FORT WORTH, Texas ― Three riders from the Top 25 – J.B. Mauney,Claudio Crisostomo and Nathan Schaper – will be missing from this week’s Built Ford Tough Series event in Albuquerque, N.M., and another trio – Justin Robards, Josh Burks and Brant Atwood – will be in the draw after winning Touring Pro Division events last weekend.
The draw for the Ty Murray Invitational will be made official Wednesday when it’s posted at www.pbr.com.
Mauney, fourth in the world standings, is out after spraining his right ankle and is expected to return to competition next week in Fresno, Calif., while Crisostomo, currently 15th, is hoping for a return in Nampa, Idaho, after undergoing a surgical procedure today to repair a left clavicle fracture. Schaper is out with a broken left leg sustained in Anaheim, Calif., that required surgery with placement of a rod in the tibia.
Robson Palermo is currently listed in the draw for this weekend’s event. Early Tuesday, he said his injured groin is doing well. However, he is expected to get on a practice bull later Wednesday or early Thursday before confirming his place.
Palermo, who is currently ranked 13th, said his leg is sore and a bruise is still visible, but indicated he felt no pain. He said if everything goes well with the practice bull he would be in Albuquerque or otherwise would wait another week before returning in Fresno.
He added that he had been working with a physical therapist Monday through Friday and also said, “I’ve been using my leg.”
This week’s draw will feature one invite – Guytin Tsosie – in addition to the Top 35 riders in the world.
Tsosie, who is from Farmington, N.M., is the reigning International Indian Finals Rodeo champion and previously competed at the BFTS in 2010 and again in 2011. He has ridden a bull in each of his two previous appearances.
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