BALTIMORE, Maryland (Jan. 3, 2015) – Arkansas’ Reese Cates shook off a frustrating 2014 season, capturing his first-career Built Ford Touch Series (BFTS) event win this weekend at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Baltimore Invitational. The 2008 PBR Rookie of the Year went 3-for-3 for the event to earn 540 PBR world points and stand atop the PBR world standings after the first event of the 2015 BFTS.
“It’s great to be back,” Cates said. Cates was injured at the 2014 Phoenix, Arizona, BFTS event and underwent shoulder stabilization surgery which put him on the sidelines for nearly six months. He returned to action in Nashville, Tennessee, but a groin injury further limited Cates during the season.
“At first felt like getting hurt was a curse, then I looked at is as an opportunity to work on the mental part of bull riding,” Cates said. “Everyone says bull riding is 90 percent mental if you’re healthy, so I focused on that aspect of the sport.”
Cates was one of five men to go 3-for-3 for the event. Ten-year veteran Kasey Hayes captured second place in the event, helped by his Built Ford Tough Championship Round win with a 89.25-point ride aboard Fire & Smoke. It was the high-marked ride of the event. For his second place finish he received 400 PBR world points and sits in the No. 2 position in the PBR world standings.
Three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves not only rode all three of the bulls he faced this weekend, he also extended his consecutive rides streak to tie 2013 PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney atop the all-time leaderboard at 16 rides. The defending World Champion’s streak began at the PBR BFTS event in Biloxi, Mississippi, and extended through the 2014 PBR World Finals to the Baltimore Invitational. He is poised to break the record next weekend during Round 1 of the Chicago Invitational at Allstate Arena. Alves finished third in Baltimore, receiving 270 PBR world points.
Cody Nance and Ryan Dirteater rounded out the Top 5 for the event, earning 155 and 135 PBR world points respectively for their efforts.
Another impressive 3-for-3 performance came from Shane Proctor. Proctor competed in only one BFTS event in 2014 and then spent the rest of the year undergoing and recovering from shoulder surgery. The Baltimore Invitational was his return to BFTS competition after a year-long absence. He finished in the Top 10 for the event at No. 8.
With a bull score of 45 points each, Mississippi Hippy and Beaver Creek Beau tied for the Salem Nationalease High-marked Bull award in Baltimore.
Next on the 2015 BFTS is a stop at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Jan. 10-11. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11. It will be televised on CBS Sports Network at 10:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 10 and at 8 p.m. ET on Jan 11.
The Baltimore Invitational was the first of 27 cities on the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The series will travel to Chicago; New York; Anaheim, California; and Dallas on its 18-state tour, culminating with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most PBR world points during the 2015 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted $10,000 World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR – and networks around the world. 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.
Fans can also watch every ride each weekend live online at www.pbr.com/live.
2015 Professional Bull Riders – Baltimore Invitational
Royal Farms Arena
Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points) …
1. Reese Cates, 85.5-88.5-86.5-260.50-540 points.
2. Kasey Hayes, 87.25-82-89.25-258.50-400 points.
3. Silvano Alves, 81-86.25-88-255.25-270 points.
4. Cody Nance, 0-87.5-87.5-175.00-155 points.
5. Ryan Dirteater, 83-85-84.5-252.50-135 points.
6. Mike Lee, 87.75-0-0-87.75-100 points.
7. Matt Triplett, 85-87-0-172.00-70 points.
8. Shane Proctor, 83-83.5-83.75-250.25-65 points.
9. Renato Nunes, 84-86.5-0-170.50-55 points.
10. J.W. Harris, 86.75-0-0-86.75-50 points.
11. Nathan Schaper, 86.25-0-0-86.25-40 points.
12. Guilherme Marchi, 85.75-0-0-85.75-30 points.
13. Sean Willingham, 84.75-85-0-169.75-10 points.
14. Brady Sims, 84.5-84.5-0-169.00-5 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 74-85.5-0-159.50
Eduardo Aparecido, 83.25-67.75-0-151.00
Harve Stewart, 85.5-0-0-85.50
J.B. Mauney, 0-85.5-0-85.50
Robson Palermo, 0-84.75-0-84.75
Ben Jones, 0-84-0-84.00
Tanner Byrne, 84-0-0-84.00
Luis Blanco, 84-0-0-84.00
Stormy Wing, 0-83.5-0-83.50
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-80.75-0-80.75
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-80.75-0-80.75
Zane Lambert, 80.25-0-0-80.25
Kody Lostroh, 59.5-0-0-59.50
Jordan Hupp, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0.00
Josh Faircloth, 0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antonio Viviane Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Billy Robinson, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00
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