OKLAHOMA CITY - All of these riders deserve a pat on the back
today. There has been no easy path to victory here. Last night's
Round 2 was loaded with bull talent - one of the best long rounds
I've seen. If you watched it, you saw bull riding at its
Rubens Barbosa on 373 Hard Times:
This is a bull who largely went to rodeos until about this time last year. He was only ridden once in 16 outs on the rodeo circuit, but in PBR competition, riders are 4-for-9 on him. At the Built Ford Tough series level, he's been ridden three times in four attempts.
Ryan Dirteater on 702 White Velvet:
Any left-handed rider would be favored on White Velvet. This is a solid, honest bull who is much nicer to ride than either of the bulls Dirteater had last night. In terms of difficulty, White Velvet is on the mild end of the scale.
Harve Stewart on K41 Wild N Out:
Among the Top 10 riders here, Stewart chose the bull with the best track record. Over four seasons and 61 career outs, Wild N Out averages just over 44 points, which puts him in the Top 1 percent of all bulls in history.
Over four seasons and 61 career outs, Wild N
Out averages just over 44 points, which puts him in the Top 1
percent of all bulls in history.
Valdiron de Oliveira on 37S Red Hot:
This is not the same Red Hot that Luke Snyder had last night. Oliveira has been on this one three times and ridden him twice, most recently in Glendale, Ariz., last March, where he was 90.5 points.
Renato Nunes on 8T Play Harder:
Play Harder carried J.B. Mauney to a 90-point score in Round 1 at Baltimore last week. If he has the same kind of trip here, you can expect Nunes to beat that score. Nunes is a little like Chris Shivers in that he makes every bull look his best.
Play Harder took J.B. Mauney to 90 points in Baltimore last
week. Renato Nunes has him tonight in Oklahoma City.
Dusty Ephrom on 40B Johnny Be Good:
This young bull only has six outs in his career, and he was ridden twice - both times by left-handed riders.
Luke Snyder on 620 Blonde Bomber:
Snyder had a tougher pair of bulls last night than anyone, and he rode very well. How he managed to avoid 90 points on Hee Bee Gee Bee is tough to figure out. It could be that I was hallucinating, but that was as impressive a ride as I've seen all year.
Blonde Bomber is good, but he is not as hard to ride as either of Snyder's past two bulls. Look for Luke to get another score here.
Blonde Bomber is good, but he is not as hard
to ride as either of Snyder's past two bulls. Look for Luke to get
another score here.
Chris Shivers on -22 Party All The Time:
Chase Outlaw had this bull in Round 1. He's only been ridden twice in 15 outs.
Cord McCoy on TD2 Bucking Machine:
Cord was 86.5 points on this bull in Sacramento, Calif., just a couple of weeks ago. Bucking Machine, as his name implies, is a good draw for anyone, but he is not very forgiving. He doesn't overpower riders; he is more of a speed-and-finesse type bull.
L.J. Jenkins on 516 Kool Kid:
Kool Kid has very little history. In fact, he's only been out once at a Touring Pro Division event in Denver, where he was ridden by none other than Jenkins for 84.5 points.
WATCH THE WINSTAR WORLD CASINO INVITATIONAL IN OKLAHOMA CITY tonight at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
(Slade Long, PBR Web developer and statistician, has been crunching the numbers on bucking bulls for 13 years. In addition to his regular "Morning Line" series, published just prior to every Built Ford Tough Series performance, Long co-hosts "In the Bull Pen with Cody Lambert," a podcast recorded every Thursday prior to each BFTS event.)
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