The Morning Line: Thackerville, Day 1

The WinStar World Casino & Resort Invitational begins at 7:45 p.m. ET.


  • World leader Kaique Pacheco will look to add some distance between himself and Eduardo Aparecido in the world standings.
  • 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro's Bruiser will square off against 2012 PRCA champion Cody Teel.
  • 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis may have a chance for the Round 1 win aboard Get Smoked.

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Round 1

Cooper Davis on 311 Get Smoked:

This bull looks like a great fit for Davis. Get Smoked gave up a couple of good scores earlier this year to right-handed riders. He struggles to get righties on the ground, and it’s not quick even when he succeeds. Davis should be a big favorite here and could place high in the round. 

Joao Ricardo Vieira on 312 JJ:

We’ve seen JJ four times this year, and he’s been ridden twice. This bull reliably goes to the left with good rhythm and that should be just what Vieira is looking for.

Matt Triplett on 20A High Test:

This matchup is an interesting one because this bull can be among the best bulls in the round at times – he’s leading the ABBI Classic standings this year – but he’s also rideable. He always has good timing, and he can have enough action and speed to challenge any rider on his best day.

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He doesn’t have a lot of drop, but he does get his front end up, which doesn’t help the rider a lot. He’s not the kind of bull a rider can go to sleep on. He keeps them on edge the entire ride, and Triplett may be better suited for that scenario than any other rider here. On many of his best rides, Triplett has been on the edge of disaster the entire 8 seconds.

Kaique Pacheco on 5A After Midnight:

After Midnight is one of the stronger bulls in this round. He’s 12-0 in his young career. This bull has a lot of up and down and can be hard to deal with. He will be a challenge for Pacheco, who is the new world leader after Nashville.

Emilio Resende on 44A Smooth Over:

This is bound to turn out well for one of the competitors in this matchup. Smooth Over can be the rankest bull out tonight, or he could be something of a pushover for a right-handed rider. If he has his better trip here, he has the talent to win the ABBI Classic round. If not, Resende probably walks away with a score.

Stormy Wing on CM387 Call the Law:

Wing’s career riding percentage hovers around 30 percent, but over the last five BFTS events he’s almost doubled that with 58 percent. He’s likely to keep that trend going here. Call the Law likes to go to the left, and he may have been enough to get last year’s Stormy Wing on the ground, but he’s probably not enough to toss the new and improved Stormy Wing.

15/15 Bucking Battle

Shane Proctor on 209 Bad Beagle:

Bad Beagle has been ridden once in 20 career outs, and it was his first BFTS appearance in Oklahoma City in 2016. He’s stepped up his game since then and is one of the premier bulls going in the PBR now. He’s in contention for World Champion Bull this year, and he’s been impressive. He threw Proctor off earlier this year, but there’s a chance this could turn into a huge ride because Bad Beagle does go to the right. If he’s ridden this year, it will probably be by a right-handed rider and probably for 90 points or more.

Rubens Barbosa on 1206 Cut the Cord:

Cut the Cord will spin into Barbosa’s hand here, but that doesn’t move the odds in Barbosa’s favor. This bull has real difficulty. He’s honest, and has decent timing, but he is strong enough to beat anyone. Any error on the rider’s part will be hard to overcome. Barbosa isn’t the most technically correct rider around, but he’s often strong enough to muscle through a bad position. That may not work here.

Ryan Dirteater on 045 Seven Dust:

On paper, Seven Dust looks like a little better fit for left-handed riders, but that’s far from the case. He’s not really a good fit for anyone – and especially not for lefties. He usually goes to the right, and he’s as difficult to ride as bulls get in the PBR. Lachlan Richardson rode him here in Thackerville last year for 92.25 points, and that’s essentially the only time he’s been ridden when he’s at his best. Jess Lockwood rode him a couple of weeks ago, but Seven Dust had an off-day for sure. Dirteater has his work cut out for him.

Cody Nance on 056 Rodeo Time:

Nance will have a tough time here. Rodeo Time can have some forward movement, he’s a little intimidating and he’s just hard to ride. Rodeo Time is 34-3 in his career at all levels of competition. His breeding goes back to famous PBR bull Skat Kat, but Rodeo Time looks like he just wandered up out of the south Texas brush country two days ago.

