The Morning Line – Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden - Day 1


  • Claudio Montanha Jr. will go up against Otis, a bull he rode just last month in Peoria, Illinois.
  • 2017 Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme is set to match up against Big City in his Premier Series debut.
  • 2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood will face Pneu Dart’s Doomsday, a bull he rode last August in Nashville for 86.75 points.

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Round 1:

Claudio Montanha on 106-73 Otis:

Montanha has ridden fairly well at lower-level events since the World Finals, and he’s up against a bull he rode just last month at a Peoria, Illinois, Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event. Otis doesn’t necessarily have a predictable pattern, but he has timing and doesn’t do anything to surprise the rider. He’s like a baseball pitcher who throws nothing but 87 mph fastballs. He’s good at the game, but he does give up some hits.

Fabiano Vieira on Z7 Loan Shark:

Loan Shark is a solid bull who spins to the left and can reverse it. He has some speed, and he’s intense, but he has one problem here. He’s faced three left-handed riders in his career and hasn’t thrown one off yet. Vieira is one of the best riders the PBR has ever seen, and he’s probably not going to be the first lefty to fall off this bull.

Jose Vitor Leme on T78 Big City:

People used to say there’s not a bull who can’t be rode or a cowboy who can’t be throwed and it’s true. Leme can buck off, he just usually doesn’t. He waltzed into Las Vegas for the World Finals and Velocity Finals and rode 9-of-10, which is unheard of at the highest levels today. I’d be hesitant to favor any bull against him right now, and especially not one that tends to go to the left.

Jess Lockwood on 226 Pneu Dart’s Doomsday:

This is a rematch for the newly crowned World Champ. He rode this bull last August in Nashville for 86.75 points. Doomsday is 0-2 against left-handed riders in his career. He can cover a lot of ground and be hard to handle before he goes into a spin, but he probably won’t be too hard for Lockwood to handle.

Cooper Davis on 264 Ram It:

Davis drew the nicest bull in the pen here. Ram It can have some forward movement, and he’s a quality bull, but he’s more like a bucking machine than most bulls here. He has incredibly even timing, and he’s predictable from jump to jump. He’s been ridden in six of his last seven appearances going back to last January. Davis should have an easy time with him.

Stormy Wing on 227 Buckeye Bill:

Buckeye Bill likes to stretch out and go to the left. He tends to focus on spinning more than the up-and- down, but otherwise he’s very similar to Ram It – the bull that Cooper Davis has. Both bulls will knock out about 11 jumps in 8 seconds, where a fast bull can squeeze in at least 13. Wing should be right in his comfort zone here and get a solid score.

15/15 Round

J.B. Mauney on 243 Breaking Bad:

Jess Lockwood became the first and only guy to ride this bull in 25 career outs when he did it in Round 2 of the World Finals. Breaking Bad can be squirrely and unpredictable before he settles into a spin, and it’s easy to fall off of a bull like that, but Mauney is not easily rattled. Mauney may be the best rider in the history of the sport against bulls that are out of line. The only rider who could challenge him for that is Tuff Hedeman.

Rubens Barbosa on 227 Roman:

This isn’t an easy bull to ride, but Barbosa has some experience on him. They met here in New York in Round 3 last year, and Barbosa made it to the 7.68 second mark before coming down.

Cody Teel on 361 Hedoo:

Teel should almost certainly get a score here. Hedoo may be the nicest to ride bull you will see in a 15/15 round all year, and he goes to the right, which is into Teel’s hand. That said, he managed to throw off two right-handed riders at the World Finals against all odds. Getting any kind of score is huge in a 15/15 round, but if they ride three to four other bulls then Teel is not likely to win the round on this one.

Claudio Montanha on RK101 Slinger Jr.

Slinger Jr has spent the last several years setting himself up to be the next Stanley FatMax. He doesn’t have a wow factor to the eye, but he’s very hard to ride. He gives up less than one qualified ride per year, and he’s been ridden just twice in 59 career outs. Jose Vitor Leme rode him at the World Finals, breaking an unridden streak that had lasted for two years and one month against quality riders. Montanha will have his hands full here.

