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REMATES (2015) – LOS MACHITOS
 

Los Machitos' Wyona, a five-year-old polo-ready mare by Machitos Chelo and Pigmea, sold for $180,000 USD

Los Machitos’ Wyona (pictured), a five-year-old polo-ready mare by Machitos Chelo and Pigmea, sold for $180,000 USD


 

In one of the more anticipated events for polo breeders and buyers, Los Machitos (losmachitos.com.ar) hosted its annual auction Friday, November 20th. This was the ninth of the fourteen auctioning events officially sanctioned for 2015 by the Argentine Polo Breeders Association (AACCP – criapoloargentino.com.ar). The season finale to be hosted by Alegría on December 9th.

Mariano Aguerre, nine-time Argentine Open winner, is among the most respected players in the game. A strategist known for contributing prolific middle field play at the number two and three positions, Aguerre is the only player in polo history, to win the Argentine Open with three different teams (Ellerstina, Chapaleufu, La Dolfina). His illustrious career also includes achievements such as the 1994 Argentine Triple Crown, and the 2005 American Triple Crown.

As is the case with Adolfo Cambiaso and Gonzalo Pieres Sr., Aguerre’s horsemanship and early disposition towards genetic selection have played a fundamental role in sustaining him as the preeminent player and breeder in the sport. A four-time (04/05/06/07) recipient of the “Argentine Open Best Mounted Player Award”, and owner of all time Triple Crown favorites Jazz, Tortuga, Califa, and Opera, Aguerre continues to mount the top players in the world.

The “Machitos” breed holds some of the most sought after bloodlines by Argentine Triple Crown players. Notable products participating in the 2015 Triple Crown season include Machitos Oreo with Polito Pieres, and Machitos Vitico, Machitos Bugsy, Machitos Misionera, and Machitos Mireya with Alegria’s Fred Mannix.

A generally accepted category to compare with other remates; average price for the nineteen fillies which were sold at the “Los Machitos” auction was $55,360 USD. The top sale in this category was Machitos Mercedes, by Machitos Libano and Tortuga, for $150,000 USD. Aguerre’s overtime goal on Tortuga to win the 2001 Argentine Open with Chapaleufu is widely remembered as one the most remarkable moments ever witnessed on Palermo’s storied Field One.

Notable sale of the evening was Machitos Wyona, a five year old polo-ready mare by Machitos Chelo and Pigmea, for $180,000 USD. Charity had its moment in the auction as well. A stallion service by Machitos Limbo, brother of Dolfina Cuartetera, was sold off for $10,000 USD. The proceeds were donated to a primary school from 25 de Mayo, province of Buenos Aires.

Bidding and selling was conducted by auction firm Heguy Hermanos y Compania. A well organized event, best described as a mesh between simplicity and elegance. Well-fed and carefully groomed horses replaced sophisticated catering and large video screens – buyers approved. At the end of the session, twenty products were sold for a total of $ 1,232,000 USD.

November 21st auction activity resumes with 25 Embriones at Lagunas de Polo, Pilar. –Carlos Naish, Special Correspondent

 

Mariano Aguerre and Pigmea, competing for La Dolfina during the Argentine Open

Mariano Aguerre and Pigmea, competing for La Dolfina during the Argentine Open


 


CATALOGUE: Los Machitos (2015)
| 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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