The threat of rain didn’t prevent about 700 spectators, a record for a season-opening match, from showing up Sunday for the Oak Brook Polo Club’s 14-11 loss to Passion for Polo, a team based in Barrington Hills.

The turnout bested the previous mark for a season opener of about 500 in 2017, said Danny O’Leary, managing director of Oak Brook Polo Club.

O’Leary said having the popular Horses & Horsepower Ferrari and Sports Car Rally on the field before the match, something usually done in July, helped with Sunday’s strong turnout.

“We had a very good turnout for tailgating, too,” O’Leary said.

There also were several entries for a best hat contest, won by Eva Slapek of Chicago, who made her own hat.

On the field, Passion for Polo’s Mariano Obregon, was named Most Valuable Player.

O’Leary said Oak Brook Polo’s next match, June 23, will bring top player Carlos Gracida Jr., the son of legendary polo player the late Carlos Gracida, to Oak Brook for the Butler Challenge Cup.

Other scheduled events for the 2019 season:

• July 14: Gibsons Oak Brook Polo Open – Village Appreciation

• July 28: R.R. McCormick Cup – Jaguar Concours

• Aug. 4: Drake Challenge Cup – Horses & Harleys

• Aug. 18: Chicago Polo Open – Horses & Hops

• Sept. 8: Merrill Lynch Butler International Cup – Diapers & Divots

• Sept. 15: Cecil Smith Cup – Sips & Saddles

• Sept. 22: Illinois Players Cup – Team Up For Tony Sekera

A variety of ticket options are available for all matches. Ticket information is available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com, or by calling 630-368-5095.

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