2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day Five Recap

Night five at this year's Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was dominated by the eliminator pen of bulls, as the riders only managed three qualified rides.  Two-time PRCA World Champion J.W. Harris is trying to make it three World Titles in a row, and he took another step forward by winning the fifth round with an 89-point ride aboard Velvet Revolver.  Another CBR rider, Clayton Williams, finished second after an 85.5-point ride on Black Mamba.  Corey Navarre was the only other guy to get a qualified ride last night, and he finished third with 84 points.

J.W. Harris is now 4-for-5 at this year's WNFR, and he regained the lead in the average after last night's round win.  He is sitting at the top with 354.5 points.  Cody Whitney bucked off for the first time at this year's WNFR, but he is still second in the average with 334.5 points.  Kanin Asay won rounds three and four, and he is third overall with 261 points.  Clayton Williams jumped to fourth in the aggregate after his ride last night, and he is sitting at 253 points.  D.J. Domangue rounds out the top five in the average with 176 points.

The World Standings are getting tighter every night, but Wesley Silcox is still on top heading into the sixth round.  He needs to get things going to keep up in the average though.  Harris is now second in the World Standings after the round win, and he is only $5,000 out of first.  Asay was bumped out of second, but he is still in good shape at third in the standings.  Shawn Hogg has struggled so far in Vegas, but he is holding onto the fourth spot.  Williams jumped back into the top five after finishing second last night, and he is still a contender for the gold buckle because of his spot in the aggregate.

In other action, CBR Bull Team owner Cody Ohl split first and second for the second consecutive night in tie-down roping.  Ohl has moved all the way up to fourth in the season standings.  Round six of the 2010 WNFR is tonight, and you can see the action on ESPN2 starting at 9:00PM Central Time.  Keep checking for daily recaps, news, key match-ups, etc.

Two Key Match-Ups For Round Six
Clayton Williams on Black Gold is the first match-up that stands out to me.  Williams has ridden three out of five at this year's WNFR, and he seems to be in a groove heading into round six.  In addition, he rode this bull earlier in the year for 89 points.  Black Gold is a bull owned by Carr Pro Rodeo.  He bucks off most riders, but when the guys ride him, they are usually close to 90 points.  Williams is riding extremely well, and he should repeat the 89-point performance he had on this bull in March.

Ardie Maier on Shake N Bake is a little more of a reach, but I just have a gut feeling on this one.  Maier has struggled so far at his first WNFR, but he is way overdue for a positive ride.  He was on this bull a couple months ago and bucked off at 7.1 seconds.  Shake N Bake is owned by Three Hills Rodeo, and he is fairly new to the big time.  If Maier would have made the whistle on him in September, it would have been in the high 80s.  Ardie is going to be extra hungry to get a qualified ride tonight, and he will even up the score with Shake N Bake.