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With one round to go in RodeoHouston’s Super Series I, there are some competitors with some work to do if they want to advance to the next level of the bracketed format.

But some great hands secured their advancement during the second round Wednesday night, including saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail, who finished second in the round with a 79-point ride. He finished just behind 2007 world champion Taos Muncy, who won the round with an 83.

That gave Bail $3,000 in just two nights of work, while Muncy has pocketed $2,500. The top money-earners in each of the five Super Series advance to the next level. Meanwhile, 2006 champ Chad Ferley was bucked off Wednesday night and is at the bottom of the series standings.

The tightest race is the barrel race, where three ladies sit atop the standings with $2,000 in earnings. Two-time world champion Brittany Pozzi has finished second both nights, while Kenna Squires ran a 14.30 on Wednesday to win the round. They’re tied with first-night winner Jane Melby. Sabrina Ketcham has added two third-place finishes for $1,000 and fourth in the standings.

One of the biggest names so far in the competition is a relative unknown, steer wrestler Clayton Morrison, who won the first two rounds and has secured $4,000. Olin Hannum has pocketed $1,500, and Tommy Cook $1,000, so it’s still up in the air as to who else might move on.

The tandem of Charly Crawford and Russell Cardoza scored a 6.1-second run to win Wednesday night, their second straight go-round victory. Each man has earned $4,000. Kyle Parchman and Michael Jones have pocketed $2,000 each and sit second.

Six-time champion Cody Ohl, who won the first night of tie-down roping competition, added another $500 paycheck Wednesday with his third-place finish. His $2,500 secures Ohl a place in the next round. But he’s just $500 ahead of Timber Moore, who won Wednesday’s round.

Traveling partners Bobby Mote and Jason Havens are tied atop the bareback riding standings with $2,500. Mote split the opening night with Justin McDaniel, while Havens finished third. Meanwhile, Havens won Wednesday’s performance and finished third Tuesday. Out of the mix right now is 2004 world champion Kelly Timberman.

Reigning CBR champion Luke Kelly is atop the bull riding leaderboard, the only cowboy to have ridden two bulls. He’s pocketed $2,500, $2,000 of which came Wednesday with his round-winning 83.5-point ride.


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