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06.23.2016
626 Karaoke

There is something about Frontier Park Arena at Cheyenne Frontier Days that fires up 626 Karaoke.

The rankest trip of 626 Karoke’s illustrious career was a 47 point bull score against Chandler Bownds in Cheyenne in 2013 at the CBR World Finals when Karaoke was a vital portion of Mike White’s B&M 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 B&M Team to the winner’s circle to collect the $100,000 bonus check awarded to the World Champion Bull Team.

Karaoke has been on the dirt in front of the CFD grandstands more than any other bull making the trip this year to the CBR World Finals.

A son of the great bucker Wild Nights, 626 has had six outs in Cheyenne, four times to compete in the CBR World Finals Bull Team Challenge, where he has only been covered twice. In 2013, Aaron Pass was 90.5 on him in round three and Joe Frost covered him for 89 points last year.

Karaoke, a cowboy favorite, was ridden four of his nine appearances this year at CBR events, but most impressively he was 90 or more points for three of those four outs. He is the only bull on the CBR’s Cheyenne roster that has bucked in the National Finals Rodeo (2015), CBR World Finals (2013-16) and the PBR World Finals (2014).

As a career bucker, he has thirteen round winning outs in the rankest bull category and of those that made the whistle on him, eight have scored high enough to win the rider portion of the round including CBR, PRCA and PBR competition outs. In the rider column of the statistics, he has fifteen recorded CBR outs and has earned the rider 90 points or more in seven of those outs.

There are many bull riders that love to see their name beside his on a draw sheet, but none more than Weslaco native, Juan Alonzo. He has ridden the illustrious bucker trained by Mike White twice and both times for 91 points. Alonzo was the first to hear the whistle while aboard 626 this season and he rode him for 91 points in El Paso in February.

Two weeks later Jacob O’Mara would use him to win Lufkin as he was 90 points on him in the second round. But the most defining moment 626 was part of was in Bossier City at the Tuff Hedeman CBR when his path crossed with the only 3-time World Champion Bull Rider on the CBR roster. Sage Kimzey would finally get a chance to conquer Karaoke as he advanced to the final round riding 626 for the first time resulting in 89.5 points in Bossier City, LA. Kimzey would win the event and take over the CBR World Standings for the first time this season.

Trained and hauled by former bucking bull great Mike White who retired from riding bulls to breed, raise and train competitive bucking bulls, 626 Karaoke, is arguably one of the most storied bulls in the team challenge division of CBR. 626 competed at the highest level as an individual athlete before he was part of the CBR Bull Team Challenge breaking earnings records during his young career. In the 2015-16 season, Karaoke, a son of Wild nights and out of a daughter of Warpath, made eight appearances on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne tour. At the end of this season he holds the top honors for the highest number of 90 point plus rides, four. He was part of the four Elite Buckin Bulls teams which earned over $87,000 this year on the Road to Cheyenne.

“It is a great honor to have Karaoke in the running for bucking bull of the year, he has been a great bull for us and has never had a off day and always gives it his all every time the gate opens,” said Mike White of Elite Buckin Bulls owned by Jeri Harmon.

Karaoke, always bucking in the Semi Final second round position for the Elite Bull Teams, posted his rankest score at Hobbs, New Mexico where he was a 91 on a four-bull judge system. He claimed the high marked bull score or Bull of the Event title three times during the regular season: El Paso, Hobbs, and Bossier City and twice (Bossier and Lufkin) he assisted the rider in capturing the event title.


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