Cannon Cravens on 55A Get Shorty:
Cravens didn’t get a score in the first round, but he has a chance here. Get Shorty is a good fit for a right-handed rider, but he’s not easy. He’s been ridden a number of times over the past year, but he also has some high profile buckoffs to his credit including Fabiano Vieira, Keyshawn Whitehorse and J.W. Harris.
Ezekiel Mitchell on 83 Checkmate:
On paper this bull has a respectable record. He’s 26-4 in his career, but he’s been ridden twice in the past two events he’s been to. Derek Kolbaba rode him in Chicago for 86 points, and the bull had good timing there. Mitchell rode a previously unridden bull last night. He should be able to handle this one. This young man shows a lot of promise, and he looks to have the core talent to stay on tour. When you look at the top PBR riders, the thing that stands out is that they are hard to shake. When a bull gets them in a rough spot, they are able to power through it, and you saw Mitchell do just that last night. If he turns that into a habit, he will have success at this level.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 177 Time Bomb:
It was a surprise to see Vieira come down last night in what was a very favorable matchup for him. He has another one here. He’s been on this bull twice before. He was 90 points in their first meeting, and came down at 7.93 in their second. Time Bomb has been ridden just 4 times in 22 outs and Vieira is responsible for one of those, and nearly got two.
Claudio Montanha Jr. on 114 Blue Magic:
This looks like a good matchup for Montanha on paper, but in real life there is nothing good or nice about this bull other than that right-handed guys are able to get by him sometimes. Blue Magic is a squirrelly bull that doesn’t really do anything that riders like. He scoots across the arena, ducks around corners, and generally doesn’t allow riders much of a window to adjust to whatever he’s doing. He’s very intense, but he bucks in a style that no rider would like. Montanha can get the job done here, but it won’t be a fun day for him.
Joe Frost on X323 Arctic Assassin:
Frost is in a good position here. He got a score in Round 1, and he has a very good draw for Round 2. Arctic Assassin has timing and he’s weak against right-handed riders, giving up qualified rides more than 70% of the time. Frost should handle him easily.
Cooper Davis on V32 Rockerfeller:
We don’t really know much about this bull. He only has one out on record – last fall in Belton, Texas, where he was ridden 7 seconds by a relatively unknown Brazilian rider. The scouting report on this bull is that he’s pretty large, very young, a little scary and may be bad in the chute. This is his first trip to town.
Kaique Pacheco on 1400 Little Bob:
Claudio Montanha Jr. rode this bull in New York for 84.75 points. He looked like a carbon copy of the bull Pacheco got on last night, but spinning to the left instead of the right. There has to be more to Little Bob than that, because he’s thrown off a lot of top riders. He’s 7-1 at this level, and he didn’t get there by being the nice spinner he was with Montanha.
Jose Vitor Leme on 33 Kick Out the Lights:
Kick Out the Lights should be out of a right-hand delivery here, and he should spin to the right. He’s been ridden in his last three outs, and he is a rideable, mid-80’s kind of bull in general. This bull looks a little wild and western when he bucks, and Leme has a knack for making bulls look wilder and more western than they are, so he could get a few extra points here. The downside is that, while Leme may be the best in the world at riding bulls that try to run him back (see last night or his rides against Frequent Flyer), this is harder to deal with on a bull that goes away from his riding hand.
Chase Outlaw on 450 Lightning Before Thunder:
Outlaw was easily bucked off a bull that went away from his hand last night. This bull will probably go to the right as well, but he has some kick and isn’t as difficult a bull to ride. We could see Outlaw jump back in it here. On his best day, Lightning Before Thunder can be good enough to get Outlaw an 87 to 88 point score.