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Brazile's triumph at National Finals Steer Roping puts him in pursuit of history

Posted Sunday, November 4, 2007

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HOBBS, N.M. – Trevor Brazile's emergence from National Finals Steer Roping Saturday night with a second consecutive gold buckle puts him on a path toward what could become ProRodeo's first Triple Crown parlay since Roy Cooper in 1983 -- winning the steer roping, tie-down roping and all-around titles all in one year. One down. Two to go.

Brazile earned a record $46,500 at the NFSR in the Lea County Event Center to run away with the steer roping world championship and will have substantial leads in both the tie-down roping and the all-around standings entering the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in his quest to join Cooper in a very elite club.

"You always want to repeat as champion," Brazile said, "and I put extra pressure on myself here because the Triple Crown is definitely in the back of my mind. You can't win a Triple Crown if you don't win the first one. This was just the first step. It is not going to be easy."

Brazile didn't have to look beyond his own evening's work for an example of how unpredictable his sport can be. He was leading the average standings by 17 seconds entering the eighth round when his new horse, Lobo, got its back leg caught up in Brazile's rope and was pulled awkwardly off balance by the steer.

Lobo suffered nothing more than rope burns, but Brazile had a no-time and decided to borrow Tommy Blessing's horse J.R. for the final two rounds because Brazile was concerned that Lobo's "semi-fragile temperament" might have been an issue after the eighth-round incident.

Showing his resilience to be a match for his skills, Brazile came right back to post a second-place result in the ninth round in 9.9 seconds and then a second-place tie in the 10th round with J.R. Olson (10.80 seconds) to go with his 9.8-second win in the sixth round. It allowed him to finish second to longtime friend Jarrett Blessing in the average for another $13,500 and wipe out Guy Allen's NFSR earnings record of $26,852, set in 2004.

With his huge weekend, Brazile jumped his all-around earnings to $281,738, which puts him in commanding position to claim his fifth all-around world championship in six years, $149,770 ahead of nearest challenger Josh Peek. It also puts Brazile in reach of his own, year-old, record for single-season prize money $329,924

Brazile holds an $18,452 lead over second-place Houston Hutto in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings for tie-down roping and can build on that at the Nov. 9-11 Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship at Dallas because Hutto did not qualify to compete there. And then there is the $5.5 million Wrangler NFR, where Brazile is qualified in both the team roping and tie-down roping.

Blessing, a middle school teacher in Decatur, Texas, was the only competitor to rope all 10 steers, and he did it despite the lingering affects of a herniated disc that gives him numbness in his legs. Blessing tied his 10 steers in 127.5 seconds, and the $18,000 he won for the averge title moved him from 10th place to fifth in the final world standings.

"Coming into the weekend, I really wanted the average title," Blessing said. "Considering where I was in the standings, it didn't seem realistic that I was going to make a run at the world championship and this is definitely the next-best thing."

Cash Myers, of Athens, Texas, made the biggest jump in the standings as a result of his success at the NFSR. He won the seventh and eighth rounds Saturday night on his way to a third-place result in the average. It all added up to $30,000 for the weekend and an improvement from 14th place to second behind Brazile with $51,213.

Myers, who set a Lea County Event Center Arena record with an 8.3-second run last year, once again won a $4,000 unofficial-money bonus for having the fastest time of the NFSR. He won the eighth round in 8.7 seconds to earn the prize.

2007 National Finals Steer Roping
Complete results

First round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 10.8 seconds, $6,000; 2. Cash Myers, 11.1, $4,500; 3. (tie) Rich Skelton and Cody Lee, 12.4, $2,250 each; 5. Jarrett Blessing, 12.6; 6. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Lawson Plemons and J.P. Wickett, 12.7; 9. Rocky Patterson, 13.0; 10. Guy Allen, 13.4; 11. J.R. Olson, 16.8; no other qualified times.

Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 9.6 seconds, $6,000; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Lawson Plemons, 10.0, $3,750 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9, $1,500; 5. Jarrett Blessing, 11.4; 6. Buster Record Jr., 11.6; 7. J.D. Yates, 12.1; 8. Cody Lee, 12.4; 9. (tie) Scott Snedecor and Neal Wood, 12.6; 11. Rich Skelton, 14.0; 12. J.R. Olson, 14.9; 13. Cash Myers, 15.4; 14. J.P. Wickett, 16.3; no other qualified times.

Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.7 seconds, $6,000; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.1, $4,500; 3. Lawson Plemons, 10.6, $3,000; 4. Cash Myers, 11.3, $1,500; 5. (tie) J.P. Wickett and J.D. Yates, 11.5; 7. Jarrett Blessing, 12.6; 8. Rich Skelton, 16.2; no other qualified times.

Fourth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.4 seconds, $6,000; 2. Scott Snedecor, 9.8, $4,500; 3. Rod Hartness, 10.0, $3,000; 4. Neal Wood, 11.7, $1,500; 5. Cody Lee, 12.8; 6. Lawson Plemons, 13.1; 7. Buster Record Jr., 13.2; 8. Jarrett Blessing, 14.6; 9. Rocky Patterson, 14.9; no other qualified times.

