With sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline along the Hudson River shoreline, polo took center stage Saturday at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park.
On a sunny, summer day, an estimated record crowd of 10,000 watched Veuve Clicquot defeat the Liberty Comets, 9-7, in an exciting four-chukker exhibition match that went down to the final chukker.
The winning foursome of Delfina Blaquier, Lia Salvo, Nacho Figueras and Bill Ballhaus broke open a 6-6 tie in the final chukker to take the lead for good against the team of Melissa Ganzi, Ashley Van Metre Busch, Hilario Figueras and HH Sawai Maharaja Padmanabh Singh.
Nacho Figueras, one of polo’s greatest ambassadors, will continue to help increase the sport’s popularity at the much-anticipated Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Saturday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
The tenth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is one of the few polo tournaments around the world that even non-polo people have heard of.
With a stunning backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, the event is expected to attract a record crowd of 10,000 and worldwide ChukkerTV live stream audience.
Game time is 2 p.m. Polo commentator Dale Schwetz will provide play-by-play. The full day’s activities are scheduled 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In one of the most exciting finals of the spring season, Newport rallied for a stunning 18-16 upset victory over Dutta Corp to capture the season-ending Memorial Cup Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.
Trailing after four chukkers, Newport’s foursome of Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Pablo Dorignac and Julio Arellano outscored Dutta Corp (Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta), 7-2, in the last two chukkers.
The win avenged last weekend’s 11-7 Newport loss to Dutta Corp in the Polo Gear Challenge Cup final. It was also Newport’s first tournament win of the spring season.