Valiente’s 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, ranked No. 1 in the world, scored a total of five goals, as did teammate Sapo Caset. Cambiaso’s steed Boeing, owned by player-owner by Bob Jornayvaz, in the match during the first and sixth chukkers, was named Best Playing Pony. Valiente’
Prior to the match a tribute to the late Carlos Gracida was held that included his sons, Mariano and Carlos Gracida Jr. riding onto the field accompanying a riderless horse in honor of their father.
The match will be televised on Sunday, March 23rd, from 4-5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on NBC Sports Network. The broadcast is the most advanced television coverage of polo undertaken for polo to date, and includes use of an aerial drone mounted camera to enable never before possible close ups of the action on the vast polo field – the largest in team sports.
The C.V. Whitney Cup is an elite polo tournament first held in 1979. It was named in memory of Cornelius Vanderbilt "Sonny" Whitney who, along with his cousin John Hay Whitney, were important polo patrons in the 1930's. The son of Hall of Famer Harry Payne Whitney, C.V. won the US Open three times (twice against his brother) and was a renowned owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses. CV Whitney's niece, Whitney Miller Douglass, presented this year’s cup to the victors.
The C.V. Whitney tournament is the first leg of the United States’ polo Triple Crown, with the Piaget USPA Gold Cup® and the U.S. Open Polo Championship®