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The Morning Line: Thackerville, Day 1

By: Slade Long August 29, 2014@ 09:00:00 AM

THACKERVILLE, Okla. — The opening round in Thackerville is an ABBI Classic Round featuring a lot of the same bulls we saw in Round 1 in Tulsa. They’ll have to get it done outdoors here, and the weather forecast for Thackerville does call for a chance of rain tonight. Rain or mud would add another variable, and younger bulls in muddy conditions usually works to the advantage of the riders.

Joao Ricardo Vieira on 32Y Bruiser:

This could be a big score. Bruiser has only been ridden once, but he gave up 91 points to Mike Lee when it happened. This is a bull that likes the left, and Vieira likes bulls that go to the left.

Kasey Hayes on 08 Margy Time:

Hayes got on the best overall bull in Tulsa, and this bull is likely to be the best one out tonight. Margy Time won the Classic round in Tulsa. He’s a big strong bull with a ton of power. Hayes will have his hands full here, but he’s ridden some difficult bulls this season. No one has ridden Margy Time yet.

Eduardo Aparecido on 018 Ranga:

Ranga threw LJ Jenkins off in Tulsa, but he’s been ridden three times in eight outs this season. He’s one of the better-to-ride bulls out in this round. Aparecido is coming off a good showing in Tulsa, and he’s got a chance to get on the board early here in Thackerville.

Mike Lee on 2575-0 Flab Slab:

This bull is a solid draw, and he’s one of the more rideable bulls out tonight. He’s plenty strong, but he tends to telegraph every move he makes so the rider knows what’s coming next. Lee should be able to handle him.

Nathan Schaper on 59Y Flyin’ Crazy:

This is a high jumping and hard kicking bull that can cover some ground before he turns back. He’s unridden, but he hasn’t faced many top-tier riders, and this will be his first Built Ford Tough Series event. The way he bucks should play into Schaper’s strengths as a rider. Schaper typically handles this type of bull well, and we should see him put this bull to the test.

Ryan Dirteater on 95X Dumber:

Dumber was ridden in Anaheim, California, early this season for just 82 points. But, since then he’s been one of the strongest Classic bulls competing this year. He’s sitting fourth in the Classic standings this season with more than $15,000 won. Dirteater was 2-for-3 in Tulsa, and looked strong. He’s got a strong draw here that should spin into his hand with a lot of action.

Stetson Lawrence on 017 Crazy Horse:

This is a bull with just two outs on record, but he was ridden in both of them. Gage Gay won second in the opening round in Tulsa on him two weeks ago. This is a bull with great timing, and Lawrence will have an advantage in that Crazy Horse should spin into his hand.

JB Mauney on DPX18 More Big Bucks:

Ryan Dirteater rode this bull in round one in Tulsa for 86.75 points. More Big Bucks is a grandson of 2005 PBR World Champion Big Bucks, and a son of three time PBR Finals bull More Bucks. Dirteater is the first serious rider he’s faced, and Mauney is a tougher test than that.

Kody Lostroh on 991 Crystal Pistol:

Chase Outlaw won the first round in Tulsa on Crystal Pistol with a score of 88.25 points. He went to the right with Outlaw, but had rock solid timing and didn’t try any dirty tricks. Lostroh should be able to handle him easily. Lostroh is one of the most technically correct riders around.

Marco Eguchi on 1149 Pearl Harbor:

This will be the Built Ford Tough Series debut for this bull, and he hasn’t really been tested by the better riders yet. He’s sitting third in the Classic standings this season as a three year old. He finished on top of the ABBI futurity standings last year, and finished second in the World Finals Mega Futurity. He was a standout as a futurity calf because he really got in the air. This will be our first look at him on the big stage with the best riders, and this could turn into a high score for Eguchi.

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