PUEBLO, Colo. – Chase Outlaw has only been back to competition for a month since undergoing reconstructive right shoulder surgery in November, and now the 26-year-old is beginning to click on full cylinders.
Outlaw rode Tennessee Whiskey for 88.5 points on Saturday afternoon at the Calgary Stampede to win the second round of competition in Pool A.
International fans living outside of Canada can watch the Calgary Stampede on RidePass beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET every day.
Pool A concludes on Monday afternoon.
The format for the Stampede, which has a combined $2 million worth of prize money up for grabs for the nine rodeo events, is different from a standard PBR event.
Riders battle it out for four days in highly-contested pool play with the goal of advancing to Showdown Sunday as one of the pool’s top-four money earners. If they don’t make it, they can then jockey with the remaining riders on Wild Card Saturday for the final two spots.
However, once Sunday arrives, the slates are wiped clean and the Calgary Stampede champion will be the rider who posts the single highest-marked ride in the championship round, featuring the top four riders following Sunday’s long round.
The winner of each of the nine rodeo disciplines at the Calgary Stampede takes home $100,000. The bull riding victor earns 120 points toward the world standings.
The Hamburg, Arkansas, bull rider is 6-for-19 since returning to action after Dr. Tandy Freeman inserted seven additional screws, as well as replace ones that were being rejected by his body from the older surgery, during the November surgery.
The extensive procedure took close to 7 hours, according to Outlaw. The six-time PBR World Finals qualifier believes he has close to 20 screws in his shoulder following two surgeries in less than three years.
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Outlaw picked up $5,500 dollars for the day two victory in Calgary, and he is sitting in second place in Pool A ahead of the next round of competition on Sunday.
Outlaw slapped his first bull at the Stampede – Night Moves – on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Joe Frost took over the lead in Pool A following his second qualified ride in as many days. Frost covered Fridget Spinner for 86 points on Saturday for $4,500. Frost had picked up $5,000 on Friday by splitting the round win with 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis.
Davis was unable to build off his Round 1 victory and was bucked off by Anika’s Pet on Saturday.
Fabiano Vieira shrugged off being disqualified din the chutes on Friday by storming back Saturday with 82 points on Twist Your Face Off. The 35-year-old earned $3,500 for the third-place finish.
Vieira is tied with Garrett Smith for fourth-place in Pool A.
Todd Chotowetz was the only other rider to earn a qualified ride on Saturday. Chotowetz rode Cowboy Camp for 81 points and $2,500. He is tied for sixth place in Pool A with Ty Wallace.
Fans that missed the first day of the Calgary Stampede can tune-in to CBS Sports Network on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. ET for a wrap-up show. The day two recap airs tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET.
POOL A BULL RIDING STANDINGS
Joe Frost – 85.5 – 86 – $9,500
Chase Outlaw – 0 – 88.5 – $5.500
Cooper Davis – 85.5 – 0 – $5,000
Fabiano Vieira – 0 – 82 – $3,500
Garrett Smith – 82.5 – 0 – $3,500
Todd Chotowetz – 0 – 81 – $2,500
Ty Wallace – 81 – 0 – $2,500
Cole Melancon – 0 – 0 – $0
Scott Schiffner – 0 – 0 – $0
Jordan Hansen – 0 – 0 – $0
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