"Six Weeks in Saratoga" available! Go get it!

"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

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hot walking

Thanks, Stan. What a welcoming.

I would say "At the top of the stretch," not the rail, but I get your point.

I'm completely new to web logging, or what the kids are calling "blogging," so we'll see just how this thing will work.

I tend to keep my betting tickets and I tape them up to my desktop here in the office. It goes without saying that these are losing tickets. They are a reminder of how bad I am at cashing bombs. I leave them there so that they, in essence, will taunt me into being a better horse player.

Judging by my Derby and Preakness performances, their tauntings have done nothing but perpetuate the losing.

As for the blog, I'd like to use this as a platform to talk about everything racing — gambling being just one of the many facets. Hence the title ... Essentially anything that I don't write about in the paper (or just haven't gotten to yet) I can put here, carried over. Also whenever there is a Pick 6 Carryover somewhere in America, I'll try to play it and post my picks. I have very limited funds, so my tickets will never be wide enough to give me a legitimate shot — especially when the fourth race in the Pick 6 is a maiden special weight condition with 14 horses who have never run before.

I also urge everyone to speak up and just type away about anything about the sport you love or hate.

With a horse vying for the Triple Crown, there's a lot to talk about.


At the top of the rail.."A First Blog Entry"

Stan Hudy here, a veteran in The Saratogian newsroom and I just wanted to welcome everyone to Brendan O'Meara's newly created horse racing blog.

"The Carryover" is a welcome addition to The Saratogian sports blogs and I know it will be extremely popular and informative.

I'm just here to get him started with a quick template, the rest is up to him.

I know you won't be disappointed.

Good luck Brendan.