Elliott makes parents proud in wildcard round

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

Hearing rider after rider get bucked off by an ornery group of bulls, Ty Elliott did his best to ignore what happened before his chute opened.

Only a pair of riders had scored, and the Vernon, B.C., cowboy was second-to-last out on the biggest day of his week.

Two wildcard berths were up for grabs, and the bulls had kept scores down below 80 for both Ross Coleman and Aaron Roy -- the only two to last eight seconds to that point.

Sending Roy packing, Elliott rode the Stampede's River Rat to an 86 to claim a spot in today's Showdown Sunday and a bonus of $6,000.

"It's real cool. My dad got to go to the very first $50,000 round here in Calgary. For me to make it count here -- my very first one -- and go to Sunday, it means a lot to me and it means a lot to my parents," said Elliott, whose dad Vern was in attendance along with mom all week.

"They actually had to leave today, but they're here all week with me.

"I guarantee they'll be back here tomorrow."

Today, there's $100,000 up for grabs for the last man standing with the best score.

Coleman knows all about what it's like to win that.

He's done it twice.

"There's nothing better," said Coleman, who won the Stampede bullriding crown in 2006 and the Mossy Oak Shoot Out bonus in Columbus, Ohio, back in 2001.

"Eight seconds and 100,000 bucks. I've had the opportunity to do it twice and actually win twice. Man, I hope three times is tomorrow."

His ride will have to be prettier to get it done on a day the top four from each pool go head-to-head with the two wildcard winners to make it out of the long round.

Only the top four today battle for the $100,000 prize.

At least Seven Seconds, Big Stone Rodeo Inc.'s 1,600-lb. black bull bred by Duane Robinson, won't be there.

"Some of them were really nasty, strong, dirty. There's a couple of them that were really, really, really hard to ride. In that pen, just getting one rode, you've got to be pretty happy about it," Coleman said. "I'll take that 79 points and run with it."

Coleman was first out and watched the next five riders get dumped before Roy scored a 77 on Tap Root.

Another three were tossed before Elliott's strong ride.

"These bulls are so outstanding," Elliott said. "Having three or four guys stay on isn't unexpected."


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