Sid Halley, a champion jump jockey, had his hand and his career destroyed by a fall in a race, when a horse stepped on his hand. His ex-wife's father pulls him out of his depression by asking him to investigate some fishy deaths at Seabury race course, and the possibility that someone's planning a takeover. Sid, together with his friend, judo expert and ex-thug, Chico Barnes, start poking about and their success in the Seabury case lead to other race course cases: possible fixed races, shady insurance claims, betting scams, and a kidnaped stud. Six one-hour episodes: Odds Against, Trackdown, Gambling Lady, Horses for Courses, Horsenap, and Needle. Written by
This series was partially based on Dick Francis's novel "Odds Against". Several years after it was made, Francis wrote a second novel "Whip Hand" which featured the same hero, Sid Halley, and dedicated it to Mike Gwilym who had played Halley. See more »
I like the two leads and the horse racing gimmick. I was stranded in some jerkwater Kansas town with nothing to read and in a motel room with a 13" black and white TV with a wire coat hanger for an antenna. The local PBS station ran this and other Mystery! programs over and over the week I was there.
It was a life saver.
It's nothing major, but it was there when I needed it.
I found the two disk complete series while thumbing through the DVDs at my local library.
Wow, a full color 70s flashback.
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