In the bull pen: Billings

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This weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series event is steeped in history and tradition.

PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert can recall some pivotal moments from Montana.

He remembers Clint Branger winning one of the earliest events in the PBR’s existence in 1993. Billings is also where Jim Sharp rode the original Yellow Jacket.

“There’s a lot of history there,” said Lambert, in his weekly Podcast.

This weekend could bring its own historic moments, and Asteroid is a bull who could provide one of those moments.

He wasn’t the highest scored bull last week in Thackerville, Okla., but J.W. Hart thought he should have been, and Lambert thought Asteroid was tied for the best bull of the event.

“He was supposed to be that kind of a bull when Circle T Ranch bought him,” Lambert said.

He hadn’t been ridden at a number of rodeos, but at his first BFTS event earlier this year, in Des Moines, Iowa, he had an off day.

In fact, Lambert wasn’t sure he was good enough to be used in the long round, much less the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of a future BFTS event. Still, he brought Asteroid back in Pueblo, Colo., where he was outstanding.

Since his disappointing trip in Des Moines, where he was marked just 39.5 points, Asteroid has been marked 45.25 and Magno Alves points.

Lambert saw him again at a Touring Pro event in Weatherford, Texas.

“He belongs in the same pen with Bushwacker, I’m a Gangster and those kinds of bulls,” he said.

During their 15-minute long Podcast, which can be heard in its entirety here, Lambert and PBR statistician Slade Long also talked about Big Tex.

Throughout his career, Big Tex has had more than 100 combined outs at BFTS and Touring Pro events. Long compared the veteran bovine to Mossy Oak Mudslinger.

“It’s hard to think that he’s up there,” Lambert said, “but he’s battled it out Bones for the World Championship, and he’s been a contender for several years.”

Lambert said that he thought Big Tex might have been slowing down at the end of the 2010 season and into the early part of this year.

“But he’s come back as strong as ever,” said Lambert, of his recent outings. “In fact, Sean Willingham was telling me last week that one of those Touring Pros in Montana he had him, and he bucked as good as he’s ever bucked.”

“In the Bull Pen” is recorded every Thursday prior to a BFTS event.

— by Keith Ryan Cartwright

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