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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, March 18, 2009

So long, Mr. Hill

Channing Hill, a NYRA jock since his apprenticeship in 2005 is moving his tack to California.

The reasoning to those who feast on competition is weak.

"The opportunity presented itself and I thought it was a good one," Hill said in an Aqueduct news release. "This summer will be tough here in New York and it seemed like a good time to try Santa Anita."

This coming from a jock who rode First Defence to an impressive win in the Grade 1 Forego.

Hey, Santa Anita ain't no easy trip either with Garrett Gomez and Rafael Bejarano and Aaron Gryder and Mike Smith and Tyler Baze.

It's too bad. I would've liked to have seen him stick it to the likes of Alan Garcia and John Velazquez.

This, on the surface, makes it seem like he's fleeing the best.

Then again, have you been to Aqueduct in the winter?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We hope that "The Hill" returns for the 2009 Saratoga racing season. We 'cleaned up' on a lot of his mounts last year....What prices they paid ! Beside our daughters are madly in love with him.