NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― Sunday's bull pen features multiple bulls making their Built Ford Tough Series debuts. Here's a breakdown of some of the matchups heading into Day 2 of the Jack Daniel's Invitational.
J.B. Mauney on 903 Incognito:
This bull's name fits him, because up until today he's been totally incognito. We at Probullstats have no record of him ever having been anywhere. He's likely to be pretty good because bulls that debut at a BFTS event typically are. However good he is, Mauney has the edge here because he's had the hot hand, and the top riders should always be favored against inexperienced bulls.
Chase Outlaw on 85 Jack Daniels Winter Jack:
Outlaw drew well last night, and he's got one of the better bulls ― if not the best one ― in this round as well. Winter Jack spins to the left, but he hasn't faced a lot of left-handed riders. Mauney had an 88.5-point effort on him in Springfield, Mo., last September. There's very little not to like about this bull. He's the kind of bull that most guys would like to have every time. He's easy enough of a bull to win the round on, but he's also enough of a bull to put even the best riders down early.
Renato Nunes on 831 Old School:
Like Mauney's bull, we know nothing about this one either, other than he belongs to former PBR rider Bart Jackson. He's making his debut here. One big reason top riders should have an edge over inexperienced bulls is that the environment at a BFTS event is very different from what most bulls are used to. Being indoors with the lights and noise can be unsettling to young or high-strung bulls, whereas the riders are comfortable with it.
Shane Proctor on 841 Cybercat:
This bull is a pretty heavy load. Proctor had him in Philadelphia last season, and lasted just 2.15 seconds. In 40 career outs, Cybercat has only been ridden three times, and he's 10-1 against the best riders in the world. He's a good sized bull that's also very fast and athletic.
Eduardo Aparecido on H84 Dirty Deals:
Silvano Alves rode this bull in Round One of the Last Cowboy Standing back in May. With Alves he went to the right, and Aparecido should be able to handle him easily if he has the same trip here.
Nathan Schaper on 606 Big Cat:
Big Cat has been around bull riding for a good while, but we've only seen him on the BFTS seven times, and he's been ridden twice. He's been ridden four times in 50 career outs. The last time he was ridden, Fabiano Vieira did it in September 2011.
L.J. Jenkins on 55 Destroyer:
Cody Nance owns the only score recorded on this bull. He picked up 87 points in Park Rapids, Minn., in July. Destroyer is another bull making his BFTS debut today. He logged seven outs over the summer at Chad Berger's Touring Pro events, and Nance was the only top-tier rider he faced.
Silvano Alves on 802 Black Tie Affair:
Alves was 86.5 points on this bull in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this season. We've only seen this bull on tour twice before, and he was ridden both times. Alves should have the upper hand here.
Guilherme Marchi on 818 Big Bopper:
Big Bopper is unridden in 13 career outs, but like some of the other bulls in tonight's round, he's new to the BFTS. Marchi will be the best rider he's ever faced.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 634 Double Clutch:
Double Clutch has been around since 2009 and has recorded 23 outs at BFTS events, while allowing a qualified ride just three times. His record shows he's difficult for every rider, regardless of which hand they ride with. Matt Triplett scored 86.5 points on him in Big Sky, Mont., just last month, but before that, Double Clutch hadn't been ridden since July 2011.
Mike Lee on 651 The Situation:
In 2011, this was one of the hottest up and coming bulls in the PBR. Lee had him in Pueblo that season and came down at 5.5 seconds. The bull weakened somewhat in 2012, and earlier this season he was ridden twice ― once for a below average score. The Situation has stepped it up a bit over the summer. Chase Outlaw scored 93.5 points on him to win the Thief River Falls, Minn., Touring Pro Division event in July. He should spin into Lee's hand, and this should be a good matchup to watch.
Emilio Resende on 86I Speckled Ivory:
This is a deceptively difficult bull. He often doesn't look like he's doing a lot, but he takes big leaps and his bucking style doesn't help the rider very much. In his career he's been ridden far more often by right-handed riders, and Resende ― being a strong right hander ― should fit him well.
Kody Lostroh on 8061 TK500:
This bull used to be known as Mud Wasp. He's one of the best draws in this round, or any round. He likes to spin to the left, but he can reverse it and go both ways. Left-handed riders have had more success on him. Lostroh should get a score here, but he'll need a good one to advance to the short go after bucking off last night.
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