Doña Sofia shines against all odds



Doña Sofia’s Elisa – first-time combination with champion stallion Ellerstina Picaro and Triple Crown competitor Ethel, sold for $140,000 USD


Doña Sofia Polo ( held its first official auction Thursday, November 12th at Los Palenques Polo Club, in Pilar, Buenos Aires. This was the fifth of the fourteen auctioning events officially sanctioned for 2015 by the Argentine Polo Breeders Association (AACCP – The season finale to be hosted by Alegría on December 9th.

Hosting on a rainy evening, the day after a star-struck La Dolfina auction sounds like a daunting task for a first-time breeder. However, Doña Sofia proved ready for the challenge, pulling off an elegant, entertaining and well-organized event. The presentation of each equine product in the auction ring, combined excellent video footage, music, sophisticated lighting, and live riding by horse-breaker Jorge “Gringo” Lembrick.

Organizers showcased a wide selection and variety of horses. At the end of the session – which also featured broken mares and studs, foals, and embryos – a grand total of thirty-one products were sold for $1,253,000 USD; an average sales price of $40,420 USD. A generally accepted category to compare with other remates; average sales price for Doña Sofia’s ten unbroken fillies was $56,300 USD.

Top seller of the evening was two-year-old DS Elisa, by Ethel, for $140,000 USD. Ethel, owned by Lucas Criado and Doña Sofia, is an outstanding Triple Crown participant with Adolfo Cambiaso. This first time combination with champion stallion Ellerstina Picaro proved irresistible for Bob Jornayvaz and Valiente, whom raised the evening’s highest bid.

The highlight of the event was the first public appearance of Lode Uno, the two year old clone of the prolific turf stallion which died in 2013. Lode sired Sportivo, the all time number one ranked stallion of the Argentine Breeders Association. Mares sired by Lode include La Mecha (Facundo Pieres), Dinamita (Fred Mannix), and Polish Winner (Santiago Toccalino). Buyers who purchased at least two embryos became eligible to Lode Uno’s offspring.

Doña Sofia’s innovative breeding and cloning techniques have restored Lode’s spirit to life, and allowed breeders to potentially create superior bloodlines by combining Lode Uno directly with current Triple Crown mares.

November 13th auction activity resumes with Remate Polo Argentino at Chapa Bar, Pilar. –Carlos Naish, Special Correspondent

| Sports, Polo, Argentina, Remates



The Argentine Triple Crown Championship recognizes the winning team of the Argentine, Hurlingham, and Tortugas Open Championships in the same year. Only five clubs have accomplished such a feat: Coronel Suárez (Alberto P. Heguy, Horacio Heguy, Juan C. Harriott (h.), Alfredo Harriott) in 1972 and 1974–77; Santa Ana (Gastón Dorignac, Héctor Merlos, Daniel González, Francisco Dorignac) in 1973; Ellerstina (Adolfo Cambiaso (h.), Mariano Aguerre, Gonzalo Pieres, Carlos Gracida) in 1994, (Facundo Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres (h.), Pablo MacDonough, Juan M. Nero) in 2008 and 2010; La Aguada in 2003 (Javier, Eduardo (h.), Miguel and Ignacio Novillo Astrada); La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, David Stirling, Pablo MacDonough, Juan Martin Nero, Sebastián Merlos) in 2013 and 2014.


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