2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day Three Recap

Night three of the bull riding at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo delivered a lot of excitement!  The bulls were rank, and the bull riders gave it 110 percent and then some.  Kanin Asay drew Pocket Change, and the two combined for 91 big points and the round win.  Cody Whitney was the first guy out Saturday night, and he was 90.5 points on Kid Twist.  The ride really jump started the night, and Whitney finished second in round three in the process.  J.W. Harris finished third with his 88.5-point ride aboard Body Works, and he could have been even more points.  First-round winner D.J. Domangue finished fourth with 87.5 points, while Seth Glause and Dustin Elliott tied for fifth with 85 points apiece.

As the week progresses, the attention will turn to the average.  J.W. Harris has ridden all three bulls so far, and he is currently leading the average with 265.5 points.  Cody Whitney is the only other rider to be perfect so far, but he is in a distant second with 247 points.  D.J. Domangue made a big move Saturday night and moved to third in the average with 176 points on two.  Kanin Asay's round win moved him to fourth in the average with 172.5 points.  Chad Denton rounds out the top five in the average with 162.5 points.

The top-three riders coming into the 2010 WNFR were Wesley Silcox, Shawn Hogg, and Steve Woolsey.  All three bucked off last night, and each one is 1-for-3 so far in Vegas.  Silcox is still holding steady at the top of the season standings, but J.W. Harris has moved to second after placing in all three rounds so far.  It's definitely shaping up to be a very memorable World Title race over the next week.

Round four will be tonight, and you can see the action on ESPN2 starting at 8:00PM Central Time.  Keep checking for news, updates, results, etc.  Also, I've listed a couple match-ups to keep an eye on in round four.  You can read those below.

Two Key Match-Ups For Round Four
Cody Whitney on Mission Accomplished is the first match-up that caught my eye.  Whitney is coming off a 90.5-point ride in round three, and he has been perfect so far at the WNFR.  Mission Accomplished is a bull owned by Diamond S Bucking Bulls/4L.  He isn't ridden all that often, but left-handed guys have had a huge advantage the past couple years.  I'm not sure this bull will be enough to touch the 90s, but it will put the Oklahoma bull rider in great shape to stay perfect and contend for the round win.

D.J. Domangue on Classic Red isn't as much of a safe bet as my first match-up, but it could be a contender for the round win if all works out well.  Domangue won the first round, and he finished fourth last night.  Classic Red is a bull owned by Beutler and Son Rodeo Co.  He has only been ridden four times in 2010, but Steve Woolsey rode him for 91 points a couple months ago.  Domangue is a left-handed rider, and this bull will probably go right.  That being said, D.J. has ridden extremely well away from his hand at this year's WNFR.  This could go either way, but I'm betting on the rider being close to 90 points.