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Music City Knockout
Nashville, Tennessee – For the eighth consecutive year, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast came to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on August 24-25, 2019. In front of a record-setting crowd, for the final Major event of the 2019 season, 2018 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals event winner Marco Eguchi(Poa, Brazil) delivered a 3-for-5 performance to win the Unleash The Beast’s Jack Daniel’s Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires.
After riding Milky Chancefor 87.75 points to tie for second in Round 1 on Saturday night, the surging Brazilian continued his momentum in Round 2 Saturday afternoon. Facing re-ride draw Quick Fire, Eguchi punched his ticket to Round 3 when he covered the bovine athlete for an 86.5-point score.
While Eguchi was bucked off by Budakon in Round 3 and advanced to the fourth round via his standing in the aggregate, he overtook the event lead when he rode Bezerkfor 86.75 points.
The 30-year-old’s first Major victory was sealed when both he and runner-up Dalton Kasel(Muleshoe, Texas) were both dispatched before the 8-second whistle in the championship round.
For his efforts, which included a marathon five outs on Sunday, Eguchi collected a check for $124,826.35, in addition to a massive 857.5 world points. Eguchi rose from No. 24 to No. 9 in the world standings as he looks to qualify for his seventh career PBR World Finals.
Recording the high-marked ride of the event to earn a $26,000 bonus, young gun Kasel finished a career-high second in his first-ever Major. He began the event with a Round 1 win on Saturday night, riding Kamabugu for 89.25 points. Kasel remained atop the event leaderboard in Round 2 when he brought the crowd to a deafening roar after coveringFearless for a monstrous, event-high 92 points. He is now just the third rider to cover the bull in 34 outs on record.
The 90-point effort, the only one of the event, is the first of Kasel’s career on the Unleash The Beast and is tied for the fourth highest-marked ride thus far in 2019 on the premier series.
Poised to record what may have been his second 90-point ride of the event, Kasel’s chances of earning both his first regular-season and Major event win came to a heartbreaking end. He lost the bull rope at the 7.7-second mark aboard three-time and reigning PBR World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser in the final round. He left the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators with a career-best payday, earning $47,410.81. Kasel also collected a crucial 450 world points. Currently sixth in the contentious Rookie of the Year race, the Texan rose from No. 33 to No. 21 in the broader world standings.
Third place went to three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves(Pilar do Sul, Brazil), netting him $21,100 and 140 world points. Going 2-for-5 during the two-day event, Alves first rode Joker for 86.5 points in Round 1. He then won Round 3, his third round win of 2019, when he covered M.A.G.A.for 87.25 points. The rides were the 401st and 402nd of his career. Alves remains ranked No. 20 in the world with six regular-season events remaining before the 2019 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 6-10.
2016 Nashville event winner Cooper Davis(Jasper, Texas) finished fourth. His seventh Top-5 result of the year was backed by an 89.25-point ride on Marquis Metal Works Gangster’s Wildside in Round 2. Davis left the Music City with $4,383.78 and 75 world points. He rose one spot in the PBR world standings, now ranked No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Michael Lane(Tazewell, Virgina), whose performance was highlighted by an 87.75-point ride on Heartless in the opening round. The result, a season-best on the premier series for the new father, earned him $3,475 and 67.5 world points. While he remains outside of the Top 35, Lane did gain ground in the world title race. He rose from No. 40 to No. 37.
Atop the rankings, current world No. 1 and 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood(Volborg, Montana) distanced himself from No. 2 Chase Outlaw(Hamburg, Arkansas) and No. 3 Jose Vitor Leme(Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) as the top finisher amongst the trio in Nashville.
Riding BootDaddy.comfor 87.75 points in Round 2, Lockwood was propelled to a sixth-place finish. He collected $3,032.43 and 60 world points. While Outlaw was bucked off by both of his draws, 2017 Rookie of the Year Leme was 10th. His 86.5-point trip aboard Crazy Docin Round 1 pushed him to a $1,100 payday and garnered him 15 world points.
Following the Nashville event, a new bovine athlete is atop the leaderboard in the World Champion Bull race. Smooth Operatorcollected his league-best fifth Yeti “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event honors to overtake the No. 1 position. He was marked 46.25 points for his 3.77-second buckoff of Leme in Round 2. Smooth Operator’s 46.25-point trip in Nashville is now tied for the fifth-best bull score of the year.
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Photos courtesy of Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media
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