Recap Cold Case: Season 7, Episode 06 - Dead Heat


The team investigates the death of a jockey who was found in a horse grave near a local track where he was buried in 1986 after losing what would have been his last race. The jockey, Sonny Sandoval, was a past-his-prime local hero working for Baxter, a wealthy Texan horse owner whose primary interest is financial gain. After talking with Sonny's son, the team suspects Angelo, a protege with a drug habit, was responsible for Sonny's murder after Sonny had pressed charges against Angelo shortly before his death. The team's investigation reveals that Sonny actually had empathy for Angelo and defended him to a rival jockey. They also discover the camaraderie between jockeys and the abuse their bodies take from the sport. Rush and the team turn there focus to Baxter, interested only in the bottom dollar and angered that Sonny lost his last race, fires Jose. Jose didn't know that Sonny threw the race for him. Sonny didn't realize Jose actually bet on him to win, which got Jose not only fired but penniless as well. Jose feels his father never cared about him and ruined him professional and financially. Jose had broken down and killed his father with a stable rake in a rage, not knowing that his father was always looking out for him and had taken out a $3 million dollar insurance policy in Jose's name which the team discovered.


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