Brazile secures second triple crown

Trevor Brazile celebrates his victories during the tenth go-round of National Finals Rodeo Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Las Vegas. Brazile won a Triple Crown in All Around, Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping. Trevor Brazile celebrates his victories during the tenth go-round of National Finals Rodeo Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Las Vegas. Brazile won a Triple Crown in All Around, Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
December 12, 2010

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LAS VEGAS—Trevor Brazile added team and tie-down roping world titles to his all-around crown Saturday night in the National Finals Rodeo to become the third Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competitor win multiple triple crowns.

Brazile, the 14-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, earned $211,509 at the 10-round NFR -- a record for a single rodeo by more than $65,000 -- to pushed his season total to a record $507,921.

Brazile joined Everett Bowman (1935, 1937) and Jim Shoulders (1956-58) as multiple triple crown winners. When Brazile completed his other triple in 2007, he won gold buckles in all-around, tie-down roping and steer roping. This year, he exchanged steer roping for team roping.

"You win the all-around and you think, 'That's awesome. That's what I've been working for,'" Brazile said. "Then I was telling myself, 'Don't mess this up. This could be huge.'

"When I won the team roping, that was something they weren't expecting me to do at all. Then that even put more pressure in calf roping. I'd already done it where they didn't expect me to. I sure couldn't screw it up where they thought it was a layup. It was weird because the pressure kept mounting. It didn't release."

In tie-down roping, Brazile won both the world and NFR aggregate standings titles by finishing ninth with a time of 9.1 in the 10th round. Brazile topped the world standings with $233,827 and the aggregate with an overall time of 88.6 over 10 rounds. Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, La., who led the aggregate race entering the final round, didn't place with a time of 22.5.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, won the round in 6.9 seconds. He finished second to brother-in-law Brazile in both the world standings with $203,968 and in the aggregate with an overall time of 96.7 for 10 rounds. In team roping, Brazile and Patrick Smith of Midland, Texas, took the world standings header and heeler titles away from Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves of Jay, Okla.

Tryan and Graves were unable to record a time in the round, while Brazile and Smith didn't place among the top six, but have a run of 7.5. Brazile earned $201,392, while Smith made $202,189 this season.

Luke Brown and Martin Lucero, both of Stephenville, Texas, claimed the NFR aggregate standings title with an overall time of 65.5 over 10 rounds. But Brazile and Smith each earned a $36,436 bonus for placing second in the aggregate standings at 50.1 for nine rounds. The bonus allowed Brazile and Smith to pass Tryan and Graves in the world standings.

Brazile and Smith broke the NFR earnings record in team roping with $120,419, enough to push them past the record $106,292 earned in 2009 by Nick Sartain and Kollin VonAhn.

Chad Masters of Clarksville, Tenn., and Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., won the round in 3.9.

In bareback riding, Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., won his fourth world championship with a fifth-place ride of 85 on Delta Ship. Mote trailed standings leader Steven Dent by just under $6,000 entering the round, but was second in the aggregate standings and earned a $36,436 bonus while Dent finished eighth. Dent also didn't place among the top six in the 10th round. Mote previously won in 2002, 2007 and 2009.

Mote joined an elite group of five bareback riders who have already won four or more world championships -- Eddy Akridge, Shoulders and Marvin Garrett (four each) and Joe Alexander and Bruce Ford (five each).

"I started off with two seconds (at the NFR) and then went through a big dry spell through the middle of the week," Mote said. "It was solely the draw. I wanted to hit the panic button, but I didn't. That's where having experience is so invaluable, because I knew if I kept my head on my shoulders and kept doing my job that it was going to turn around. The last few rounds really came around good for me."

Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla., who didn't place among the top six in the round, won the aggregate title with 836.5 points for 10 rides. Mote was second at 831.5, Kelly Timberman of Mills, Wyo., who won the round with an 86.5 on Bar Bandit, finished third in the aggregate standings.

In steer wrestling, 2006 world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., claimed a second gold buckle and the aggregate standings title despite not placing among the top six in the round and not winning any of the 10 NFR rounds. Gorsuch tied for first in aggregate with NFR rookie Billy Bugenig of Ferndale, Calif., in an overall time of 45.7 over 10 rounds.

"Billy's a great guy," Gorsuch said. "I couldn't have picked a better guy to win it with. I went after it every night and it felt great. I did everything I could do. My hazer, Del Kraupie, my best friend, did great all week long. That new horse, Pump Jack, that's the best horse I've ever ridden. He fits me really well."

"To come here the first time and split the average with Dean, a great champion, it couldn't be any better," Bugenig said.

Two-time world champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., who didn't place among the top six with a 4.7 in round 10, fell from first to fourth in the world standings. Gorsuch was first with $186,477 and Curtis Cassidy of Donalda, Alberta, finished second with $166,775. Cassidy won the round in 3.7.

In saddle bronc riding, Cody Wright of Milford, Utah, won both the world and aggregate standings championships following a second-place finish with an 87 on Painted Valley.

Wright finished with $247,579 in total world earnings and 847 points over 10 rides in the aggregate. Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, who was the NFR aggregate leader by one point entering the final round, placed second in both the aggregate with 842.5 and in the world standings with $224,673. Sundell didn't place in the final round with an 81 on Blue Too.

Wright and Sundell broke Rod Hay's 10-head average record of 826 points set in 2007, and both topped the NFR earnings record of $120,775, set by Billy Etbauer in 2005. Wright made $148,287 and Sundell earned $121,736 at the NFR. Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La., won the round with an 87.5 on Lunitic Fringe.

In barrel racing, Sherry Cervi, of Marana, Ariz., became the 2010 world standings champion on Friday.

Three-time world champion Cervi, who didn't place among the top six in the round, earned $299,894 this season. Cervi, who became the first barrel racer to reach $2 million in PRCA career earnings during the sixth round, finished second in the NFR aggregate standings behind leader Jill Moody of Letcher, S.D., who placed fifth in 13.85. Angie Meadors of Blanchard, Okla., and Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, tied for first in the 10th round in 13.67.

Moody won aggregate with an overall time of 138.26 over 10 rounds, compared to Cervi with 143.29 in 10 rounds. Moody broke Charmayne James' NFR aggregate record of 138.93 set in 1986.

In bull riding, J.W. Harris, of Mullin, Texas, who won the world standings and aggregate championships Friday, rode eight of his 10 bulls after finishing fourth with an 86 on Black Mamba in the 10th round.

Harris finished first in the world standings with $246,541 and topped the aggregate standings with 714 points over eight rides. He was the lone bull rider to be successful on more than six bulls at the NFR.

Harris is the first bull rider to win three straight world championships since Don Gay from 1979-81. Harris also broke B.J. Schumacher's NFR earnings record of $142,644 set in 2006 by making $158,738. Ardie Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., won the round with a 91.5 on Scent Loc.