2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day One Recap

Night one of the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is in the books, and the bull riding was extremely competitive.  The bull riders brought their best, as 11 of the 15 guys made qualified rides.  D.J. Domangue finished on top with an 88.5-point ride on Black Cat.  He landed hard on his shoulder after the ride, but he seemed to be alright behind the chutes.  Two-time PRCA World Champion J.W. Harris tied for second with 87.5 points.  Chad Denton also rode his bull for 87.5 points.  Steve Woolsey finished fourth with 86 points, while Clayton Williams and Corey Navarre tied for fifth with 85.5 points.

Wesley Silcox came into the WNFR in the top spot in the standings, but he bucked off his first-round bull.  Shawn Hogg came into the WNFR second in the standings, and he also bucked off his first bull.  Other notable CBR riders who made qualified rides in round one include Ardie Maier, Kanin Asay, and Cody Whitney.  Round two will be tonight, and I've listed a couple match-ups below that could win the second round.  Keep checking for more news and updates from the WNFR.

Two Key Match-Ups For Round Two
J.W. Harris on Red Onion has the potential to be 90 points and win the round.  Red Onion, a bull owned by Andrews Rodeo Co., hasn't been ridden very often in 2010.  The good news for Harris is the fact he rode this bull twice in 2009, and he was 90 points on both occasions.  J.W. has already had a busy week with the birth of his baby girl, and he tied for second in round one last night.

D.J. Domangue on Little Juicy isn't as much of a safe bet as J.W. Harris on Red Onion, but it could be a potential 90-point ride and round winner.  Domangue ended the season on a high note, and Little Juicy has been ridden for 90 points or more four times in 2010.  Add that to the fact D.J. made a great ride to win round one last night.  This bull is a little tougher on left-handed riders, but Domangue can still ride him and win the round if he is feeling alright after landing hard on his shoulder after last night's ride.