Russian Roulette Rolls the Dice at the Black Gold Derby

Black Gold UBBI Derby Champion, Russian Roulette. Photo by Fotocowboy.

The 2011 Black Gold UBBI Derby presented by Two Bulls was held in Duncan, Oklahoma on September 23rd & 24th.  Some of the best 3 year old bulls in the country competed for their share of $100,000 and the competition was more than tough.  Two-Hundred Four breeders from 21 different states applied for 100 Black Gold UBBI Derby positions.  Breeders from Washington State to Georgia and Canada to Texas applied to participate.  After a random drawing, the first 75 participants drawn received a Lifetime position.  A “Lifetime” position is defined as an entry position in the control of participant as long as he uses that position to enter a Derby bull each year.  The owner of that position can use, sell, partner or lease the position, but the original owner of record is in control of that position until sold to another participant.  The next 25 participants drawn received a Lottery position.  A “Lottery” position is defined as a position that is obtained by random draw for participation one time each year.

One Hundred 3 year old bulls were unloaded and tagged in on Thursday at the Stephens County Expo and that evening, TwoBulls Productions rolled out the red carpet.  The Black Gold UBBI Derby participants were treated to a complimentary steak dinner with all the trimmings to start the night’s activities.  After the presentation of the bulls, the Lottery drawing for twenty-five 2012 positions was held. 

On Friday evening the first 50 bulls performed and at the completion of the first performance, Russian Roulette from the Wilburn Bull Team was on top with a score of 88.25 points.  Razor Blade from the Rockin’ T Ranch was second with 87.25 points.  Splitting 3rd and 4th place was Blue Gangster from Bad Azz Bucking Bulls and Hous Back from Ace of Spades / Lonestar / Beach City with scores of 86.75 points.

Saturday night proved that the contest would not be decided until the last bull bucked.  As a matter of fact, the 99th bull bucked finished in the Top 25.  The second performace saw Lucky Luciano from Tino Martinez and M & M Cattle Company with the highest mark of the night with an 88 point score.  Black Betty from Paul Daniel and Deadeye from Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo were close behind with scores of 87 points, but Russian Roulette was able to hold on for the win!  Overall finishing in the Top 5 were Russian Roulette (88.25) earning $25,000; Lucky Luciano (88) earning $12,000; Razor Blade (87.25) earning $8,000 and Black Betty and Deadeye (87) both earning $5.137.50.

TwoBulls Productions unveiled a new bull riding format that included National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) contestants.  Collegiate bull riders from the Central Plains, Southern and Southwest Regions competed for individual cash and college scholarships.  Some positions were filled with open bull riders and at the end of the competition only 5 bulls were ridden in two performances.  Brennon Eldred from Sulphur, Oklahoma was the only cowboy to ride two bulls and he won both rounds and the average for a total take of $5,130.  Garrett Norby won 2nd in the first round and 3rd in the average and won a $3,000 scholarship for Hill College.  His checks totaled $2.280.  Buddy Lusk won 2nd in the second round and 2nd in the average for a total of $2.851.  Sage Kimzey from Southwestern Oklahoma State finished 3rd in round 2 and 4th in the average and picked up checks totaling $1.140.

A big thank you goes out to Jim McLain and Mike Sellers and the entire TwoBulls staff and crew.  It was a great event and a start to a great tradition.

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