Las Vegas » Spanish Fork's Clint Robinson is back on track.
It's too late for him to win an average title at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It's too late for him to win a tie-down roping world championship.
But it's not too late for Robinson to make a lot of money, and that's exactly what he did Friday night.
Robinson tied for first with Justin Maas of Giddings, Texas, in Round 9 of the National Finals.
He earned $15,342, bringing his total for pro rodeo's biggest event to $56,071 with tonight's final round remaining.
"I've never changed my mind-set," said Robinson. "When I showed up here, I was going to go at them every night."
Robinson dropped from NFR average and world title contention earlier this week.
He had a no-time in Round 6. He finished 12th in the fifth and seventh rounds.
Still, he's planning to continue his big finish in Round 10.
"Another go-around, another $17,000," Robinson said. "I'm out of the average and all that, but I'm going to try to be the one who spoils everything. I want to win that final round."
Two other Utah cowboys placed in Round 9.
In bull riding, Payson's Steve Woolsey finished second behind Cody Hancock of Taylor, Ariz., with a score of 88.
His first NFR paycheck was worth $13,545 and pushed his season earnings to $121,989.
In bareback, Kaycee Feild of Elk Ridge placed second and also earned $13,545.
Feild originally placed sixth with an 83, but he gambled when given a re-ride because of faulty equipment.
On his second try, Feild posted an 85, moving him up to second, which was worth $10,781 more than sixth.
Utah's only tough-luck cowboy in Round 9 was reigning saddle bronc world champion Cody Wright of Milford.
He finished with his first no-score of the NFR, though he stayed third in the average standings.
Wright's horse, Macee's Parade, hesitated coming out of the chute and set him up for failure.
"He didn't leave there very good and got me sitting up," Wright said. "I got a little behind him and just rolled off the side."
» Spanish Fork's Clint Robinson ties for Friday's best score in tie-down roping.
» Payson's Steve Woolsey places second in the bull-riding event.
» Elk Ridge's Kaycee Feilds takes advantage of a re-ride to place second in bareback.
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