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The Morning Line: St. Louis, Day 2, 15/15 Bucking Battle

Chase Outlaw on 991 Crystal Pistol:

Outlaw has two bulls tonight — one in this round and one on the 15/15 round. He’s ridden both of them before, and both times for round wins. It’s hard to draw better than that. This one typically goes to the right, but lefties have ridden him fairly well.

Fabiano Vieira on 1U Jared Allen’s H4WW Thumbs Up:

Thumbs up is 5-5 on the Built Ford Tough Series, and 5-6 overall in his career. He also goes to the left, and has near perfect timing. This is really no contest — Vieira wins this one nine times out of 10, and this is a good bull that could place him in the round.

Kaique Pacheco on 978 Little Red Jacket:

Right-handed riders have had their way with this bull. Valdiron de Oliveira won a round on him in New York, and Little Red Jacket was absolutely outstanding there. Oliveira was 88.5 points, and that probably wasn’t high enough to convey how good a ride it was. If he can have that kind of trip consistently, he’ll be one of the best bulls around.

Matt Triplett on 10728/0 Shaft:

Like Chase Outlaw, Triplett has two bulls tonight that he’s familiar with. But, he’s familiar with them because he’s bucked off of them before. Shaft got the best of him in Nashville last season, and in 15 career outs, no one has earned a score on this bull.

Renato Nunes on 040 Missouri Boat Ride:

We’ve only seen this bull on tour three times, and he was ridden all three times. He doesn’t just give up rides at this level, however. He also gets ridden at the Touring Pro level pretty often.  He’s been ridden nine times in 13 career outs. Nunes will be the best left handed rider he’s ever faced.

Nathan Schaper on T29 Josey Wales:

Pistol Robinson won a round on Josey Wales here in St. Louis last year. This is kind of an old-school bull that leaps high and looks Western. His style fits Schaper pretty well — maybe better than any other rider here. Look for this to be a good score.

Reese Cates on 260 Damn Right:

Years ago, when a lot of bulls were big and mean and had big horns, riders often talked about bulls with curly eyelashes and rubber feet. Back then, those were mostly black brangus bulls with no horns, commonly known as black muleys. If you heard of a bull described that way, you knew he was one that practically everyone rode and got good scores on, and he never hurt anyone. Damn Right is that bull in this day and age. He’s been around for a while, guys earn points on him, and hardly anyone bucks off of him. Cates should get on the board here.

L.J. Jenkins on 033 Shoot Out the Lights:

This is a pretty new bull on tour, but he’s another one that looks good and just doesn’t buck anyone off. We’ve seen him twice this year. Chase Outlaw won second in a round in him in Chicago, and Matt Triplett won third in a round on him in Baltimore. He’s been ridden five times in six career outs at all levels, and always for respectable scores. Jenkins drew well here.

J.W. Harris on 023 The Commander:

Like the bull Harris had Friday night, this one is a debut bull, and he’s given up some scores at the Touring Pro level. Harris will be the best rider to face him in more than a year, and this bull hasn’t really ever faced many high level riders. Look for Harris to have an edge here and possibly get a second score.

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15/15 Round:

Ryan Dirteater on 3 Mississippi Hippy:

It’s been almost a year since anyone has turned in a qualified ride on this bovine giant, but Dirteater being left-handed plays in his favor. Mississippi Hippy has given up more rides to lefties, but the big issue with him is not the way he spins, it’s any forward movement he does. Any bull that moves forward tends to pull on the riders arm, and that’s just amplified when the bull is bigger than the town you grew up in.

Tanner Byrne on 1037 Brown Sugar:

Brown Sugar is the pick of the litter in this group of bulls, and he’s plenty good enough to win this round on. He’s probably a little less rider-friendly than he was last season, because he’s a little bigger and stronger than he was then. Matt Triplett has bucked off just seven times this season, and Brown Sugar is responsible for two of those. This bull typically goes to the left, which will be away from Byrne’s hand.

Kasey Hayes on 924B Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey:

Tennessee Honey will almost always go to the left, and he’s a little more prone to be ridden by a lefty such as Hayes, but getting to the whistle on him can be a chess game for most guys. He has a lot of subtle moves that the rider will have to adjust for, and that’s what has made him a great bull for so long. He’s nearing the end of his career, and he’s not quite as difficult as he was a few years ago. Hayes could have the advantage here.

Valdiron de Oliveira on 92 Little Gremlin:

Brady Sims rode this bull in Des Moines, Iowa, in April of last season, and no one has ridden him since, but he hasn’t been around much either. Cody Nance had him in the short round in Chicago and didn’t make the whistle. Like Brown Sugar, this is another bull who has stepped his game up from a year ago. Oliveira will have his work cut out for him.

