"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

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Besides all horses turning a year older tomorrow, we as gamblers start at a zero balance.

For once we can say that we are not losers. We are neutral and even and proud.

Until the first race at Aqueduct is over.

Then it's only 364 days left.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2009 Preakness Logo

I had received this email a few weeks ago and just opened it now. It's pretty lame. You be the judge.

Yeah, carryover!

$150,000 up for grabs when racing begins at lovely Aqueduct.

I haven't placed a bet since Travers Day and if I were to be near an OTB, this may as well be my return to the windows.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wanderin Boy Obit

I figured it may be a good idea to do an obituary for the grizzled and now late Wanderin Boy.  It seemed fitting and unique, but when ESPN.com's Paul Moran wrote a wonderful piece about the fallen horse, there was no way I could do any better. So those who may come here before anywhere else, go read his piece ... now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

RIP Wanderin Boy

The 7-year-old war horse Wanderin Boy, who eclipsed the million-dollar mark at the Spa this year, was euthanized after fractuing his sesamoids in his left front during the Hill n' Dale Cigar Mile.

This was apparently going to be his last race, win or lose. The irony was that it was his last race, just not the way trainer Nick Zito originally planned it.