There were a lot of bulls ridden in Round 1 last night, but only three riders got it done in the short round. With two bulls to go, everyone with a score is still in it.
Round 3 Matchups – the Event Leaders:
Cody Nance on 352 No Guts:
No Guts is a good bull, but he doesn’t have the history of one who has been easy to ride. There were a lot of other bulls here who would have been less of a challenge. This one has never been ridden by any rider outside the best 100 riders of the past 10 years.
Austin Meier on 62 Despicable Me:
Meier is on a pretty good roll, and he will probably get another score here. This bull appears to be one who should get ridden a lot by left-handed riders, but he’s not. He is marked around 44 points fairly often, and is typically not ridden on those outs. When he is ridden, his bull score tends to be lower, which indicates that he’s a bull who doesn’t finish as strongly as he starts. Brendon Clark rode him last night.
Guilherme Marchi on 375 Cool Cash:
This is a pretty safe pick for Marchi. Cool Cash will probably go into his hand, and is ridden fairly often. Marchi rode him in Fresno last season.
Dustin Elliott on 652 Juicy Fruit:
Elliott had this bull drawn last season in Winston-Salem, N.C., but was forced out of competition by an injury and did not get on him. Juicy Fruit has been ridden in six of his past seven outs, and Elliott could win the round on him, but he needs the bull to have his best day.
Reese Cates on 1391 Mac-Nett’s El Presidente:
Cates is 2-for-3 on El Presidente, the only no-score coming in Sacramento, Calif., less than a month ago.
Kody Lostroh on 436 Little Juicy:
This is one of the better bulls in the round, by numbers. It’s been a while since he produced a score over 88 points, but he has been close to it several times. Look for him to spin away from Lostroh’s riding hand.
Ned Cross on 405 Wolf Tickets:
A solid bull. Cross should get another score here, though maybe not enough to win the round. This bull is no pushover, however.
Brendon Clark on 46 Smokey:
Among bulls who have been around a while – say, with more than 30 career outs – you will find few who are as bad at throwing off right-handed riders as this one. Most right-handed guys have little trouble with him.
Jordan Hupp on 8 Straight Whiskey:
This is a great pick for Hupp. Like Clark’s bull, Straight Whiskey has been lit up by right-handed guys on a regular basis. Cates won second in the round on him last night.
Harve Stewart on 518 Jeffrey Scott Titanium Tough:
Stewart had this bull in Anaheim and bucked off, like 70 percent of riders do. That kind of record is not too shabby for a bull who regularly competes at this level.
Ryan Dirteater on 502 Chicken Lickin:
Chicken Lickin is as steady a bull as you will find in any Built Ford Tough Series long round. He is typically going to be worth around 43 points, which gives the rider a shot at a score from 85 to 88 points every time. Dirteater needs to do his part here.
Ryan McConnel on 629 Magic:
Nunes was 86.75 on Magic in Sacramento, and that is the only time he’s been ridden in the past seven months.
Ben Jones on 509 Wise One Willy:
This could be a good pick for Jones. Willy is likely to spin into his hand, and has been ridden in three out of seven PBR outs.
Kasey Hayes on 540 Smoke Signal:
This Kish bull hasn’t been ridden on tour since Josh Koschel Wagner Gomes. However, his past few outs have been pretty impressive. D.J. Domangue was 90 points on him at a rodeo in Puyallup, Wash., last fall.
Douglas Duncan on 653 Go To Guy:
Go To Guy is making his PBR debut here. At pro rodeos, he is unridden in six outs.
Luke Snyder on 323 Little Mr T:
It seems like most of the riders on tour have been on this bull at least once. Tonight will be his 99th PBR appearance. Few bulls ever reach 100, so this one is something special. Snyder has faced him three times and has yet to reach the 4-second mark.
Mike Lee on W1 Bucky:
Stewart rode this bull last night for 85.25 points, and became the third man to get a score on him. The first was Lee in Fresno last season for 88.75 points.
J. B. Mauney on 433 Bible Bender:
Clark was 92 points on this bull at a Touring Pro event last season. He hasn’t been marked that high on the Built Ford Tough Series, but he is a good one to have.
— by Slade Long
(Slade Long, PBR Web Developer and Statistician, has been crunching the numbers on bucking bulls for 12 years.)
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