DES MOINES, Iowa ― Nine riders made the 8-second mark on Saturday night heading into Sunday’s final rounds of action from the Des Moines Invitational.
Cody Nance on 1U Jared Allen’s H4WW Thumbs Up:
This is one of the nicer draws at this event. Thumbs Up should go to the left and has a lot of speed, but he also has great timing. He’s been ridden in four of seven outs on tour. Nance is a career 40 percent rider; however, he’s ridden 61 percent over the past five events and has a great chance here.
Luke Snyder rides Jared Allen’s H4WW Thumbs Up in Round 2 of the 2013 PBR BFTS Stanley Make Something Great Invitational in Billings, Mont.
Ryan Dirteater on 932 Harlem Shake:
Dirteater has one score already and should get another here. Harlem Shake has been ridden in his last five outs. Overall, he’s been ridden more often by right-handed riders, but Dirteater has ridden him before – just over a month ago in Phoenix for 84.75 points.
J.W. Harris on 911 Jared Allen’s H4WW Hy Test:
In nine career outs, Hy Test has been ridden six times – mostly because he has yet to buck off a left-handed rider. He’s 3-1 against righties. Obviously a bull with that kind of record probably goes to the left and this one does. But he doesn’t phone it in – Hy Test goes to the left like race cars go to the left. Even for the most talented of the left-handed guys on tour it’s been a war. Hy Test doesn’t let up. Harris will be at a disadvantage going away from his hand, but he’s one of the most competent riders around on bulls that go away from his hand. If he can get the whistle, he should get a great score.
Kasey Hayes on 909 Black Diamond:
Hayes has been on this bull twice before and rode him once – in Tulsa, Okla., last August for 85.75 points. Black Diamond has only been ridden four times and solely by left-handed riders.
Fabiano Vieira on 230 Neon Nightmare:
This bull has a fairly impressive career record of bucking guys off, but, when you look closer, he hasn’t faced a lot of top tier riders, and when he has faced them they’ve ridden him. Vieira will be the best rider Neon Nightmare has ever faced and should come out of this with a second score in Des Moines.
Guilherme Marchi on 847 Western Hauler:
These two have met three times before and Marchi got a score in two of those – both this season. At times, Western Hauler can deliver big scores, but in their previous encounter Marchi was credited with just 80.25 points.
J.B. Mauney puts up 93.25 points on Western Way, wining the 2013 Grand Rapids Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Renato Nunes on 221 Candy Crush:
Candy Crush doesn’t have a long history, but Nunes is part of it. They met in St. Louis earlier this season where Nunes earned 83.25 points.
Zane Lambert on 18 Curious George:
This bull has just four Touring Pro Division outs on his record. Austin Meier has had him twice and ridden him once. In the three outs where Curious George threw off his rider, he didn’t throw them off very quickly. Bulls that excel at the Built Ford Tough Series level tend to dominate at TPD events, and Curious George hasn’t been dominating.
Kody Lostroh on 7819 Open Season:
This bull has an interesting history. He’s only been ridden once in 35 career outs. He’s spent the majority of his career at rodeos. He’s only been to one Built Ford Tough Series event – which was in 2012. He was out of action for just about all of 2013. He really hasn’t faced a lot of top tier riders, and the only guy who did ride him was probably the best left-handed rider he’s faced.
J.B. Mauney on 916 Razorbuck:
Razorbuck has been ridden three times in his career and Mauney is responsible for two of those. His two scores average out to 90 points exactly. Needless to say, this is a perfect draw for Mauney and a potential round win.
J.B. Mauney puts up 90.75 points on Razorbuck winning Round 2 of the PFIWestern.com Invitational in Springfield, Mo.
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