Player Profile: Agustin Obregon

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Agustin Obregon: Daily Racing Form

 

One of four Obregons playing at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in the 2020 Gauntlet of Polo®, Agustin Obregon has been a staple on the Daily Racing Form team, playing alongside Jared Zenni for many years not only in the USA, but recently in Argentina. Coming from one of the most heralded polo-playing families, Agustin competes against cousins Mariano and Facundo Obregon on Dutta Corp, as well as Geronimo Obregon on Patagones, with each fighting for an elusive title in the Gauntlet of Polo®. 

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Playing at the 20-goal level for many years, Obregon nearly captured both the 2015 and 2018 Joe Barry Cup titles, losing in the finals in both years, but his progression to the 26-goal level in 2018 started what proved to be a year to remember for Obregon. Raising the U.S. Open Polo Championship® with Daily Racing Form by defeating a nearly unbeatable Valiente team that had both Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres, Obregon claimed his first and most prestigious high-goal tournament at IPC. Later that same year, Obregon was an integral part of a La Cañada-Angiocor DRF team that qualified for the Argentine Open at Palermo. Despite losing their four matches, the experience of playing at the 40-goal level against the best players in the world, all while holding just a 6-goal handicap, showcased the progress of Obregon and furthered his development as a player to watch at IPC. 

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In the inaugural Gauntlet of Polo™ in 2019, Obregon continued his strong play from the previous season, leading Daily Racing Form with 2.7 goals per game in the #1 position and highlighting a balanced team attack that pushed them into the semi-finals of the USPA Gold Cup®. Different from most teams, Daily Racing Form utilizes a line-up featuring four players, all with a handicap of at least five goals, with Obregon being crucial to their success, drawing on his experiences from Argentina to mark players of higher rating. Often in the middle of the game, Obregon demonstrates a quick style of play that helps him break away for quick attacks to goal, either on the run or on the receiving end of passes from Zenni. 

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Despite a tough start to the season in the C.V. Whitney Cup, Daily Racing Form has steadily improved this year, in part due to the play of Obregon. Mostly passing off penalty-taking duties to Zenni, Obregon’s focus has turned to open play, where he has excelled, averaging 2.0 goals per game on 50% shooting in the USPA Gold Cup®. The efficiency of Obregon has made him a player to count on in key moments, including when he scored the overtime winning goal in their victory over Postage Stamp Farm, propelling Daily Racing Form into the quarterfinals. While not many 6-goal players find themselves as the highest rated player on the team, Obregon has succeeded in the role, pulling Daily Racing Form’s offense forward. With his sights set on the remainder of the Gauntlet of Polo®, Obregon will also look to qualify for the Argentine Open once again and find himself among the best players in the sport. 

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