Aparecido regains world No. 1 ranking

Eduardo Aparecido now leads No. 2 Kaique Pacheco by 130 points. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • Eduardo Aparecido used his perseverance and hard work to return to the top of the world standings with an admirable effort in Long Island.
  • Derek Kolbaba had promised Jess Lockwood he would come through with the win in Uniondale. He made his friend proud over the weekend and jumped back into the conversation for a world title.
  • Meanwhile, Chase Outlaw is still in the hunt for his first event win of the year, but he too jumped back into the race with a big second place finish.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Here are three things we learned from the Buck Off The Island, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Aparecido regains world No. 1 ranking (9-24-17)

Eduardo Aparecido is back on top following a perfect 3-for-3 weekend that pushed him past Kaique Pacheco in the world standings.

Aparecido rode Nailed for 87.5 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to finish Uniondale with 290 points toward the world standings.

The 27-year-old is now the No. 1 bull rider for the first time after losing the spot to Pacheco last month in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I am very happy to ride this bull and be No. 1,” Aparecido said. “I have trained hard for this. I talked with Emilio (Resende) about this bull.”

Aparecido leads Pacheco by 130 points with four Built Ford Tough Series regular-season events remaining until the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Nov. 1-5 at T-Mobile Arena.

He previously held the No. 1 ranking for six months.

“I was not nervous (when I lost the world lead),” Aparecido said. “I was focused on riding my bulls. My mind was strong.”

Aparecido began the weekend with an 86.5-point ride on Black Ice in Round 1 before riding Backfire for 84.5 points in Round 2.

Uniondale was Aparecido’s first three-ride weekend since going 3-for-3 to win the Jacksonville, Florida, event in March and the third-place finish was his best since finishing second at the Ty Murray Invitational a week after Jacksonville.

The Top 4 bull riders in the world standings were separated by less than 200 points before the competition began in Uniondale, but Aparecido was the only rider of the group to earn any world points.

Pacheco finished 1-for-2, while No. 4 Cooper Davis bucked off both of his bulls.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, No. 3 Jess Lockwood is going to be out least four weeks after sustaining four broken ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated kidney in Round 1 when he was bucked off by Blue Magic.

There are now 324.17 points between the Top 4 riders heading into next weekend’s Rumble in the Rockies in Colorado Springs.

Kolbaba wins third event of the season to get back into title race

Derek Kolbaba didn’t return to the Long Island Marriott until roughly 3:45 in the morning Sunday after spending Saturday night at the hospital with Lockwood and Stetson Lawrence.

One thing Lockwood did say to his bud before he left was to go out and take care of business on Sunday.

Kolbaba made Lockwood proud later in the afternoon and picked up his third event win of the season by riding Buckeye Bill for 90 points on the final ride of the weekend.

“Oh, that is great,” Kolbaba said. “It sucks to see your buddies go down like that, but we all have each other’s backs. It is fun to experience a win.”

The 21-year-old had been mired in a 1-for-17 slump since the BFTS resumed in August.

Kolbaba started his slump-busting weekend off Saturday night by winning Round 1 with 87.25 points aboard Loan Shark. He then went into the Championship Round still atop the leaderboard after riding Slip Out for 87 points.

It was then easy pickings for the Walla Walla, Washington, bull rider on Buckeye Bill.

“That is a great bull, and I knew he was going to be like that with a little bit of back up,” Kolbaba said. “He fit me perfect and I just had to bear down a little bit and let it happen.”

The winning ride propelled Kolbaba to 635 world points, and the No. 5 rider in the world standings is within 775 points of Aparecido.

“We still have four more events and all you can do is focus on one bull at a time,” Kolbaba said. “There are a ton of points to be made at a regular-season event and we will just get on a roll.”

Outlaw wins Round 2; picks up third second-place finish of the season

Chase Outlaw is still searching for that first elusive event win of 2017, but his 3-for-3 showing in Uniondale gave him his third second-place finish of the season.

Outlaw made two of the best rides of the event on Sunday afternoon when he rode Captain for 87.5 points to win Round 2 and Jammin Jackson’s Handsome Jeff for 89.75 points in the championship round.

The Hamburg, Arkansas, bull rider had been wanting to get on Captain for years.

