Sun Sentinel: “Gracida Family Builds an Illustrious Tradition”

By Sharon Robb Sun-Sentinel, January 8, 1995 Carlos Gracida could ride a horse before he could walk. By age 10 he was playing polo and at 14 was entered in competitive tournaments. In polo, it’s the norm, especially when you’re born into a polo-playing family. “I will teach my children everything I know like my […]

New York Times: “Spending for the Thrill of It”

By Harvey Araton New York Times, September 25, 1994 BETHPAGE, L.I., Sept. 24 — Doug Matthews’s team plays for the 1994 United States Open polo championship on Sunday, a half-million-dollar investment that will return, if he wins, such lucrative rewards as a trophy and a higher personal rating within the sport. There will be no […]

Sports Illustrated: “Mallets Afterthought”

By John Garrity Sports Illustrated, December 24, 1990   The umpires agreed: sudden-death overtime in a polo match doesn’t justify sudden death for a horse or rider, no matter how bold the players might be. And bold they were, for the two all-star teams that met Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., […]

Sun-Sentinel: “This Time All Ages Happy in Rolex Gold Cup Win”

By Judy Camillone Sun-Sentinel, March 12, 1990 Winning the Rolex Gold Cup championship pleased old pros and kids alike. Memo Gracida, 33, captured his first Gold Cup title in 10 years. Sebastian Merlos, 17, won his first tournament. They led Les Diables Bleus to a 16-8 victory over Bell South Mobility Sunday at the Palm […]

Sun Sentinel: “Bit-by-Bit: Polo’s Best”

By Sharon Robb Sun-Sentinel, December 24, 1985 A year ago, Casa Gracida was 40 acres of swampland and a few cinder blocks. Now there is a barn, polo field and stables. No house. Just a barn, polo field and stables. “That shows you where our priorities are,” said Mimi Gracida, whose husband Memo is considered […]

Sun-Sentinel: Prince Proves He’s a Tough Competitor

By Sharon Robb Sun-Sentinel, November 13, 1985 Prince Charles, his jersey soaked with sweat and his britches covered with mud, slowly walked to the awards platform before a cheering throng of 12,000 at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington. His Palm Beach team defeated the All-Stars 11-10 in an exhibition polo match […]

Sports Illustrated: “There’s Gold In Them Thar Ponies”

By Jamie James Sports Illustrated, March 18, 1985   When Memo Gracida says, “I want to be recognized as the best polo player in the world,” there is no vainglory in it. “On some days, I know I am perfect,” he says matter-of-factly. “But I want to be better.” Gracida is standing in a clearing […]