Fifth round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.0 seconds, $6,000; 2. J.P. Wickett, 10.0, $4,500; 3. Trevor Brazile, 10.6, $3,000; 4. Rod Hartness, 10.7, $1,500; 5. Cash Myers, 10.9; 6. Buster Record Jr., 11.9; 7. Jarrett Blessing, 13.8; 8. Rocky Patterson, 14.8; 9. J.D. Yates, 15.1; 10. Neal Wood, 20.8; no other qualified times.

Sixth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.8 seconds, $6,000; 2. J.R. Olson, 10.6, $4,500; 3. Cash Myers, 10.9, $3,000; 4. Scott Snedecor, 11.0, $1,500; 5. Buster Record Jr., 11.4; 6. J.D. Yates, 12.1; 7. Jarrett Blessing, 12.4; 8. Guy Allen, 12.6; no other qualified times.

Seventh round: 1. Cash Myers, 9.6 seconds, $6,000; 2. J.P. Wickett, 9.7, $4,500; 3. Rocky Patterson, $3,000; 4. (tie) Buster Record Jr. and Cody Lee, 10.1, $750 each; 6. Scott Snedecor, 10.6; 7. Trevor Brazile, 11.9; 8. Jarrett Blessing, 13.7; 9. Neal Wood, 19.8; 10. J.D. Yates, 22.2; no other qualified times.

Eighth round: 1. Cash Myers, 8.7 seconds, $6,000; 2. J.R. Olson, 9.3, $4,500; 3. Buster Record Jr., 9.9, $3,000; 4. Rich Skelton, 10.3, $1,500; 5. Rocky Patterson, 10.5; 6. Cody Lee, 10.7; 7. Neal Wood, 11.9; 8. Jarrett Blessing, 12.6; 9. Guy Allen, 16.1; no other qualified times.

Ninth round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 9.5 seconds, $6,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.9, $4,500; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 10.4, $3,000; 4. Cody Lee, 10.7, $1,500; 5. Cash Myers, 10.9; 6. Scott Snedecor, 11.7; 7. Buster Record Jr., 11.8; 8. Rocky Patterson, 12.4; 9. Guy Allen, 13.7; 10. Neal Wood, 14.4; 11. Rod Hartness, 16.8; 12. J.R. Olson, 17.2; no other qualified times.

Tenth round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.1 seconds, $6,000; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile and J.R. Olson, 10.8, $3,750 each; 4. Buster Record, 10.9, $1,500; 5. J.D. Yates, 11.5; 6. J.P. Wickett, 12.2; 7. Cash Myers, 12.8; 8. Jarrett Blessing, 13.4; 9. Guy Allen, 13.8; 10. Neal Wood, 14.6; 11. Rocky Patterson, 15.9; no other qualified times.

Average: 1. Jarrett Blessing, 127.5 seconds on 10 head, $18,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 94.8 seconds on nine head, $13,500; 3. Cash Myers, 101.6, $9,000; 4. Rocky Patterson, 111.0, $4,500; 5. Scott Snedecor, 84.6 seconds on eight head; 6. Buster Record, 90.8; 7. J.P. Wickett, 81.9 seconds on seven head; 8. Neal Wood, 105.8; 9. Cody Lee, 69.1 seconds on six head; 10. J.R. Olson, 79.6; 11. Guy Allen, 80.5; 12. J.D. Yates, 84.5; 13. Lawson Plemons, 46.4 seconds on four head; 14. Rod Hartness, 51.8; 15. Rich Skelton, 52.9.

Total event earnings: 1. Trevor Brazile, $46,500; 2. Cash Myers, $30,000; 3. Scott Snedecor, $24,000; 4. Jarrett Blessing, $21,000; 5. Rocky Patterson, $18,000; 6. J.P. Wickett, $15,000; 7. J.R. Olson, $12,750; 8. Lawson Plemons, $6,750; 9. Buster Record Jr., $5,250; 10. (tie) Rod Hartness and Cody Lee, $4,500 each; 12. Rich Skelton, $3,750; 13. (tie) Guy Allen and Neal Wood, $1,500 each.

Final 2007 Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings (unofficial until audited): 1. Trevor Brazile, $88,953; 2. Cash Myers, $51,213; 3. Scott Snedecor, $48,973; 4. J.P. Wickett, $45,675; 5. Jarrett Blessing, $44,544; 6. Guy Allen, $42,052; 7. Rocky Patterson, $41,625; 8. Lawson Plemons, $40,904; 9. J.R. Olson, $35,163; 10. Buster Record Jr., $31,859; 11. J.D. Yates, $30,065; 12. Rod Hartness, $27,448; 13. Rich Skelton, $27,210; 14. Neal Wood, $25,940; 15. Cody Lee, $24,769.

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