“I got on that bull in 2013 at the house,” Outlaw said. “I knew (Jacob Kennemer) sold him to Mike Miller in 2014, and I have been waiting since then to get on that bull where it was going to pay.”

It paid off indeed as Outlaw picked up his eighth round win of the season.

Outlaw then carried that momentum into the championship round when he rode Handsome Jeff.

“Man that is what we do it for,” he said. “Bucked off from the word go, but you are never out of the fight. You have to stay in the fight.”

In regards of Outlaw’s world title fight, he threw a solid punch in Uniondale and is almost to within 1,000 points of the world lead after picking up 405 points toward the world standings.

Outlaw is 1,068.34 points behind Aparecido.  

Rounding out the Top 5 in Uniondale was Brennon Eldred (2-for-3, 195 world points) and Jordan Hansen (2-for-3, 105 world points).

Hansen jumped 11 spots in the world standings with the first two-ride performance of his career.

The 24-year-old is ranked 33rd in the world standings after riding Road Rage (85.25 points) in Round 1 and Well Hello (85.75 points) in Round 2.

Hansen was bucked off by Cooper’s Comet in 2.55 seconds during the championship round.

Injury Updates

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Brock Radford did not compete in the championship round because of a gastrointestinal illness.

Radford had to turn down a re-ride opportunity in Round 2 after riding Jungle Fire for 38.75 points.

The Canadian believed he got food poisoning this weekend in New York.

Matt Triplett is questionable for Colorado Springs after injuring his left shoulder (free arm) when he was struck on the elbow by Sarge in Round 2. He was unable to take his re-ride.

Nathan Burtenshaw sprained his right thumb (riding hand, UCL MCP joint) during his 84.25-point ride on Ozzy in Round 2. Burtenshaw was later bucked off by Shattered Dreams in 2.58 seconds in the championship round.

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Aparecido gains ground in world title race; Lockwood injured (9-23-17)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Buck Off The Island, presented by Cooper Tires, Saturday night at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

In the battle for the world No. 1 ranking, Eduardo Aparecido jumped ahead of the competition among the tightly contested Top 4 riders in the world standings.

Aparecido finished second in Round 1 with an 86.5-point ride on Black Ice for 60 world points. The No. 3 rider in the world standings placed the highest among world leader Kaique Pacheco, No. 2 Jess Lockwood and No. 4 Cooper Davis.

“That was a young bull that I never saw before,” Aparecido said with the help of Guilherme Marchi translating. “He was away from my hand fast. I was able to stay in the middle and get the job done.”

However, the biggest news of the night was Lockwood sustaining broken ribs and multiple injuries.

The No. 2 rider in the world had to be transported to a local hospital to undergo X-rays after Blue Magic bucked him off in 3.09 seconds and stomped squarely on his left ribs.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Lockwood sustained four broken ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated kidney and that he would be out of competition in Uniondale. 

Freeman said on Sunday morning Lockwood is not in danger of missing the World Finals. 

All four riders are separated by less than 200 points in the world standings.

Aparecido now trails Pacheco by only 100 points heading into Championship Sunday after Pacheco finished 16th in Round 1 with a 71.75-point ride on Cowboy Phil.

“I am just thinking about my ride,” Aparecido said. “I am just thinking about my riding and not the other guys right now. I am just going to get on my bulls and the job done every time.”

Aparecido has drawn Backfire (13-1, BFTS) for Round 2.

Pacheco decided to turn down his re-ride option on Billy Bat Skat and is confident he can make up the ground on Sunday.

Billy Bat Skat had previously bucked off Pacheco in 2.6 seconds last season.

“I rode my first bull today and I have an excellent bull tomorrow,” Pacheco said. “The re-ride bull is a big bull and away from my hand. He moves forward a little bit. I know I have a pretty good chance tomorrow if I get my bull down.”

Pacheco is slated to face Blue Duck (0-0, BFTS) Sunday.

Davis was bucked off by Boo Yaa in 5.41 seconds.

Kolbaba ends buckoff streak to win Round 1

Derek Kolbaba admits it felt like déjà vu all over again this year.

A year after bucking off 24 bulls in a row during the stretch run to the 2016 World Finals, Kolbaba was once again mired in a 1-for-17 slump ever since the BFTS resumed from the summer break last month.

