Bonnie Bishop is the opening act. The national anthem will be performed by Travis Tritt. Resistol is the performance sponsor tonight and the Resistol PRCA Rookies of the Year will be honored in the arena – Billy Bob Brown (AA), Kody Lamb (BB), Rowdy Parrott (SW), Rhett Anderson (TR-hdr), Junior Nogueira (TR-hlr), Rusty Wright (SB), Catfish Brown (TD), Sarah Rose McDonald (GBR), Tom Smith (SR) and Sage Kimzey (BR). Nogueira and Kimzey are the only rookies who qualified for the WNFR.
WRANGLER NFR LIVE ON TELEVISION, RADIO AND INTERNET
Tonight’s Wrangler NFR will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DISH Network channel 158 and DirecTV channel 221) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing, Joe Beaver and Don Gay providing commentary, Kadee Coffman the arena-side interviews and Suzanne Alexander the pre-game show from the ProRodeo Zone. Live HD coverage will be broadcast in Canada through CBS SN carriers Rogers, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, SaskTel, Canadian Cable Systems and Ontario Inc. ProRodeo Live is airing coverage on a network of radio stations, including Rural Radio, and also online at www.prorodeolive.com with Steve Kenyon, Wade Wheatley, Freya Ford and Jolee Jordan announcing.
THE BRAZILE WATCH
Having safely put away his second gold buckle of the season on Saturday – the record 12th all-around title to go with his earlier steer roping crown – Trevor Brazile is now taking aim at a Triple Crown. With a fourth place finish in the team roping Monday night with heeler Travis Graves, Brazile is second in both the team roping and tie-down roping world standings and fifth in the average standings in both events. Brazile’s total earnings of $369,015 is fifth on the all-time single-season list (he’s accounted for the top eight totals in the sport’s history), with five nights of competition and the average checks still to be distributed. The all-around title was his ninth in a row, moving him out of a tie for second on the list of most consecutive world titles with the team roping pair of Speed Williams and Rich Skelton; he now trails only Guy Allen (11 straight in steer roping, 1991-2001). If Brazile can capture either the team roping or tie-down roping title he will equal Jim Shoulders’ record of winning three Triple Crowns (1956-58). Brazile previously won the Triple Crown in 2007 (AA, SR, TD) and 2010 (AA, TR, TD); if he were to win the Triple Crown with AA, SR and TR, it would be his third different combination.
ROUND 6 MATCHUPS TO PONDER
Bareback rider J.R. Vezain has yet to win any money at this year’s Wrangler NFR, but that may change tonight as he drew Sutton Rodeo’s Cactus Juice, a horse that three-time world champion Kaycee Feild won Round 1 on with an 84.5-point score … Wade Sundell, winner of Rounds 3 and 5, gets on Sankey Rodeo’s Tango, a horse Sam Spreadborough rode for 88 points on to win the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in July … Four-time Bareback Riding World Champion Bobby Mote drew Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Raggedy Ann, a horse Jessy Davis rode to a Round 4 victory in the 2013 WNFR with an 86-point ride; Winn Ratliff scored 79 points on the sorrel mare in Round 1 … Austin Foss also looks primed to get a good score tonight as he drew Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Movie Madness, who was chosen horse of the night in Round 1 … Tilden Hooper drew Kesler Rodeo’s Starburst, a horse Ratliff won Round 6 on at the 2012 WNFR with an 83.5-point ride … Caleb Bennett will be aboard Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s River Boat Annie tonight, the runner-up in the PRCA Bareback Riding Horse of the Year balloting in 2007… Saddle Bronc rider Heith DeMoss drew Frontier Rodeo’s Short Stop, the same horse Cort Scheer won Round 1 on at this year’s WNFR with an 87-point ride … Cole Elsherewill get on Korkow Rodeos’ Wiggle Worm tonight, the same horse Heith DeMoss rode for 82 points in Round 1 to finish second; Jake Wright won Round 1 at the 2013 WNFR with an 84-point ride on Wiggle Worm … Cody DeMoss drew Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings, that horse who was chosen horse of the night in Round 8 of the 2013 WNFR … Bull rider Aaron Pass, who won Round 2, will match up with Honeycutt Rodeo’s Pair a Dice, who was chosen the top bull of Round 7 of the 2013 WNFR … Cody Teel, the 2012 world champion, drew Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, a bull Jason Beck rode for 92 points to split the win with world standings leader Sage Kimzey at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo May 4.
NEWS & NOTES
Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote is just $6,204 away from becoming the seventh person to earn $1 million in WNFR competition. He would follow Brazile, Cody Ohl, Billy Etbauer, Sherry Cervi, Fred Whitfield and Joe Beaver into that elite territory and Mote’s $33,254 thus far has moved him into eighth place on the overall career earnings list ahead of ProRodeo Hall of Fame Saddle Bronc Rider Dan Mortensen, with a career total of $2,576,039. Four-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho is within $25,722 of reaching seven figures in WNFR competition after banking his fifth big check in as many nights on Monday and Rich Skelton, the eight-time world champion heeler, is just $45,712 shy of reaching the $1 million mark at the WNFR …Sage Kimzey, bidding to become just the second bull rider to earn a gold buckle in his rookie season (Bill Kornell did it in 1963), has already surpassed Steve Woolsey’s rookie earnings records for a single event ($197,646) and overall ($202,128). After Monday night’s second-place finish, Kimzey’s total stands at $207,528 with five rounds and average checks still pending; he is leading the average with 339 points on four head, one of only two riders to cover four of five (along with Monday’s winner, Joe Frost) … Kimzey and Fallon Taylor are tied for the lead in the RAM Top Gun Award standings (highest WNFR earnings total in a single event) with $64,363 … The Kids are Doing All Right: The four 20-year-olds in the field – Kimzey, fellow bull riders Ty Wallace and Brennon Eldred, along with tie-down roper Marty Yates – have combined for earnings of $116,773 thus far … Jake Barnes, the oldest contestant in the field at 55, is leading the team roping average with rookie Junior Nogueira, trying for his fourth WNFR average title in four decades; Barnes won previously in 1985, 1994 and 2007, each time with Clay O’Brien Cooper … Curtis Cassidy’s steer wrestling win Monday was the first by a Canadian contestant since barrel racer Lindsay Sears won Round 8 in 2012 and the first by a Canadian steer wrestler since Cassidy himself won Round 10 in 2010 … Through the mid-point of the rodeo, 105 of the 119 competitors have earned at least one check.
Record times and scores for the 6th round of the WNFR:
Bareback riding: 90.5 points, Kaycee Feild, 2008; Cimmaron Gerke, 2004
Steer wrestling: 3.0 seconds, Bryan Fields, 2001 (also arena record)
Team roping: 3.5 seconds, Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 2011; Colby Lovell/Russell Cardoza, 2012
Saddle bronc riding: 89 points, Cody Wright, 2006
Tie-down roping: 7.1 seconds, Cody Ohl, 2003
Barrel racing: 13.37 seconds, Taylor Jacob, 2013 (also arena record)
Bull riding: 94 points, Jerome Davis, 1996
Courtesy of PRCA