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Behind the Chutes: Breaking Down the New York Draw

PUEBLO, Colo. – Silvano Alves heads to New York for the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden looking to extend his PBR record consecutive ride streak to 20.

Alves takes on Big Sleazy on Friday night in the duo’s second meeting. Alves was awarded a re-ride after failing to get out of the chute on the bull last year in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Big Sleazy has yet to be ridden on the BFTS in five career outs. Fabiano Vieira did make 8-seconds on him in Allentown, but accepted his re-ride option, while Skeeter Kingsolver was bucked off by Big Sleazy last weekend in 2.95 seconds during the Chicago Invitational.

There will be five alternates competing in New York, including BlueDEF Velocity Tour invite Kaique Pacheco.

Pacheco is currently riding at the Touring Pro Division Finals this week in Denver, where he rode Compact for 88 points Tuesday night, and will compete in New York thanks to his victory at the Ontario, California, BlueDEF Velocity Tour event last November.

The young Brazilian bull rider has been off to strong start in 2015 and also won the Touring Pro Division event in Columbus, Georgia, last week with a 2-for-2 performance. Pacheco heads to Madison Square Garden ranked eighth in the world standings and faces Fat Chance in the first round.

The other four alternates in New York are Tyler Pankewitz, Ben JonesBilly Robinson and Jason Malone.

Pankewitz has been invited to New York after winning the 3D Bull Riding Touring Pro Division Series in Canada last year.

Reese Cates, currently second in the world standings, and Shane Proctor, ninth in the world, are both in the draw once again via their injury exemptions.

Emilio Resende (multi-ligament knee reconstruction); Claudio Crisostomo (left clavicle fracture); Ty Pozzobon (concussion) and Markus Mariluch (bicep surgery) remain out of competition.

Two riders are making their 2015 BFTS debuts following injuries from 2014. Douglas Duncan and Stetson Lawrence are riding this weekend after missing the Baltimore and Chicago Invitationals.

Duncan returns after being out because of a torn ligament in his right thumb that he aggravated at the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals, while Lawrence is back in action following a torn PCL in his right knee.

Lawrence got on his first bull since the injury Wednesday night at the Touring Pro Division Finals and was bucked off by Air Up There.

“I feel good, just a little rusty yet,” Lawrence said.

The 26-year-old is competing with a brace on his knee, something he has never ridden with before in his career.

“It is the first time I tried it out,” he added. “I felt like it slid a little down on me, but it is no excuse. I just didn’t set my hips.”

Lawrence doesn’t think his knee will ever get back to 100 percent, but he classified it around 90-95 percent and is ready to start riding full time.

“I can’t wait to be back,” Lawrence concluded. “I have to work some kinks out, but other than that I am happy to start the year off right.”

Follow Justin Felisko on Twitter @jfelisko.

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