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08.31.2010
Key Match-Ups For Day One in Huron

The 2010 CINCH CBR Tour presented by Mahindra will be in Huron, SD the next couple days for the 2010 Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash.  Every top-10 rider is in the draw, and the pen of bulls is very solid as well.  Here are my key match-ups for day one of the event.  Check back tomorrow for another set of match-ups for day two.  Enjoy!

Clint Craig vs. Walk The Line
Clint Craig is currently fifth in the CBR standings, and he is the only multiple-event winner so far in 2010.  He rode in Brazil last week, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts after all the travel.  His draw for tonight's long round is Walk The Line, a bull owned by Dakota Rodeo and Clay Struve.  This bull hasn't had any outs in the CBR this season, but Craig rode him for 91.5 points last year in Huron.  The bull has lost a slight step after being good for so long, so this may not touch 90.  That being said, it should still be somewhere between 85 and 88 points.
My Pick:  Clint Craig

Craig Sasse vs. Hell Ya
Craig Sasse is 46th in the standings, but he has had some success the past month or so.  He won a Horizon Series event in early-August, and he made the Championship Round in Bossier City a couple weeks ago.  His draw for tonight's long round is Hell Ya, a bull owned by Reagan Bucking Bulls.  In three CINCH CBR outs this season, he has been ridden once for 88 points.  Sasse rides left-handed, and that will give him a chance in this match-up.  However, I still think the bull will be too much for him this time.
My Pick:  Hell Ya

Riggin Phillips vs. Rena's Pet
Riggin Phillips has moved all the way up to seventh in the standings, and he is coming off a third-place finish in Bossier City.  He has proven he will be a factor down the stretch.  His long-round draw tonight is Rena's Pet, a bull owned by Brad Vogele.  In three CINCH CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden twice.  One of those rides was an 86 turned in by Riggin Phillips in Nashville.  This match-up may not be the round winner, but it should put the Texas cowboy somewhere near the top five going into the Championship Round.
My Pick:  Riggin Phillips

Cody White vs. J Lo 2
Cody White is currently 13th in the CBR standings, but he is coming off two events without a qualified ride.  His long-round draw tonight is J Lo 2, a bull owned by Benny Cude.  In three CINCH CBR outs this season, the bull has been ridden once for 85 points.  White is overdue to break out of his minor slump, and J Lo 2 has been good to right-handed riders.  This one should put White in decent shape after the long round.
My Pick:  Cody White

Steve Woolsey vs. Wompus
Steve Woolsey comes into the Huron event fourth in the season standings, and he also finished ninth this past weekend in Brazil.  He did a great job down representing the CBR.  His draw for tonight's long round is Wompus, another bull owned by Benny Cude.  In six CINCH CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden twice for an average ride score of 88.75 points.  Neil Holmes was 90.5 points on Wompus in Hobbs a few weeks ago, so this is a great draw.  As much as I'd love to pick Woolsey, I just can't do it.  He was banged up some in Brazil, and he has to be feeling the effects of all the extra travel.  I hope I'm wrong though because this could win the long round.
My Pick:  Wompus

Tag Elliott vs. Like Mike
Tag Elliott started the season on fire, finishing fourth at El Paso #1 and Nashville.  That being said, we haven't seen him since Del Rio in May.  He is 37th in the CBR standings and will be looking to solidify his spot in the Tour Finale.  His draw for tonight's long round is Like Mike, a bull owned by Beach City Bucking Bulls/Shippy.  He has been ridden four times out of five in CINCH CBR outs in 2010, and the average ride score is nearly 89 points.  Elliott rides right-handed, and that should be a perfect fit for Like Mike.  This will be near the top of the leaderboard.
My Pick:  Tag Elliott

Kenny Westrope vs. Wyatt Earp
Kenny Westrope finished 12th in the CBR standings in 2009, but Huron will mark the first time fans have seen him since February.  His first bull tonight will be Wyatt Earp, a bull owned by The Dalton Gang.  In two CINCH CBR outs this season, this bull has been ridden once for 88 points.  His average bull score is 44.5 points.  Westrope will be hungry to get his season going, but Wyatt Earp is a very tough bull to have upon returning.  I have to go with the animal athlete on this one.
My Pick:  Wyatt Earp

Elliot Jacoby vs. Luca Brazzi
Elliot Jacoby's recent success is well-documented, and he is now second in the 2010 standings after a win and second-place finish in his last two events.  His draw for tonight's long round is Luca Brazzi, a bull owned by Brad Vogele.  In five CINCH CBR outs this season, this bull has been ridden twice for an average ride score of 86.5 points.  He has been decent at times, and he has been outstanding at times.  Either way, Jacoby should ride him and place pretty high in the long round.  He will be a tough cowboy to beat over the next month or two.
My Pick:  Elliot Jacoby

The Short Round Bulls
No Berry Wine
Muy Caliente
Wild Nights
Carson's Big Rig
Airborn
Legend
Pray For Mercy
Thunder Down Under
Snoopy
Cude Energy
Double Scoop
Marmit
Lone Survivor
Carney Man
Hot Blooded


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