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12.01.2015
Running Buddies: Maximum Justice and Karaoke

8435 Maximum Justice

8435 Maximum Justice arrived in Las Vegas this week with United Pro Rodeo to wait his turn for the spotlight in the Thomas and Mack Arena.

With 19 qualified rides from 66 attempts, it seems the 1,500 pound black bull would have the advantage, but WNFR qualifier Brennon Eldred might disagree.

The Sulphur, Oklahoma, cowboy rode Maximum Justice Black to an 86-point score during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Eldred enjoyed the first go-round win and the check for $5,815.71 from United Pro Rodeo’s bull. Eldred is the only qualified WNFR bull rider to post a score on 8435 according to probullstats.com.

"He was heavy the whole time," said Eldred, the No. 4-ranked rider in the world among Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rankings.

"He really brought me down hard at the end and I really had to work for the score. Everybody wants to ride (a United Pro Rodeo) bull and I was lucky to draw him," said Eldred during Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Three times Maximum Justice has been the rankest score of a perf and six times he has made the assist to a rider to win the round since his debut on the professional bucking bull circuits in 2012.

The seven year old black bull is enjoying the highest buck off percentage of his career at over 69%. One reason might be that the bull can go either way as he exits the chutes. He bucks off left-handers slightly more often than right, but not by much. His signature move is to come out and look (and feel) like he is turning back to the left, but in a quick change of heart, he will go right. His rankest mark to date was a 46 point bull score earned at the PRCA Extreme event last June in Gladewater, Texas.

Parker Breding and Chandler Bownds are the only other bull riders at the WNFR that have been on Maximum Justice and neither earned a qualified ride.

 

626 Karaoke

Karaoke is one of the industry’s most decorated bovine athletes. Before becoming one of United Pro Rodeo’s star buckers, 626 Karaoke was arguably one of the most storied bulls in the Bull Team Challenge division of CBR, and competed at the highest level as an individual athlete in the industry’s competitive aged events for young bulls, surpassing all other earnings records during his young bucking bull career.

In 2015, Karaoke, a son of Wild Nights and out of a daughter of Warpath, was ridden six times this year, three of those earning a rider 90 points or more for his half of the effort. Joe Frost and Chandler Bownds are the only riders qualified for this year’s PRCA mega round finals that have been on the elite bucker.

Although Frost rode him for 89 points on his way to a perfect CBR World Finals in July, NFR qualifiers Cody Teel, Clayton Foltyn, and Brennon Eldred have seen him many times from the back of the chutes on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne.

The rankest trip of Karaoke’s illustrious career was a 47-point bull score earned against Chandler Bownds in Cheyenne in 2013 at the CBR World Finals when Karaoke was a vital portion of the Mike White led World Champion Bull Team. Although Bownds bucked off in under 4 seconds, the bull scored 94 points, the highest number of degree of difficulty points awarded during the CBR Finals, which was enough to send the team to the winner’s circle to collect the $100,000 bonus check awarded to the World Champion.

Karaoke, a cowboy favorite, has ten round winning outs as a bucker and of those that have made the whistle on him, six scored high enough to win the round.

The highest recorded score on this illustrious bucker, trained by Mike White, was produced by rookie bull rider Juan Alonzo who rode him for 91 points in January in Hobbs, New Mexico. Two weeks later Corey Maier would go on to earn 90 points on him in El Paso, while Jacob O’Mara, would conquer him in Bossier for 90.5 points.  


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