The morning line: Billings, day 1

By: Slade Long April 11, 2014@ 11:30:00 AM

BILLINGS, Mont. ― Round 1 of the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational kicks off tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Claudio Crisostomo on 906 Boo-Ray:

These two met in Anaheim, Calif., and Crisostomo earned 83.75 points there. Boo-Ray threw Joao Ricardo Vieira off just last week, but he’s been ridden three times in four outs on tour.

Harve Stewart on U2 Prince Albert:

Prince Albert not only gets ridden a lot, but he produces round-winning scores more than half the time. That’s an exceptional track record. Stewart has been on him before – at a Touring Pro Division event in 2011 – and bucked off; but this is the bull that everyone wishes they had in this round and Stewart is the lucky guy who has him.

Fabiano Vieira rides Prince Albert with 89 points in Round 3 of the 2013 PBR Kawasaki Invitational in St. Louis.

J.W. Harris on 2W Duck Butter:

Harris has been on five bulls on tour. He’s ridden three of them, and he absolutely dominated those three. Harris should be able to handle this bull. Duck Butter can be a little unpredictable, but he doesn’t have the skills to win this match unless Harris beats himself, which he doesn’t often do.

Mike Lee on 51 Night Rider 6:

This bull has 16 outs on tour and has been ridden 11 times. He has good timing, decent speed and average everything else. Night Rider 6 is a bull that will throw off most riders of average ability, but every guy at this level should be able to ride him for a mid-80s score.

Pistol Robinson on 982 Celling Bioscience’s Jukebox Hero:

Celling Bioscience’s Jukebox Hero has been ridden in all of his five outs this season. He’s been ridden nine times in 12 Built Ford Tough Series outs overall. He’s a lot like Night Rider 6, in that he does everything well enough to throw off the average guy, but struggles against riders who can really make 8 seconds on him. Robinson should be able to handle him easily.

Guytin Tsosie on 6220 RFD-HD:

Tsosie has certainly impressed since he’s been on tour. If he can make the whistle on this bull he will truly open some eyes. RFD-HD has a true talent for yanking on a rider’s arm and he’s probably a more difficult bull to ride than David’s Dream. He’s ridden about once per year.

Marco Eguchi hangs up and takes a hit from RFD-HD in Round 3 of the 2014 BFTS Invitational in St. Louis. 

Silvano Alves on 95 Fighting Sioux:

This is a debut bull at this level. He’s actually been around for a couple of years and has been ridden three times in seven outs without facing really any high profile riders. Alves will get a score here, but it may not be an especially high one, and that highlights the dilemma that Alves finds himself in. Alves’ riding percentage was through the roof when he first arrived on the Built Ford Tough Series. In 2011, he rode 68 percent of his bulls and just under 60 percent of the short-round caliber bulls he faced. He mostly took re-rides when they were offered and capitalized on them by getting scores. But, riding at that pace, he didn’t really need to worry about it. No one could keep up with him. His riding percentage has dropped to 49 percent this season and 36 percent on the top bulls. That doesn’t put the World Championship out of his reach, but it does remove the option of coasting to a World Championship that existed when he was riding 68/60. To be a contender riding at his current pace, he needs some of his rides to be for big scores and wins in the right spots, yet he still seems content to coast.

Travis Briscoe on 503 Imagine That:

Briscoe hasn’t been to a Built Ford Tough Series event since September 2012. He’s earned his way back in this week and he’s got a decent draw here. Imagine That should be into his hand – Imagine That has only been ridden by left-handed riders.

Eduardo Aparecido on BB88 Woody:

This bull’s record shows that he is not among the easiest long-round bulls to ride, but he’s been ridden for a mid-80s score at the last four events he’s been to. He’s also been better for right-handed riders. Aparecido is coming off a win in Nampa, Idaho, and is one of the hottest riders going right now.

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