By: Darci Miller
PUEBLO, Colo. – In many ways, the 2020 season has been unlike any other in PBR history. Amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, action ground to a halt before resuming in closed-to-fans environments, and the Monster Energy Team Challenge ushered in a new era of the sport.
One thing that hasn’t changed? The best bull power in the world.
While Jose Vitor Leme currently has a stranglehold on the world No. 1 position in the human world title race, the World Champion Bull race has been wide open. Reigning champ Smooth Operator looks to be back in championship form, but challengers like Chiseled, Smooth Over and I’m Legit Too should make this a race to watch. There have been 12 bull scores north of 46 points, including the highest score seen in the PBR in two years.
Relive the rankest action of the first half of the season with the top bull scores on the premier series.
1. 47.5 – Smooth Over against Andrew Alvidrez (4.34 seconds), PBR Lucas Oil Invitational
Ranked No. 7 in the YETI World Champion Bull race, Smooth Over posted the first 47.5-point bull score in the PBR in two years when he disposed of Andrew Alvidrez in 4.34 seconds in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was the first time a bull was marked 47.5 points or higher since Pearl Harbor earned the same score when he bucked off Fernando Henrique Novais in 5.89 seconds in Tacoma, Washington, on April 15, 2018.
2. 47 – Chiseled against Boudreaux Campbell (5.60 seconds), Monster Energy Team Challenge
Chiseled ended the 2019 on a historic note, helping Rubens Barbosa to a monstrous 95.75-point score with a 47-point bull score at the 2019 PBR World Finals. The bovine is just as hot to begin 2020, ranked No. 2 in the bull standings, and he recently matched that 47-point bull score in dispatching Boudreaux Campbell in 5.60 seconds in the championship game of the Monster Energy Team Challenge.
T3. 46.75 – Smooth Operator against Ezekiel Mitchell (2.00 seconds), Chicago Invitational
Similarly, Smooth Operator ended 2019 on the highest of highs, taking home the 2019 YETI World Championship Bull title with a dominating showing. In his 2020 season debut, Smooth Operator showed that he’s still a contender, bucking off Ezekiel Mitchell in 2.00 seconds at the Chicago Invitational.
T3. 46.75 – Smooth Operator against Marco Eguchi (5.87 seconds), PBR Dakota Community Bank & Trust Invitational
The reigning champ began the second half of the Unleash The Beast with an out befitting his title, dispatching Marco Eguchi in 5.87 seconds for another 46.75-point score in Bismarck, North Dakota. The score propelled him up the world standings, and he’s now ranked No. 1. Could the 10-year-old bovine repeat as champion?
T5. 46.5 – Air Support against Cole Melancon (4.90 seconds), WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA
Tragically, Air Support passed away in June. Before his death, Air Support rose to the world No. 1 ranking, and notched a career-best 46.5-point bull score against Cole Melancon at the Global Cup USA in Arlington, Texas, in February.
T5. 46.5 – Chiseled against Ezekiel Mitchell (4.63 seconds), Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic
Chiseled’s 2020 season got off to a hot start at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic in Sacramento, California, when he tossed Ezekiel Mitchell to the dirt in 4.63 seconds in his second out of the season.
T7. 46.25 – Hocus Pocus against Lachlan Richardson (3.95 seconds), WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA
Hocus Pocus was the co-Bull of the Finals winner in 2018 after dispatching Matt Triplett for a career-best 47-point bull score. In February, Hocus Pocus earned 46.25 points – his second-best career score – for a 3.95-second buckoff of Team Australia’s Lachlan Richardson, and is currently ranked No. 4.
T7. 46.25 – I’m Legit Too against Mauricio Moreira (2.75 seconds), PBR Las Vegas Invitational
Currently ranked No. 6, I’m Legit Too notched a career-best 46.25-point score in bucking off Mauricio Moreira at the PBR Las Vegas Invitational in April.
T7. 46.25 – Godzilla against Ezekiel Mitchell (2.52 seconds), Gwinnett Invitational
Godzilla may only be ranked No. 60, but he erupted for 46.25 points when he dispatched Ezekiel Mitchell in 2.52 seconds at the Gwinnett Invitational, setting a new career-best by 2.25 points.
T7. 46.25 – Bad Brad against Matt Triplett (3.45 seconds), PBR Iron Cowboy
Similarly, Bad Brad is ranked No. 61, and set a new career best by 1.75 points when he scored 46.25 points for bucking off Matt Triplett in 3.45 seconds at Iron Cowboy in February.
T7. 46.25 – Smooth Wreck against Brennon Eldred (2.84 seconds), PBR Iron Cowboy
Smooth Wreck challenged for the 2019 YET World Champion Bull title, ultimately falling short to Smooth Operator. He came out swinging at Iron Cowboy in 2020, bucking off Brennon Eldred in 2.84 seconds for 46.25 points.
T7. 46.25 – Hostage against Derek Kolbaba (3.31 seconds), PBR Lucas Oil Invitational
Hostage’s career-best bull score came at the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational in Guthrie, Oklahoma, when he bested Derek Kolbaba in 3.31 seconds for 46.25 points.
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