The last few weeks of events have been good to Colorado man Kody Lostroh. He's riding like the man in the hunt for the world title that he is. This past two events he has taken a first and a second. And had he had a better bull in the short go this past Sunday he'd have probably had back to back wins. As it was he won three of four go rounds. To my way of thinking that is a phenomenal achievement. Only one other cowboy, Michael Manes, covered all four of his bulls. Manes is realtively new to the BFTS, having riden in one event in 2006. He won this event with relative ease, as Kody's short go ride score was very low.
Then there is the man that is lurking right now, quietly picking up a win here, several top fives or tens there, and just slowly inching his way up on Lostroh and Marchi. That man is Zack Brown (currently of Texas). He picked up three rides for a 4th place finish. With three wins already this season, Lostroh and Marchi better watch their rear view mirrors. If Brown continues riding as he has since the 2009 race kicked off in January, he will be well within reach of the World Title buckle when October rolls around.
I think it bears mentioning that, following all the hype of his bounty rides, Carolina cowboy JB Mauney has slipped from first to fourth and is over 2600 points behind Lostroh. He needs to get back to the way he was riding if he plans on having a chance for the world title. With Lostroh, Marchi, and Brown all picking up rides the gap continues to widen. Maybe he can turn it around this coming weekend in Omaha.