2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day Four Recap

Round four of the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has come and gone, and the bull riding portion produced five qualified rides.  Several riders are starting to show signs of being sore and banged up, but every one of them has at least one qualified ride after the first four rounds.  Kanin Asay, fresh off winning round three, rode Foolish Pride for 88.5 points and won round four as well.  Cody Whitney rode Mission Accomplished for 87.5 points and finished second in the round.  Bobby Welsh picked up his first ride of the week and finished third with 87 points.  CBR riders Wesley Silcox and Clayton Williams tied for fourth with 82 points.

Whitney's ride made him the only bull rider still perfect at this year's WNFR, and he is currently leading the average with 334.5 points.  J.W. Harris bucked off last night, but he is still second in the average with 265.5 points.  Asay has two consecutive round wins, and he has moved to third in the aggregate with 261 points.  D.J. Domangue is fourth in the average with 176 points, while Clayton Williams rounds out the top five at 167.5 points.

Silcox did himself a huge favor by riding his bull last night and getting himself back into the average race.  He is still at the top of the standings by about $20,000.  Kanin Asay's hot streak has moved him to second in the season standings, while J.W. Harris dropped to third after last night's buck off.  It's still anyone's ball game with six rounds left.

On a side note, CBR Bull Team owner Cody Ohl split first and second in the tie-down roping last night.  Round five is tonight, and fans will get to see the "rank pen."  You can catch the action on ESPN2 starting at 9:00PM Central Time.  Keep checking for news, updates, recaps, match-ups, etc.  I've also listed a couple key match-ups to keep an eye on in round five.  You can read those below.

Two Key Match-Ups For Round Five
Steve Woolsey on Hawaiian Ivory is one of the safest picks in the rank pen tonight.  Woolsey is only one out of four so far at this year's WNFR, but he is about one second from being 3-for-4.  In addition, he rode this bull for 94 points a little over a year ago.  Hawaiian Ivory is a bull owned by Rosser Rodeo.  He isn't ridden very often, but left-handed guys definitely have an advantage.  Woolsey will have to bring his best to get a qualified ride, but he is past due for a big ride in Vegas.  This could be just what the doctor ordered.

Wesley Silcox on Big Tex has the potential to be 90 points and then some.  Silcox is 2-for-4 so far at this year's WNFR, and he is still at the top of the season standings.  He hasn't looked unstoppable yet, but he looked much more comfortable last night.  Big Tex is a bull owned by Dakota Rodeo.  He has possibly lost a step since this time last year, but a rider can still be over 90 points if both have their day.  In a pen full of really rank bulls, Silcox has one he can ride and win the round on.