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A death at the races

Author: jotix100 from New York
3 December 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When an excavation at an old race track reveals horse remains, it is discovered that among them there are human bones. The thinking by the Cold Case team that arrives to begin the investigation, is that some silk material found at the site must have belonged to someone linked to the races. Information arrives about a Sandy Sandoval, a jockey that has gone missing for about twenty years, is their man. The skull shows death must have been caused by a sharp object in a blow to the back of Sandy's head.

The son of Sandoval, Jose, and a few people that had some connection to racing are interviewed. Among the people that might have had something to do with the death of the senior Sandoval, two people show they might have been involved. One is the wealthy owner of some of the horses, Randall Baxter, and a former jockey, Angelo Rivera who Sandy wanted to have a career in the sport.

In the course of the investigation, horrible things come out about what is done with some of the horses that must be sacrificed; it seems their meat is highly regarded overseas. Sandy gets irate when Baxter decides to take the horse that Sandy wanted to ride from an important race. Sandy, who gets to ride the next favorite pulls a trick at the finished line. The wealthy man is horrified as well as Jose, who has bet borrowed money on his old man.

Nathan Hope directed this installment on this excellent series. Adam Glass' screenplay holds the viewer's attention. Rick Batalla, Sam Hemmings, Michael Cardelle, Jacob Vargas and the rest of the cast do a credible job to bring these characters to life. The regulars in this enjoyable program do a good job, as usual.

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