The morning line: Billings, day 2

By: Slade Long April 12, 2014@ 11:15:00 AM

BILLINGS, Mont. ― Round 2 of the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational gets underway Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET.

J.W. Harris on 818 Bulletproof:

Bulletproof doesn’t have much history, or any history of being ridden for that matter. Sean Willingham rode him right to the whistle in Oklahoma City and Jory Markiss bucked off of him fairly quick last week in Nampa, Idaho. Harris will have to break the ice on this bull to get a second score here.

Markus Mariluch on 73 Buck Wild:

Every time the chute gate opens on this bull it’s a little like watching someone open a Christmas present that you know contains a live squirrel. You’re not sure what’s going to happen, but you know it’s bound to be exciting. Buck Wild is antsy in the chute, and he can have a misfire now and then, and at times he will scatter off around the arena like he doesn’t have a clue what to do. Though most of the time he’s going to turn back to the right and be one of the most athletic and exciting bulls to watch in the PBR. He’s also prone to getting ridden because he keeps his head high, and for all the action he has, the part of his body where the bull rider sits tends to stay flat and level. Mariluch is likely to win the round if this bull has his normal trip.

Silvano Alves on 991 Crystal Pistol:

These two met in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this season where Alves earned 84.75 points on him. Alves is the only man who had ridden this bull in six career outs. He’s likely to get a second score here, but he needs a big score and that may not be possible on this bull.

Ty Pozzobon on 98 City Lights:

We last saw this bull at the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals where Matt Triplett made a memorable ride on him in the opening round. He’s only been to two Built Ford Tough Series events and was ridden both times.

Ryan Dirteater on 86I Speckled Ivory:

Speckled Ivory has been ridden in all six of his outs on tour this year, but he’s gone against some of the most talented riders around. This is a bull that is more than capable of throwing anyone off and it’s going to take some effort to ride him.

Tyler Harr on 634 Team Paige:

This is the bull J.W. Harris rode in the opening round in Nampa last week. Team Paige is as rider friendly as a bull gets at this level. He’s going to spin to the left and has a rock solid rhythm that riders can really get in time with. This is Harr’s first Built Ford Tough Series event and he’s got a great opportunity on a very nice bull that will be into his hand.

Cody Nance on 70S HIGH Steaks:

Nance had HIGH Steaks in Sacramento, Calif., and lasted just 1.8 seconds, which is not out of the ordinary for this bull. He’s been ridden just four times in 56 career outs. High Steaks is ridden on average less than once per year.

HIGH Steaks makes quick work of Kody Lostroh in Round 1 of the 2013 PBR BFTS Stanley Make Something Great Invitational in Billings, Mont.

Joao Ricardo Vieira on 926 Jumanji:

Vieira got a score Friday night and he’ll probably get another one here. This bull is good, but he’s probably not good enough to get Vieira on the ground early.

Tanner Learmont on 35 Seminole Wind:

This is Learmont’s first Built Ford Tough Series event and he started it off right last night with a qualified ride. He’s got a chance on this bull as well. Seminole Wind hasn’t been to many PBR events, but he’s been on the rodeo trail for some time. He’s been ridden mostly by left-handed riders, and Learmont has probably been around him a time or two.

Tanner Byrne on -713 Jitterbug:

Byrne has been making waves since he made it to this level. He’s outridden his career numbers significantly by riding 60 percent of his bulls at the Built Ford Tough Series level – he is a 42 percent career rider. He handles himself on bulls better than most tall guys do and has great balance. He’s facing a challenge here. Jitterbug hasn’t faced a lot of top level riders, but he also hasn’t been ridden since January 2012. He’s working on a streak of 38 straight buckoffs since then.

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