Behind the Chutes: Chicago, Day 2

CHICAGO – Here are three things we learned from this weekend’s Chicago Invitational at Allstate Arena.

Alves’ second chance on Jared Allen’s Hy Test pays off

Defending World Champion Silvano Alves would not have been in position to win his first regular-season Built Ford Tough Series event since 2013 if it had not been for his seemingly-easy decision to ask for another chance against Jared Allen’s Hy Test in Round 2 on Sunday afternoon.

Alves was awarded a re-ride when Hy Test left the bucking chute and proceeded to fall over after roughly 3 seconds. The 27-year-old then approached stock contractor Matt Scharping of Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team about getting another chance at Hy Test instead of facing a different bull for his re-ride.

The decision paid off as Alves stayed aboard Hy Test the second time around for 86.25 points and his 18th-consecutive ride on the BFTS.

“He is a good bull and they opened the gate and he fell off,” Alves said. “I didn’t want to try the second bull because (Hy Test) is a good bull for a good score. The stock contractor said OK and I tried, and it was a good score on the same bull.”

Alves then went on to ride his 19th-consecutive bull and earn the event title in Chicago by riding Flint for 87.75 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He was the only rider to cover a bull in the championship round, therefore winning the round and earning 100 event points. Alves also won the event average (with a combined 259 points on his bulls) to win an additional 400 points and the event title with 500 total event points.

The 500 points carry over into the world standings, pushing the three-time World Champion into sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the world.

Rounding out the Top 5 in Chicago was Matt Triplett (370 event points), Chase Outlaw (240), Shane Proctor (145) and Cody Nance (105).

Triplett wins Round 2; finishes second in event

Triplett began the championship round with the top pick in the bull draft and selected Percolator, a bull he had ridden for 88.5 points in Clovis, New Mexico, at the 2013 L.J. Jenkins Invitational.

However, the decision did not pay off as Jeff Robinson’s bull bucked off the 23-year-old in 2.02 seconds and prevented him from earning his first victory on the BFTS.

However, not to be overshadowed was the fact that Triplett earned his first round win of 2015 when he made 8 seconds on Delco for 90.75 points. It is the second time he has ridden Delco after previously covering him for 89 points at the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

“I got along good with that bull at the Finals and I knew usually when I draw bulls that I have already rode, I overthink it or I go at it not as hard as I usually do, but my attitude this year is totally changed,” Triplett explained. “I am not even looking at what I got. I waited until I got here until I knew what I had, and I just have to go at them every single jump and try my best.

“I ride a lot to the front end of my rope and really drive forward and that bull has a lot of rear and a lot of kick. So he just fits me really good, because I got way out over bulls and that is what it takes to ride the rank ones.

In two weeks, Triplett has earned round points in three of the six BFTS rounds. He finished fifth in Round 1 on Friday night with 86.25 points on Justified, and placed third in the first round of the Baltimore Invitational with an 87-point ride on Shoot Out The Lights.

Triplett will head to New York next weekend ranked third in the world standings.

Cooper Tires Brown Sugar and Who Dey tie for high-marked bull title

Who Dey made his BFTS debut in Chicago last year, and on Sunday afternoon he celebrated his return to the Windy City by tying Cooper Tires Brown Sugar for the high-marked bull title after being scored 45.25 points for his 5.83-second buckoff of Chase Outlaw.

It was Who Dey’s first bull score of over 45 points in his past seven BFTS outs.

Cooper Tires Brown Sugar made his mark by whipping Guilherme Marchi high into the air and flat on his back in 2.12 seconds.

Sunday was Cooper Tires Brown Sugar’s first 45-plus bull score in 14 career BFTS outs.

“He is a great little bull,” Chad Berger said on top of the shark cage. “He is just young and gets better all the time.”

Injury Updates

Mississippi Hippy is intimidating to even the healthiest of bull riders, and Skeeter Kingsolver had to try and ride the 2,000-plus pound bovine athlete in the championship round after straining his left groin attempting to ride Big Sleazy in the second round.

“The way you adjust your rope is the bigger the bull, the smaller the loop. I had my rope all the way down. It wasn’t getting any smaller,” Kingsolver said. “He is the biggest bull I have ever been on. They say he is 2,500 (pounds). He is a big ole’ bull. He fills up the bucking chutes. You can’t get up there and feel comfortable in the bucking chute. You just can’t because he fills it up.”

Robson Palermo competed in Round 2 despite straining a tendon in his left wrist (riding hand) after riding Neon Nightmare for 80.5 points in the first round on Saturday night.

Valdiron de Oliveira, who sprained his left ankle dismounting RMEF Big Bull on Friday night, could not bring over any momentum Sunday from his Round 1 victory on Saturday night and went 0-for-2. Oliveira finished the event in sixth place.

L.J. Jenkins finished 0-for-2 in Chicago after trying to compete with an unstable right shoulder that he aggravated during a Touring Pro Division event in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday.

Emilio Resende (multi-ligament knee reconstruction following the World Finals); Claudio Crisostomo (left clavicle fracture); Ty Pozzobon  (concussion sustained at the PBR Canadian Finals); Markus Mariluch (bicep surgery) and Stetson Lawrence (torn left PCL) did not compete in Chicago.

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