OGDEN -- After being a short eight, bulldogger Craig Smith probably could not wait to get out of town quick enough.
Truth is, he and steer wrestling partners Kyle Dahl and Jake Ashworth were loading up the truck and driving to Nampa, Idaho, where the trio is up today at the Snake River Stampede.
Smith, of Honeyville and a two-time Wilderness Circuit champion (2002 and 2007), will not bank a check at the 79th annual Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo after an 8.1-second run Friday at Ogden Pioneer Stadium.
Smith drew a good steer -- they were 5.4 seconds on the steer in Wednesday's slack -- but his run fell apart after a slow start.
"I don't know what happened. He beat me out of there," said the 34-year-old Smith.
Dane Hanna, of Starkville, Miss., leads the one-header after a 3.9-second slack run.
"I was pretty late at the barrier and late is late. It doesn't win you any money," Smith said. "At that point -- I have a younger horse who I was trying to get some experience -- when I had a hold of him he was going too fast and bellied up.
"I watched the last 10 steers run on Wednesday, but I didn't get any sort of game plan from Wednesday to tonight," he said. "The start was way different."
Smith was riding his 8-year-old gelding, Bank.
"I started hauling him after the 24th (of July) last year," he said. "Guys used to team rope on him, but he was too chargy and wouldn't rate off. We want those horses to charge by the steers.
"A one-header is way more aggressive with only one chance at a check," Smith said. "In a two-header, you have three chances at a check and a steer like I had tonight wouldn't take me out of it (the aggregate)."
There were 107 bulldoggers entered at Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.
"Bank has been working well this spring even with the inexperience he has," Smith said. "He is still really young."
Smith is sitting No. 4 in the Wilderness Circuit standings ($2,987).
"I still love it," he said. "Rodeo is like baseball. When you're batting .300, it's good. If you're winning 3 out of 10 times, you're doing great."
Smith is only going to circuit rodeos again this year.
"I haven't been going that much," he said. "This is only the second time we've went to two rodeos on a weekend. I love to rodeo -- I've never made a run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo -- but the travel is not for me.
"I like to be busy and rodeo has a lot of downtime," Smith said. "It gets hectic on the weekends, but I couldn't handle sitting around during the week."
Smith and his wife, Mikka, have a 2-year-old daughter, Airi.
"You always learn something from a run," he said. "You have to forget about the past and go to the next one. The steers, from Bar T Rodeo (of Chester, Utah), were pretty even. I wish I would have gotten a better start, that's all.
"There is always too much momentum when a steer gets that far down the arena," Smith said. "He came around too fast and hit (the ground) bad."
Smith goes back-to-back today at the Snake River Stampede -- 8 a.m. slack and noon performance -- and would make three runs if he makes it back for tonight's short round.
If Smith doesn't qualify for the short round, he gets his first steer today at the Days of '47 Rodeo.
He is up back-to-back in a two-header for Tuesday's final performance of Spanish Fork Fiesta Day Rodeo, which is a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver Rodeo.
Smith didn't enter Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold Rodeo.
There were lead changes in both bareback and saddle bronc riding during Friday's second performance of Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.
Justin McDaniel, of Porum, Okla., spurred Bar T's Rockin Ruby to a go-round leading 82 points.
McDaniel, the 2008 world bareback riding champion, is sitting No. 15 in the world standings with $29,856.
Wade Sundell, of Boxholm, Iowa, who won $100,000 Sunday at the 100th Calgary Stampede's "Showdown Sunday," marked 90 points atop Three Hills Rodeo Inc. Ned Pepper, a 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo horse.
Sundell, a three-time WNFR qualifier, is leading the world saddle bronc riding standings with $67,515.
Nikki Steffes, of Vale, S.D., took over the women's barrel racing lead with a 17.29-second run in Thursday's first performance. She is sitting seventh in the world standings ($48,185).
In bull riding, Josh Koschel's score of 86 points from Thursday is still leading the round. Koschel, of Nunn, Colo., rode Stace Smith Pro Rodeos Monkey Moves.
There have only been six qualified bull rides through two performances.
Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, which ranked No. 58 ($132,211) out of 572 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos staged during 2011, continues today at Ogden Pioneer Stadium.
There is no rodeo Sunday, with the final two performances on Monday and Tuesday.