LAS VEGAS — With a lead of $100,745.76 over World No. 3 Spencer Wright, Canada’s Zeke Thurston has all but officially clinched his second PRCA World title.
With $26,231 in earnings available for the Round 10 win and a possible $67,269 in the aggregate, the most anyone could win on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack is $93,500. Even though world No. 2 Ryder Wright only trails Thurston by $42,195.39, he’s completely out of the aggregate race a full two horses behind No. 8.
Thurston’s Round 9 win, with 91 points on Sun Glow, added $26,231 to his week, pushing him to the $127,192 mark here in Vegas. On the season he’s surpassed the $300,000 mark at $304,184.
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Fellow Canadian Dawson Hay finished second to Thurston earning $20,731 courtesy of an 88 on Hickok. Jake Watson was fifth for $6,769. Canada has won six of the nine rounds thus far.
Canada continues to dominate in Saddle Bronc with the fifth round win in a row, @zeke_thurston wins for the third time with a 91 point ride on Sun Glow. Zeke remains No. 1 in the world standings at the #WranglerNFR heading into tomorrow's gold buckle round! 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/JACeWLrwN6
— Ted Stovin (@TedStovin) December 14, 2019
Jordan Hansen was the only other Canadian to earn a check in Round 9 placing third after an 88-point effort for a check worth $15,654.
Orin Larsen remains in the hunt for a gold buckle but along the same lines as Scott Guenthner, a lot of things would have to go wrong at the top for that to happen. Clint Laye was 83 in Round 9 and out of the money.