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Saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse takes 4th round

LAS VEGAS—Jesse Kruse won the fourth round of saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday night to increase his lead in the world standings, scoring 90 points on Hell’s Half Acre.

Kruse, from Great Falls, Mont., leads the world standings with $148,576, followed by Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La., at $113,928. Kruse’s 90 was the best score in the first four rounds in the 10-round finale.

“It feels great to win a round after all the trouble I had in the first three rounds,” Kruse said. “It sure makes my injury feel a lot better. I’m just a little dinged up; my left foot. … I could have ended up breaking it again.”

In tie-down roping, six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, won with a 6.6-second run, just a tenth of a second off of his event record.

“I was to the point where I was roping really good the first three rounds, but I hadn’t won anything,” Ohl said. “But my confidence was still high. I just didn’t have any luck on the ground. Everything just happened perfect tonight.”

Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who had an 11.9-second run to fail to place in the top six, leads the standings with $137,339, followed by Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah, at $129,697.

In bull riding, Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., won with an 89.5 on Silent Image, while B.J. Schumacher of Hillsboro, Wis., was second with an 89 on Smilin Bill. (read more)