BILLINGS, Mont. ― Friday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle showcases a variety of rematches, including the third meeting between Bushwacker and L.J. Jenkins.
Sean Willingham on 917 Pound the Alarm:
This is the bull that wrecked Marco Eguchi last week when Eguchi was one second away from winning the round on him too. Pound the Alarm goes to the right, which will be into Willingham’s hand, and he’s a great draw in this round. For a bull that is a classic pattern spinner, he’s proven fairly difficult to ride. He’s 19-3 in his career.
Gage Gay on 706 Percolator:
At the beginning of his career, Director of Livestock Cody Lambert thought that Percolator might prove to be too nice for short-round duty. However, at Tacoma, Wash., and Nampa, Idaho, Percolator proved him wrong. He’s been really good in his last three outs. Percolator is still one of the better bulls to have in a round where there are a lot of tough bulls because he bucks with his head high and doesn’t have a lot of drop. Typically the further he goes, the more leaping and hanging in the air he does and that is good from the rider’s perspective.
Eduardo Aparecido on 922 Modified Clyde:
Modified Clyde is the bull that Silvano Alves failed to get out on in last week’s 15/15 round. Aparecido has had him before – he earned 86.75 points on him in the opening round of the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals. Clyde hasn’t been ridden since.
Matt Triplett on 62 Mr. Bull:
Mr. Bull hasn’t been very kind to right-handed riders in general – Triplett in particular. They’ve met three times in the past year and Mr. Bull has come out on top each time.
Cody Nance on 482 Raven Flyer:
This is actually a rematch from just last week. Nance had Raven Flyer in the 15/15 round in Nampa and didn’t stay on long enough to find out what the second jump was going to be like. Raven Flyer is unridden in 15 career outs.
Ben Jones falls hard off Raven Flyer in Round 1 of the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque. N.M.
Stormy Wing on 656 New Holland Power Star:
Lately, this has been the bull to have, especially for lefties. Wing has been on him twice and didn’t get it done either time, but Power Star is a lot nicer to ride now than he was in 2012 and 2013 when Wing had him at two Touring Pro Division events.
Emilio Resende on 903 Rock River Red:
With several guys ahead of him in the world standings out, injured or just not riding well, this is a chance for Resende to grab some points and move up. Rock River Red goes to the right and has only been ridden by right-handed guys. He hasn’t been ridden since January, but he should be a good fit for Resende.
Silvano Alves on 1106 Apollo Stripes:
Alves had this bull in Hollywood, Fla., last fall and got into a wreck on him. Apollo Stripes is unridden in 13 career outs and he’s faced some serious riders as well. He looks like a bull that wouldn’t be very fun to ride. He gets a lot of air, and can move forward, but doesn’t always have a lot of kick to go with it. This combination forces the rider to get leaned back, and nothing good comes from that.
Robson Palermo on L704 David’s Dream:
Not the best draw for a guy with a sore shoulder unless he’s looking to make it sorer. Palermo had David’s Dream in the 15/15 round here in Billings two years ago and didn’t find him dreamy. He only lasted 1.7 seconds.
Guytin Tsosie rides David’s Dream for 88.75 points at the 2014 Ty Murray Albuquerque, N.M.
Valdiron de Oliveira on 654 Stanley Fat Max:
Oliveira has looked good at times this season, but since Phoenix he’s been off his game. This bull is tough on the top riders even when they are riding at their best. Stanley Fat Max is one of the most difficult bulls in the PBR to ride.
Mike Lee on JC6 Southpaw:
Southpaw got Emilio Resende in the 15/15 round in Nampa last week and he’s working on a streak of 11 straight buckoffs at the Built Ford Tough Series level. Like Oliveira, Lee hasn’t done very well since the Phoenix event.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 96 Fire Rock:
This is a solid bull that likes to go to the left and that would be fine with Vieira, who has posted only one score since Albuquerque, N.M. Fire Rock produced big rides for Robson Palermo and Markus Mariluch earlier in the season.
Fabiano Vieira on 1415 Palm Springs:
Palm Springs barely beat out Bushwacker as the highest marked bull in Nampa. To the eye, he looks like a bull that should be ridden often at this level. But, if you watch him a lot you’ll see many riders come down before the 8-second whistle. He’s particularly hard on left-handed riders and is 34-3 against them in his career.
Guilherme Marchi takes a hit from Palm Springs in the championship round of the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.
Guilherme Marchi on 841 Wicked:
If Marchi can get the whistle here, he’ll be the first man to do it. Wicked is unridden in 28 career outs. J.W. Harris, Markus Mariluch, Cody Nance and Shane Proctor are among his victims.
L.J. Jenkins on 13/6 Bushwacker:
This will be the third shot at Bushwacker for Jenkins. It only took 1.5 seconds for Bushwacker to win their last match in Fresno, Calif. Bushwacker may be nearing retirement, but he’s not mellowing out. Only one man has made it to the three-second mark on him this season, and three seconds is a long way from eight.
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