The third round of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, and Guilherme Marchi has stretched his lead to over 4,000 points by riding his first two bulls.
He drafted Flashover for Sunday’s ride after placing second in Saturday night’s second round at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Marchi tied for third in the opening round and placed second Saturday with a 92.75-point ride on Copperhead Slinger.
Valdiron de Oliveira moved up to second after Kody Lostroh was bucked off.
J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., who won the last round, took Boogie Board with the 14th pick.
Only 11 of 48 riders covered their bulls a night after a Finals record 33 completed eight-second rides.
OFF UNTIL THURSDAY
The Finals’ next performance will be Thursday, but there are rider-related activities throughout the week. Check the event schedule on this site.
Veteran bullfighter Joe Baumgartner (Red Bluff, Calif.) suffered a broken ankle during Saturday’s round. The injury requires surgery and he will be out for at least eight weeks. …
Ryan McConnel and Clayton Foltyn (concussions), Ryan Dirteater (bruised thigh) and Brian Herman (strained groin) are probable for Sunday’s performance.
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINTS
1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 14,076.5 points, $361,474; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) 10,014.25 points, $189,227; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 9,958.25 points, $284,964; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 9,824.75 points, $293,490; 5) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 8,402 points, $189,878; 6) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 7,437.25 points, $303,063; 7) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 6,928 points, $81,432; 8) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 6,835.5 points, $197,677; 9) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 6,344 points, $114,289; 10) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 6,036.5 points, $111,646.
WORLD FINALS STANDINGS
1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 185.75 points; 2) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 184 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 182.5 points; 4) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 180.5 points; 5) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 178 points; 6) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil) 177 points; 7) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 177.25 points; 8) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 175.75 points; 9) Jared Farley (Kempsey, AUS) 175.25 points; 10) Aaron Roy (Asquith, SK, Canada) 174.25 points.
IN MEMORIAM: HARLEY MAY
Harley May, a three-time world champion steer wrestler and member of the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died Wednesday in his Santa Ana, Calif., home after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was 82.
One of the first college-educated rodeo cowboys, May entered the pro ranks after his graduation from Sul Ross State College (Alpine, Texas) and won the first of his world championships as a Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA) rookie in 1952.
He would claim the steer wrestling gold buckle again in 1956 and 1965.
Over the course of his career, May won 44 saddles and more than 200 buckles, including championships at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days; Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup, California Salinas Rodeo, Madison Square Garden Rodeo (New York), San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede.