The Morning Line: Velocity Tour Finals, Day 3

The Velocity Tour Finals is the last event for riders to try and qualify for the World Finals.

Highlights

  • Jess Lockwood is in the driver's seat at the Velocity Tour Finals.
  • Cody Jesus is set to try and become the first rider to reach 8 seconds on Filthy Animal.
  • Luciano de Castro has a favorable rematch against Hurricane Hustler in Round 3.

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LAS VEGAS – The bull riders are bringing it here so far. We’ve seen 32 qualified rides in two rounds, and nine riders are perfect going into the third and final day of the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals. It may take two scores to reach the championship round here.

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The bulls we’ll see Monday are the remainder of the ABBI Classic Wild Card bulls that didn’t compete Sunday night. There will also be some veteran bulls who are competing in an ABBI Maturity event.

Event Leaders

Jess Lockwood on 279/4 Streets of Bakersfield:

Lockwood didn’t look as sharp coming back at the BFTS level after getting hurt in September. He’s found his groove at the right time, and he’s dominating this event so far. He has a brand-new bull who is completely unknown, but he had the same situation in the first two rounds at South Point Arena and it’s worked well for him so far.

Sage Kimzey on 342 Ulterra’s Teal Steel:

This is a Canadian bull making his first trip south of the border. He’s been ridden just once in five outs this season. Kimzey has looked unshakeable in Las Vegas so far. He’s had two very nice draws and turned in two 86.5-point scores. Teal Steel will go to the left and has some speed. He can keep the pressure on the rider by not giving them much of a window to correct any mistake or adjust position. He does not have a lot of up and down or a lot of power. Kimzey should handle him, even going away from his hand.

Cody Jesus on 241 Filthy Animal:

Filthy Animal is unridden in five career outs, four of those at the BFTS level.  Whatever happens in this matchup, he will know he had someone on him. Jesus is a real talent and has been fun to watch so far. He’s not afraid to turn loose and spur one.

Claudio Montanha on 324A Kickstart My Heart:

Montanha has looked good here through the first two rounds, and he may have a shot to pick up a third straight score here. This bull is 7-1 in his career, but the one ride came earlier this month when Cody Jesus rode him. He should be similar to a lot of the other rideable bulls we’ve seen here so far.

Taylor Toves on A8 Buster:

Toves has career stats that aren’t all that impressive, but he’s a young guy and his stats this week are a different story. He’s making the most of this opportunity, and he has a shot at going 3-for-3. This bull doesn’t have much experience, but like Lockwood, Toves has done well against inexperienced bulls here so far.

The Field

Cody Nance on 944 Red Rover:

Nance is 2-for-2 here, but he may have some trouble in this matchup. Red Rover is 17-2 at the BFTS level, and Nance is one of his previous victims. This is one of the hardest bulls to ride on tour in recent years. He can be a handful. Nance needs him to have a more rideable trip here to have a chance.

Derek Kolbaba on 28A Smooth Wreck:

Kolbaba came down last night, but he was making an outstanding ride up to the 7.6-second mark. Smooth Wreck is 7-0 overall – 4-0 at the Built Ford Tough Series level over the past year. To get back in contention here, Kolbaba will have to break this bull’s buckoff streak.

Jose Vitor Leme on 214 Jackknife:

We don’t know much about this bull, but we’ve learned a lot about this rider over the past two days. He apparently didn’t come here to make an appearance – he came to ride. He’s ridden both his bulls so far, and he’s looked impressive.

Luciano de Castro on 98A Hurricane Hustler:

Castro won the round last night, and he’s got a chance to win another round with this bull. He rode Hurricane Hustler in Tulsa back in August for 87.75 points. Castro came down in the first round, so he needs another score here.

Tanner Byrne on 169 Crimson King:

Byrne has a score from Round 2, but he’s in 22nd place overall right now. This matchup has the potential to move him way up the leaderboard. Crimson King is a veteran bull who tends to go into Byrne’s hand, and he’s good for a big score if Byrne can get the job done.

Brennon Eldred on X22 Hammer It Again:

This is another veteran bull who can be spectacular or, occasionally, not good enough to be here. He’s had a couple of bad trips at big events, but he is really exciting to watch when he is good. Eldred could win the round here, or he may get a re-ride. Eldred needs any kind of score because he has 12 guys ahead of him going into this round.

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