PBR World Finals 2019 Live: Prior to the on-the-dirt action, the match-up against Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) was one that forebode a potentially career-defining moment for Lockwood. Just one year prior, the Julio Moreno bovine athlete propelled Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) to the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award, an honor given to the athlete who records the high-marked ride at the PBR World Finals, when he was covered for a massive 94 points.
On a raucous Thursday night inside T-Mobile Arena that bore witness to three 90-point rides, 2017 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) delivered a monstrous 91.5-point ride in Round 2 of the 2019 PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals to chip away at world No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme’s (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) lead atop the standings. The Montana man is now within 609.16 points of the top spot.
Further adding to the significance of the showdown, Lockwood had twice prior failed to make the 8-second buzzer on Spotted Demon during 15/15 Bucking Battles. Lockwood was first bested in San Jose, California in 2016 in 4.67 seconds, and then sent to the dirt in 4.66 seconds in Sacramento in 2017.
This time, however, Lockwood’s grit and determination to capture his second World Championship propelled him to a qualified ride. His 11th 90-point ride of the 2019 season netted him $20,000 and a crucial 180 world points.
The world No. 2 rider cut No. 1 Leme’s lead from 789.16 points to 609.16 points.
On the World Finals event leaderboard, the 22-year-old is presently fourth as one of four riders to be a perfect 2-for-2 thus far at the most prestigious event in bull riding. In Round 1, he rode Silver Back (Mason/Smith Bucking Bulls) for 86.5 points.
Of the Top 3 contenders for the season’s World Championship, Lockwood was the lone rider to earn a qualified ride.
Leme’s bid for another 6-for-6 performance at the World Finals came to an end at the 1.9-second mark aboard Danny Boy (D&H Cattle Co./Gordon/OK Corralis) when he was marked for a slap.
Round 3 begins Friday on CBS Sports Net at 9 p.m. MST
Outlaw’s second qualified ride was denied when he was bucked off his re-ride bull Apper’s Mind Freak (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K Bar C Bucking Bulls/Spark-Lin Acres) in 4.1 seconds. Earlier in the evening, Outlaw opted to take his re-ride despite covering Magic Train (Phenom Genetics/Sankey Pro Rodeo) for 84.25 points.
Outlaw remains 1,715.83 points behind the No. 1 ranking, and is now 1,106.67 points behind No. 2 Lockwood.
Apart from the world’s Top 3, Round 2 of the 2019 PBR World Finals belonged to Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) who topped the night with a 92-point ride aboard Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark/Gene Owen).
Jesus’s fourth 90-point ride of 2019 propelled him to a $35,000 payday and garnered 300 world points. He gained two spots in the world standings, climbing from No. 20 to No. 18.
On the overall event leaderboard, Jesus is tied for first alongside Round 1 winner Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) who was bucked off in Round 2 by Soup in a Group (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Wilks Ranch) in an ever-close 6.26 seconds.
Competing for what would be his historic fourth YETI PBR World Champion Bucking Bull title, SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) propelled Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) to a third-place finish in Round 2 after being ridden for 91 points.
For Teel, the draw was a familiar one, yet resulted in a much different outcome than his prior three meetings with the bovine athlete. Facing off twice in 2017, the D&H Cattle Co. bull first bested Teel in 2.69 seconds during the Iron Cowboy Major in Arlington, Texas, only to beat him in a swifter 1.9 seconds later that year during the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The duo then met in Duluth, Georgia in 2018. Teel nearly covered SweetPro’s Bruiser but was dispatched in 6.15 seconds
Finally reaching the 8-second buzzer, Teel collected $15,000 and 125 world points courtesy of the ride, remaining No. 6 in the world.
Teel is now 2-for-2 in Sin City and third in the overall event after riding Skeeter Peter (Owens/Smith) for 88.25 points on the opening night of competition.
Fourth in Round 2, and another flawless rider inside T-Mobile Arena, is first-time World Finals rider Cliff Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia). As the first rider to explode from the chutes, the newly minted Team Australia rider for the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, set the evening’s tone early, riding Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) for 89.5 points.