By Keith Ryan Cartwright | Aug 09, 2012 @ 08:00 AM
After a summer out in the heat, PBR livestock director Cody
Lambert remarked that it will be good to go back indoors for the
upcoming stretch run of the Built Ford Tough Series.
Nine regular-season events remain leading up to the World Finals
in Las Vegas.
In their weekly Podcast, which is recorded every Thursday prior
to a BFTS event, PBR statistician Slade Long told Lambert that he
noticed many of the top-ranked riders "took it easy" over the past
few months. More important, the top two ranked bulls--Asteroid and
the reigning World Champion Bull Bushwacker--did not compete at all
at any of the Touring Pro Division events.
Asteroid last competed in May at the BFTS event in Pueblo,
Colo., while Bushwacker hasn't been to an event since Kansas City
back in mid-March.
"They've had a long break," Lambert said, "and I bet they're in
top form when they get to Tulsa."
It'll be the first time since the Iron Cowboy Invitational in
Arlington, Texas, that both top bulls have been at the same
Listen to "In the Bull Pen" with Cody Lambert and Slade
Coming off his first world title, Bushwacker has been out three
times this year and trying to make it through his third consecutive
season without allowing a qualified ride. However, he did miss the
start of the season after having bone chips removed from both back
legs and time in the spring after his back hock swelled up for
In his three outs he's been marked 46 points, 46.5 points and
"I think he'll be really strong and he'll finish really strong
the rest of the year," Lambert said. "I look forward to it being a
real race between Bushwacker and Asteroid again."
Lambert went on to say there are some other worthy
Among the bulls he mentioned were David's Dream, Mulligan Man
and Rango, who is now known as Lightmaker.com Rango. He also talked
about Palm Springs, a bull Circle T Ranch & Rodeo added to
their herd while in Pueblo.
Palm Springs will be in Tulsa.
Long then added Meat Hook to the conversation, which will also
be in Tulsa at the BOK Center this weekend.
In Pueblo, Meat Hook outscored the rest of the bulls in the
event with 46.5 points. In Pueblo, he beat out Asteroid, Rango,
Smack Down and Buckey. He bucked a week later, at a TPD event in
Decatur, Texas, where he was marked 45 points.
He's only been ridden once his PBR career and that was when
Harve Stewart took him the distance, in Albuquerque, for 89.5
"He sure (has) the potential," Lambert said. "He's been bucking
them off and he's looked strong."
In addition to the featured bulls in Saturday night's Built Ford
Tough Championship Round, the event starts Friday night with an
ABBI Classic competition in the opening round.
The top three-and four-year old bull has been Shepherd Hills
He's been success in spite of having the same trip each time out
of the chute--two jumps and around to the left. The fact that he's
bucked off J.B. Mauney, Chris Shivers, Austin Meier and Fabiano
Vieira--four of the strongest left handed riders--is a testament to
his strength, speed, kick and all-around ability.
"He's actually one of the top bulls in the PBR," Lambert
Coming off a summer break, Lambert said he thought with a fresh
start the riders will cover "about half" of the bulls in Round