May 19, 2000
by Lyn Sherwood
The inmates have finally taken over the asylum! Outside of a large, painful goring, suffered by Spanish matador Antonio Barrera, there was very little of any interest in the second Tijuana corrida de toros of the season. The empresa continues to offer mediocre cartels, which are enjoyed only by the villamelones on the sunny side.
In last Sunday's action, bulls of José Julian Llaguno were presented to Federico Pizarro, Jerónimo, and Antonio Barrera. Pizarro, as the reviewers like to euphemistically put it, "complied with his lot," while Jerónimo was applauded for his first performance and heard an aviso for his second. This kid has so much going for him, if he would just learn how to kill?
Antonio Barrera was gored by his first bull, receiving a deep wound in the right thigh. He killed the bull, and an ear was cut. Pizarro faced Barrera's second bull for a division of opinions.
And, the third matador, César Castañeda, whose performances are becoming less and less interesting, worked well, but failed to register anything close to a triumph.
Another wasted afternoon.
In other action, during the opening corrida of the season in Plaza Monumental de Juárez, with the stands only a third full, and bulls from Chinapas, Oscar San Roman cut one ear from each of his bulls, while Uriel Moreno "El Zapata" garnered silence for his first bull and an official salute for his second.
The triunfador of the afternoon was César Castañeda, who was applauded for his first performance, then returned to cut the ears from his second toro.
In Chihuahua, with three quarters of the stands filled, bulls from Aurelio Franco were presented to Paco Dóddoli (ear and applause); Victor Santos (salutes) for his first performance, ear with petition for second appendage from his second); and Alfredo Rios "El Conde," (silence and a benevolent ear).
In Mexicali, with two bulls from Gómez Valle, one from José Julián Llaguno, and a fourth from Sierra Ortega, Mauricio Portillo was applauded, Alfredo Lomelí was applauded for his first and heard two avisos for his second.
In Torreón, Mariano Ramos was applauded for each of his lídeas, while Guillermo Gon-zález received a vuelta for his first, one ear with petition for the second from his first, and Juan Salvador was given ovations.
And, finally, in Mexico City, where the novillada season is in full swing, a herd from Real de Saltillo was presented to José Ruben Arroyo, Pepe Orozco "El Jalisco," and Sebastian Castella.
With his first bull, Arroyo was very brave, but suffered two tossings, luckily without consequences. With his second, his cape work was enthusiastically applauded. In the third act, he inspired energetic olés, but lost awards with the sword.
El Jalisco was also applauded for his cape work and for a courageous faena in which he suffered a minor wound in the right side of the stomach. He continued the performance, but killed poorly. He remained to face his second bull and was applauded.
With his first bull, Sebastián Castilla performed very well to both sides and was applauded. But, with his second bull, a wonderful animal, named "Apasionado," he gave a tremendous faena, filled with artistry. There was even petition for the indulto, which the plaza judge properly denied. But, the potential ears-and-tail performance was wasted when he had troubles killing and settled for one ear, while Apasionado was granted a turn of the ring.
A fourth novillero, Javier Castaño, a Spaniard, was afforded silence with his first bull. But, with his second, he turned in a masterful faena, only to lose consideration of ears when his sword failed him.