidiary Final: Goose Creek vs. Horseware
Wednesday –
10am: USPA Gold Cup® Semifinals: Flexjet vs. Daily Racing Form
12pm: USPA Gold Cup® Semifinals: Valiente vs. Tonkawa
Saturday –
3pm: Carlos Gracida Cup Final
Sunday –
12pm: USPA Gold Cup® Subsidiary Final: Colorado vs. Audi
3pm: USPA Gold Cup® Final

Colorado beat Audi 11-10 on Sunday afternoon. ©Alex Pacheco
Colorado beat Audi 11-10 on Sunday afternoon. ©Alex Pacheco
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