Season 1

Pilot (first cut)

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1 :01x01 - Pilot

Chester "Ace" Bernstein gets released from prison after serving three years and is determined to get back to the tracks. He has his friend Gus buy the horse because of his probation. Meanwhile, Jerry and Marcus team up with Renzo and Lonnie and win the biggest score of $2.6 Million from the Pick 6 and are biding their time to step forward. Leon, a aspiring champion pushes a horse that pays off big. At the same time, Walton is wanting to get back in the game despite his age, but needs a good horse and rider. That might be in the eyes of an Exercise Girl.
Guest Stars: Gary Stevens (2) as Ronnie Jenkins | Alan Rosenberg as Nick DeRossi | Spencer Garrett as Maurice | Evan Ross (2) as Doorman | Peter Appel as Kagle | Bill Plaschke as Track Announcer | Mario Roccuzzo as Smith's Stable Hand | Tony Curran as Steward's Assistant | Don Harvey (1) as The Flack | Martin Pedroza as Jockey | Chantal Sutherland as Lizzy | Jeanne Chinn as Waitress | Marc Abbink as Clocker | Macee Binns as Waitress | Ben Lautman as Swing Dancer
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: David Milch

2 :01x02 - Ace Meets with a Potential Investor

Ace meets with his parole officer and starts to line up potential investors as a public face for his next big venture. Meanwhile, Renzo stumbles into a risky proposition by making claim on a horse trained by Escalante; Jerry takes a beating at a high-stakes poker table; and Walter finds a seasoned jockey for his prized thoroughbred, much to Rosie's dismay.

Source: HBO
Guest Stars: Gary Stevens (2) as Ronnie Jenkins | Ted Levine as Isadore Cohen | Barry Shabaka Henley as Parole Officer | Alan Rosenberg as Nick DeRossi | W. Earl Brown as Mulligan | Mary-Margaret Humes as Lynette | Patti Tippo as Adelle | Dennis Dun as Leo Chan | Peter Appel as Kagle | Aaron Perilo as Caleb | Chantal Sutherland as Lizzy | Jeffrey Woody Copland as Goose | Dina Belle Garcia as Cody | Erika Lenhart as Dealer | Shauna Stoddart as Lorelei | Paul Perri as Man in the stands | David Pease as Poker Room Floorman #1 | Amanda MacLachlan as Steward's Aide | Kurt Basa as Mike Young | Doug Minner as Escalante's scout
Director: Terry George

3 :01x03 - Ace Meets with a Talented Whiz Kid

Jerry pursues a deal to buy the horse that Renzo lost to Mulligan while also talking to Escalante about training it. Meanwhile, Walter mulls a change in jockeys after Gettin' Up Morning's first race ends badly; and Ace gives a young whiz kid the opportunity of a lifetime.

Source: HBO
Guest Stars: Gary Stevens (2) as Ronnie Jenkins | Joan Allen as Claire Lachay | Patrick J. Adams as Nathan Israel | Barry Shabaka Henley as Parole Officer | W. Earl Brown as Mulligan | Dennis Dun as Leo Chan | Spencer Garrett as Maurice | John Prosky as Chairman | Chantal Sutherland as Lizzy | Michael Yavnielli as Driver | Virginia Louise Smith as Discharge Nurse | David Landry as Examining Physician | Mario Roccuzzo as Smith's stable hand | Mark Atteberry as Doctor
Director: Allen Coulter
Writer: Bill Barich

4 :01x04 - Ace Meets with a Colleague

Ace meets with Claire about a charitable endeavor for prisoners, and discusses his new venture with an old partner. Meanwhile, Jerry's gambling nemesis lures him into a dangerous game that may require an intervention by his racetrack buddies; and Walter turns to Rosie to be his new jockey.

Source: HBO
Guest Stars: Gary Stevens (2) as Ronnie Jenkins | Michael Gambon as Michael | Joan Allen as Claire Lachay | Patrick J. Adams as Nathan Israel | Dennis Dun as Leo Chan | Weronika Rosati as Naomi | Spencer Garrett as Maurice | Mario Roccuzzo as Smith's stable hand | Shauna Stoddart as Lorelei | Eddie Mui as The Bouncer | Sammy Aaron as Card Player #1 | Johnny Chavez as Card Player #2 | Alan Pietruszewski as Card Player #3 | Jeff Lam as Chinese Valet | Walter Cox as Charlie / Clerk of the Scales
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Jay Hovdey

5 :01x05 - Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys

Ace takes the reins when Escalante surprises Gus with his decision to race Pint of Plain with an inexperienced jockey in the horse's debut. Meanwhile, Marcus delves into the meaning of his friendship with Jerry; and Claire accompanies Ace to the track after accepting his very generous donation.

Source: HBO
Guest Stars: Gary Stevens (2) as Ronnie Jenkins | Joan Allen as Claire Lachay | Shaun Toub as Dr. Khan | Peter Appel as Kagle | Trevor Denman as Announcer | Frank Collison as Tony | Chantal Sutherland as Lizzy | Shauna Stoddart as Lorelei | Dina Belle Garcia as Cody | Peter Gannon as Agent #1 | Randy Mulkey as Agent #2
Director: Brian Kirk

6 :01x06 - Ace Pitches a Deal

Ace meets with a track owner and his parole officer, but sends Nathan Israel to discuss business with his fellow investors, who scheme to stay one step ahead of their new partner. Meanwhile, an earthquake has a curious effect on Joey's state of mind; and Leon and Rosie find their racing skills questioned by higher authorities.

Source: HBO

7 :01x07 - Ace and Claire Tour a Horse Farm

Ace has a relaxing visit to the prison-outreach retirement farm for horses, but Nathan Israel has a rougher time trying to persuade Ace's new partners of his boss' sincerity. Meanwhile, Walter discusses Gettin' Up Morning's ownership with a lawyer and decides on his next rider; Jerry teams up with a card dealer to play their way into a poker tournament; Lonnie makes a solo claim on another horse; and Rosie asks Joey for representation.

Source: HBO

8 :01x08 - Ace Counters Smythe's Move with His Own

Ace reacts decisively to a new wrinkle in the racetrack deal, but it's probably not a move that Smythe will take lying down. Meanwhile, Walter tries to concentrate on the historic Western Derby, in which his horse will go head-to-head with Gus'; Rosie's good news isn't so great for Leon; and Jo is injured in a stable accident.

Source: HBO

9 :01x09 - Two Prized Colts Go Head-to-Head

In the series finale, Gus draws on past experience to deal with a present threat, and Ace is floored by a surprise visitor. Meanwhile, Walter's Gettin' Up Morning and Gus' Pint of Plain wow the crowd in the Western Derby; Mon Gateau's owners prepare for their biggest race so far; and Escalante checks in for frequent updates on Jo's condition.

Source: HBO
Guest Stars: Daniel O'Meara as Tony
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Family
Status: Canceled
Network: HBO ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 11, 2011
Ended: March 25, 2012
Episode Order: 9
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