The second half demonstrated how excited the 10-goalers were to be competing together. Obliged most of the year to play pro-am polo with rich amateur patrons, they began to show off for their peers. As clouds built up over the mountains and the air turned cool, the game turned hot. With only 60 seconds left in the sixth and final chukker, Eduardo Heguy, at 24 the youngest player on the field, sent the match into overtime by dribbling in for River Plate's seventh goal. "At times you think these guys are Musketeers, they're so quick with a stick," said Memo, impressed.
The overtime was enlivened by near misses at both ends, but River Plate generally controlled the action until Eduardo Heguy stole the ball near midfield and raced off with Gracida in pursuit. Seconds later, as Heguy was turning the ball into the goal, Gracida's mount crashed into his. Heguy was knocked out of his saddle and for about five seconds, hung from the neck of his horse—like Harpo Marx in A Day at the Races—before he scrambled back into his seat.
"It was a dangerous play," umpire Lionel Macaire said later. "A horse weighing 600 pounds running at full speed—if he hits you, he kills you. He breaks you in pieces."
"The foul had to be called," said a mildly dejected Trotz. "But I think it looked more spectacular than it actually was."
You could say the same for Polo's Master of the Masters.