Joao Ricardo Vieira on 2731 South Texas Gangster:

This is the least experienced bull in this group. Gangster has just four outs on record, but Fabiano Vieira rode him for 89 points at a Rocksprings, Texas, Touring Pro Division event over the summer. This bull is a son of I’m a Gangster, who was originally a Canadian bull. His dam is a Teague bred cow presumably from North Carolina. Thirty years ago, a large percentage of the top tier bulls in the world were born and raised in Texas, and this bull appears to represent a full reversal of that trend.

Stormy Wing on 222 Mystikal:

This is a rematch from a couple of weeks ago in Nashville, and the bull won easily there. Cody Teel is the only man who has ridden this bull in 23 career outs. Mystikal can be explosive right out of the chute, but he gets easier once he settles into a spin. He’s a better fit for a right-handed rider as well, so there are several reasons Wing should be an underdog in this matchup.

Cody Teel on SweetPro’s Bruiser:

Bruiser bucked Teel off earlier this season, but you can bet that Teel is happy to have another shot at him here. He has a good shot at making the whistle as well. Bruiser is essentially a great fit for every world class rider, and Teel definitely belongs in that category. Bruiser has the reputation for being rideable, but in reality, he is only rideable when the rider does everything perfect. He is the defending World Champion Bull because he has all the moves and brings it every time. He’s honest and has timing, but he’s far from easy.

Matt Triplett on 136 Uncle Tink:

This bull is tougher to ride than he looks like he should be. He will go away from Triplett’s hand here, which compounds the difficulty. That said, Uncle Tink is definitely in the lighter half of the bulls in this round, and he has been ridden by right-handed guys before.

Fabiano Vieira on 43X Magic Train:

Magic Train had maybe the best out of his career two weeks ago in Nashville with Jess Lockwood aboard. He was arguably better than Pearl Harbor there – the only bull that outscored him. This is a bull that has been around for a few years, and he’s been consistently unpredictable. He’s been nice to ride at times, but he flashes world-class talent now and then. If he brings the Nashville trip here, Vieira will get thumped. If not, the odds are still in the bull’s favor, but Vieira will have a chance.

Cooper Davis on -147 TLW’s Big Cat:

This matchup was supposed to happen in Tulsa, but it didn’t. Big Cat fouled Davis there, and Davis ended up placing in the round on his reride bull. Big Cat is a heavy hitter. He’s strong and hard to ride, but Davis may be the right guy for the job.

Claudio Montanha Jr. on W37 Cochise:

No right-handed rider had ever ridden Cochise until three weeks ago when Triplett did it. A few times this year, Cochise has shown signs that he may be mellowing. He’s long been known for having an explosive first jump followed by a hard corner to the left, but it looks like when he doesn’t leave the chute like a meteor he is just much nicer to ride all around. If he has that easier trip today, Montanha has a shot.

Derek Kolbaba on 44W Stone Sober:

This is a rematch from the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Sacramento, California, earlier this year, and Kolbaba bucked off there. That’s the normal outcome for Stone Sober. He’s been ridden just four times in 92 career outs at all levels, but he’s actually harder to ride than those numbers make him sound. One of those rides came when he was just a baby, and another happened because he didn’t buck at all that day and Joao Vieira earned a reride on him.

So the real stat is that he’s been ridden twice in 90 outs. Both of those rides came late last season, and J.B. Mauney nearly put another one on him in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at the 2016 World Finals. Stone Sober belongs in the same class as Bushwacker and Bruiser, but he doesn’t have the power of Bushwacker or the timing and predictable nature of Bruiser. His style is somewhere between the two. Kolbaba is capable of riding him, but like anyone else in this slot, the odds are against him.

Jess Lockwood on Y4 Wired Child:

This bull threw Lockwood off in Oklahoma City to kick off this season, but don’t expect a repeat of that. Wired Child has been ridden in his last two outs. He’s one of the more rideable bulls in this round, and Lockwood should be a huge favorite here despite his previous buckoff.

Eduardo Aparecido on 9311 Honey Hush:

These two met way back in 2013 and Aparecido won the match. However, Honey Hush went to the right that day, and that’s not his normal trip. He’s likely to go to the left today, and it won’t be an easy task for Aparecido to get by him again.

Kaique Pacheco on 57Z Jack Shot:

Good luck trying to dislodge Pacheco from his lead in the world standings. He’s almost a lock to make the whistle here and do well in this round. Jack Shot isn’t an easy bull. He’s 30-5 in his career, but Pacheco has had him twice this season and is 2-for-2 on him.

Eduardo Aparecido, who Pacheco leapfrogged two weeks ago, has also ridden Jack Shot twice this season. Therefore, Jack Shot has been a major factor in the 2017 world title race so far.

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