Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Hayburner 

Unlucky Hoss loses his valuable Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse in a poker game then schemes with brother Adam to buy it back before the end-of-the-month entry deadline for the Virginia City Sweepstakes race.

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Unlucky Hoss loses his valuable Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse in a poker game then schemes with brother Adam to buy it back before the end-of-the-month entry deadline for the Virginia City Sweepstakes race.

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17 February 1963 (USA)  »

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One of the best!
18 July 2006 | by (Scappoose, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

Another comedic storyline and one of the top ten overall episodes from the series. This story is a great example of what Adam, as the older third brother, brought to the series and what was lost from the show when Pernell Roberts left it. This story is another competition between the three brothers (this happened a lot in the early years and led to some of the best story lines). This time it was about a horse race. William Demorest ("My Three Sons" Uncle Charlie) seems to have the ringer for the race (The Hayburner) but the edge continues to change throughout the story as Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe each throw twists and turns into the plot. The eventual winner at the end may even come as a surprise to faithful Bonanza viewers. Great story writing and excellent playoff of the brothers as they compete against and try to outdo each other (the actors truly seem like they are enjoying themselves here, too!) This story is a great example of what the original family dynamics were all about during the Adam years. While the series was still strong after Pernell left, the relationship between the characters had to changed somewhat (i.e. Little Joe grew up and became responsible, other characters were introduced, etc.) So enjoy this episode of Bonanza in its prime!


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