DES MOINES, Iowa ― The key matchup in Saturday’s round will likely be someone on Chad Berger’s U2 Prince Albert. There are 35 riders out tonight, and 17 of the bulls involved have fewer than five career outs. Odds are someone is going to get a re-ride. Prince Albert is the first re-ride bull and may be the best draw in the PBR right now. He gets ridden often at this level, and he’s a big time, round win producer. In most Built Ford Tough Series long rounds, the re-ride bulls are great bulls to have, which explains why Ty Murray is often befuddled when guys decline re-rides. Anyone who would keep a 70-point score rather than taking Prince Albert needs their head examined.
Thad Newell is bucked off by Prince Albert in Round 1 of the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.
Billy Robinson on 119 Candy:
This bull is aptly named because as far as bull riders are concerned, he’s pretty sweet. He doesn’t throw a lot of guys off. He only has six career outs, and five of them were qualified rides. Robinson should get a score here.
J.B. Mauney on TF1 Tyler’s Pet:
Tyler’s Pet is a pretty new bull. He’s only been to Touring Pro Division events so far – his first out was in October of last season. He’s been ridden a couple of times in seven outs and has produced great scores. Both times he’s been ridden it was for a round win. Kasey Hayes is the best rider who has been on him, so Mauney will be his toughest competition to date.
Kody Lostroh on X8 Spitball:
This is another young bull. Spitball has only been to a few rodeos and Lostroh will be the best rider he’s faced. He’s been ridden twice in five career outs and probably will be ridden for the third time here.
Douglas Duncan on 805 Cashing In:
Another aptly named bull. Left-handed riders have been cashing in on him regularly. Cashing In’s record illustrates the importance of matchups. He’s been ridden eight times in 19 career outs, which translates to a 58 percent buckoff rate. At the Built Ford Tough Series level, he has a 71 percent buckoff rate. The reason for this is that he’s faced mostly right-handed riders and is much easier for lefties.
Silvano Alves on 521 Who Dat:
It’s a little surprising that these two haven’t met before. They’ve been in the same place at the same time quite a bit. Who Dat is statistically better for left-handed riders. He likes to go the left, but he’s an honest bull that doesn’t do a lot of things that make life more difficult for riders. He doesn’t really move forward and has enough kick to help the rider. He bucks with a steady rhythm and doesn’t create timing issues. Most guys at this level should get along with him regardless of which hand they ride with. Alves should handle him easily and will probably get a good score as well.
Fabiano Vieira ties for event win with 86.5 Points on Who Dat at the 2014 PBR BFTS Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden in New York.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 68 Deer Me:
Deer Me doesn’t have a long history, but the last time we saw him on tour was in Anaheim, Calif., where Vieira rode him for 90 points and a round win. I’m assuming this bull is a son of the famous PBR bull Reindeer. He looks a lot like Reindeer, although he is more gifted in the horn department. He has some pretty, nice-sized horns.
Guilherme Marchi on 12 Texas Red:
We’ve seen Texas Red on tour three times, two of those being qualified rides. He threw off left-handed Ty Pozzobon in his debut last year in Nashville, Tenn., but he’s faced two right-handed riders since then and got rode both times. He should be easy pickings for Marchi.
J.W. Harris on 889 Squirrel Grove:
This bull has been ridden four times in 19 outs – all four by right-handed riders. That tilts the odds to Harris’ favor, but, truthfully, Harris is similar to Mauney, Marchi and Alves in that he should be favored against most bulls. The only bulls that really have an edge on him have the edge on everyone.
Claudio Crisostomo on 28W Nefarious:
This is a pretty nice draw. He can spin both ways. He’s been ridden in over half his outs – more often by right-handed riders, but he’s been ridden by lefties a good bit too. Crisostomo should get a score here.
Ryan Dirteater puts up 87.25 points on Nefarious for the Round 2 win at the 2013 PBR BFTS Cooper Tires Invitational in Hollywood, Fla.
Tanner Byrne on 993 Banty Rooster:
This bull is making his debut tonight. All we know about Banty Rooster is that he’s earned some gaudy numbers at the few rodeos he’s been to, and, as his name suggests, he is tiny. That presents a problem for Byrne, who is one of the biggest riders around. Extremely small bulls can get out from under big riders because it’s just hard to make yourself that small and maintain proper form.
Marco Eguchi on 626 Karaoke:
This bull is really a great draw. He’s enough bull to win this round on, and Karaoke has been ridden both times we’ve seen him on tour. The only catch for Eguchi is that Karaoke goes to the left. He doesn’t just spin to the left, he spins to the left relentlessly. There won’t be much room for error for a right-handed rider, because Karaoke never lets up.
Renato Nunes on T29 Josey Wales:
Josey Wales is a strong bull, but at this level he does get ridden pretty often. Nunes had him two years ago at this event and rode him 7.06 seconds. Nunes is the king of riding on the end of his arm, and this bull is probably going to have him looking at the Wells Fargo Arena rafters quite a bit.
Pistol Robinson wins Round 1 with 87 points on Josey Wales at the 2014 BFTS in St. Louis.
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