ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ― Silvano Alves and Kasey Hayes enter the final day of the Ty Murray Invitational sitting atop the leaderboard. Here is a breakdown of some Round 3 matchups to watch.
Silvano Alves on 801 Bullwinkle:
This bull has no prior history, but that tells us something. A bull that’s brand new comes in with a disadvantage. He doesn’t have much experience and, more importantly, he doesn’t have any experience in this kind of environment. Alves, on the other hand, has two hard-earned gold buckles and is as cool as they come. He should have the upper hand in that respect, but this match is really an unknown.
Kasey Hayes on 908 Catahoula:
Ridden one time in nine career outs, Catahoula has only appeared at this level twice – both times in the past year. Chase Outlaw and Jory Markissare among his victims, but he really hasn’t faced a lot of top tier riders.
Chase Outlaw on 1037 Brown Sugar:
This is a new bull and is unridden in three career outs. He got the best ofCody Nance in Kansas City, Mo., which was his first appearance at the Built Ford Tough Series level.
Marco Eguchi on 594 Ropin’ Dreams:
This is the bull that cost Guilherme Marchi the win at THE AMERICAN in Arlington, Texas. Ropin’ Dreams hasn’t been ridden since Ty Pozzobon did it in Anaheim, Calif., a little over a year ago for 83.75 points. He’s been in some high profile situations since then, and he’s had plenty of very good riders aboard. None of them were up to the task.
Douglas Duncan on 05 Hurricane Rick:
This bull is brand new here. He’s unridden in four career outs at lower-level events. Duncan has been turning in one score per event for the past few weeks and he needs to put some rides together.
Matt Triplett on J33 Sucker Punch:
Sucker Punch was ridden in his debut out in Thackerville, Okla., last August and since then he’s thrown off five riders in a row. He’s really a solid bull that should turn back into Triplett’s hand. He can move around in the spin, and can be a little tricky, but Triplett has a chance here.
Ben Jones takes a hit from Sucker Punch after scoring 83.50 points in Round 1 of the 2013 Express Employment Professionals Classic in Tulsa, Okla.
Ryan Dirteater on 1237 Walkoff:
Valdiron de Oliveira rode this bull in Chicago earlier this year and that is the only time he’s been ridden in 14 career outs. He’s thrown off quite a few of the best riders in the world. This will be far from easy for Dirteater.
Billy Robinson on 81X American Hustle:
This is a young bull from D&H Cattle Company. American Hustle just started his career last summer. He went to a few rodeos in July and August and then disappeared until now.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 830 Spotted Velvet:
This bull got Sean Willingham in Round 1, and Spotted Velvet has beaten everyone else who’s been on him since Jordan Hupp rode him for 83.75 points in his debut out back in August 2012. Since then he’s thrown off seven straight riders, six of those at BFTS events. He knocked Valdiron de Oliveira out of the Dr Pepper Iron Cowboy V in his only other out this season.
L.J. Jenkins on 081 Fully Loaded:
Fully Loaded got the best of Gage Gay in Round 1 and looked good doing it. Other than that, he appeared at a Touring Pro Division event in Oklahoma in 2012. That’s all of his activity we can account for, so he’s pretty much an unknown.
Brady Sims on 904 Fire & Smoke:
This is a good draw for Sims. Fire & Smoke is relatively inexperienced. He’s got four outs on his record and was ridden once – by Fabiano Vieiraat the Iron Cowboy. Sims has a shot to punch his ticket to the short go.
Fabiano Vieira on B111 KISS Animalize:
Vieira has the best draw of all the guys who have at least one qualified ride. This bull has been ridden four times in his last five outs – two of those times being for 90 points. Animalize can turn back either way, but he’s rideable in both directions as well – especially for Vieira, who is just as good on every kind of bull.
Guilherme Marchi rides KISS Animalize for 90 points in Round 2 of the 2014 BFTS LiftMaster Chute Out.
Emilio Resende on 889 Captain America:
Resende has a great shot at another score here. This is a Page bull that has been around for a while, but they mostly use him at rodeos. He’s been to two BFTS events and was ridden both times. He’s only faced top tier riders four times. Three of them rode him and the fourth made it to 7.5 seconds.
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