Regardless, Kolbaba – the No. 5 ranked rider in the world standings – is still very much alive in the 2017 world title race, and he got things back on track in a big way Saturday night.  

The 21-year-old rode Loan Shark for 87.25 points to win Round 1 and end a streak of 13 consecutive buckoffs.

“It was good to finally get that monkey off my back,” Kolbaba said. “It damn sure has been rough these last couple of weeks and it is funny how fast it can start snowballing on you. Heck, I had a pretty good talk with my dad about it this week and I got a little tougher about it.”

Kolbaba moved ahead of Chase Outlaw for the No. 5 world ranking and trails Pacheco by 1,180 points.

He will take on Slip Out (1-0, BFTS) in Round 2.

Derek’s father, Kyle, told him this week to not forget that he was in contention for a World Championship.

One event win could get him right back on the heels of the Top 4.

“I was feeling good coming into this week,” Derek said. “(My dad) told me not to get complacent. It has been a great year and I was sitting good in the standings, but falling off that many is not anything to be proud of.”

Kolbaba is not alone, though.

Outlaw and Stormy Wing also earned qualified rides in Round 1. The No. 6 and No. 8 riders in the world standings could use a big victory in Uniondale to get themselves back in the mix of this title race with only four events remaining after this weekend.

Outlaw finished seventh in Round 1 with an 84.75-point ride on Crosshairs, and Wing placed 10th with 82.75 points aboard Down Draft.

Hansen helps push to crack Top 35; race at the bottom intensifies

For the second week in a row, Jordan Hansen was the last alternate named to the draw.

And for the second week in a row, Hansen has a qualified ride on the board as he tries to crack the Top 35.

The 24-year-old from Canada rode Road Rage for 85.25 points to tie with Brennon Eldred (85.25 points on Trick Shot) for fourth place Saturday night.

“Shoot, I can’t complain,” Hansen said. “That is an old Canadian bull, so that was one I was actually a little bit familiar with coming here. I had never been on him. I had seen him a couple of times and forgot they sold him to down here. I was pretty excited.”

Hansen earned 35 world points to move from 44th to 43rd in the world standings. He may have only jumped one spot, but he is only 50 points behind No. 35 Alex Marcilio and still has a chance to earn more points on Sunday.

“I was (last) on the alternate list, so I am not in every weekend,” Hansen said. “It would be nice to (be Top 35) and not sitting by the phone waiting for that call.”

Marcilio went 3-for-3 to win the Portland, Maine, Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event this weekend. The 29-year-old jumped from 43rd to 35th thanks to the 80 world points he earned.

The Macaubal, Brazil, bull rider had turned down the opportunity to compete in Uniondale this weekend.

Marcilio’s Top 35 spot may not even last more than 24 hours if Hansen puts together another ride or two.

Hansen and Eldred, who is 30th in the world standings, are two of only four riders competing in Uniondale ranked 30th or lower in the world standings that had a qualified ride in Round 1.

Also earning qualified rides were No. 38 Brock Radford (81.75 points on Whoop Ass) and No. 42 Luis Blanco (72.5 points on Red Rocket).

Radford’s ride was the first of his BFTS career.

Eldred nearly lost his qualified ride when he almost fell over the front of Trick Shot just past 6 seconds.

“I know. He had me working the whole time and he was really up underneath himself. I had my feet moving and thank God it worked out.

“It is crunch time and it is time to start staying on.”

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PUEBLO, Colo. – Matt Triplett is feeling energized and ready to rock following a week off from competition as he spent time at home in Montana rehabbing a left shoulder injury.

Triplett sustained the shoulder injury in Springfield, Missouri, two weeks ago and decided to skip last weekend’s event in Austin, Texas. 

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The No. 10 bull rider in the world standings heads into this weekend’s Buck Off The Island, presented by Cooper Tires, in Uniondale, New York, 1,780 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco.

Triplett says the injuries that occurred from a 4.86-second buckoff against Decoded are a thing of the past following a consistent rehabilitation schedule prior to leaving for Uniondale earlier this week.

“I first hit the cryotherapy tank and floating tank for two days straight (last week),” Triplett said. “I was doing cryo twice a day and floating in between them. I went to an athletic trainer by my house and he just rubbed and worked on my shoulder quite a bit. We got it loosened up and worked on my back.”

