By: Slade Long
Jose Vitor Leme on 536 Jayded:
This bull has a lot in common with the Sauce, who bucked Leme off in the 15/15 Bucking Battle last night. He’s not a well-known bull, he’s unridden in 19 career outs, and looking at him it’s hard to see why. He doesn’t look super hard. It could be that he doesn’t feel smooth. Jayded can go either way, although he has liked the left lately. He can have a slight hitch in his first jump or two that may be unseating guys from the get-go. Despite winning the first round, Leme kind of had an off day on Saturday. He only rode half of his bulls, where he normally rides around 70%. For that reason, you should never bet on any particular bull throwing him off because you would only hit three times outs of 10.
Cooper Davis on 08C Danny Boy:
This is a pretty good draw for Davis. Danny Boy has solid timing, he likes the right, and he’s rideable. He tends to hug the ground, and he’s quick. On top of that, he really loves to swap directions on a dime and can catch any rider who is not paying attention. Davis should have the upper hand.
Marco Eguchi on 913 Monkey:
Eguchi didn’t get the whistle in Round 1, but he’s likely to do well here. Monkey is 4-5 against right-handed riders, and Eguchi was 88 points on him a few weeks ago in Sioux Falls.
Colten Fritzlan on 688 American Gangster:
This is one of the better bulls in the round. We’ve seen him in short rounds and 15/15 Bucking Battles a lot, and he’s pretty good at getting the top riders on the ground. He should be a good fit for Fritzlan, though. He likes the right, and Fritzlan has posted big rides on bulls a lot like this one several times this year.
Junior Patrik Souza on 66C Harold’s Genuine Risk:
This bull gets in the Morning Line a lot because he’s the closest thing you will see to a free ticket for left-handed riders. He’s a good bull and produces great scores at times, but he’s 2-5 against lefties. One of those buckoffs was at 7.99 seconds against Chase Outlaw in Louisville. Souza is lucky to have this bull, and he should be able to capitalize on the opportunity.
Cody Nance on 522 Vertigo Spy:
This is one of the nicest bulls to ride in the business, at least at this level of competition. He’s been ridden in four of his last five outs. The only downside for Nance is that he goes to the right.
Dener Barbosa on 511T Stretch:
Barbosa had a great day yesterday, winning the 15/15 Bucking Battle and riding his Round 1 bull. However, things are going to get tougher for him here. Stretch is a great bull and a good draw, but more so for right-handed guys; he’s 18-3 against lefties. Barbosa strongly favors bulls that go into his hand, and this one isn’t going to do that.
Eli Vastbinder on 403 Crazy Doc:
This bull is sure to go away from Vastbinder’s hand, but he’s still a good draw. He’s a solid long-round bull that most guys here should fare well against. He’s 4-6 when facing top-level riders.
Ramon de Lima on 407 Buffalo Scott:
Lima has a chance to get a second straight score here. Buffalo Scott is likely to spin both ways, but he tends to go to the right first. That’s good for Lima. If a bull is going to reverse the spin, you want the reverse to be into your hand, and that’s the way this is set up.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 391 Slingin’ Tears:
Another guy who didn’t do well yesterday but could turn things around in Round 2. Vieira is 3-for-4 against this bull with scores of 89.5 (Louisville short-round win), 88.5 and 86.5. Slingin’ Tears isn’t the easiest bull in this round, but he’s a great draw for a top-tier left-handed rider.
Kaique Pacheco on B87 Wicked Hou:
Pacheco didn’t ride either of his bulls yesterday, but he has a pretty good chance in Round 2. Wicked Hou is a consistent, veteran, long round-caliber bull with good timing, and Pacheco should ride every one of those. Hou can go either way, but he likes the right, and so does Pacheco.
Cody Teel on 720 Facetious:
Teel was 85.5 points on this bull in Tulsa last year in one of only three recorded outs for Facetious. Teel got a score in Round 1 and may be set up to get another one.
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