NEW YORK — Jess Lockwood started the defense of his Professional Bull Riders world championship with an 88.25-point ride aboard Birthday Cake on Friday.
Lockwood earned $3,250 and 13 world standings points at the season-opening Unleash The Beast Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden. Lockwood, from Volborg, won this event last year. The stop is a major on the premier series tour.
Eduardo Aparecido placed first with a score of 89.5 and Joao Ricardo Vieira was second with an 89.25. Kaique Pacheco tied for third with Lockwood with an 88.25.
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Columbia Falls bull rider Matt Triplett was 19th with a 79.75.
Mason Taylor won the 15/15 Bucking Battle with a score of 90. There were only four successful 15/15 rides. Cooper Davis scored an 89.5, Derek Kolbaba had an 89.25 and Ryan Dirteater registered 88 in the special round.
Round two is Saturday with a 4:45 p.m. Mountain time start.