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UPDATED: Brazile Nears Rodeo Record

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A night after wrapping up his 17th gold buckle as the all-around champion, Trevor Brazile closed in on a record-tying 18th season title by finishing second Tuesday night in the sixth round of team roping to retain the header lead with four rounds left in the National Finals Rodeo.

Guy Allen holds the record with 18 season championships, all in steer roping.

If Brazile, from Decatur, Texas, and heeler Patrick Smith, from Lipan, Texas, win another round, Brazile will match Billy Etbauer’s record of 51 NFR victories.

Brazile also is trying to become the first cowboy to win multiple world championships in four categories. He has 10 all-around titles, three in tie-down roping, three in steer roping and one in tie-down roping.

“It’s just such a relief,” Brazile said about winning the all-around title. “As much as I try not to let it affect anything, it kind of just releases me to go try to do whatever it takes to win the team roping and just concentrate on that title. That is the immediate thing that I think about. And as far as the long-term stuff, 10 world titles is more than I ever could have dreamed of. It’s awesome.”

Brazile pushed his all-around total to $298,626.

In team roping, Brazile and Smith finished second in 4.1 seconds in the sixth round. Brazile has earned $182,903 in the event, and Smith tops the heelers with $184,403.

Header Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga., second with $145,123, and heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., who has made $141,032, were shut out in the round by failing to place in the top six with their run of 4.4.

Header Colby Lovell of Madisonville, Texas, and heeler Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Ore., won in 3.7.

In barrel racing, Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, finished second in 13.76 seconds to take the season lead with $204,149. Previous leader Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, who didn’t finish among the top six, dropped to second with $191,280.

Walker also leads all NFR competitors with $76,857 during the first six rounds. Kaley Bass of Kissimmee, Fla., who was fourth in 13.90, tops the NFR aggregate standings at 83.86 for six rides.

Carlee Pierce of Stephenville, Texas, won the round in 13.51.

In bareback riding, the first rider to compete won for the second straight round, with NFR rookie Winn Ratliff scoring 83.5 points on Star Burst.

“I was kind of nervous,” Ratliff said. “Casey (Coletti, the fifth-round winner) bumped off 88.5 points and I only got an 83.5. I was a little tense because usually when you’re the gunner, you don’t score high. It becomes a sit-and-wait game. I was crossing my fingers. But it comes down to not worrying about how everyone else did, just concentrating and focusing on what you did.”

Standings leader Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, finished in a four-way tie for second with an 82.5 on Outa Sight. Defending world champion Feild has earned $201,073, while Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, who didn’t place among the top six, remained second with $163,142. Feild also leads the NFR aggregate standings with 506 points.

In steer wrestling, three-time and defending world champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., remained atop the standings lead for the second day in a row with $132,755 after placing fifth in 4.3. Ethen Touvenell of Napa, Calif., finished fourth in 4.2 to move up from third to second in the standings with $120,192.

Two-time world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., dropped from second to third with $116,067 after failing to finish in a money position.

Les Shepperson of Midwest, Wyo., and Gabe Ledoux of Kaplan, La., tied for first in the round at 4.0.

In saddle bronc riding, Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, and Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., tied for first at 84. Sundell rode Lori Darlin, and Muncy was on Flaming Desire.

Sundell moved into second place in the NFR aggregate standings with 414.5 points over five rides. He also remained second in the standings with $163,458.

Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, who placed fourth with an 81.5 on Round Robin, tops the standings at $188,016.

Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La., who didn’t finish among the top six, leads the NFR aggregate standings race with 472.5 points for six rides. He’s the lone competitor with six successful rides.

In tie-down roping, Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Ryan Jarrett of Commanche, Okla., tied for first at 7.2.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, remained the standings leader after failing to place among the top six. Cooper has earned $176,543, while second-place Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, who also didn’t place among the top six, has made $170,798.

In bull riding, J.W. Harris held on to the standings lead despite being bucked off. Harris, from Mullin, Texas, has earned $192,971, while Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, who also failed to stay on his bull, remained second with $185,782.

Beau Schroeder of China, Texas, won the round with an 89 on Feeling So Fly. Schroeder leads the NFR aggregate standings race with four successful rides for 343.5 points, while Seth Glause of Cheyenne, Wyo., was second with four rides for 336 points.


5:57am 12/11/12 — National Finals Rodeo Results

By Keith Freeman/The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Trevor Brazile clinched his 10th all-around gold buckle by finishing third in team roping with partner Patrick Smith in round five of the National Finals Rodeo on Monday night.

Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, has won 10 of the last 11 eleven world all-around titles, including a record seven in a row.

He increased his all-around lead over Bobby Mote of Stephenville, Texas, and Stephen Dent of Mullen, Neb.

Brazile competes in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping. The $284,197 he has earned in 2012 give him an insurmountable lead over Mote ($146,017) and Dent ($144,465), who hasn’t cashed a check at the 2012 NFR with five of 10 rounds completed.

In team roping, Brazile and Smith, of Lipan, Texas, finished third with a time of 4.3 seconds. They lead the world standings, with Smith having $169,973 and Brazile totaling $168,463.

Spencer Mitchell of Colusa, Calif., and Dakota Kirchenschlager of Stephenville, Texas, tied for first in team roping, matching Brock Hanson of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Ryan Motes of Weatherford, Texas, with a 3.7.

Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga., who has earned $145,123, and Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., who has made $141,032, were the second-place team after placing fourth in 4.6.

In bull riding, J.W. Harris was one of only four riders to not get bucked off, allowing him to reclaim the world standings lead.

Harris, of Mullin, Texas, finished fourth with a score of 82.5 on Joe Kidd, good enough to take over the lead with earnings of $192,971, while Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, who did not have a successful ride in the round, fell into second with $185,782 in 2012.

Seth Glause of Cheyenne, Wyo., won the round with a score of 87.5 on Canadian Tuxedo and Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., was second with an 86.5 on Ice T. Besides Harris, the only other successful rider in the round was third-place Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, Minn., with an 83 on Vitalix Baskin’s Buckmaster.

Harris also moved into the lead in the NFR aggregate standings race with three successful rides for 261 points while Glause was second with three rides for 256 points.

In steer wrestling, three-time and defending world champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., placed second with a time of 3.9 seconds and took over the world standings lead with $128,043.

Two-time world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., who has earned $116,067, didn’t place among the top six and fell from the top spot to second place.

Ethen Touvenell of Napa, Calif., third overall with $112,536, finished sixth in 4.4.

Wade Sumpter of Fowler, Colo., was fourth in the world standings with $106,532.

Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., won in 3.3 and was in sixth in the standings, only $26,296 out of first.

“If you’ve ever put a cowboy hat on and competed at a rodeo, you’ve thought about a world title,” Knowles said. “If you haven’t, you’re in the wrong sport. If I come here and do great, and I can come out of here as a world champion, it’s the greatest personal accomplishment I could have.”

Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, won the tie-down roping with a time of 7.2. Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, remained in first place in the world standings after not placing among the top six in a time of 8.4. And he stayed in first in the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 39.10 over five rounds.

Cooper has earned $176,543 in 2012 while second-place Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, who placed fourth in 7.9, was in second with $170,798.

In bareback riding, the first rider to compete, Casey Colletti of Pueblo, Colo., won the round with an 88.5 on Scarlett’s Web while world standings leader Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, didn’t place among the top six with an 82.5 on Rage.

Defending world champion Feild has earned $191,650 in 2012 while Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, who placed sixth with an 83 on Dirty Jacket in round five, remained in second with $163,142.

Feild was also atop the NFR aggregate standings with 423.5 points over five rounds, followed by Lowe with 418 points.

In saddle bronc riding, Cole Elshere of Faith, S.D., took first with an 83 on Lunatic Fringe and moved into second place in the NFR aggregate standings with 391.5 points over five rounds.

Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, who didn’t place among the top six, was first in the world standings at $180,360 while Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, who also didn’t place in the top six, remained in second with $147,115.

Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La., who placed second with a 78 on Lock & Load, leads in the NFR aggregate standings race with 394.5 points over five rounds.

DeMoss and Elshere are the lone competitors with five successful rides, and they were joined by Jacobs Crawley of College Station, Texas, as the three successful riders in the fifth round.

Wright tops the NFR earnings race with $47,263.

In barrel racing, Kaley Bass of Kissimmee, Fla., won in a time of 13.68 while Trula Churchill of Valentine, Neb., was a close second in 13.69. Three-time world champion Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz., placed third in 13.76.

World standings leader Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, who was fifth in 14.01, stayed in first with $191,280

Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, who finished fourth in 13.89, remained in second in the world standings with $189,720. Defending world champion Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, who didn’t place among the top six in 14.21, is third in the standings with $167,387.

Walker leads all 2012 NFR competitors by earning $62,428 during the first five rounds.

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