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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

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A.B.C coming to Y.O.U.

I'm learning how to use our digital video camera for The Carryover's PTI program called A.B.C. — Always Be Cashin'.  

Good Ol' Pete and I have some good ideas lined up for it as we prepare to launch it for the 135th 
Kentucky Derby.  We'll do a handicapping special about the DO's and DO NOT DO's for the Derby.

Example:  DO what Pete does.  DO NOT DO what I do, though I reserve the right to gloat when I am right.  High road?  Nah.

We're also hoping this will get us out of the gutter.  But, I remind you, we are in a pretty deep gutter.  I know I am.  


Anonymous said...

Pete ?

Y.O.U. ?

Brendan O'Meara said...

Pete = Gambling partner and confidant; person who got me into horse racing.

Y.O.U. = Parallelism with A.B.C.

Anonymous said...


Is your Countdown to the Derby clock on time...seems like it might be heading for a day or two after the Derby...

Brendan O'Meara said...


Whoops. You are most certainly correct.

What I did here was create a false expecation that the Derby was farther away than it is. This way you are surprised to find it a day earlier.

Brillance, pure brilliance.

Or, more accurately, a conspiracy. Someone cracked into The Carryover's mainframe.

I'm on it. These people are sick and want you to think that the Derby is run on the first Sunday in May. Bastards.