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Crisostomo to compete in St. Louis

By: Staff Reports February 14, 2014@ 10:30:00 AM

Claudio Crisostomo rides Rockie Smooth for 75 points in Anaheim, Calif. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.

ST. LOUIS ― It’s not a surprise that six weeks into the 10-month long season, three days in Anaheim, Calif., proved to be a physically demanding event with some riders getting on five and even six bulls. A half dozen riders were unable to finish out the weekend due to injuries.

Claudio Crisostomo and Ben Jones were injured late in LiftMaster Chute Out and their status wasn’t made available until after they both returned home to Texas.

With the help of Megan Bradford translating, Crisostomo indicated in a text message that he displaced his collarbone, but was “OK.” The injury – though painful at the time, he immediately waved for help – pales in comparison to a 2009 injury in Brazil when he lost one of his kidneys.

He and Jones are in the draw for this week’s three-day event in St. Louis.

Jones took to his Facebook page earlier in the week to thank concerned fans for sending well-wishes. He wrote that he had a “sore head and a black eye,” but hoped his two qualified rides were “enough to go next week.”

They were.

With three Touring Pro Division winners earning the first three alternate positions – Brady SimsJason Malone and first time Built Ford Tough Series qualifier Cody Hudson – Jones slipped in as the seventh of eight qualifiers due to several riders dealing with on-going injuries.

Robson Palermo remains out of competition with a hamstring injury. He posted an update on his Facebook fan page. Palermo wrote, “After some exercises at the PT today and yesterday I decided to sit out one more week. I don’t feel my hamstring is good yet. Will see how I feel next week and maybe I can go to Kansas City.”

Like Palermo, Kody Lostroh is out for a few more weeks.

The 2010 World Champion updated fans via Twitter.

Lostroh tweet

In a reply to a fan question, he also responded that the injury would not require surgery.

As previously reported earlier this week, reigning World Champion J.B. Mauney is out of competition in St. Louis because of a sprained left hand and wrist. He is listed week-to-week as he gives the injury to his riding hand an opportunity to heal.

Shane Proctor (left shoulder) and Nathan Schaper (broken lower left leg) continue to recover from their respective surgeries and are not expected to compete on the BFTS until after the summer break.