By: Justin Felisko
July 11, 2018
PUEBLO, Colo. – Zane Lambert’s decision to take time off following the PBR Global Cup in Sydney, Australia, paid off on Wednesday afternoon.
Lambert rode Ivy League for 88 points to win the second day of Pool B competition at the Calgary Stampede.
The reigning PBR Canada champion bull rider has been dealing with an on-going lower back injury that flared up on May 26 at the PBR Canada Monster Energy event in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Lambert had taken off two weeks off until placing ninth at the Ponoka Stampede and fourth at the PBR Canada event in Kelowna, British Columbia, last weekend.
The 32-year-old earned $5,500 CAN for the round win Wednesday at the Calgary Stampede, and he moved into a tie for second place with day one winner Derek Kolbaba, who was bucked off by Scorpion in 7.09 seconds on Wednesday.
International fans living outside of Canada can watch the Calgary Stampede on RidePass beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET every day.
The format for the Stampede, which has a combined $2 million worth of prize money up for grabs for the nine rodeo events, is different from a standard PBR event.
Riders battle it out for four days in highly-contested pool play with the goal of advancing to Showdown Sunday as one of the pool’s top-four money earners. If they don’t make it, they can then jockey with the remaining riders on Wild Card Saturday for the final two spots.
However, once Sunday arrives, the slates are wiped clean and the Calgary Stampede champion will be the rider who posts the single highest-marked ride in the championship round, featuring the top four riders following Sunday’s long round.
The winner of each of the nine rodeo disciplines at the Calgary Stampede takes home $100,000. The bull riding victor earns 120 points toward the world standings.
Lambert – a two-time PBR Canada champion – is now right back in the mix of advancing to Showdown Sunday despite his buckoff Tuesday against Mr. Legit.
The veteran bull rider has been competing in both PBR Canada and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association this year.
Lambert is ninth in the PBR Canada standings, sixth in the CPRA and 80th in the PBR world standings.
The Ponoka, Alberta, bull rider is 18-for-37 (48.65 percent) at all levels of PBR competition.
2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood also bounced back from his day one buckoff by riding Blind Spot for 85.5 points and a $4,500 paycheck.
Lockwood is tied with two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney, who was bucked off by All Business, for fourth-place in the Pool B standings.
Defending Calgary Stampede champion Sage Kimzey converted aboard his re-ride opportunity for 85 points and third-place.
The four-time PRCA champion is the only bull rider to cover both of his bulls in Pool B. Kimzey leads Pool B with $6,000 heading into Thursday’s performance.
Marcos Gloria (83 points on Lightning McQueen) and Cody Nance (75.5 points on Gangsters Paradise) were the only other riders to reach 8 seconds Wednesday.
Gloria is $2,000 behind the Top 4, while Nance is $3,000 off the pace.
Fans can relive all the action from the second day of Pool B competition Thursday at 10 a.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
POOL B CALGARY STAMPEDE BULL RIDING STANDINGS
Sage Kimzey – 78.5 – 85 – $6,000
Derek Kolbaba – 86.5 – 0 – $5,500
Zane Lambert – 0 – 88 – $5,500
Jess Lockwood – 0 – 85.5 – $4,500
J.B. Mauney – 85.5 – 0 – $4,500
Jared Parsonage – 81.5 – 0 – $3,500
Marcos Gloria – 0 – 83 – $2,500
Cody Nance – 0 – 75.5 – $1,500
Ramon de Lima – 74 – 0 – $1,500
Stormy Wing – 0 – 0 – $0
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