Jessica visits horse trainer Matt Cleveland on Wally Hampton's horse ranch in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where everybody is elated about the prospects for their promising racehorse Swift Prince. Matt surprises an intruder in the barn and is clobbered down When Jessica investigates the noise, she finds a mysterious syringe in the hay which turned out to be a stimulant which was to be injected into Swift Prince, three days before a major race, so unlikely still to be detected even if it makes him win. Meanwhile, Catherine Noble's neighboring ranch is financially troubled, so daughter Tracey Noble can't get a grand wedding, and their partner, Lloyd Mentone, schemes with the Hampton's assistant trainer -who is fired by Matt- while insisting Prince shouldn't race with a not perfectly healed injury as his leg could be permanently hurt. Matt tells Jessica a video cassette he just received could help take 3 seconds off Prince's time, and shortly after is found dead on the side of the ...
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You know, I remember hearing about Swift Prince as a two-year-old when I was writing 'The Triple Crown Murders'. Wasn't he burning the tracks up on the West Coast?
You got a hell of a memory, Jessica, he was running for Mentone Farms near Del Mar then.