TULSA, Okla. (July 22, 2007) – The Express PBR Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS), earned the distinction of being the largest grossing event in ticket sales in the 43 year history of the Tulsa Convention Center. The standing room only crowds witnessed Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira, Sao Paulo, Brazil), the only athlete to have achieved a record three PBR World Championships, ride his way to the Tulsa winner’s circle, on July 20-22. Moraes collected $29,356 for his efforts to add to his over $3.4 million in PBR career earnings. The win marked the 34th tour victory of Moraes’ career, which leads all other riders in PBR history.
“It felt great,” said Moraes of the win. “You’re only as good as your last bull ride. If I finished 3rd or 4th it wouldn’t matter, but what mattered is that I rode all four bulls. If you ride four and lose, it’s the bull’s fault. Being consistent is the key to success. I’ve had my ups and downs more often recently and that’s why this was so big.”
Moraes made a promise to his sons that he would cover all his bulls and added, “You promise to do your best. They wouldn’t be upset if I didn’t win, but they are happy because I was able to.”
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Moraes, 37, entered the Built Ford Championship Round ranked second with 255.25 points, trailing event leader Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) by just three quarters of one point. Moraes faced a serious challenge in the short round where he drew Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ California Dreaming, a bull ridden just three times previously in 18 career tour outs.
A solid score of 88 points made Moraes the first, and ultimately the only rider to cover four bulls during the course of the event. Coleman came up short against Boyd, Floyd and Paradise Farms’ bull Camo to finish in slot three behind Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and Moraes.
Perhaps the highlight of final round action was an electrifying match up between Shivers and Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Cat Daddy that yielded a season-high score of 93.25 championship points. Shivers’ previous attempt at Cat Daddy came during the 2006 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals where he came up short.
Moraes’ 34th career BFTS win came at an opportune time to fend off Justin McBride’s (Elk City, Okla.) challenge. Having achieved his 7th 2007 season event win in Dallas, Texas last month, McBride is in pursuit of yet another record, since at 29 wins he is closing in on Moraes’ record number.
Looking down the homestretch with seven regular season tour stops to go, McBride maintains a solid pace and leads the world standings by 1,615.75 series points over 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC), who won the second round this weekend in Tulsa. McBride finished fifth in the overall event standings.
As an added feature to the Express PBR Classic, superstar bull power was on display. The American Bucking Bull, Inc., (ABBI) Classic Series brought the best three and four-year-old bucking bulls in the nation to challenge the top 45 men.
ABBI Classic bulls were part of the action throughout the entire weekend in Tulsa, and when the dust settled, it was D&H Cattle Co. and Junk Bull Co.’s Grey Dog who took top honors and $14,810.
Grey Dog topped round one with 92.75 points and followed up with 91.5 to edge Julio and Cindy Moreno’s Troubadour for the win. The Moreno’s took $8,463 home to Marysville, Calif., while C&G Rodeo Cattle’s entry, Spit Fire, rounded out the top three for winnings of $6,347.
There are no injuries to report.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the Glendale, Ariz., BFTS event, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Tulsa. Palermo was unsuccessful in round one against D&H Cattle Co.’s Hustler and $5,000 was awarded to the stock contractor. Palermo was successful in round two on Tommy Shrader/Anchor bull Company’s Gee Wally to earn the $5,000 bonus available for that round. Palermo was once again successful in the third round on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Medicine Man, claiming another $5,000 bonus for a weekend total of $10,000. As the Express PBR Classic event winner Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira, Sao Paulo, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus at the Chihuahua Challenge, August 24-26.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not earn the Express PBR Classic event title; therefore the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus grows to $15,000 for the next BFTS event, the Chihuahua Challenge. The bonus grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.
Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Express PBR Classic event winner bull rider Adriano Moraes 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:
Ross Coleman 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 NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Page & Buck’s VERSUS Blackout dominated the Express PBR Classic with a bull score of 46.75 points, and was awarded $1,250 as a part of Salem NationaLease’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:
Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped bull Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Cat Daddy for 93.25 points during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. 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.
Shivers overtook the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93.25 point performance in Tulsa.
AlphaTrade National Champion Standings:
A new bonus program offered by AlphaTrade will present the 2007 Built Ford Tough Series regular season champion, defined by PBR rules to be the rider with the highest BFTS points total at the end of the regular season, with $50,000 and the opportunity to win up to $200,000. The winner will be determined and announced at the Rocky Boots Invitational this year in Columbus, Ohio in October. At present, Justin McBride has a lock on the top. However, North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 1,615.75 BFTS points.
Express PBR Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino Results:
ROUND ONE: 1) Jared Farley (Kempsey, N.S.W., Australia) 88.75 points on Mendell, Lane and Downard’s Chester, $7,000; 2) L.J Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 88.5 points on D&H Cattle Co./Harrison’s The Deacon, $5,000; 3) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 87.5 points on Spinning Bull, LLC’s Bone Crusher, $3,000; 4) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87 points on Carter/Neeley’s Little Mr. T, $2,000;
ROUND TWO: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 90.5 points on #10 Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do, $2,730; 2) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 90.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Wintwister, $1,950; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 89 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Shane, $1,170; 4) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine, $780;
ROUND THREE: Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 89.5 points on Hebert & Sanford’s What I Say, $2,730; 2) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 87 points on 4C’s/Mosley/Radke’s Little Bo, $1,950; 3) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 85.75 points on Mendell/Lane/Downard’s Chester, $1,170; 4) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 84.5 points on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Medicine Man, $780;
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 93.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Cat Daddy, $2,730; 2) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 91 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker, $1,950; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 90.5 points on Hebert/Fournier Bucking Bulls’ Cajun King, $1,170; 4) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ California Dreaming, $780;
OVERALL EVENT RESULTS: 1) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 343.25 points, $29,356; 2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 264 points, $18,440; 3) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 256 points, $13,004; 4) ) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 251.5 points, $16,788;
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 10,026.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 8,411 points, 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 5,920 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,702.25 points; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 5,251.5 points; 6) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,891 points; 7) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,625.25 points; 8) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,492.75 points; 9) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 4,446.75 points; 10) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 4,444.5 points.