NEW YORK - Last season, this would have been a draft round. This season, the draft is limited to the Championship Round only. This won't change the outcome for riders much if any over a long season, but it can throw a monkey wrench into a single event. J.B. Mauney, who would be picking first here, drew a bull that was pretty likely to be picked first, so the draw worked in his favor today. Kody Lostroh, who would have been picking third, drew a bull that probably would have been picked in the bottom half of a draft round. Silvano Alves drew a bull he's been on and ridden before, which is pretty much what would have happened in a draft.
J.B. Mauney on 694 Multi Min Dark Shadow:
This is one of the better draws in this round. He likes to spin to the left, but can go either way. Mauney shouldn't have any problem with him. He's similar to Billy Robinson's bull RMEF Gunpowder & Lead but with less lateral drift during the spin. Had this been a draft round, this would have been a top-five pick if not number one.
Chase Outlaw on 244 Ludacris:
Outlaw had this bull in Uncasville, Conn., last April and didn't make the whistle. Ludacris has been around since 2008 and really doesn't get ridden often. On film it's not immediately obvious why he would be difficult to ride ― he tends to spin to the left and looks a lot like other bulls that are ridden regularly. But if you look closely, you'll see he's shifty once he's into a spin. He will move forward one jump and then maybe sidestep two jumps later, and he just doesn't stay in his tracks the whole time. This forces the rider to pay attention until the buzzer sounds. Some bulls that spin, once they go into the spin, riders can take a break for the rest of the ride. This one makes them work the whole 8 seconds.
Kody Lostroh on 961 Mac-Nett's Southern Wine:
Lostroh had this bull in the 15/15 round in Billings, Mont., last season and didn't get a score. This bull is 51-5 on his career and 22-4 on the Built Ford Tough Series. He's strong, he hits the ground hard and has almost nothing in common with bulls that could be considered rider-favorites. Lostroh has his work cut out for him.
Renato Nunes on 301 Trigger:
We know approximately nothing about this bull. He's making his Built Ford Tough Series debut here and doesn't have a lot of history at the Touring Pro level. We do know that when Nunes is on a roll, he is hard to get on the ground.
Robson Palermo on 132B Whiskey Cures
This bull is 6 and 1 against Built Ford Tough Series riders. He appeared at quite a few Touring Pro events last season, and threw off quite a few top-level riders at those as well. When he's been ridden, the scores haven't been that flashy. All of this indicates the bull may be a little tricky and therefore good at getting riders to fall off. Palermo is as good as anyone in the world at not falling off, so this will be interesting to watch.
Ryan Dirteater on 793 Red Lizard:
This bull made his debut in Round 1 with Nathan Schaper and was the highest-marked bull in the round, which just doesn't happen often. We do see a lot of debut bulls, but few of them dominate a round in their first visit to the Built Ford Tough Series environment, which is a new and different experience for most bulls.
Stormy Wing on 7477 Main
Main Event has been ridden in four of his last five outs, including by Renato Nunes in Round 1 here for 85.75 points. Wing came down last night and could be winning the event right now if not for that, but he can get back in it here.
Douglas Duncan on 813 Russian Roulette:
This bull got Caleb Sanderson in the first round here. He's only been ridden twice in 15 career attempts, both times by left-handed riders.
Billy Robinson on 404C RMEF Gunpowder &
This is the most well-known bull in the round and one of the best. This bull is electric and exciting to watch, tends to bring big scores and isn't all that hard to ride compared to most other bulls. He has great timing and is ridden nearly 70 percent of the time by left-handed guys. He likes to spin to the left and will drift across the arena. Robinson has a great opportunity for a big score here.
Brendon Clark on 85 Big & Rich:
This is an outstanding bull that got Ben Jones in the first round. He's one of the highest-point earning bulls in this round and Clark could easily win the round even if a lot of bulls are ridden.
Silvano Alves on 810 Ball
Alves is likely to get a second score here. He rode this bull in the short round in Tampa, Fla., in September on his way to a third-place finish there.
Aaron Roy on S04 Moses:
Roy will also probably get on the board again here. Moses was ridden by Chase Outlaw in Round 1. He's got four Built Ford Tough Series outs to his credit and was ridden all four times.
Jory Markiss on 631 Tapout:
Markiss has had this bull twice before. He rode him in Greensboro, N.C., last season for 86.75 points and was fouled by him, earning a re-ride at a Touring Pro event in June of last year. Tapout is ridden about 40 percent of the time at this level.
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