The Morning Line: Oklahoma City, Day 2

Highlights

  • Eighteen riders earned scores in Round 1.
  • Most of the riders atop the leaderboard drew relatively unknown bulls for Round 2.

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OKLAHOMA CITY ― Eighteen riders received scores Friday, and we should see a good number of scores again tonight. We could see up to 10 riders with two scores going into Round 3. Most of the riders at the top of the leaderboard after Round 1 drew relatively unknown bulls here in Round 2.

Ryan Dirteater on +2/7 Red Man:
Red Man may well be the best draw not only in this round, but in all of bull riding ― and not just right now, but in the past five years or so. He's visually impressive, he has speed and action, and virtually never bucks off any of the better riders. He doesn't look very easy to ride, in fact when you watch him go he makes riders work hard to stay on, but most of them do get the job done. This matchup is a great opportunity for Dirteater, who came down early last night.

Sean Willingham on -22 Party All The Time:
Willingham won a Touring Pro event in Austin, Texas, which earned him an alternate spot here, and he made the most of the opportunity Friday night. He's got a good bull here - one of the better bulls in the round in terms of point production. He hasn't been ridden very often by right-handed riders, but he has been ridden in his last five outs going back to August 2012.

Ben Jones on 10S Chin Music:
Jones should dance again tonight. Despite the tough sounding name, Chin Music is kind of a patsy when it comes to right-handed riders. They ride him more than 75 percent of the time, while lefties haven't done nearly as well. Luke Snyder was 86.75 points on Chin Music in Chicago.

Guilherme Marchi on 707 Strokin':
These two met back in September in Tampa, Fla., where Marchi was 87 points on this bull. This is a bull that likes to spin to the right, and he's not likely to shake Marchi loose with that kind of game plan.

Shane Proctor on P6 How We Roll:
I often say a bull is a great draw, or a good bull to draw, and by that I mean from a rider's perspective, his risk/reward ratio is favorable for the rider. There are two qualities that a bull can have that would make him a good draw, he could be relatively easy to get a score on (low risk), and he could be capable of producing relatively high scores (high reward). How We Roll has both of these qualities. He typically produces round winning type scores, and at least for right-handed riders like Proctor, he's been relatively easy to ride. He's been ridden in six of his last eight outs going back to last March, with five of those scores going to right-handed riders.

Douglas Duncan on 630 Oklahoma Magic:
Three out of five left-handed riders who have tried Oklahoma Magic have earned a score on him. This is a bull that we don't see on tour all that often. He's been around since 2010, but only has nine outs on record, which is indicative of a bull that had to take some time off due to illness or injury. In his last two outs, he threw off Marco Eguchi and Renato Nunes last fall.

Mike Lee on U2 Prince Albert:
Along with Red Man and How We Roll, this bull is one of the three best draws in the round. He carried Chris Shivers to a round win in Nashville in September, and another round win at the World Finals a month later. Prince Albert likes to spin to the left, and he tends to hang in the air a little, which means the time he doesn't do a lot while he's off the ground.

If you break down every mechanical aspect of riding a bull, you'll find the bull has a slight advantage for most of the ride, because he's controlling the action and the rider is just reacting. The only time a rider really has an edge is while the bull is in the air. In this brief period of time, the rider has to make all of his adjustments, regain any position he may have lost, and ready himself for the next jump. Bulls that are more difficult to ride either minimize the time they spend in the air, or in the case of bulls like Asteroid and Bushwacker, they use that time to throw something else at the rider ― twists, turns, rolls or steep drops.

When a bull "hangs in the air," it means his bucking style tends to maximize the time he spends in the air, and he gives the rider a great chance to adjust for every jump.

Brant Atwood on 620 Blonde Bomber:
Blonde Bomber has been ridden six times in 10 Built Ford Tough Series outs. Atwood needs scores to make a place for himself on tour, and this is the kind of bull that riders need to have success on at this level.

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