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Bonanza episode
“The Hayburner”
Season 4, Episode 21
#121 in Series
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When Hoss and Adam purchase a racehorse, their plan didn't include Hoss putting the horse up as security during a poker game--and losing it in "The Hayburner" in Season 4 (ep.#21).
Air date February 17, 1963
Production code
Guest starring: Paul Bryar
Bill Clark
Ellen Corby
William Demarest
Al Haskell
Percy Helton
Bing Russell
Jack Tornek
Howard Wright
Written by Alex Sharp
Directed by William F. Claxton
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
"Marie, My Love"
Next Episode:
"The Actress"
External links
The Hayburner on IMDb


Unlucky Hoss loses his valuable Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse Tobias in a poker game then schemes with his brother Adam to buy it back before the end-of-the-month entry deadline for the Virginia City Sweepstakes race.


When Hoss and Adam purchase a racehorse, their plan didn't include Hoss putting the horse up as security during a poker game--and losing it. They get Joe involved to pay off the horse, and he has a plan of his own.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights



  • Al Haskell as Townsman
  • Bill Clark as Horse Racer In Brown Vest
  • Ellen Corby as Cora Milford
  • Howard Wright as Sam Finney
  • Jack Tornek as Townsman
  • Paul Bryar as Horse Trader
  • Percy Helton as Lafe
  • William Demarest as Enos Milford


Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Little Joe setzt auf Sieg", meaning "Little Joe Backs a Horse to Win".
  • This was Pernell Robert's favourite comedy episode.


  • During the race outside of town, a radio tower can be seen on top of a mountain in the background.


"My Pa did not put me up to this. I put me up to this."
Little Joe[src]
"It's a shame that a boy does a man's job."
"I think this boy can maybe manage it, huh?
Adam talking to Ben about Little Joe[src]
"Now, I may have a couple of thoughts, but when it comes to judging horses there is no-one else in this territory better than me. This horse is a winner"
Adam tries to persuade Little Joe[src]
"You know, that we are only half-brothers, but we are brothers. Agree?""
Adam to his brothers[src]
"Our young brother here wants security for 160 Dollars... So, let's give it to him""
Adam to his brothers[src]
"I'm surprised your Pa let your boys get next doubling."
"Well, actually he hasn't had a chance to say anything to it, yet"
"Now, that's what comes when men living without a woman around...
Cora and Adam[src]
"Intend to cut cattle or do some rope in with this giraffe?!"
Ben about the racehorse Tobias[src]
"Now, just one more little favour; let's keep this kind of a secret from Cora, I mean, you... you know how she feels about racing"
"Don't you worry about... it's, Mr. Milford, it's one thing you and I understand it's women"
Enos and Joe[src]




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