Gary D. Toole of Mangum, Okla., recently got married and said he needed the money. He ought to earn some with his Wednesday-night effort at the Days of '47 Rodeo.
Toole scored an 86 in bull riding, the highest roughstock score in the first three days of the eight-performance competition at the Salt Palace and eight points better than what the previous leader, defending world champion Lane Frost of Quanah, Texas, had scored on Tuesday night."I'm just lucky," Toole,29, told those who congratulated him. He added it was his best score ever, although he stood fifth in the latest PRCA earnings list and has ranked in the top 15 most of his career.
The 86 was not a Days of '47 record - that reached into the low 90s a couple of times in 1979.
Two other cowboys Wednesday took over the lead in their specialties in the rodeo. Ogden's Kyle Kosoff roped a calf in 8.6 seconds and Tim Parker of Wendell, Idaho, downed his steer in 4.2 seconds.
Topping Wednesday's results were bareback rider Robin Burwash of Calgary, Alberta, with a score of 76; team ropers Bronc Pryor and Nolan Twisselman of California with an 8.6-second time; saddlebronc man Gary Mapston of Montana with a 76; and bullfighter Miles Hare of Texas, who scored 76 in winning for the second time in three nights.