SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tonight's round is a bull competition again, but open to bulls of any age, as opposed to last night's round, which was limited to 3- or 4-year-old bulls. The contractors who entered this aren't looking to advance their bulls for any year-end awards, they are just looking to win this round today. Look for a lot of riders who earned a score last night to get another one. If one score makes it into the short round tonight, it will have to be a big one.
Valdiron de Oliveira on 73 Buck Wild:
This is the best bull in the round in terms of potential bull score. At this point in his career, in 12 outs at all levels his average bull score is 45.3 points, which probably makes him a little overvalued, but he is a great bull. Going forward he will probably be ridden more often, and his average will probably go down. This is a bull who loves to spin, and he has a history of being antsy in the chute and hard to get out on.
Austin Meier on 34 Blue Nose:
I had to do a doubletake when I saw this bull in the draw. The last time he appeared in a Built Ford Tough Series event was in January… of 2008. Brendon Clark was 89.75 points on him then. I don't believe Meier will score that high, but he is likely to get a second qualified ride here.
Harve Stewart on L37 Yo Yo:
We haven't seen this bull on tour since the World Finals, where Silvano Alves was 82.75 on him. In nine outs last season, he was ridden twice, the other ride going to Valdiron Oliveira.
J.B. Mauney on 85 Big & Rich:
This bull appeared in Tulsa, where he tossed Aaron Roy, but he's primarily appeared at rodeos in his short career, where he's earned some gaudy numbers and hasn't been ridden yet. This should be a quality bull, and without a doubt Mauney is a quality rider.
Marco Eguchi on 103T Shepherd Hills Sod
Sod Buster has only been ridden 5 times in 47 career outs, but Stormy Wing got the best of him last week in Nashville. He should be a good fit for Eguchi.
Mike Lee on 7 Hot Box:
Hot Box has 25 career outs in the PBR, but he has only appeared at this level three times, and he was ridden in two of those outings. Overall, he's only been ridden by left-handed riders, and Lee should be able to get a second score on him.
Ryan Dirteater on 620 Blonde Bomber:
This is one of the more rider-friendly bulls in this round. Kody Lostroh was 87.5 points on him in San Antonio, and he's been ridden in 6 of 7 Built Ford Tough Series outs.
Guilherme Marchi on 655 Cowboy Casanova:
They met at the World Finals, where Marchi was 86.5 points. This bull has been ridden far more often by right-handed riders, and has produced higher scores as well. Marchi will probably get on the board here, but it may not be enough. A lot of guys are going to have two scores on the board after this round.
Fabiano Vieira on 269 Magic Man:
While the top three riders in the standings have been soaking up all the attention, Viera has really been better than all of them since the break. He is 7 for 12 so far, roughly the same as L.J. Jenkins, but he has more big scores in those seven rides, including three round wins. This is a good bull, but not good enough to throw Vieira off.
Emilio Resende on 72 Pandemic:
Guilherme Marchi was 90 points on Pandemic in the 15/15 round at Billings back in May. This is a bull that has been ridden exactly once per year in a 3-year career, and he won't be easy - but Resende is not easy to get on the ground either.
Silvano Alves on 707 Strokin'
Alves has another good draw here. When you look at matchups on paper for Alves, all you really need to know is if the bull has been ridden before. If so, expect Alves to ride him as well. This bull has been ridden three times in seven outs, so I expect Alves to get a score easily. I believe that Bushwacker and Asteroid are about the only two bulls who aren't overmatched by this guy.
L.J. Jenkins on 737 Live Action:
This is a similar situation to last night for Jenkins - this bull is relatively unknown, and unridden. He got Shane Proctor on the ground in his only Built Ford Tough Series appearance in San Antonio a few weeks ago.
Jory Markiss on 563 Heebee Geebee:
Markiss came down last night, so he is looking for one big score today, and he drew the right bull for that. Just about every rider in this round would be willing to trade what they have for Heebee Geebee. He's been ridden in 5 of 6 outs this season, and the best three of those rides average 90 points.
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