By: Justin Felisko
PUEBLO, Colo. – In a pure demonstration of dominating brute strength, Smooth Over stole the show from the YETI World Champion Bull contenders at the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational, presented by U.S. Border Patrol, on Sunday afternoon.
The 7-year-old bull bucked off Andrew Alvidrez in 4.34 seconds in the championship round for a career-best bull score of 47.5 points.
Smooth Over is the first bull to be marked 47.5 points or higher since Pearl Harbor earned the same score when he disposed of Fernando Henrique Novais in 5.89 seconds in Tacoma, Washington, on April 15, 2018.
“He feels great,” Alvidrez said afterwards. “I’m going to pick him again, for sure. No problems here, only solutions.”
Smooth Over countered Alvidrez’s own gritty determination to ride him on national television with no dirty tricks or moves. Instead, it was strength and an aggressive kick that sent Alvidrez crashing to the Lazy E Arena floor.
In fact, this weekend was a phenomenal showing by Hart Cattle Company and its partners. Four of the Top 5 bull scores from this weekend came from bulls under the Hart Cattle Company umbrella, and that does not even include M.A.G.A. making world leader Jose Vitor Leme look like chump change on Saturday night.
Behind Smooth Over in the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event standings was Hostage (46.25 points for 3.31 seconds against Derek Kolbaba) and No. 3 I’m Legit Too (46 points for 2.55 seconds against Amadeu Campos).
Outlaw (45 points for 2.5 seconds vs. Marcus Mast), Oz (45 points for 3.37 seconds vs. Kolbaba) and Midnight Rock (45 points against Daylon Swearingen) all tied for fourth place.
Smooth Over (Hart Cattle / GT Bucking Bulls), Hostage (Hart Cattle Co. / Hale / Randy Wood), Outlaw (Hart Cattle Co. / Hale) and Oz (TNT Bucking Bulls / Hart Cattle Co.) all fall under J.W. Hart’s operation.
2020 YETI World Champion Bull contenders Chiseled (44.25 points), Smooth Operator (43.5 points), Hocus Pocus (44.75 points) and SweetPro’s Bruiser all failed to score over the 45-point threshold Sunday afternoon.
The monster out pushes Smooth Over up to No. 9 in the YETI World Champion bull race as he is now averaging 44.71 points in six outs this season.
Smooth Over’s previous career-high score was his 45.5-point effort with Ryan Dirteater at Iron Cowboy in downtown Los Angeles this season. Dirteater rode the bovine athlete for 92.75 points.
“What a freaking son of gun that is,” five-time PBR World Finals qualifier and RidePass analyst Colby Yates said. “He has been getting better every trip I feel like, but my gosh.”
Two-time World Champion and CBS Sports analyst Justin McBride a talks about Hart’s rising bullpen in Sunday night’s PBR Keep Riding, presented by Monster Energy, episode at 7 p.m. ET. on CBS Sports Network.
“I feel like right off the top of my head, J.W. Hart jumps off the page at you,” McBride told Craig Hummer. “This is a guy that was a great bull rider, but as he transitioned into the bull side of things, he’s worked at it for a number of years now, and he is a real player. I mean, this is a guy that’s taking 20 bulls to an event now. Several championship-round bulls, 15/15 type of bulls. So J.W. Hart has put in the work, and it is definitely paying off.”
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