PBR Unleash The Beast Preview – Minneapolis
By: Kacie Albert Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 3:07 PM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – This weekend when the elite PBR Unleash The Beast makes it’s triumphant return to Minneapolis and the Target Center for the first time since 2006, Canada will be represented via both riding and bucking talent.
While Dakota Buttar will be the lone Canuck rider competing, he will be joined by 17 bulls from the nation making the journey stateside.
For Buttar, he will look to ride his momentum from Fairfax, the most recent premier series event, where he went 2-for-3 to finish ninth.
In Round 1, Buttar got off to a quick start, riding No Sir for 83.25 points.
After covering Buffalo Scott for 86.75 points in the second round, the Saskatchewan man rose from thirteenth to fourth in the overall event aggregate.
Selecting Birthday Cake in the championship round, Buttar’s bid for his first premier series event win of 2019 came to an end when he was bested by the bovine athlete in 4.59 seconds.
For his efforts, Buttar earned $2,475 and 55 world points, rising from No. 27 to No. 25 in the world standings.
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In Round 1, he’ll attempt Minnesota’s own I’m Smooth from Matt Scharping and Phenom Genetics. The out will mark the bovine athlete’s debut on the Unleash The Beast.
In the bull pen, Eno Bucking Bulls (Cochrane, Alberta), Wild Hoggs (Nanton, Alberta), Foley Bucking Bulls (Lloydminster, Alberta) and Thompson Rodeo Livestock (New Sarepta, Alberta) will all have bovine athletes in the draw.
The Maple Leaf contingent is led by Eno Bucking Bulls’ Home Grown, set to buck in the championship round.
Thus far in 2019 the bovine athlete has bucked three times on the Unleash The Beast. After earning a 43.5 point score in March for his 3.78-second trip with Ruger Piva in Tacoma, Washington, Home Grown bucked twice at the April event in Billings. After he was ridden by Joao Ricardo Vieira for 87 points, earning a 42-point bull score, he dispatched Lindomar Lino in 2.6 seconds to earn a 41-point bull score.
Since, Home Grown has been active in Canada. In his most recent trip he was marked a career-high 45 points for his 3.99-second buckoff of Nick Tetz in Stavely, Alberta in August.
The remaining bull power includes:
Eno Bucking Bulls: Thunder Road (Round 2), Crank-It-Up (Round 2), Certified & Tested (Round 2)
Wild Hoggs: Tykro Pound Sand (Round 1 – Ruger Piva), Kubota’s Big Orange Tractor (Round 1 – Taylor Toves), Stuntman Hank (Round 1 – Rubens Barbosa), Son of Odin (Round 1 – Lucas Divino), Tractorland Arizona Dreamin (Round 1 – Michael Lane)
Foley Bucking Bulls: Fired Up Freddy (Round 1 – Junior Patrick Souza), Kungfu Panda (Round 1 – Keyshawn Whitehorse), Buck Nasty (Round 1 – Eduardo Aparecido), Firebeatz (Round 1 – Cooper Davis)
Thompson Rodeo Livestock: Twist of Barbwire (Round 1 – Chase Outlaw), Mighty Moe (Round 1 – Scottie Knapp), Chiseled in Stone (Round 1 – Kurt Shephard) , Time Well Spent (Round 1 – Joao Ricardo Vieira)
Fans will be able to watch the action in its entirety live via PBR’s new streaming digital platform RidePass. Round 1 will be broadcast exclusively on the platform beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 4. The listen live stream of Round 2 and the championship round will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 5.
CBS Sports will air the tenth and final 15/15 Bucking Battle of the season at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, October 6. CBS Sports Network will broadcast all the action from Championship Saturday, including Round 2 and the championship round, on Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
Be sure to stay tuned to PBRCanada.com and follow the tour on Facebook (PBR Canada), Twitter (@PBRCanada), and Instagram (@PBRCanada) for the latest results.