MIAMI — A woman filed a paternity suit against polo star Carlos Gracida two months after his death earlier this year, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively.
The child, a daughter, was born in May in Miami to Mexican citizen Monica Sierra, according to court records.
Sierra was five months pregnant when Gracida, 53, one of the world’s best known players, died shortly after a fall during a high-goal polo match Feb. 25 in Wellington.
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: DNA tests conducted after Gracida’s death with blood samples from his autopsy performed by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the baby’s blood showed there’s a 99.9 percent chance that Gracida was the father!
Obviously, says Craig Galle, the lawyer for Gracida’s estate, Sierra’s goal in filing the lawsuit to stake her claim to Gracida’s inheritance along with Gracida’s two adult sons from a failed marriage, and to make sure that the baby would be able to gain U.S. citizenship.
Thing is: Despite the fact he made millions playing for patrons who ranged from Arab sheiks to rich Argentinians and mentoring the likes of Brit princes William and Harry, Gracida died virtually penniless.
“Carlos died with little or no assets,” said equestrian community lawyer Galle. “At one point, he was a multi-millionaire. But he must not have gotten much guidance on the business front.”
Palm Beach County records show Gracida’s $600,000-house on Windsor Way in Wellington was seized by a bank in 2012. He also most millions in polo-related real estate projects overseas.
Galle said Gracida never hid his relationship with Sierra from the rest of his family. As a matter of fact, Sierra’s lawsuit claims she and Gracida decided to have a child in 2012 and eventually consulted a fertility specialist.
Gracida never regained consciousness after his horse’s head slammed into his when it was hit by another player’s mallet at the Everglades Polo Club.