Triplett has become an avid supporter of cryotherapy this season, while recently trying out a floating tank.

Floating tanks are also known as isolation or sensory deprivation tanks and are a lightless, soundproof tank with high Epsom salt content filled with salt water at skin temperature.

Some of the reported benefits of floating include quicker recovery time from injuries, improved circulation, pain relief from arthritis, migraines and injuries and an increase distribution of oxygen and nutrients for the body. Additional general well-being improvements associated with floating are improved sleep, stress relief and an elimination of fatigue.

Triplett also has increased his workout regimen in the last two weeks to attempt to get in prime condition for the final five regular-season Built Ford Tough Series events before the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Nov. 1-5 in Las Vegas.

“I have been doing a bunch of balance ball workouts,” Triplett said. “Then I go to Yoga and cryo again. I will go to cryotherapy three or four days a week.”

Triplett has drawn Polaroid (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1.

The 26-year-old said isn’t concerned about how much time is left for him to try and close the gap on Pacheco or the other world leaders.

“It don’t matter,” Triplett said. “It is all about what happens until that last bull at the Finals. Yeah, you can have a comfortable lead, but you can have a bad Finals. It is all going to come down to the Finals.”

The world leaders – Pacheco, Jess Lockwood, Eduardo Aparecido and Cooper Davis – are all separated by less than 200 points.

Pacheco will try to hold off the challengers when he takes on Cowboy Phil in a Round 1 rematch.  

It is a great matchup for Pacheco. The third-year rider has previously ridden Cowboy Phil (14-7, BFTS) for 85.5 points in Jacksonville, Florida, this past March and 88 points at the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Pacheco leads No. 2 Lockwood by 85 points, No. 3 Aparecido by 160 points and No. 4 Cooper Davis by 194.17 points.

Lockwood, who is still dealing with a lower back injury, will face Blue Magic (2-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

Aparecido has drawn Black Ice (0-0, BFTS), while Davis will look for 8 seconds aboard Boo Ya (0-0, BFTS) on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

No. 7 Fabiano Vieira remains out of competition because of a shoulder/jaw injury.

Vieira is one of six Top 35 riders not competing in Uniondale: No. 9 J.B. Mauney (reconstructive shoulder surgery), No. 15 Mason Lowe (right elbow), No. 22 Ryan Dirteater (right hip), No. 31 Troy Wilkinson and No. 34 Aaron Kleier (personal) are not making the trip to Long Island.

Therefore, there will be six alternates, as well as a Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour invite (Colten Jesse), in the draw on Saturday night.

No. 36 Cody Rodeo Tyler, No. 37 Brock Radford, No. 38 J.W. Harris, No. 39 Lachlan Richardson, No. 41 Luis Blanco and No. 44 Jordan Hansen are all trying to catch No. 35 Nathan Burtenshaw.

Burtenshaw used a round victory in Austin to move into the No. 35 ranking, but he only leads Tyler by 2.92 points and Hansen by 73.33 points.

The 23-year-old has drawn Screamer (4-1, BFTS) for Round 1.

Tyler is trying to earn his first World Finals qualification like Burtenshaw, and he will try to usurp Burtenshaw by earning a qualified ride against Onion (0-0, BFTS).

“Man, this is my lifelong dream, and I have been putting so much pressure on myself,” Tyler said. “It is not even funny, but it is all self-made pressure. It has nothing to do with anything else. It is all on how much pressure you put on yourself.”

Hansen is competing in his second career event after riding Machinery Auctioneer’s Mack Daddy for 86 points last week for the first ride of his career. The 24-year-old faces Road Rage (1-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

“That was big helping me get up here (in the standings) for this week,” Hansen said.

Jesse is 106th in the world standings and will be making his BFTS debut in only his fifth PBR event. He purchased his PBR card in August.

The 20-year-old won the Allentown, Pennsylvania, Velocity Tour event last weekend by riding Rolla for 85 points and High Rise for 86 points. He is 2-for-7 in his very brief PBR career.

The Konawa, Oklahoma, native started competing in rodeos when he was 3-4 years old, following in his father, Todd’s, footsteps, and won the 2013 Youth Bull Riders Open World Champion.

Jesse takes on Filthy Animal (3-0, BFTS) in Round 1. 

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