ARLINGTON, Texas ― Here is a breakdown of the bull riding event for Sunday's THE AMERICAN.
Mike Lee on 1327 Who Dey:
Who Dey is unridden in six career outs and he put Robson Palermo out of the Dr Pepper Iron Cowboy V last night. Lee rode his bull last night, but was outscored in the opening round by Gage Gay. He’ll have a tougher time with this bull than the one he had last night.
L.J. Jenkins on 917 Pound The Alarm:
This is a key matchup in this event, possibly the matchup of the night. Pound the Alarm goes to the right and he is one of the two best draws in this group of bulls. Jenkins is capable of getting the job done here, and he should be considered one of the favorites in this event with this bull under him.
Shane Proctor puts up 90 points on Pound The Alarm in the championship round of the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.
Eduardo Aparecido on 601 Shepherd Hills Trapper:
These two have met before – in Des Moines, Iowa, last season. Shepherd Hills Trapper came out on top, but Aparecido did manage to stay on him for 4.5 seconds, which is longer than many guys take him, including Billy Robinson last night. Trapper can throw any of these guys off, but at times he can be a little less edgy and tends to get ridden when that happens.
Clayton Baethge on S02 Sasquatch:
Sasquatch is the other great draw in this pen of bulls. He’s going to the right – right in the gate – and Baethge is right-handed. Sasquatch really doesn’t have any dirty tricks – he’s just rank. He eliminated Matt Triplett last night, and Triplett matched up well with him. Baethge has his work cut out for him, but at least he knows exactly what the job entails.
Marco Eguchi on 9311 Honey Hush:
Honey Hush got the best of Silvano Alves last night. He’s been ridden once in 15 career outs and Eduardo Aparecido is the guy who accomplished it. Eguchi has a good shot here at a bull that is likely to go into his hand.
Tanner Byrne on 44W Stone Sober:
Stone Sober is a huge favorite here, as he would be against any rider in this group. He tied with Bushwacker for the highest-marked bull in the Iron Cowboy last night and has been among the rankest bulls we’ve seen all season. He will be very hard for a right-handed rider to get by given his recent trips.
Stone Sober bucks off Brant Atwood in 2.97 seconds, earning a bull score of 45.75 points in the championship round of the 2014 BFTS Sacramento Invitational in Sacramento, Calif.
Cody Nance on 841 Wicked:
Wicked made his PBR debut last night by eliminating Ty Pozzobon in the first round of the Iron Cowboy. He is unridden in 21 career outs, but he didn’t look unrideable last night. Nance has a shot here.
Stormy Wing on 02 Blind Side:
This is a bad draw for a left-handed rider. He goes to the right and doesn’t do anything to help a rider out. However, we saw Wing dominate After Party last night, and After Party is nearly as good at shedding lefties as this bull is. Blind Side is 41-5 in his career and 22-1 against lefties – J.B. Mauney being the one left-handed rider to make the 8-second mark.
Mike Lee takes a hit from Blind Side in the 2014 Built Ford Tough Series 15/15 Bucking Battle in Anaheim, Calif.
Guilherme Marchi on 81 Mick E Mouse:
Mick E Mouse is one of the three best bulls in the business right now. He likes to go to the right, is unridden and if you could pick one guy to break the ice on him it would probably be Marchi. However, Marchi had him in Oklahoma City earlier this season and came down in just 2.4 seconds.
Matt Triplett on 08 Margy Time:
Based on what we saw of this bull in Kansas City, Mo., he could be in the discussion for PBR World Champion Bull by the end of this season. He is serious business and is only 4 years old.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 3 Mississippi Hippy:
Vieira had this bull last night and lasted 5.9 seconds. Hippy is not known as a rider favorite. He’s a huge bull that no one has ridden since March 2011. Vieira won’t be able to advance on 5.9 seconds today – he’ll need 8.
Jory Markiss on 781 Asteroid:
Markiss has been on Asteroid twice, and, like just about everyone else who’s tried, he didn’t make the whistle. Asteroid is one of the toughest bulls in the world, is working on a streak of 22 straight buckoffs and has been ridden once in his last 39 outs.
Asteroid bucks off Stormy Wing in 2.37 seconds, earning a bull score of 46.25 points, in Round 2 of the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.
Silvano Alves on 20U Shepherd Hills Tested:
They’ve met once. Alves had Shepherd Hills Tested as a bonus bull last summer at a Touring Pro Division event in Paris, Texas, after he won the event. He lasted 2.69 seconds. Tested is just as tough to ride as Asteroid and his record is just as perfect at throwing off riders not named J.B. Mauney.
Skeeter Kingsolver on 922 Modified Clyde:
Modified Clyde is an outstanding bull and he was rank in his last out in Kansas City, Mo. Regardless, he’s one of the more rideable bulls out in this round and I imagine Kingsolver is happy to have him. Left-handed riders have a better record against Modified Clyde.
J.B. Mauney on 701 BIG TEX “ROCKS”:
Mauney had this bull in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2013 and came down inside of two seconds. BIG TEX “ROCKS” has been ridden just once in 46 outs and it was a poor trip that resulted in a re-ride for Silvano Alves at the Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Chase Outlaw gets hung up on BIG TEX "ROCKS" in the championship round of the 2014 PBR BFTS Monster Energy Buck Off in the Garden in New York City.
Justin McBride on 927 Air Time:
This bull doesn’t have a lot of experience – just five career outs and no qualified rides. But, he has more experience than McBride does in the same time frame. McBride got on one bull in preparation for this event, and, if he’s up to game speed, it’s an amazing feat in my opinion. The Justin McBride who retired in 2008 would be a heavy favorite here. If that guy is back, he’s likely to punch his ticket to the final four on this bull.
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