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Dusty Tuckness, the three-time defending Bullfighter of the Year, works to allow a bull rider to escape to safety during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo earlier this week. Tuckness has been a fixture at the Wrangler National Finals over the past five years and remains the most sought-after man in the business.

Brazile has great chance to claim Cheyenne title

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  Trevor Brazile will widen his lead in the All-Around world standings even more when they are released early in the week after posting some impressive performances in the Cheyenne Frontier Days "Daddy of em All" Rodeo.

Brazile is the top qualifier for today's finals in the tie-down roping with a 24.1 total on two head and while the average money would really boost his earnings, he's already earned $9,810 for taking a third in the first go-round with a 12.6 and fourth in the second with a 12.1. 

He has nearly a second lead over Ryan Watkins, who was second in the first go-round and earned more than $6,300 for that effort.

Brazile is one of the few big names to qualify for the tie-down finals as the list of 12 is dominated by younger cowboys. One name fans may recognize is Matt Shiozawa, who is the fifth qualifier.

The area's two top ropers, Apache's Hunter Herrin and Comanche's Ryan Jarrett, had their troubles as they both took a pair of no times. Another area roper, Apache's young Bryson Sechrist, had a qualified time in the first round but it was well back at 22.2 and out of the money.

One Apache cowboy, Clay Mindemann, did earn some money in the steer wrestling, posting a time of 8.9 in the second go-round to place sixth and earn $2,289. He just missed out on making the finals with a total of 23.1 on two head, just a few tenths of a second out of the finals.

In bull riding, Austin Meier will lead the field of 16 into today's finals with a total of 167 on two year. His 87 in the second round has already earned him $3,208 and a big ride today could send that paycheck really soaring.

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