LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sage Kimzey became the first bull rider to win world championships in each of his first two seasons, earning his second straight title with a second-place finish in round nine of the National Finals Rodeo on Friday night.
The defending world and aggregate champ, who has led the world standings throughout the NFR, scored an 84 on Maverick. Kimzey, of Strong City, Okla., now has earned $261,601 while Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, is second in the world standings with $207,249 after getting bucked off of Hang ‘em High.
Teel leads the aggregate standings with 574 points for seven rides. Kimzey is second with 494 points over six successful rides.
Clayton Foltyn of Winnie, Texas, won the round with an 88 on Skid Row. It was the second win for Foltyn at the 2015 NFR, as he was the lone qualifier and collected $84,615 in round two.
In team roping, header Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, won the round in a time of 4.0. Brazile became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s first $6 million man in career earnings as he has now made $6,029,513 in three events and all-around and collected a record 23 gold buckles.
“It (his career earnings) just shows how much this sport has changed and grown,” Brazile said. “I never take winning and records for granted. I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams in my career.”
Header Derrick Begay of Seba Dalkai, Arizona, and heeler Clay O’Brien Cooper of Gardnerville, Nevada, remain first in the world standings with $196,464 for Begay and $197,584 for Cooper after placing third in a time of 4.2.
Header JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, and heeler Junior Nogueira of Scottsdale, Arizona, are the aggregate standings leaders with a time of 50.2 for nine rounds after placing fifth in 4.7.
In tie-down roping, Brazile took over the world standings lead with $196,324 when he tied for fourth in 7.4.
Defending three-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, dropped from first in the world standings to second with $187,976 after not placing among the top six with a time of 16.6.
Caleb Smidt of Bellville, Texas, who finished third in 7.3, led the aggregate standings with a time of 72.8 for nine head. Brazile is second in the aggregate with a time of 73.5 for nine head.
Hunter Herrin of Apache, Oklahoma, finished first in a round-nine record time of 6.6.
In bareback riding, defending four-time world champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, won his fourth 2015 NFR round with an 82 on Control Freak.
Steven Peebles of Redmond, Oregon, Feild’s closest competitor, didn’t place among the top six with a 78.5 on RodeoHouston’s Alpha Dog.
Feild now leads the world standings with $260,463 while Peebles is second with $225,999.
“This (his battle with Peebles) is something that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” Feild said. “This NFR, win or lose, is going to mean more to me than any other one because it’s been so much fun to compete with Steven every night.”
Peebles leads the NFR aggregate standings with 749 points over nine rides. Feild is third with 715.5 points over nine rides.
In steer wrestling, Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas, is the world standings leader for his second straight round with $184,296 despite not placing among the top six.
Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nevada, remains the aggregate leader for his second straight round with a time of 41.3 over nine rounds after finishing outside the top six in 5.0.
Casey Martin of Sulphur, Louisiana, won his first round of the 2015 NFR in a time of 3.5.
In saddle bronc riding, Rusty Wright of Milford, Utah, a 20-year-old NFR rookie, stayed in the world standings lead with $221,179 after placing fifth with a 79 on Shoshone Mountain.
Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, holds on to his lead in the aggregate standings, as he is first with 729 points over nine rides after ending up outside the top six with a 76 on Hickok.
Two-time world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico, won the round with an 83 on Let ‘er Rip. This was his first NFR win since round nine of 2012.
In barrel racing, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota, knocked Sarah Rose McDonald of Brunswick, Georgia, out of first in the world standings when she finished third in 13.86.
Lockhart has now earned $262,636 while McDonald, who didn’t place among the top six with a time of 18.81, is next with $247,196.
Callie DuPerier of Boerne, Texas, who was outside the top six in 14.32, remained the aggregate standings leader with a time of 126.29 over nine rides.
Jana Bean of Ft. Hancock, Texas, won in a time of 13.71.
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