The Morning Line: Tulsa, Day 2

By: Slade Long August 16, 2014@ 10:00:00 AM

Action resumes Saturday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

TULSA, Okla. — The riders turned in 12 qualified rides last night — just over 32 percent of the bulls that were out. Tonight, the bull power gets ratcheted up a notch. There are quite a few bulls out tonight that have been used in short rounds this season, and qualified rides will be harder to come by.

Claudio Crisostomo on 965 King Buck:

This may be the best draw in the round. King Buck has been ridden eight times in 11 Built Ford Tough Series outs. Crisostomo hasn’t done well at all since February, but he’s got a chance to get back on track here.

Kasey Hayes on 922 Modified Clyde:

For the second night in a row, Hayes has one of the strongest bulls in the round drawn. He got it done on Magic Train last night, and this bull will be at least as good. Modified Clyde is a short-round caliber bull that is rideable, and Hayes could get a round win here if he can stay aboard.

Matt Triplett on 96 Redneck:

Redneck has been ridden five times on eight career outs, and he should spin into Triplett’s hand. Triplett had a pretty favorable matchup last night and let it get away. He should get on the board here.

Chase Outlaw on 1237 Walk Off:

Outlaw won the round last night, but he’s got a tougher task ahead on him in Round 2. Walk Off is a wild child. He’s unpredictable, has lots of action, and almost never gets ridden. He’s only allowed one qualified ride in 20 career outs.

JW Harris on 654 Stanley FatMax:

Harris let one slip away last night. His bull tonight is considerably more difficult. FatMax ranks among the top 20 most difficult bulls of the past 15 years. He’s not a particularly flashy bull to watch, but he’s ridden less often than Shepherd Hills Tested, Bones, and many other high profile bulls. Only Bushwacker and Asteroid rank ahead of him among active bulls. Harris isn’t out of his league, he’s capable of riding any bull — but he odds are against him here.

Zane Lambert on 740 RMEF Team Elk:

Team Elk is ridden more than half the time at this level, and Lambert has ridden him before. They met in Colorado Springs earlier this year where Lambert was 85.25 points. Markus Mariluch and Marco Eguchi turned in 87 and 89 point rides on Team Elk in Fresno, California, in March, and JB Mauney was 89.25 on him in Phoenix just a few weeks before that.

Jordan Hupp on 344-9 Crack The Whip:

This is a bull with a lot of action, but not a lot of up and down or power. This fits a rider who can keep his moves small and efficient, and Hupp is good at this. Crack the Whip has been ridden a couple of times this season for a couple of 89.5 point scores.

Tyler Harr on CR Corpus Red:

We don’t see this bull very often — he’s just got one out at the BFTS level. He’s been around for a while, he’s a good draw for any rider, and he’s an exciting bull to watch. He’s got lots of up and down action, but he doesn’t cover much ground. He’ll buck for 8 seconds without leaving the area directly in front of the chute. Because of this, he’s a good fit for any professional level rider, but at the same time he bucks hard enough to get anyone on the ground.

Ryan Dirteater on 191 Smokin’ Okie:

We’ve only seen this bull once before. Joseph McConnel was 88 points on him in at the Last Cowboy Standing in May. He looks like a bull that has very good timing. Dirteater got a score last night, and has a great chance to add a second one here.

Mike Lee on 378 Oklahoma Bell:

This bull made his BFTS debut earlier this season, and he was expected to become one of the top-tier bulls on tour. He was ridden by Joao Vieira in his second BFTS out for 87.5 points, but he came back and looked stronger at the Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas. He’s one of the bulls to watch for this season, and there’s a chance Lee could turn in a big score.

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