By BUTCH THURMAN
For the Capital Press
Kody Lostroh topped the field Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event in Ontario, Calif., the 28th stop on the tour.
The Longmont, Colo., bull rider cashed in for his fifth tour win of the year and increases his lead in this week's PBR World standings.
"It was a really great event and I had a good time." He said
Lostroh secured the victory by riding "Troubadour", owned by Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls, for 91.75 points and he totaled 265.25 points over three rounds to win a whopping $41,373. He says the win feels great.
"More than anything, it just feels great to get my riding back to where it needs to be and the points will take care of itself," he said.
Lostroh split sixth and seventh place in round-one action after riding the bull, "Shaggy", owned by Hyland Cattle Company, for 85.5 points.
"He just turned out there and spun both ways," he said
Lostroh won round two after riding "Devil's Night" of 4C's Bucking Bulls/Marvin Nixon, for 88 points.
In the draft for the short-round, Lostroh chose "Troubadour", who he has teamed up successfully with three times in his career -- two for wins. Lostroh covered the top bull for 91.75 points, winning the short round and the overall title.
"That bull is one of the great ones. The guys really like to get on him and I was lucky enough to get a chance on him and made the best of it and won the event."
2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi of Brazil keeps pace in the world standings with a second place finish. He rode all three of his bulls for 257.25 points, collecting a check for $14,388. Taking third place was LJ Jenkins of Texico, N.M., who scored 252.5 points over the weekend, riding for a check for $9,819.
The PBR invades the Pacific Northwest this weekend at the Rose Garden in Portland.
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Ryan Gray was the biggest money-winner at the conclusion of the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 26. The bareback rider from Cheney, Wash., cashed in for $31,000 to win the event and move to third place in this week's PRCA world standings.
Gray was pleased with his payday.
"Not too bad. That's pretty-good for one weekend, one rodeo," he said.
Gray said he was happy with a big win like this as the regular season comes to a close.
"The closer you are to the top going in to the Finals, the better off you are, you know," he said. "The chances of getting into the No. 1 spot are better."
Gray teamed with Classic Pro Rodeo's "Big Tex" for a 92-score in the final round.
"That's a great horse," he said. "I've never been on that horse before, but I've seen him out a lot. I was sure happy to have him."
Butch Thurman of Pendleton, Ore., has covered professional rodeo for 27 years. E-mail: email@example.com