Memo Gracida Returns to International Polo Club Palm Beach

By: Sharon Robb WELLINGTON, FL — Polo has been a Gracida family tradition for decades. Memo Gracida’s father and three of his uncles won the U.S. Open in 1946. Memo’s brother Carlos, son Julio and cousin Ruben are all U.S. Open champions. But none of the Gracidas or, for that matter, anyone in the history […]

Polo Times: “Memo Gracida Returns to High Goal in USA”

After taking a break from polo in 2007, and only playing sporadically since then, Guillermo “Memo” Gracida is making a comeback in the US. Gracida, who turns 55 this year, is playing for Patagones this season at International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). Gracida played for Patagones in the Julio Novillo Astrada Cup at La […]

Daily Sun: “Team Mexico Wins 2009 Camacho Cup”

By Larry Woodward Daily Sun, March 14, 2009 THE VILLAGES – For five chukkers and most of another, the players of Team USA and Team Mexico raced back and forth in the Camacho Cup at The Villages Polo Club on Friday afternoon. But with just 34 seconds remaining, the match was over. Memo Gracida galloped […]

Polo Player’s Edition: “An Oasis of Polo”

By: Mark Miller Eldorado Polo Club, the largest club in the country, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The club, in the California desert at Indio, California, has a rich history and a vibrant present-day status in American polo. The club has 200 members and 10 playing fields. Even 10 fields aren’t enough, though, as […]

POLO MAGAZINE: “Mr. U.S. Open” – Memo Gracida

By Eric O’Keefe POLO Magazine, 2004 At the close of the last year’s high-goal season, POLO sought out one of America’s legendary players, Memo Gracida. The setting was a fitting one: the Houston Polo Club. There, only days before, Gracida had captained a victorious campaign for the 2003 U.S.P.A. Silver Cup on an Isla Carroll […]

SUN-SENTINEL: “Top Polo Players Gather in Dream Game”

By Sharon Robb South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 10, 2002 BOCA RATON — Legendary polo player Memo Gracida, making his third 40-goal game appearance, didn’t want to see the game end. The only active high-goal player was the last to leave the field after teammate Marcos Heguy scored the winning goal from 90 feet out with […]

Polo Magazine: “Memo Gracida – In a League of His Own”

By Eric O’Keefe POLO Magazine, 1997 If your idea of a superstar tops out at Joe Montana or Michael Jordan, make way for Memo Gracida. The 41-year-old polo player has just finished one of the greatest seasons in the two thousand year history of his sport, is playing at the top of his game, and, […]

“Memo Gracida Wins 15th U.S. Open Polo Title”

Sun-Sentinel, April 7, 1997 The records keep on coming for Memo Gracida. Gracida was the U.S. Open Polo champion for the 15th time Sunday as he led Isla Carroll past rival White Birch 10-6 in a physical game Sunday at Palm Beach Polo before a season-high crowd of 3,549. Since capturing his first U.S. Open […]

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 […]

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