PHILADELPHIA - Riding Party All The Time (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) for 88.25 points in the Built Ford Tough Short Round, Austin Meier is the leader after the first day of action in the Professional Bull Riders Philadelphia Invitational presented by Cooper Tires at the Wells Fargo Center.
Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. Tickets begin at $10, and are available at the Wells Fargo Center box office, www.Comcasttix.com, and by telephone at (800) 298-4200.
Meier has 175.50 points, and a 5.50-point lead over 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who was the only other rider to ride two bulls. Meier won the short round and also finished first in Round 1 with 87.25 points on Super Moody West (Flying T Bucking Bulls). Marchi finished second in the short round with 87.50 points on Firestorm.
Defending PBR World Champion Silvano Alves and Billy Robinson are tied for third place with 86.50 points. Alves and Robinson tied for second in Round 1. Shane Proctor is in fifth place in the average with 86.25 points.
Each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride on Saturday. Following Round 3, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will each compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all four rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
Saturday will feature 2011 World Champion Bull runner-up Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo), who has the three highest bull scores of the season, and eight of the Top 16 scores this year. Two weeks ago in Tampa, Fla., Asteroid scored 47.5 out of a possible 50 points in bucking off third-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira in 2.33 seconds. The score tied the highest bull score of the season, also held by Asteroid when he bucked off Alves in 1.81 seconds in Sacramento, Calif.
The first 26 events of the season have produced 19 different winners. J.B. Mauney has the most wins with four, while Alves, Robson Palermo, 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, and Fabiano Vieira each have two wins. Mauney posted his three victories in the first 12 events of the season before breaking his hand.
Cooper Tires will host "Coffee With A Cowboy" from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday at Holiday Inn Stadium Philadelphia, 900 Packer Avenue. World Champion barrel man Flint Rasmussen, 2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes, Fabiano Vieira, and Emilio Resende will be available for autographs and photographs.
NBC will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in HD at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 7. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play. Color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Dirt-level interviews will be handled by Marty Snider.
Philadelphia is the 27th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened in January with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28, 2012. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted championship buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event on the planet, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough
Philadelphia Invitational presented by Cooper Tires
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Total Points)
1. Austin Meier, 87.25-88.25-175.50 points.
2. Guilherme Marchi, 82.5-87.5-170 points.
3. Billy Robinson, 86.5-0-86.50 points.
Silvano Alves, 86.5-0-86.50 points.
5. Shane Proctor, 86.25-0-86.25 points.
6. Mike Lee, 85.75-0-85.75 points.
7. Jared Farley, 85-0-85 points.
8. Marco Eguchi, 84.75-0-84.75 points.
9. Agnaldo Cardozo, 84.25-0-84.25 points.
10. Ben Jones, 82.5-0-82.50 points.
11. Aaron Roy, 81.75-dnq-81.75 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 81.75-dnq-81.75 points.
13. Valdiron de Oliveira, 68-dnq-68 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-dnq-0 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 0-dnq-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-dnq-0 points.
Cody Johnson, 0-dnq-0 points.
Cody Nance, 0-dnq-0 points.
David Kennedy, 0-dnq-0 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-dnq-0 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-dnq-0 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-dnq-0 points.
Harve Stewart, 0-dnq-0 points.
J.B. Mauney, 0-dnq-0 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-dnq-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-dnq-0 points.
Kody Lostroh, 0-dnq-0 points.
Kyle Lozier, 0-dnq-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-dnq-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-dnq-0 points.
Paulo Lima, 0-dnq-0 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-dnq-0 points.
Robson Palermo, 0-dnq-0 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-dnq-0 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-dnq-0 points.
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