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The morning line: St. Louis, Round 2

By Slade Long
Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010

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ST. LOUIS (February 27, 2010) - Round 2 in St. Louis is a draft round, and there are a lot of good matchups. We should see 15-20 rides easily. When it looks like a lot of guys will make the whistle, having a top end bull is more important, so let’s take a look at who has those.

Round 2 Matchups:

Kody Lostroh on K55 Smackdown:
Kody is no dummy. He had an extremely good bull in Arlington’s second round, rode him and got beat head-to-head by Travis Briscoe on Smackdown. Briscoe also scored higher than anyone else in Round 2 at Arlington. This is a really good, action-packed bull for a lefty, and Lostroh should be able to make it two rounds in a row.

Cody Campbell on 323 Little Mr. T:
This bull is no picnic for anyone, but Campbell has his number. He’s been on him twice and ridden him twice, and this bull can be worth a lot of points.

Jody Newberry on 73 Flashpoint:
Newberry used the third pick in the draft to set himself up for two scores going into Round 3. Flashpoint is a very solid money bull that can get close to the kind of score Lostroh is likely to get.

Beau Hill on 563 Heebee Geebee:
A solid bull that has flashes of brilliance from time to time. Hill rode him at the World Finals, but he may not bring the kind of score it will take to win here.

Josh Koschel on 649 Recoil:
Josh is 2-for-2 on Recoil over the past couple of seasons, but Recoil hasn’t produced outstanding scores in a while. The last three times he was ridden, 86 was the highest score.

McKennon Wimberly on K47 Nasty Town:
Wimberly had a high draft pick and used it well. Nasty Town is a solid money bull that is ridden about 60 percent of the time by top riders.

J.B Mauney on 224 Hot Pistol:
No one here would be a favorite on this bull, and it appears that J.B. is angry about coming down last night, because this is one of the most difficult bulls in this pen. He’s also one of the highest scoring. For J.B. to pick him is a statement: “Bring it on!” Should be a great matchup to watch.

L.J Jenkins on 206 Clam Digger:
The world’s best riders ride Clam Digger over 75 percent of the time. That’s almost a shoo-in.

Mike Lee on 481 Marmaduke:
I figured this bull to go higher in the draft than he did. He’s good enough to win a round on, but no one has figured him out except Kody Lostroh.

Renato Nunes on Jeffrey Scott Buckle Man:
Nunes has had him twice and ridden him twice, and this bull’s last outing at Winston Salem was outstanding – an over-45-point bull score.

Valdiron de Oliveira on 329 Black Tornado:
They met two seasons ago for 88.25, but the bull hasn’t produced that kind of score in a while.

Aaron Roy on 5209 Cut Loose:
This was the second pick in the draft. By the numbers it doesn’t look like a great match, but Cut Loose may have one of the more impressive pedigrees of any bull here. His daddy was Neon Nights – a former World Finals Champion bull, and his two Granddaddies were Bailey’s Gunslinger, and Kish’s Cash. It could be that Roy believes good breeding will bring good results.

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