Gold Rush


Day 9 (Dec. 13, 2003): Round Results
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding
Day 9 (Dec. 12) Notes

LAS VEGAS A record crowd of 18,104 witnessed Round 9 of the 45th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday, but they'll all have to come back Sunday to see who emerges as world champions in several events that are still too close to call.

Five-time world saddle bronc riding champion Dan Mortensen (Billings, Mont.) shared the Round 9 victory with Billy Etbauer (Edmond, Okla.) as each scored 86.5 points. Mortensen, needing one more world title to tie the late Casey Tibbs for most saddle bronc riding titles in PRCA history, moved closer to reigning world champion Glen O'Neill (Didsbury, Alberta). The difference is just $3,922 with the final round and all-important aggregate payout remaining.

Neither reigning world tie-down roping champion Fred Whitfield (Hockley, Texas) nor Cody Ohl, a two-time champ from Stephenville, Texas, placed in Round 9. Whitfield maintained his $11,411 advantage going into the final round.

Steer wrestler Rod Lyman continues to lead the world standings but only by $485 over Birch Negaard (Buffalo, S.D.) and $2,788 over Teddy Johnson (Checotah, Okla.), both seeking their first world titles. Former world champions Rope Myers (Van, Texas), Frank Thompson (Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Mickey Gee (Wichita Falls, Texas) also remain mathematically alive in the hunt for gold buckles.

Six-time and reigning world team roping champions Speed Williams (Amarillo, Texas) and Rich Skelton (Llano, Texas) essentially wrapped up another title by sharing fourth place in Round 9. Their leads of $43,000 and $38,000, respectively, haven't mathematically clinched the title, but it will take a lot for runners-up Jake Barnes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Allen Bach (Weatherford, Texas) to pass them Sunday.

Reigning world all-around champion Trevor Brazile (Decatur, Texas) wrapped up his second straight crown in Round 9, and he should become the first cowboy in PRCA history to surpass $300,000 in a single season when Sunday's round concludes.

He won money in both team roping and tie-down roping in Round 9, and while he didn't earn a big check, once again displayed the consistency that has given him an insurmountable lead in the all-around.

Bull rider Terry Don West (Henryetta, Okla.), the 1996 world champion, will add another championship buckle and saddle to his collection on Sunday. He shared second place on Saturday adding to the single-season PRCA bull riding earnings record he set Friday and ensured a high enough standing in the aggregate race that makes it impossible for him to be caught Sunday.

In barrel racing, Janae Ward (Addington, Okla.) continued to put the heat on standings leader Kelly Kaminski (Bellville, Texas). Ward won Round 9 with a blazing time of 13.85 seconds and trimmed the lead to $8,122. More importantly, Ward leads the aggregate race, which pays more than $36,000 to the champion.

Elsewhere Saturday, Wrangler NFR rookie bareback rider Royce Ford (Kersey, Colo.) won his second round this week, scoring 88 points on Stace Smith's Smokeless Vanderbilt.

Steer wrestler and 2001 World Champion Rope Myers (Van, Texas) turned his steer in 3.5 seconds, good for the Round 9 win. Team ropers Barnes and Bach stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds to win the round.

Tie-down roper Brady Brock, another Wrangler NFR first-timer, took his first victory lap after recording a winning time of 7.2 seconds.

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Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding