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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, November 22, 2008

To Lane's End

So Curlin will be off to Lane's End and join his daddy, Smart Strike.

Curlin's stud fee will be just under two years tuition to Harvard, or if you hate the Crimson, Yale, at $75,000.

Quite a bargain, really. Can you imagine his stud fee had he won the Breeders' Cup Classic? Probably $100,000, maybe $150,000. Smart Strike is now $150,000.

Good for him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What to do, what to do

This time of year is real tough for quality horse racing banter. You know it's slow when NTRA or DRF don't update its web sites with fresh headlines every hour or so.

In the meantime I suggest pointing out the faults of others to pass the time.

Either that or you can head over to the OTB and — get ready to buck that pessimism — WIN some money.

The Black Cloud of Life will try and follow you into the OTB. All you have to do is say, "For once, just wait until the feature race is over ... "

When you get nosed at the wire, you'll know somebody left the door open.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Big Jackie Davis story for Thursday

Ms. Davis was a bit of celebrity today with people screaming at her all morning on the backside at Aqueduct.

All cheers and congratulations from her peers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

$131 bomb for Davis!

The bug Jackie Davis registered her first career win on a 65-1 bomb in the fifth race Wednesday at Aqueduct.

A graduate of Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy, Davis took Blue Hill Bay to the front in a 1 1/16 miles $35,000 claiming race on the turf and held on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Blue Hill Bay went right to the lead, three lengths ahead of House Quest after a quarter mile in 23.69 seconds. After a half in 48 and change and six furlongs in 1:13, Blue Hill Bay still held the advantage by a length over House Quest.

At the top of the stretch, Davis piloted the daughter of Aptitude to a head-lead over Pay Wright. Blue Hill Bay repelled the charge thus giving Davis her first ever trip to the winner’s circle - on a horse that paid $131.

Davis made her career debut on Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course finishing 11th of 12 in a 5-furlong turf sprint.

Davis is the 21-year-old daughter of former jockey Robbie Davis, who has 3,385 wins to his credit.

The Saratogian will go into much more detail for Thursday’s edition with regards to Ms. Davis’ first career win at the Big A.