After last night's round of young bulls, tonight's round is full of veteran bulls, and we should see some outstanding rides. Round 3 will play a big part in who wins this event--the short round pen is loaded, and no matter who qualifies for it, the numbers say we will be lucky to see two bulls ridden there.
Round 3 Matchups:
Chase Outlaw on 669 Blue on Black:
Often times in a draft round, I have to call someone before I begin writing the Morning Line to double check that it really was a draft round because some of the top picks seem off. This is one of those instances. Blue on Black is unridden, has never appeared at this level, and his numbers from the Touring Pro level aren't that impressive. I assume some stats must be missing, and I assume Outlaw knows something about this bull. Outlaw looked unstoppable last night.
Kody Lostroh on 789 Bad Blake:
Bad Blake should be due for a name change. He was Bad Blake last season, when riders were 1 for 17 on him, with Lostroh falling victim twice. He should be Good Blake this season, because riders are 10 for 14 on him. He hasn't really changed--the riders just figured him out. He's been one of the best draws all season, and should be easier for Lostroh than After Party was last night.
Ryan Dirteater on 54 Uncle Carl:
These two met in Baltimore back in February where Dirteater was 88.25 points. Uncle Carl has been ridden far more often by right handed guys, but Dirteater, like Lostroh, is very capable of riding just as well away from his hand.
Mason Lowe on 59 Whiskey's Rebel:
After last night's action there was one burning question in my mind: "Who the heck is Mason Lowe?" There are few stats on him because he's very young--just out of high school, in fact. He is a native Oklahoman, and from what we saw last night he plans on staying at this level. He's fundamentally sound and finished just about a second short of having the lead outright. Whiskey's Rebel is not unrideable, but he is not what you would call rider friendly either. He can produce a big score, and Lowe is kind of swinging for the fence by picking him here. This will be worth watching.
Justin Koon on 6 The Game Changer:
The Game Changer has been a game changer for Koon twice already. He won second in a round on him at the World Finals, and rode him en route to a second place overall finish at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville in April of this year.
Stormy Wing on 694 Dark Shadow:
Dark Shadow is a great pick in this round. He's ridden most of the time at this level, and Wing should get along with him.
Ty Pozzobon on U7042 Pure Smoke:
We haven't seen Pure Smoke on tour since March, but Built Ford Tough Series riders were 3 for 4 on him then, including 90.75 point ride by JB Mauney. In his career, Smoke has been the ideal bull to draw at this level of competition, and he's been a little more favorable for left handed riders because he likes to spin to the left.
Mike Lee on 06 Top Proctor:
This is a rematch from round 3 in Pueblo. Top Proctor is unridden in 13 career outs, but Lee took him to the 7.14 second mark in his most recent appearance.
Chris Shivers on 8T Play Harder:
This bull's stats indicate he will spin into Shivers' hand, and everyone knows how that usually turns out. Chris looked very sharp last night for a guy who has been out so long.
Silvano Alves on 352 No Guts:
This bull hasn't been seen on tour all that often, but he has been around the rodeo circuit since 2007, where he was raised and hauled by Don Kish. He's been to the National Finals Rodeo, and quite a few regular season rodeos, and has been ridden very few times outside of PBR competition. He put Kody Lostroh on the ground in Oklahoma City back in February. Alves will put him to the test. Although Alves has only one score here, he wasn't thrown off his second bull last night, just flagged for a touch that was rather incidental.
Valdiron de Oliveira on 707 Strokin':
We don't have much history on this bull--he's only been out five times, and ridden twice. He hasn't really faced anyone like Oliveira. In the same way that riders would prefer to draw some bulls over others, most stock contractors would probably prefer to draw anyone but Valdiron Oliveira, especially on their younger bulls. He is as dominant a rider as Adriano Moraes in his day. James Harper, one of the more notable contractors in the early days of the PBR famously said he would rather see one of his bulls run into a truck than run into Moraes. Oliveira's interview last night brought that to mind. He has the ability and the focus to be every bit as good.
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