Law & Order: Season 15, Episode 22

Sport of Kings (4 May 2005)

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A jockey's murder leads detectives to a businessman who is accused of stealing from his company's pension fund to purchase personal luxury items.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Defense Attorney Hammond
Murphy Guyer ...
Cass Holliman
Burton Fenster
Mrs. Varick
Edgar Varick
David Little ...
Barbara Spiegel ...


Fontana and Falco are investigating the murder of a man who might be a foreigner. They think he could be a jockey. So they go to the racetrack and find out they're right. They learn that the man was trying to get the owner of potential winning horse to let him ride the horse. They later learn that the owner lied about how much the horse is. So they wonder how he paid for the horse and they learn that he's been stealing from his company's employees pension fund. Written by

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Jesse L. Martin was absent from the last four episodes of the fifteenth season. He left the show temporarily to work on Rent (2005). His character, Det. Green, was shot in the line of duty. For those four episodes, Martin was replaced by Michael Imperioli as Det. Falco. See more »

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Horse Racing Can Be A Shady Business, At Times
17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a viewer of this show but I saw this particular episode advertised on TV and it concerned horse racing, a favorite sport of mine. So I finally gave this longtime show a look. (I do watch "L&O: Criminal Intent"). I find it's a bit unusual (all of you knew this) in that the cops disappear once the trial starts and we get a whole new set of "good guys." It's like two stories in one, but yet it is one story overall.

Anyway, a jockey is murdered outside a Hispanic bar and the suspects go from the bottom up in the racing game: from grooms, to another jockey, to a trainer and then to an owner. It all winds up being about greed, a common sin among killers in police stories on TV (and real life, too, I assume).

Along the way, we learn a few crooked techniques of the racing business, such as "milkshakes" and "fake payments for a horse." The racing business has always had a corrupt element. How much varies according to the class of horses and owners. I gather from this episode, the class of the racetrack is average to a little above-average.

Outside of the murdered jockey, another sad element here is the possible loss of retirement funds for an entire company: 300 workers. It's always horrible when you hear of this kind of thing happening, meaning innocent people losing big funds - sometimes their life savings

  • to white-collar thieves.

This is not a trial that ever gets to the jury for a verdict of guilt or innocence. That's the big surprise - which you can see coming with five minutes to go in the show - but I won't get into specifics to ruin anyone's viewing pleasure here.

Scott Wilson, a familiar face for CSI fans (casino owner and father of "Catherine Willows"), is an unbilled guest star here. My guess was that he played a key role here at the end, but it was never stated if it was he, or someone else.

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