NEW YORK - In front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden
on Saturday, Cody Nance scored 90.25 points on
Ridin' Dirty in the short round to move into the
lead at the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Madison Square Garden Invitational presented by Full Metal Jousting
Nance had the high ride of the night, and the 2009 PBR Rookie of the Year has a 1.75-point lead over defending New York champion Valdiron de Oliveira. Oliveira, who also won the event in 2008, had taken the lead after riding The Game Changer for 89.25 points in the short round.
2004 World Champion Mike Lee is in third place with 257.5 points, including 88.5 points in the short round on Who Dat. Pistol Robinson is in fourth place with 173.75 points, followed by first-day leader Luke Snyder with 172.75 points. Robinson was injured in the short round, and will not compete on Sunday.
Round 4 begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, followed by the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Tickets are sale at the Madison Square Garden box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Sunday's action will be broadcast on NBC Sports at 2:30 p.m. ET. 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.
It is the sixth year in a row that the world's most famous arena has hosted the PBR, the world's premier bull riding organization. The nationally-televised BFTS features the best and highest-paid bull riders on the planet competing against the world's best bulls.
Each of the Top 40 bull riders in the world will ride in Round 4 on Sunday. Following Round 4, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round where they will compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all five rounds.
The field in New York features six PBR World Champions - Silvano Alves (2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Mike Lee (2004) and Chris Shivers (2000 and 2003). Also competing are J.B. Mauney and Oliveira, who have each won the event in New York twice. Oliveira is the defending New York event champion, and also won in 2008, while Mauney won the inaugural event in 2007, and became the first two-time winner in 2009.
New York is the first stop for the BFTS, which will make 29 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 in the world, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.
The PBR World Champion is determined by the most Built Ford Tough Series points earned throughout the season and at the World Finals. There are 1,400 possible BFTS points available in New York, as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the five round wins is worth 100 points plus the ride score.
Saturday's Professional Bull Rider Built Ford Tough Series Results
Madison Square Garden Invitational presented by Full Metal Jousting on HISTORY
Madison Square Garden in New York
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Total Points)
1. Cody Nance, 86.25-86.25-90.25-262.75 points.
2. Valdiron Oliveira, 85.25-86.5-89.25-261 points.
3. Mike Lee, 83.5-85.5-88.5-257.5 points.
4. Pistol Robinson, 86.25-87.5-0-173.75 points.
5. Luke Snyder, 87.25-85.5-0-172.75 points.
6. Ty Pozzobon, 86.5-84.5-0-171 points.
7. Aaron Roy, 85.5-85.25-0-170.75 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 85-85.75-0-170.75 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 83.25-87.5-0-170.75 points.
10. Chris Shivers, 83.25-86-0-169.25 points.
11. Beau Hill, 83.25-85.75-0-169 points.
Dustin Elliott, 82.5-86.5-0-169 points.
13. Marco Eguche, 84.5-83.75-0-168.25 points.
14. Renato Nunes, 84.75-83.25-0-168 points.
Silvano Alves, 83.5-84.5-0-168 points.
16. Tyler Thomson, 81.5-86-0-167.5 points.
17. Kody Lostroh, 86.75-0-0-86.75 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 86.75-0-0-86.75 points.
Stormy Wing, 86.75-0-0-86.75 points.
20. J. B. Mauney, 0-86.5-0-86.5 points.
21. Douglas Duncan, 0-86.25-0-86.25 points.
22. Guilherme Marchi, 85.75-0-0-85.75 points.
23. Cody Campbell, 85.25-0-0-85.25 points.
24. Reese Cates, 0-84.5-0-84.5 points.
25. Jordan Hupp, 0-84-0-84 points.
26. Dusty Ephrom, 0-83.5-0-83.5 points.
27. Sean Willingham, 0-82.5-0-82.5 points.
28. Elton Cide, 82-0-0-82 points.
(tie). Harve Stewart, 82-0-0-82 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0-0-0 points.
Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0 points.
Colby Yates, 0-0-0-0 points.
Cord McCoy, 0-0-0-0 points.
Dakota Beck, 0-0-0-0 points.
Douglas Ferreira, 0-0-0-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-0-0-0 points.
Paulo Lima, 0-0-0-0 points.
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0 points.
Ryan McConnel, 0-0-0-0 points.
Zane Lambert, 0-0-0-0 points.
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