The Morning Line: Laughlin, Day 1

Chase Outlaw on JC6 Southpaw:

Southpaw hasn’t been ridden since the 2012 World Finals, and of the bulls in this round he’s one of the least likely to be ridden. He’s unpredictable, he doesn’t have a set pattern, he doesn’t have great timing, and he gets most guys before he ever goes into a spin. This is a bull that can cover some ground, and most riders don’t get along with that.

Emilio Resende on 706 Percolator:

This is one of the better draws in this round, and one of the best chances for a qualified ride. Percolator will spin away from Resende’s hand, but he’s not too much for a right-handed rider to handle. He tends to spend a little time in the air, and he breaks in the middle each jump, bringing his head up as he kicks. This gives the rider a good sense of where he’s sitting and limits the bull’s speed as well. Resende should come through here.

J.B. Mauney on 02 Beaver Creek Beau:

Beau likes to spin to the right, but he’s only been ridden once, and by a left-handed rider. He’ll spin away from Mauney’s hand here, but there’s nothing about him that Mauney can’t handle. Beau can have some steep jumps, but despite his near perfect record he doesn’t look that difficult.

Marco Eguchi on 482 Raven Flyer:

This bull is unridden in 23 career outs. At times he looks very rideable, but most of the time he looks like something you wouldn’t want to have to get on. Emilio Resende stayed on him for about one quarter of a jump last week in Springfield.

Valdiron de Oliveira on 917 Pound The Alarm:

Normally this would be one of the more interesting matchups in this round, but given Oliveira’s recent slump, he doesn’t look capable of staying on the nicest bull going, much less this one. Pound the Alarm will go to the right, into Oliveira’s hand, but he’s a tricky bull to ride. Lots of guys get him started, but farther into the eight seconds he gets very welly with little or no warning, and many riders end up coming off on the inside of the spin.

LJ Jenkins on 44W Stone Sober:

Stone Sober has a question mark hanging over his head because he’s had a few bad outs this season. This is a bull with some chute issues – he’s got a hair trigger and can mess himself up trying to start bucking too soon. We saw that last week when he face planted Emilio Resende into the chute padding just as the gate opened. If he gets away clean here, Jenkins could be in trouble – Stone Sober spins to the left, and he can roll pretty hard to the outside of the spin. He looks near impossible for a right handed rider to get by.

Eduardo Aparecido on 841 Wicked:

Ridden just once in 35 career outs, Wicked is one of the more difficult bulls on the Built Ford Tough Series right now. He’s got the moves, he’s got speed, and on top of that he changes things up in subtle ways. He can sidestep, move forward, or change direction without losing any intensity. He never gets locked into a steady pattern, and for Aparecido this will be a fight for the entire eight seconds.

Matt Triplett on 62 Mr. Bull:

Mr. Bull spins to the left – away from Triplett’s hand, but he is a familiar foe for Triplett. They’ve met four times previously, and Triplett rode him for 90.5 points in their most recent meeting – in Billings, Montana, earlier this season. Triplett is the only right-handed rider who has ridden Mr. Bull in the past three years, and he did it with ease. We’ve got a good chance to see a high score here.

Cody Nance on 08 Margy Time:

These two met in Tulsa, and Margy Time got rid of Nance in just 1.78 seconds. This is a bull that really shows you how strong he is every time he bucks. He’s the real deal, and he’s unridden in 25 career outs.

Gage Gay on 378 Oklahoma Bell:

Oklahoma Bell is one of the least experienced bulls out here. He’s been ridden once in nine career outs. He’s a strong bull, and at times he looks seriously rank. At other times not so much. He tends to spin to the left, which will be away from Gay’s hand.

Mike Lee on 850 I’m a Gangster Too:

They’ve met twice this season, and Lee won their most recent meeting. This bull is an interesting case in two different ways. He likes to spin to the right, but he’s only been ridden by left handed riders. He’s also been noticeably more intense in his last couple of outs. He’s been steeper and faster right out of the chute than we’ve seen him in a while. Lee has a chance here, but it will be a tough job.

Silvano Alves on 1237 Walk Off:

If this were a draft round, this would probably be the last bull picked. There is very little to like about him from a rider’s perspective. He moves forward, doesn’t kick enough to help the rider, and he has an excessive amount of action, much of which is deceptive. He’s been ridden just once in 23 career outs, and he threw Alves off in 2.47 seconds earlier this season.

Fabiano Vieira on 904 Fire & Smoke:

This is really the marquee matchup in this round. Fire & Smoke is the bull every rider probably wanted here, and certainly every left handed rider. Vieira won their only previous meeting, and if he doesn’t win this one it will be because of his shoulder injury. A healthy Fabiano Vieira rides this bull every time.

Joao Ricardo Vieira on 122 Semper Fi:

Semper Fi has been ridden twice in eight Built Ford Tough Series outs. Douglas Duncan was 88 points on him in Des Moines, Iowa, back in April. For a guy who has been hanging at or near the top of the standings all season, Vieira is just 4-for-12 since BFTS action resumed in Tulsa. He needs to cash in more often than that to bring home the title.

Guilherme Marchi on 13/6 Bushwacker:

Bushwacker really isn’t a great fit for Marchi’s style. Marchi tends to dig in and hold on with his feet a lot, and that just isn’t going to work on Bushwacker. If we are going to see Bushwacker ridden again before he retires, it’s going to be by someone who rides loose and can recover from a bad position instantly. Bushwacker isn’t going to allow any rider to keep his seat for the duration, and Marchi is a guy who usually dominates bulls by taking a deep seat and keeping it.

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