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					                                                                    DATE March 7, 2007
                                                                          TCP-07-003

                                               Contact: Sarah Eakin, Sarasota Polo Club
                                                                          803.295.2860
                                                                       or 941-907-0000

TRIPLE CROWN OF POLO PUTS SARASOTA ON WORLD STAGE
           ESPN to film finals of sport’s most prestigious tournament series at
                        Sarasota Polo Club, Sunday, March 25th

Sarasota, FL – The Sarasota Polo Club will be featured in front of a worldwide television
audience as the opening leg of the 2007 Triple Crown of Polo (TCP) championship series
when it returns to the Sarasota Polo Club Sunday, March 25. The TCP presentation
features the Robin Uihlein Jr. Memorial and will again be taped for television by ESPN
for distribution on the ESPN 2 and ESPN International networks, reaching more than196
countries in twelve different languages.

Entering its third season, the TCP is the first multi-market tournament in the sport’s
history, providing a worldwide stage for greater Sarasota to showcase the area and its
wonderful polo. TCP is a unique tournament that, through television, takes its audience
inside the personal lifestyle of the players, participants and owners. The broadcast
reaches the active and affluent audience with whom polo resonates. The TCP series takes
place in Sarasota, Santa Barbara, California and concludes with the third leg in Aiken,
South Carolina in September. Founding sponsors for the TCP are Tiffany & Co. and
Lexus.

Eight teams will compete for the Triple Crown of Polo at the Sarasota Polo Club with
polo players from Argentina, Columbia, South Africa, Hawaii, Texas and more. In the
week leading up to Sunday’s game, they will eliminate all but two of the teams who will
face each other on the field Sunday afternoon. Several players are coming to Sarasota
specifically for the chance to put their name on the coveted Triple Crown of Polo trophy,
a solid silver work of art, handmade by Tiffany & Co. and called “the most magnificent
trophy in all of sport,” by famous artist LeRoy Neiman.

“We are delighted to host the Triple Crown of Polo again this year,” said Sarasota Polo
Club manager, Maggie Mitchell. “Last year we drew a record crowd for the event and
we hope that the support for this world-renowned polo tournament will continue to
grow.”
Tailgaters are invited to set up their fare field-side on Sunday. There’s a chance they may
make their way on to the TV broadcast. “We film the game with upwards to eight
cameras,” said Rand Capp director of the Triple Crown of Polo. “We shoot the game into
the bleachers on the far side of the field so there’s a great opportunity to be on TV for the
Sunday spectators out that afternoon.”

Fans should plan to show up early on championship Sunday. The gates will open at 11:30
AM and positioned adjacent to the field of play will be the TCP Polo Pavilion. The
Pavilion, which is open to the public, provides a boutique experience for the luxury
companies that are sponsors of the event to showcase their level of customer service and
products. The highlight of the Pavilion will be Lexus’s presentation of their new
LS600hl, the world’s first full-sized luxury hybrid sedan. The Pavilion will provide food
and beverages by Morton’s Catering and Fred’s Restaurant and stylish décor by dkVogue
and An Exceptional Florist company.

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Information for spectators
Sarasota Polo Club is located in Lakewood Ranch. Take University Parkway 3.5 miles
east of I-75 and turn right on Lorraine Road. Entrance is the second right.
Triple Crown of Polo – Sunday March 25
Time 1:00 pm Gates Open 11:30 am
Admission is $10 each (Children under 12 free)


About Triple Crown of Polo
The Triple Crown of Polo (TCP) is the first multi-market tournament series in the sport’s
history and provides sponsors a unique opportunity to reach the loyal fans of world-class
polo competitions. ESPN has an exclusive agreement for coverage of the TCP across
multiple ESPN outlets, including domestic and international television rights. TCP
national sponsors for 2007 are Lexus and Tiffany & Co. LeRoy Neiman, the most
popular living artist in the United States, is the Official Artist of the Triple Crown of
Polo. For more information, visit www.triplecrownofpolo.com.


About Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch
The Sarasota Polo Club, established in 1991, is located in the award winning
master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. With 130 acres of perfectly
manicured Bermuda grass, paired with a unique underground irrigation system,
Sarasota Polo Club has nine of the best polo fields in the world.
For more information on Sarasota Polo Club, visit www.sarasotapolo.com
For more information on Lakewood Ranch, visit www.lakewoodranch.com

				
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