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Luck: 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

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Sunday February 26th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Mar 17, 2012
FI (YLE TV2) Feb 24, 2013

Guest Stars
Chantal SutherlandChantal Sutherland
As Lizzy
Dina Belle GarciaDina Belle Garcia
As Cody
Gary Stevens (2)Gary Stevens (2)
As Ronnie Jenkins
Joan AllenJoan Allen
As Claire Lachay
Peter AppelPeter Appel
As Kagle
Shauna StoddartShauna Stoddart
As Lorelei
Peter GannonPeter Gannon
As Agent #1
Randy MulkeyRandy Mulkey
As Agent #2
Shaun ToubShaun Toub
As Dr. Khan
Trevor DenmanTrevor Denman
As Announcer
Main Cast
Nick NolteNick Nolte
As Walter Smith
Kerry CondonKerry Condon
As The Exercise Girl
Tom PayneTom Payne
As Leon "Bug Boy" Micheaux
John OrtizJohn Ortiz
As Turo Escalante
Ian HartIan Hart
As Lonnie
Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman
As Chester "Ace" Bernstein
Dennis FarinaDennis Farina
As Gus Demitriou


The episode begins with Ace, the cold-blooded architect of suspect business ventures of all shapes and sizes, in love. He can confront the man who ostensibly sent him to prison, and silence a corporate board with a steely stare, but the fact that Claire LeChea was late for their meeting had him totally discombobulated. He can’t wait to hand her, a giant six-figure check so her do-gooder prison program to unite convicts with retired thoroughbreds can get off the ground. But she is late. And hasn't called. Ace has had eyes for her ever since their meeting in the elevator. Gus comes to Claire's defense. "What are you, her lawyer?" Ace replied. Although, a more pressing issue forces Ace to put his game face back on. Escalante had entered Gus's prize horse -- in other words, Ace's horse -- in tomorrow's race without letting them know. ..

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