NAMPA, Idaho – Saturday night of the DeWalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational, presented by Ariat, will feature Round 1 and the season’s final 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Chase Outlaw on W57 Blackberry Smoke:
Blackberry Smoke is 2-3 against left-handed riders in his young career. Lefty Parker Breding scored 88.5 points on him just last month in Pendleton, Oregon. Outlaw has a good shot at a big score here.
Kaique Pacheco on 901 Spotted Bear:
We don’t know much about this bull except for his rap sheet which essentially says he’s not good enough to get Pacheco on the ground. Pacheco is chasing No. 1 Eduardo Aparecido for the world lead, and pretty much outdrew him in both rounds tonight. Aparecido has a relatively unknown bull in Round 1, and a tough one in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Cody Teel on T78 Big City:
Teel rode this bull in Tulsa for 82.5 points. He’s got a similar but better bull in the 15/15 round later. Both bulls tend toward being heavy and slow, and Teel can handle them both.
Stetson Lawrence on W56 Whiskey Bent:
Gage Gay scored 87.5 points on this bull last season. He’s had some off days since then, but if he can have that same kind of outing here he may be the best draw in the round, and he would fit Lawrence well. Lawrence just needs some help from the bull here.
Emilio Resende on W25 Devil in Disguise:
Resende has been riding well lately, and right-handed riders seem to get along with this bull. When he is riding his best, Resende is an exciting rider to watch because he doesn’t do everything perfect. He makes some fundamental mistakes, but a lot of great riders have had the same habit.
Cooper Davis on 2-1 Mortimer:
Davis had this bull twice in 2016 and was 2-for-2 on him. I would expect him to be 10-for-10 if they met that many times. This is a really good bull, and a good draw, but he’s also a perfect fit for Davis. Rider wins this one.
Stormy Wing on 3820 Mayhem:
This bull might spin away from Wing’s hand, but he’s got one of the lowest difficulty ratings of any bull here, or anywhere else at the BFTS level. Wing could pick up a solid first round score here.
15/15 Bucking Battle
Marco Eguchi on 206 Burn It Down:
Eguchi is the first gunner here, but he could take home the prize. Aparecido rode Burn it Down last week in the Colorado Springs short round. The bull was far from easy, but he may be a good fit for Eguchi.
Claudio Montanha on W37 Cochise:
Cochise isn’t a great draw for right-handed riders, and he’s got a pretty impressive record against Brazilians too. He was ridden by Paulo Lima about a day after he severely wrecked Silvano Alves in early 2016, and since the Brazilian riders have time to review the video on that wreck, he’s 17-0 against them. There’s no question that Cochise isn’t as scary a draw now as he was then, but he was enough to get the best of Montanha just a month ago in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Stetson Lawrence on 001 Smooth Operator:
On paper, this is an easy win for the bull. No lefty has ever ridden Smooth Operator, and I would expect that record to never change unless the bull lets it happen. He’s extremely hard to manage going away from a rider’s hand. That said, Lawrence has beaten the odds a number of times on bulls that I thought he had zero chance against. I’ll just go ahead and say he has no shot here, and I’ll have to get up and do the dance if and when he scores 90.
Dener Barbosa on 104 Moto Moto:
This is certainly one the most rideable bulls in this round, but Barbosa doesn’t match up well against him. Barbosa is left-handed, and this is an easier bull for a righty. Moto Moto is a big, strong bull, and he may be able to yank Barbosa around. Barbosa is coming off a great run in Colorado Springs, and his ride on Hey Jack was near perfect. This bull won’t be nearly as predictable however.
Rubens Barbosa on 125 Catfish John:
Catfish John hasn’t been ridden since Iron Cowboy in February, and he’s thrown off a lot of top riders this year. He is much more likely to be ridden by a right-handed rider, so Barbosa has that in his favor. This is a quality draw, and a bull that can be ridden if the rider is mistake-free.
Cody Teel on 02 Beaver Creek Beau:
This will be Beaver Creek Beau’s 100th career out, and his 62nd at the Built Ford Tough Series level. He’s been a great bull for a long time. He isn’t really a great fit for anyone, but of the riders in this round, Teel probably has the best chance against him. This is a big, slow bull with a lot of power, and Teel’s riding style is well suited for this matchup. Beau will try his strength against Teel’s strength here, and that will make this interesting to watch.
Silvano Alves on 806 Speed Demon:
Speed Demon should be a huge favorite here. He’s very small bull, but he is a handful for anyone to ride. He has a lot of speed, and is as unpredictable as it gets. Alves will have to be on top of his game, be aggressive and a little lucky to come out on top here, and he hasn’t been any of those things this year.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 631 Joe Blow:
Joe Blow is unridden in his 25 out career so far. He was a quarter of a point under SweetPro’s Bruiser for the high-marked bull in Austin. He does like to go to the left, and if Vieira can swing this he could score 90 or more points easily.
Fabiano Vieira on 222 Mystikal:
This bull prefers to go to the right. He’s only been ridden once, and it was by a right-handed rider. He has a lot of action, and with his shoulder injuries, Vieira has struggled against bulls that make him recover or adjust position a lot. Vieira is one of the best riders the PBR has ever seen, but the bull may have a slight edge here.
Stormy Wing on 35 Spotted Demon:
Wing has been on this bull twice before with no luck, and he’s not alone. Spotted Demon has given up three rides this season, but in 2015 and 2016 he was 30-0 overall. Quite a few riders get started on him, but the longer they ride him the more he wants them down on his head. Wing has a better chance than he did the last time they met, because he’s riding better than ever while the bull seems to be getting worse at throwing guys off. But, Wing is still the underdog here.
Chase Outlaw on 1149 Pearl Harbor:
This is certainly the matchup to watch. There isn’t anything subtle about Pearl Harbor or Chase Outlaw. They are both going to bring it. The bull is definitely the favorite here, but don’t write Outlaw off. He thrives on big matchups the same way J.B. Mauney does, and he could come out on top in this one.
Cooper Davis on 1212 Gambini:
Davis has a shot here. Gambini has given up a couple of rides in his 18 career outs, but he’s run a gauntlet of very talented right-handed riders this year and hasn’t let any of them make the whistle.
Derek Kolbaba on 122 Cooper Tires Semper Fi:
This is both a good and bad draw for Kolbaba who is coming off back to back event wins and seems to be peaking at the right time. Semper Fi is a good draw because he’s rideable, and especially so for left-handed riders. He’s a bad draw because he can be quite miserable feeling and he’s thrown Kolbaba off four times before. The key to this bull is usually staying off his head and his giant horns. He really wants to tip guys off balance forward.
Kaique Pacheco on 204 Deep Water:
This is a solid matchup, and Pacheco should come out on top. We have seen this bull be unbelievably rank at times, and if he does that here, the odds shift his way. On his normal trip he should be to the right and Pacheco is more than talented enough to handle him.
Eduardo Aparecido on -904 Fire & Smoke:
Fire & Smoke has 80 career outs under his belt, and yet Cooper Davis became the first right-handed rider to ever ride him just last week. It was not easy for Davis either. This bull is 30-1 against righties, and 3-0 against Aparecido himself.
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