COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The Built Ford Tough Rumble in the Rockies kicks off at the Broadmoor World Arena on Friday night.
Round One Matchups
Brady Sims on R56 Lil’ Lanche:
Sims should come out of this with an opening-round score. Lil’ Lanche has faced three left-handed riders and was ridden twice. Sims is coming off a solid effort in Des Moines, Iowa, where he finished fourth and rode his short-round bull (Jared Allen’s H4WW Hot Iron).
Harve Stewart on 630 Cowboy Compactor:
This bull has been around for quite a while, but the only time we’ve seen him on the Built Ford Tough Series was in Springfield, Missouri, in 2010. It may be the longest gap between appearances on tour for any bull. In 56 career outs, Cowboy Compactor has been ridden 20 times and that is without facing very many top tier riders.
Kasey Hayes on 96 Redneck:
Redneck has been ridden in four of seven career outs, including both times he’s faced a left-handed rider. This is a bull that has pretty good timing, and when he does buck guys off, he doesn’t do it quickly. He should fit most guys here; Hayes should get the job done.
Emilio Resende gets spun off the back of Redneck and walks away unscathed in Round 2 of the 2014 PBR BFTS Express Employment Professionals Invitational in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sean Willingham on 311 I’m a Panda Too:
Willingham rode I’m a Panda Too last season at a Touring Pro Division event for 84 points, which is not surprising. Right-handed riders have had pretty good luck on this bull.
Silvano Alves on 857 Sue:
This is a quality, veteran bull that has a good bit of experience at this level of competition. He’s strong, but not fast, and he’s not particularly predictable. He’s been ridden more often by right-handed riders and Alves should be able to handle him.
Zane Lambert on 15U Electric Prune:
This is one of the best draws around. He goes to the left, which will be away from Lambert’s hand, but he has steady timing and has been ridden by right-handed riders equally as often as he has by lefties. Electric Prune really gets it on, and he has some speed, but he also backs up a little which can help riders out. He’s a lot like Chocolate Thunder – a bull we often see in short rounds.
J.B. Mauney rides Electric Prune for 88.25 points in Round 1 of the 2013 PBR Jack Daniel's Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
J.W. Harris on C02 Cheap Trick:
We haven’t seen much of this bull, but when he’s faced right-handed riders he’s mostly been ridden. Harris was 0-for-2 last week and is due for a turnaround.
Ty Pozzobon on 987 Gear Jammer:
We’ve only seen Gear Jammer twice – in Thackerville, Oklahoma City, last year, and in Oklahoma City earlier this season. He was ridden both times. Austin Meier turned in 87 points on him and Mike Lee picked up 85.25 points. Odds are Pozzobon gets a score here.
Gage Gay on 897 Big Red:
Like several other bulls out Friday night, this is a Frontier Rodeo Company bull who is making his debut here. He has 15 outs on record and has been ridden six times. That’s a pretty low buckoff percentage for a bull who hasn’t faced many high-end riders.
Tanner Byrne on 939 Black Velvet:
Black Velvet has just one out on record – at a TPD event just a month ago in Salt Lake City. He was ridden there by a guy who is not quite as good as the one he’s facing tonight. Byrne should have the edge here.
Fabiano Vieira on 898 Swamp Dog:
This is a debut bull here, but he has 30 outs to his credit and has been ridden 14 times. Vieira will be the best rider he’s ever faced.
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