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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

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Where was PETA on this??????

The animal rights group, PETA, pounced on the Eight Belles story and lashed the proverbial whip on jockey Gabriel Saez and trainer Larry Jones. This proverbial whip would, in essence, make them proverbial hypocrites for having said that Saez whipped Eight Belles excessively.

But the more pressing issue is where were they when this pig was brutally slaughtered? Smashed to pieces. We can deduct two things from this horribly graphic image.

1. This particular species of pig has feelings and can express emotion.
2. This particular species of pig can speak.
3. This particular species of pig is not cannibalistic.

This is further evidence that PETA surfaces only when it has its own agenda. If these pigs could talk — and they can — they would express pure disgust over the lack of diligence and representation on their behalf.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

peta bashers are ignorant people who try to justify their disgusting behavior toward living creatures, have no respect for nature, ignore the fact that animals feel pain (anyone that has ever been the guardian of a pet knows that animals have nervous systems, intelligence, and feel pain). they show the same ignorant mentality of dumbass rednecks that state that killing gods creatures and utilizing all of the parts is "respecting nature."