By: Slade Long
February 21, 2016
Morning Line – Kansas City Round 2
With only five bulls ridden last night, this event is as wide open as it gets. The ABBI Classic bulls had their way with riders last night, but everyone is still in it. Any rider with a zero coming into this round still has a great chance to win the event.
Cooper Davis on 0/325 Yoga:
This is a very good match for Davis. Yoga is typically out of a right-hand delivery, and his pattern is very similar to Brown Sugar — the bull that Shane Proctor won St. Louis on last week. Yoga will either just spin to the right, or he might look right and go back left. He won’t score quite what Brown Sugar will, but he’s a very similar bull and that makes him an excellent draw.
Eduardo Aparecido on 913 Big Benny:
Benny is called Big Benny for a reason — he’s big. He’s an old school brindle colored bull with a white face, big horns and a mean streak. Twenty to 30 years ago there were a lot of big old brindles in bull riding. Today, most bulls are smaller, faster, and black or spotted. So Benny is kind of a throwback, and it’s interesting to see today’s riders go against the archetypical bull of the past. Aparecido should have the edge in this matchup. Benny has a pattern, and he has pretty good timing, but he can mix things up and throw his weight around a little. Aparecido is riding well, and this bull is well within his comfort zone.
Fraser Babbington on 112X Intensified Clyde:
I’m guessing this bull is a relative of Modified Clyde, but possibly intensified. Just like Babbington is like the other bull riders, but intensified. Based on that, this should be a good match. Regardless of what happens it is bound to be good watching, because one bull last night did everything but flip upside down and still couldn’t get rid of this kid.
J.B. Mauney on 125 Catfish John:
Catfish John has been pretty effective at shutting down left-handed riders, but he’s never faced Mauney before. Bulls that are masters at bucking guys off have trouble with Mauney. He’ll likely go to the right here, but that’s not much of a problem for Mauney either. The biggest issue for Mauney with this bull is that he usually doesn’t produce big scores. The highest anyone has scored on him is 84.25 points.
Tanner Byrne on 06 Swashbuckler:
Byrne had a tough time last night, but he should fare better here. This is a really nice draw. Swashbuckler is a showy bull with good timing that should spin right into Byrne’s hand. This is a relatively new bull, but he’s been ridden twice and both went for more than 87 points.
Nevada Newman on 901 Sambo:
This should be a pretty interesting matchup. Newman made headlines last week by riding Mississippi Hippy in the short round in St. Louis. This bull’s style is a lot like Hippy’s except he spins the other way. He’s a big, long-bodied bull as well, although no bull is as big as Hippy. We’ll get to see if Newman can ride as well going away from his hand here.
Stetson Lawrence on S02 Sasquatch:
Sasquatch is a tweener kind of bull. He’s either one of the nicer bulls in a short round, or one of the strongest bulls in a long round. He almost always spins to the right, and he has never given up a ride to a lefty. He’s 21-0 against them. Lawrence will need to break that streak to earn a score, but if he can get it done it’s likely to be a good score.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 906 Bronstad’s Pistol Pete:
This bull doesn’t get ridden very often, but he can be good enough to win a round on at times. He likes to go to the left, and that is Vieira’s strong suit. Vieira could jump back in this event after bucking off in the first round, but he will need Pistol Pete to have a good day.
Robson Palermo on X8 Spitball:
Palermo made a great ride last night, and didn’t get anything for it. He touched the bull, but the touch was largely incidental and didn’t help him in any way. He’s got an easier bull today. Spitball is pretty nice to left-handed riders, giving up six rides in 10 career outs against lefties.
Silvano Alves on 630 Rebelution:
Alves came down last night, and he will have another test here. Rebelution is usually one of the better scoring long round bulls. He’s not terribly difficult to ride once he gets into a spin, but he can be a handful before he settles in. Alves will have his work cut out for him here.
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