OGDEN -- Given a second chance, Casey Colletti did not squander the opportunity.
Originally drawn out of the 80th annual Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, Colletti, of Pueblo, Colo., got a phone call from PROCOM asking if he wanted to ride a bareback horse in Ogden.
"PROCOM called me Saturday night and I called them back Sunday at 10 a.m.," Colletti said. "I told them 'yes' when I found out my draw. I said, 'I'll come to Ogden.' "
Colletti, who was up Saturday and Sunday at Cheyenne Frontier Days, spurred Korkow Rodeos' Flashcard Champ to a round-leading 86 points Monday at the $133,180 Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.
"This is my second time on him," said the 27-year-old Colletti. "I had him at last year's Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., and was 78 points.
"He was pretty good, but we didn't get along," he said. "Today was revenge and time to get some payback. This is a good rodeo to get some payback with good added money."
Flashcard Champ, an 8-year-old gelding, was a right-side delivery at Ogden Pioneer Stadium.
"I knew what I had and what he would do," said Colletti, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. "I wanted to spur him, but didn't know he would have the swoops. When I had him before, he was straight down the pen.
"When they make moves like that, it looks like they're harder to ride and the judges score them higher," he said. "He stayed strong all the way through, from when the gate opens until after the whistle."
Colletti has been coming to Ogden Pioneer Days since 2005, when Stace Smith, of Athens, Texas, took over as the rodeo's stock contractor.
"Stace does a good job at this rodeo with good help," said Colletti, who finished 11th ($102,559) in the 2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world bareback riding standings, with $35,925 in Wrangler NFR earnings.
"It's pretty awesome to have five contractors here over five performances," Colletti said. "It's a more of a riding contest than a drawing contest. I hope my score holds in there."
Smith is the nine-time reigning PRCA stock contractor of the year.
Colletti's other choices of barebacks in Monday's draw were Korkow's Mean Jean, Bambino Vold and Satin Sheets.
"Flashcard Champ is in the top five of our bareback horses," said T.J. Korkow, of Pierre, S.D. "He does it every out and is just missing going to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He is good-natured when we load him."
Colletti is ranked No. 16 ($32,601) in the world bareback riding standings.
"This year has been real hit-or-miss," he said. "The winter was outstanding. The spring was not good, and the time between spring and summer was horrible. I didn't draw well and horses didn't buck.
"I've had a good run since the Fourth of July," Colletti said. "Everything has been going well and is on the uphill. I went to a new riding pad the middle of June, and since then it has made a difference. My old riding pad was worn-out; it was time to get a new one. Better late than too late."
Colletti is winning the first round (87 points) at Cheyenne Frontier Days, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold Rodeo. He is hoping 159 points on two head brings him back for the July 28 short round.
Colletti is up today at Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver Rodeo, and hits Days of '47 Rodeo at Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena on Wednesday.
He turned out at California Rodeo Salinas -- a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold Rodeo -- because of a poor draw, and didn't make Saturday's short round of the Snake River Stampede.
Colletti is up Thursday at That Famous Preston Night Rodeo and hits Red Desert Roundup in Rock Springs, Wyo., on Friday.
Jake Cooper, of Monument, N.M., and Clint Summers, of Lake City, Fla., split first and second in the first round of team roping (5.4 seconds, $1,316.29) with Nick Sartain, of Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, of Llano, Texas.