Fabiano Vieira on 316 Panda Trax:

Speaking of bulls that have gotten better recently, Panda Trax was a pretty good long round bull at the BFTS level, and he managed to move up to the short round at the World Finals. In a round like this, he’ll be one of the better bulls to ride, and he should go to the left — into Vieira’s hand. He’s no pushover, and he’s not going to be easy for Vieira to ride, but if he can he’s looking at a pretty nice score.

Ben Jones on 1327 Who Dey:

This is a solid matchup. A small bull that goes to the right, and a small bull rider who is right- handed. Who Dey doesn’t really have any tricks. He’s all about speed. He is very fast, and he has a lot of whip to the outside when he spins. He can reverse the spin, and he doesn’t really slow down to do so. If Ben stays aboard he’s likely to be dizzy when the whistle blows.

Nathan Schaper on 27 Gentleman Jim:

This bull is fairly new, and he’s in this round because in New York he was pretty spectacular. He’s a lot like Who Dey in that he’s white, he’s fast, and he can generate some g-force in the spin, but he goes to the left. And Schaper is left-handed. So this should look like a mirror image of Ben Jones on Who Dey, only with a bigger version of Ben Jones.

Kaique Pacheco on 917 Pound the Alarm:

Pound the Alarm has been ridden the last three times we’ve seen him, but that isn’t the norm. He’s less like Who Dey and Gentleman Jim, and more like Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey in that he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. He’ll typically go to the right and he throws a lot of guys to the outside of the spin right when he turns back. But, the further they ride him the more he wants to throw them to the inside of the spin. Pacheco will have to make the correct adjustments, and not override. Guys that get this bull ridden do it because they didn’t make mistakes.

Shane Proctor on 90 Boot Jack:

One of the better bulls in Anaheim, California, last week, Boot Jack threw Nathan Schaper off there in the short round. He’s only been ridden twice in 10 career outs, most recently by Ryan Dirteater in Round 2 of the World Finals. He has yet to allow a right-handed rider to best him, and Guilherme Marchi has had him twice.

Chase Outlaw on 344-9 Crack The Whip:

This is a prime time matchup, and it’s a rematch. These two paired up for 90.75 points and a short round win in New York. Crack the Whip has been pretty good to left-handed riders overall, but he’s not a guaranteed score. He’s also a little tricky. Like Pound the Alarm, once he settles into a spin he gets welly. Outlaw played him perfectly when they met before, and he’ll have to be near perfect again to cash in here.

Guilherme Marchi on 43X Magic Train:

This is a bull with a ton of potential who really hasn’t been living up to it. At times he looks like he could be one of the four or five best bulls in the PBR – he just lacks one thing: kick. He often doesn’t have enough kick to go along with how hard he’s trying to buck and it hurts his performance. When he does kick he’s outstanding. When he doesn’t, he’s just not as good. He doesn’t really follow a pattern — he’s out of line. He’s most similar to Wicked — the bull Silvano Alves has in this round, and a bull that Marchi has ridden before. Magic Train is going to be difficult to ride no matter what.

J.B. Mauney on 654 Stanley FatMax:

It’s apt that this bull is named after a tool, because he’s a workmanlike bull. He doesn’t have flashy moves that get him noticed, but when it comes to putting riders on the ground, he’s an artist. In 99 career trips he’s been ridden just four times. He’s 49-3 at the BFTS level. Mauney was the last man to ride him, and that happened in Oakland, California, in 2013. Mauney has also bucked off of him three times. There’s obviously more to him than meets the eye, and the riders just haven’t figured him out. If he continues to rock along the way he has, he’ll be one of the most notoriously difficult to ride bulls in PBR history. Stanley FatMax already has more buckoffs against the best riders than just about any bull you can name besides Bushwacker.

Reese Cates on 1237 Walk Off:

Right now, this bull has better numbers than any other bull with five or more outs this season. Walk Off has been to every event, and if he’s tired that may be good for Cates. When he’s not tired, no one has been staying on him. This is a quality bull who does everything well. He’s got flash and power, and will produce 90-plus points easily when ridden.

Silvano Alves on 841 Wicked:

In a word, this bull is unpredictable. If he starts to do something, and the rider doesn’t seem to be falling off, he’s going to do something else. There’s no telling what. As I said, his style is similar to Magic Train — the bull Marchi has in this round, but Magic Train is more wild and unsettled. This bull seems to have a purpose, and that purpose is to be unpredictable. He seems to fish around in his bag of tricks until he discovers one the rider doesn’t like.

Matt Triplett on L704 David’s Dream:

Triplett has been on David’s Dream three times, and he’s still half a second short of eight if you add up all three buckoff times. That’s not really unusual for this bull. David’s Dream is a veteran bull that typically doesn’t get ridden unless he has a slow day. Over the years, he’s predominately been ridden by right-handed guys. Valdiron de Oliveira has done it twice. Like Wicked and Magic Train, he can be unpredictable, but he has more power and less speed than those two. He’s a handful for anyone to ride.

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