In the first-season 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.
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.
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
Ace enlists Nathan Israel (Patrick J. Adams), a cocky, young whiz kid, in his plans. Walter decides to enter his colt, Gettin’up Morning, in his first race, but loses Ronnie as his rider when the jockey takes a tumble. Burned by Mulligan (W. Earl Brown) at the claiming race, Marcus, Renzo and Lonnie send Jerry to buy the horse back – and then return him to Escalante (John Ortiz) to train.