Results from the Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 1, 2007) – The Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) made its fourteenth tour stop of 2007 in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 30 through April 1 at Tingley Coliseum. Three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) capped off April Fools Day with a serious win, accumulating $32,520 and the title of Ty Murray Invitational event champion.

With $3.3 million in PBR career earnings to his credit, Moraes’s current 31.43 percent riding average is grossly under-par from his career average of 56.34 percent. Plagued by intense back pain and buck offs in 2007, the 36-year-old veteran battled back in Albuquerque to gain valuable BFTS series points.

“This is the first time I’d ever drawn Hot Stuff of Diamond S Bucking Bulls. I was excited to have the bull and had good momentum going into the championship round. He’s an intimidating because he’s bad in the chute, but J.W. (Hart) helped me so I had a fair shot,” said Moraes.

Incidentally, the bull Hot Stuff has turfed 84.62 percent of all challengers and unseated current world standings leader Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) during final round action of the Kansas City, Mo. BFTS event in March. Cosmo, Adriano’s bull in the third round, had unseated him in Oklahoma City. Okla. in February but this time he came out on top by scoring an 88 on the D&H/Anderson bull.

It was Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) who led the roster of 15 bull riders who had qualified to compete in the Built Ford Tough Championship round on Sunday. Hayes, however, came up short against Chad Berger/Ryken/Hawks’ bull Bond, James Bond, while Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil), followed by Moraes, dominated short round action. Marchi achieved 92.25 points against Page and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke, while Moraes logged the only other qualified ride of the finals with 89.25 points aboard Hot Stuff.

Moraes had to be at least 89.25 points in order to unseat his fellow countryman Marchi for the win. Moraes’s final round effort brought his total on three bulls to 265.5 points, which delivered the victory by a scant one quarter of one point over Marchi. Hayes finished in third with a total on three bulls of 264 points, while Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) rounded out the top four with a total of 255.50 points.

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) maintains a stranglehold on the BFTS world standings by 817.25 series points. No. 2 ranked J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) who strongly challenges McBride week in a week out on the tour.

The Friday night performance in Albuquerque featured an American Bucking Bull, Inc. (ABBI) Classic competition for three- and four-year old bulls. Top contenders will qualify to compete for the title of World Bucking Bull Classic Champion, which will be determined in Las Vegas, Nev., in conjunction with the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Julio and Cindy Moreno’s bull Troubadour achieved 90.75 points to earn $10,875 in ABBI bucks, while C/G Rodeo Livestock’s Spitfire finished second with an 89.25 point score good for $6,214.

Injury Report:

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) suffered an injury to his right groin and is questionable to compete.

Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) tore the PCL in his right knee on Friday night and is doubtful to compete.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Omaha, Neb. event, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Albuquerque. McBride was successful in the first round on Walk the Line owned by Chad Berger Bucking Bulls, and covered Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Texas Two Step in round two to claim a total of $10,000. He came up short in round three against Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Hornet and $5,000 went to the contractor. As the Albuquerque event winner, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round, but did not ultimately earn the overall event title. Consequently, the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus increases to $10,000. When the Built Ford Tough Moment of Truth Bonus is claimed the purse returns to $5,000.
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<!–[endif]–> Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the Albuquerque event winner, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2007 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.

Bully Dog Short Go Top Qualifier: Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) was awarded $2,500 for being the bull rider with the highest cumulative score (i.e. highest in the event average) going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and for properly displaying the Top Qualifier Patch.

Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: Julio and Cindy Moreno’s ABBI Classic-winning entry Troubadour claimed the High Marked Bull of the Event title and $1,250 as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Page and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke for 92.25 points. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event during the 2007 BFTS regular season excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the event. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2007 BFTS regular season, excluding the PBR World Finals event will receive $25,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The bull rider that achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2007 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 92.25-point performance this weekend in Albuquerque on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke.

Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational Event Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 90 points on Andrews Rodeo Company Inc.’s Rompus, $7,000; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 89.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Company Inc.’s Fender Bender, $5,000; 3) Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, Alberta, Canada) 87.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Evil Forces, $3,000; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87 points on Andrews Rodeo Company, Inc.’s Earks Me, $2,000.

SECOND ROUND: 1) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Stray Cat, $2,730; 2/3) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 88 points on Davis/Wilson’s Prime Time, $1,560; 2/3) Mark Lopes (Pioneer, Calif.) 88 points on Davis/Wilson/Happy-H Bucking Bulls’ George’s Pride, $1,560.; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 87 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Chicken Creek, $780.

THIRD ROUND: 1) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 90 points on Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Sir Patrick, $2,730; 2) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 89.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Company Inc.’s Rompus, $1,950; 3) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 88.5 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Evil Forces, $1,170; 4) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88 points on D&H/Anderson’s Cosmo, $780.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 92.25 points on Page and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke, $2,730; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hot Stuff, $1,950; no other qualified rides.

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 265.5 points, $32,520; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 265.25 points, $20,524; 3) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 264 points, $19,092; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 255.5 points, $10,400.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 6,657.5; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 5,840.25; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,870.25 points; 4) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,455.25 points; 5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,179.5 points; 6) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 3,167 points; 7) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 3,142.5; 8 ) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 3,116.75 points; 9) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,023.75 points; 10) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 2,959.25.

 
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