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09.09.2010
Key Match-Ups For 2010 Navajo Nation CBR Challenge

The 2010 CINCH CBR Tour presented by Mahindra Tractors will be in Window Rock, Arizona tonight.  Nine of the top-10 riders in the season standings will be there, and there are plenty of great bulls in the draw as well.  I've put together a list of eight key match-ups for tonight's long round, and I've also included the list of Championship Round bulls.  If you want to discuss the match-ups, feel free to visit our facebook page if you haven't already.  Enjoy!

Luke Kelly vs. Heaven's Gate
I'll start with the number one rider in the CBR standings, Luke Kelly.  He has obviously been on a huge roll lately, and he has a great long-round draw tonight.  His first bull will be Heaven's Gate, a bull owned by Owen Washburn.  In four CINCH CBR outs in 2010, Heaven's Gate has been ridden just once for 88.5 points.  Kelly rides right-handed, and this bull is a little tougher on those guys.  It's tough to pick against the top guy right now, but I'm going with the upset here.
My Pick:  Heaven's Gate

Nate Perry vs. Short Cut
Nate Perry won the first event of the season in El Paso, and he is currently 20th in the season standings.  His long-round draw tonight is Short Cut, a bull owned by Mike Johnson.  He hasn't had any CBR outs this season, but he should be a perfect fit for the Oklahoma cowboy.  Perry rides right-handed, and that should benefit him in this match-up.  This probably won't win the round, but it will be somewhere in the mid-80s.
My Pick:  Nate Perry

Spud Jones vs. Chrome Molly
In my preview earlier in the week, I mentioned how much success Spud Jones has had at Window Rock in recent years.  He will have another chance to start off well this year because he has drawn Chrome Molly in tonight's long round.  This bull is owned by Box K Cattle Co., and he has been ridden five out of seven times this season for an average ride score of 88.5 points.  Chrome Molly will buck a rider off if they slip up, but Jones should get a qualified ride and contend for the round win.
My Pick:  Spud Jones

Clint Craig vs. Ronnie Rooster
Clint Craig is still sixth in the CBR standings, but he has been in a little slump since the summer break ended.  In fact, he is still looking for his first qualified ride since then.  His long-round draw tonight is Ronnie Rooster, a bull owned by Danny Reagan.  In two CINCH CBR outs this year, this bull is unridden with an average bull score of 43.25 points.  He was marked 44.5 points in his last out, so he will be a handful tonight.  Add that to the fact Craig has struggled recently, and I have to pick the animal athlete in this match-up.
My Pick:  Ronnie Rooster

Ardie Maier vs. Jack Knife
Ardie Maier is currently second in the season standings after winning in Hankinson last Sunday night, so he is definitely full of confidence.  His draw in tonight's long round is Jack Knife, another bull owned by Danny Reagan.  Steve Woolsey rode this bull for 89 points in Fort Worth earlier in the season, but Jack Knife bucked off all three riders he faced last week up north.  Maier will have to bring his best, but he should ride this one and contend for the round win.
My Pick:  Ardie Maier

Cody White vs. Rena's Pet
Cody White is 13th in the season standings, but he is still looking for his first qualified ride on the Fall Run.  His long-round draw tonight is Rena's Pet, a bull owned by Brad Vogele.  In six CINCH CBR outs in 2010, this bull has only been ridden twice for an average ride score of 87.25 points.  Like Jack Knife, he also bucked off all three riders he faced last week.  White rides right-handed, and this bull bucks off almost all right-handers.  I can't go against those stats, especially since White has been in a little slump.
My Pick:  Rena's Pet

Scotty Knapp vs. Soul Train
Scotty Knapp made a huge first impression by winning night two in Huron last week.  The victory moved him up to 24th in the CBR standings.  His long-round draw tonight is Soul Train, a bull owned by Vogele/McKeller.  This bull has been out eight times in CINCH CBR events in 2010, and he has been ridden four times for an average ride score of 88.5 points.  Soul Train has been tougher on left-handed riders this season, but Knapp can still handle him and contend for the round win.
My Pick:  Scotty Knapp  

Kenny Westrope vs. Kickeye
Kenny Westrope won night one in Huron last week, and he moved up to 25th in the season standings in the process.  He has has bucked off his last couple bulls though.  His draw for tonight's long round is Kickeye, a bull owned by Vogele/Wilson.  This bull has only two CINCH CBR outs in 2010, but he is unridden with an average bull score of 44.25 points.  If Westrope rides him, he will be in contention for the round win.  This is a toss-up, but I'm going with the bull.
My Pick:  Kickeye

Championship Round Bulls
Esteban
Daddy's Boy
Sports Book
Directory Assistance
Crazy Train
Hell Ya
Total Package
No Berry Wine
Flash Bang
Girl Watcher
Luca Brazzi
Pale Rider


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