Horse stealing in New York City is the focus of this episode, focusing on the kidnapping of a mare in foal and the attempts to sell her offspring (which has already been pegged as a champion racehorse) to various bidders.
A 40-year veteran cop stables his horse (illegally) in the NYPD stables where he is a groom; he is shot trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent her being stolen. The thief knows that the filly is expecting, that the sire is a champion racehorse. The plan is to sell her foal to the highest bidder. The incompetent thief is in over his head with a gangster literally calling the shots. The chase scenes are reminiscent of a Keystone-Cops-type western.Written by
Other than a sharp comment to the detectives under his command and a witticism with Stavros usually the butt of same, Kojak was not a man of humor at his very serious job. However this episode where a retired cop is stabling a lame racing mare at the police barns and said mare is stolen brings the Manhattan South Squad into it.
Benny Baker is the retired cop and during the robbery he suffers some serious injuries and it's touch and go for awhile. Mary Louise Weller is the horse's trainer and she and Kojak have some history. In fact Telly Savalas has history with all of them involved.
With the exception of Jeff Conaway who did the deed. Turns out that while the horse is may be lame, she is in foal with the last horse sired by a Derby winner. That makes her valuable property and some crooks want her bad.
The episode has far more humor than is normal for Kojak. Still it's a lot of fun.
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