Joao Ricardo Vieira on W37 Cochise:

This is a good matchup for Vieira. Two years ago, this bull mucked out Silvano Alves here in New York in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and looked very hard to ride. However, over time he’s mellowed somewhat. He gave up three good scoring rides last year. The difficulty with Cochise has always been the first two-to-three jumps before he goes into a spin. He can cover a lot of ground in a hurry, but if Vieira can handle that he should easily get a score.

Silvano Alves on 23 Shownuff:

Shownuff isn’t exactly the kind of bull that riders dream about. He’s a strong, brindle colored bull with big horns, and he can be rough to ride. He can yank on a rider’s arm and hits the ground hard. He’s physically rougher to ride than most bulls. He doesn’t do anything that Alves can’t easily handle, but the key with Alves is the mental game. When you see Alves struggle, it is 100 percent a mental problem, and this bull will get in a rider’s head more than most.

Fabiano Vieira on 801 Big Dutch:

This is an impressive looking young bull with a lot of action and intensity. He made headlines at the World Finals by carrying Lockwood and Leme to two 90-plus point scores and round wins. He likes to go to the left, and Vieira should get along with him. As salty as he looks, Big Dutch has great timing and should be a good fit for any left-handed rider.

Stormy Wing on Z8/8 Losing My Religion:

If you read the Morning Line regularly you may get the idea that a lot of bulls have great timing because I feel like I mention that a lot. This is a good example of a bull that usually doesn’t have it, and as a result he’s been ridden just once in 30 career outs. He’s the least desirable bull in the draw for this round and Wing will have his hands full here.

Dener Barbosa on 060 Wiley:

These two have met twice before, and the bull won both times. Wiley is a better fit for right-handed riders, and he can break his timing, be out of line and unpredictable. None of this bodes well for Barbosa, who tends to prefer bulls that are the opposite of this one in every way.

Jose Vitor Leme on 222 Mystikal:

Mystikal is one of the harder to ride bulls in this round. He can throw a fake one way and spin the other. He can move forward, and he’s fast enough to never let the rider catch up. However, he’s essentially a lesser version of Magic Train – the bull Leme won the World Finals championship round on.  If we’ve learned anything about Leme, it’s that when you see a bull with an impressive buckoff record it’s probably because he hasn’t faced this kid yet.

Kaique Pacheco on 104 Moto Moto:

Pacheco rode this bull twice last season, and aside from that, Moto Moto is one of the best draws in the round for a right-handed rider. He’s the best matchup for Pacheco, but may not be enough bull to win the round on if they ride a few.

Eduardo Aparecido on 145 Freak of Nature:

Freak of Nature is 13-0 in his career, and 2-0 against Aparecido. They met twice last year, including at the World Finals, and the bull won easily both times.

Cooper Davis on 1206 Cut The Cord:

Davis probably wishes he could carry this bull around with him. Cut the Cord has been ridden just three times in 36 career outs, but Davis is responsible for two of those. He scored over 90 points both times they’ve met. Davis has a good chance to win the round here and get his season started right.

Derek Kolbaba on 567 Lester Gillis:

Lester Gillis is something of an oddity among bulls at this level. He has good timing and does the same thing every time, but he’s seldom ridden. Kaique Pacheco has ridden him twice, but all 29 others he has faced were down before the whistle. The reason he’s so successful is that on a scale of 1-10 he’s a 6 in buck and a 10 in spin. He really focuses all of his effort into going around and around, and this can make him feel weird.  There have been a few other bulls like this in PBR history, and they’ve all been good at throwing guys off.

Jess Lockwood on 045 Seven Dust:

Seven Dust is big, mean and doesn’t fit left-handed riders very well. That didn’t stop Lockwood from riding him for 87.5 points in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last August. It wasn’t a day off for Lockwood – this bull is legitimately hard to ride – but the reason Lockwood is a World Champion is because he doesn’t accept defeat easily. He gives himself a lot of second chances. He’ll need to take advantage of that here. Just because he’s ridden Seven Dust before won’t make this time any easier.

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