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"Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year" published July 1, 2011. Keep it locked here, at The Carryover or go to SUNY Press to order your copy ... right now! Or head on down to your favorite bookseller.

Praise for "Six Weeks in Saratoga"

“Going behind the scenes of three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra’s 2009 triumph … O’Meara makes her story gallop and gleam.” — Chronogram

“The [book] is one of enjoyable promise, and as the author recounts little moments and inside conversations, he provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the figures he covers. The narrative keeps game pace with outside literary standards and features bursts of brilliance, and I found it a refreshing change from the selection of racing-themed volumes available today. As O’Meara brings his subjects to life, you find yourself thinking this is the kind of guy whose work I want to follow.” — Claire Novak, ESPN.com

“O’Meara … provide[s] a tremendous amount of detail from behind the scenes that the reader would not have otherwise enjoyed … Six Weeks is essentially a Rachel book, but it’s told without neglecting the always rich backdrop of a Saratoga meet. That means there’s history, surprises, characters (human and equine), great racing, foggy mornings and sun-splashed afternoons—plenty of material through which O’Meara could exercise his descriptive abilities.” — Schenectady Daily Gazette

“O’Meara fell for a magical place and magnificent horse, which is a lovely malady that often befalls horse people, and with a great deal of heart he tells us how and why. You’ll never forget his Six Weeks in Saratoga, either.” — Joe Drape, author of Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

“Brendan O’Meara tells the story of this proud horse with verve and great historical insight. Six Weeks in Saratoga marks the debut of an exciting new talent.” — Wil Haygood, author of Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson

“Brendan O’Meara’s Six Weeks in Saratoga is a victory to be savored by those who treasure good writing in general and tales of the track in particular. Horses may win races, but they also win hearts as this impressive book proves beyond doubt. A memorable, sure-footed debut.” — Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Belmont Day 6:25 a.m.

The Pick 6 today at Belmont Park starts on the sixth race and ends on the 11th. 

The first leg is the Grade 2 True North Handicap. Run over six furlongs and there's no shortage of great sprinters here.

I like Abraaj, Thor's Echo and Benny the Bull. If I had to whittle it down to two for a more affordable ticket, I would take Abraaj and Benny. 

Race 7 is the Grade 1 Just A Game for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf. 

Bayou's Lassie could be the only speed in the race, so she may be able to dictate the pace and have enough to pull away. Lady of Venice is another interesting horse who was 10-wide in her last and lost (third place) by a neck. Drawing the rail will go a long way to ensure she gets a good trip. Vicare is a mare who holds the highest Beyer in the field of 105, though she breaks from the very outside.  I'm going to stay with Lady of Venice and Bayou's Lassie.

Race 8, the Grade 1 Acorn.

Welcome back, Indian Blessing. She may be a single here. But if she gets caught up in a speed duel with Dance Gal Dance, that may open the door for Zaftig. The Gone West filly has tactical speed and comes off a 102 Beyer in the Nashua over this oval. I'd be inclined to single Indian Blessing to save cash, but it's tough to ignore Zaftig. 

Race 9, Grade 2 Woody Stephens

This one-turn, seven furlong sprint for 3-year-olds looks to be J Be K's race to lose. He won a similar race in the Bay Shore on Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct. Though Ready's Image seems like he's rounding into form. 

Race 10, The Grade 1 Manhattan 

Better Talk Now won this race a year ago and he gets his stable mate and rabbit Shake the Bank in here to ensure there's some pace. This is his first effort since a ninth-place showing over in the Middle East. Also like Out of Control here who lost to Einstein on Derby Day. 

Race 11, The Belmont Stakes

Single, single, single ... Big Brown, Big Brown, Big Brown.

My dream Pick 6 ticket would look like this:
Thor's Echo, Abraaj, Benny the Bull
Lady of Venice, Bayou's Lassie, Vacare
Indian Blessing, Zaftig
J Be K, Ready's Image
Out of Control, Better Talk Now
Big Brown, Tale of Ekati
For a $2 bet this ticket would cost ... $288!

Realistically the ticket I'll play will look like this:
Abraaj, Benny the Bull
Lady of Venice, Bayou's Lassie
Indian Blessing, Zaftig
J Be K
Out of Control, Better Talk Now
Big Brown
For a $2 bet, this ticket would cost ... $32

It's chalky, but what are you gonna do? 


Tim said...

Unless you can beat at least one of the following, preferrably two (Benny, Indian, Big Brown), this isnt worth a wait in line.

Its the kind of day to watch this steroid enhanced horse make history and keep your money until Saratoga starts. Lots of chalky superstars who look unbeatable.

Brendan O'Meara said...


I agree. Man of Danger nearly beat Benny, Zaftig was IB's threat and who knows what happened to BB.

But the best part about the press box is that there is no line at the betting window.