"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

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2008 Most Racist Painting of the Year

PEB's 2008 Woodward poster.

The racism is subtle (maybe not so much), but it shows Curlin — who is chestnut red — in Native American garb dancing around a totem pole with Woodward champions of the past.

I somehow doubt, though I cannot confirm without actually asking him, that he meant to be offensive. But then again, why choose this particular way to depict Curlin running in the Woodward? He certainly could have chosen another platform to show Curlin's celebrity.

This cannot be an accident, can it?

Whether it is or not, PEB, you're a winner in 2008.

Felicitations, monsieur!


Anonymous said...

If you want a poster, post a comment here and I will drop one off for you....I think that Brooklyn Backstretch and you are the only ones that have brought up the "racist" concept. Is it really ??

Handride said...

you know i know one of the blogs picked this up, but i just couldn't find it. racism is alive and well in this sport, no fear of that.
And it's not just PEB

Jessica said...

Here's a link to the PEB poster, for anyone who'd like to see what the fuss is about: http://is.gd/f4A0. It's racist to modern eyes, no question. Perhaps the kindest thing that could be said is it reflects terribly quaint, out-of-date ideas about Native American cultures and dress. Someone at DRF should have said something, directed PEB to another concept. That the drawing was published is an embarrassment to the Form.