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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

Friday, January 23, 2009

Trainers as "teams"

This will be the subject of a column in the coming weeks, but I think the horse industry would be well advised to market trainers the way baseball, football, hockey etc. markets their teams.

The trainer is the one constant entity. Jockeys leap from barn to barn and horses retire, and in the the claiming ranks, also swap barns. But what if we had hats and t-shirts that pulled for H. James Bond, Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito in the style of their saddlecloths?

You can follow a horse registry of the Pletcher division or keep tabs on the hundreds of horses Steve Asmussen has all over the country.

There are good guys and there are villians. The Rick Dutrow's would certainly enrage fans. Women and girls could pull for Linda Rice and Helen Pitts and Jamie Sanders.

Jeez, and what about horse trading cards? Don't kids love pictures of horses? I won't divulge any further analysis into this at this time, but doesn't this make sense?

Who's with me?


Anonymous said...

Buy your shirts here:

And check out the coin store on Caroline Street - they have unopened boxes of trading cards from the 1990's...

"Women and girls could pull for Linda Rice and Helen Pitts and Jamie Sanders." Please don't tell us that you want to unearth the old slogan, "Go Baby Go"...all in the color of pink..

I say that we get together on Sunday and hoist a few while watching Saratogian run in a claiming race at Aqueduct...or just pool our $ and buy the horse.

Handride said...

Thanks to Anonymous posting my store I appreciate it. I have to agree w/ anon the trainers aren't the team, the owners are. Good owners get good horses, trainers are like coaches, some can become the team like a Billy Martin, or a Tommy Lasorda, but it's always the owner's team first. I'd much rather have a Phipps black shirts w/ red collar, or a black star on a yellow background than the P w/ a T through it. Also helps that the owners are where the money comes from.