The Morning Line: St. Louis, Day 3

Event Leaders:

J.W. Harris on WB05 Westley’s Pet:

This bull made his BFTS debut Friday night with Marco Eguchi, and threw him off in 4.41 seconds. He’s 13-0 in his career, and he likes to go to the left. He doesn’t have the best timing, and he can be very out of time before he turns back and spins. He likes to go to the left, and he’ll test Harris, but may not be enough bull to throw him off. Harris is pretty competent at staying on bulls that are a little out of line.

Ryan Dirteater on -24X Butcher’s Nightmare:

We’ve seen two good rides on this bull recently. Reese Cates won second in a round on him in New York, and Guilherme Marchi won a round on him in Biloxi, Mississippi, last season. He’ll spin to the right, he’s got some power, and he hasn’t given up a ride to a lefty yet. Renato Nunes had him in Round 1 on Friday.

Fabiano Vieira on 1275 Joe the Grinder:

Joe the Grinder looked pretty stout Friday night with Ben Jones. He’s the fifth-highest- marked bull at this event so far, including the 15/15 round bulls. He has been ridden a couple of times, but only by right-handed riders.

Stetson Lawrence on 1106 Off the Grid:

This bull has just three outs on record, and he was ridden once. Ryan Dirteater won third in a round on him in Chicago. He threw off Brady Sims and Joao Ricardo Vieira in New York. Lawrence is the lowest man with a score on two bulls, having kept a score of 68 in Round 2. He needs any kind of score here, because it’s likely that quite a few guys will end up with two scores, and a big score would help because he hasn’t earned any points in this event yet.

Kaique Pacheco on 552 Loco Lizard:

Pacheco bucked off in Round 1, but he turned in two big rides last night. This is a good draw for him. Loco Lizard is a solid bucker, and he’s not terribly difficult to ride. He likes to go to the left, which will be away from Pacheco’s hand, but he can spin either way. He bucked Cooper Davis off in Round 1 here.

Cody Nance on 118 Longmire:

These two have met before — at a Touring Pro event in Bismarck, North Dakota, last summer. Nance was 84.5 points on Longmire, who is 2-3 against lefties in his career. He may not be enough bull to place on in the round, but they haven’t been riding very many bulls here, and when they don’t ride many, it’s easier to place.

Renato Nunes on 991 Crystal Pistol:

Nunes had this bull in Nampa, Idaho, last season and was disqualified for taking too long in the chute. This is really a good draw. He goes to the right, but he’s got pretty good timing, and lefties have had some success on him. Nunes will get a big score out of him if he can stay on.

Reese Cates on 8312 Clementine:

The odds are against Cates here. Clementine has been ridden just once in 18 career outs, and he’s thrown off Cody Nance (twice), Matt Triplett and Valdiron de Oliveira this year. He’s been pretty well tested overall and hasn’t proven very easy to ride.

Matt Triplett on 08 Rectify:

Unridden in five career outs, Rectify threw Ben Jones off in Round 2 here. He got Sean Willingham and Zane Lambert in New York. Triplett is holding on to the number one spot, and the guy in that position is expected to ride the bulls the other guys can’t.

Silvano Alves on 959 Black & Blue:

Alves may not have done very well last night, but he’s not out of this yet. This bull is a great draw. He’s got good timing, and is usually worth enough points to place on. He goes to the left, but that doesn’t matter very much to Alves — he can ride them either way.


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