"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

Friday, May 1, 2009

Oaks Day Live Blogging

We are here from high above you low-life commoners!  All insults aside, The Carryover et al has reached Churchill Downs for Oaks Day Live Blogging.  As always, be sure to catch The Carryover's web television show, ABC.  

It is longer than anticipated, but, as you will see, it has everything to do with Good Ol' Pete loving to hear himself talk.  

Keep checking back in for commentary from both me and Good Ol' Pete on this most glorious of days.

Get to it!

11:16 ... The muddy track here has forced Zenyatta to scratch.  Oddly enough, she went to the racing office and told them she scratched herself.  Her trainer, John Shirreffs, is waiting in the paddock for her.  He's GOT to get in the loop.

11:32 ... Gutsy, gutsy win by On a Roll, battled on all flanks.  This keeps me alive in my Pick 3 and Good Ol' Pete alive in his Pick 4.  Do you smell victory?  Nope, someone forgot to flush.

12:21 ... Mint Julep No. 1 down the chute.  We are alive in both Pete's Pick 4 and my Pick 3.  This is it.  Pletcher gave us a nice 13-to-1 winner for Pete's third and my second leg.  Minimum payout for Pete's 50 cent Pick 4 $1,000 and my minimum payout for my $1 Pick 3 is $300.  I won't go into max pays for fear of hyperventilation.  But as we all know, gambling hopes are built on a foundation of not just sand, but mud. 

12:29 ... Senor Fuego won the race for us in Race 4.  Speightstown colt.  Sprinter.  Came bombing late.  Hot.  I hit the exacta on the last race, so that was nice.  Good Ol' Pete is covering his ass in a major, major way in Race 5, starting a Pick 3 wheel with Warrior's Reward/All/All.  That's Charmin Ultra ass covering. 

We are 10 minutes to Race 5.  Julep's abound!

12:47 ... Oh, vengeful one, why have you forsaken me?  That Warrior's Reward was handed a rail-skimming trip and edged Munnings at the wire.  Yes, I had Munnings in the Pick 3.  The 7 got up for third and held off my 11.  No, I didn't have the 7 in my tri-key to save me.  

What does this all mean?  Taco Bell.

1:34 ... This chalk tastes like Pepto.  Hit an exacta.  Mainly for morale than anything else, but has the ABC taught us nothing?  Always Be Cashin'!

1:57 ... On julep No. 2.  Not that I'm counting, but this sort of thing needs to be documented for the credibility and viability of The Carryover.  As a result of my $19 exacta, I am alive in a Pick 3 with One Caroline heading into the Zenyatta-less Louisville.  This race lost much of its appeal, but that reflects the sport on the whole, doesn't it?  I kid, I kid.

2:31 ... Getting lax here, huh?  Deal with it.  Putting together a losing Pick 4 ticket as we speak.  And it looks ... like this.
Race 8: Magical Affair, Laragh
Race 9: Macho Again, Mambo in Seattle, Bullsbay
Race 10: Stormalory, Battle of Hastings
Race 11: Rachel Alexandra
For $2 so this ticket will cost me $24.  

It's just that simple.

2:44 ... What's a man to do when the beer is free and women are beautiful?  Gamble.

2:58 ... The professional thing would be not to keep tipping back juleps and beer, but there isn't a soul on this planet that has called me professional.  This is a problem because, at some point, I would like to accomplish something in my life aside from emitting my fair share of carbon dioxide.  

This is a lot to ask.

3:07 ... All right, all right, all right.  Laragh wired the field with Magical Affair picking up the exacta.

So get this.  Good Ol' Pete and I are on the balcony and Steve Byk of "At the Races" on Sirius Satellite Radio was to our left and ESPN's Rick Reilly was to our right.  

I said to Pete that it was a failure sandwich between two slices of awesome.

3:14 ... Pi entry ... Justwhisteldixie, the second choice in the Oaks, has been scratched due to a foot abscess.   More details to follow.

3:27 ... gonna head down to the winner's circle to get a whiff of success.  Hopefully they don't kick The Carryover out.  With any luck, some of their glow will rub off.  

One ... can only hope.

ETA will be in roughly 30 minutes.  If you abandon me, you'll only stir up memories of my divorced parents and lonely upbringing.  Be wary, loyal viewers.  

Hold on ... get ready for the emoticon ...  :-)

4:08 ... Maybe success did rub off.  With Bullsbay, I'm alive in my Pick 4 through two legs (tepidly enthusiastic).  Pete is alive through four legs of his Pick 6.  At this point it is like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter:  you don't talk to them and you don't acknowledge that it is going on.

So we'll have to be really quiet.

4:22 ... Bullsbay, quite literally, bulled his way through on the rail.  He is a wide, imposing horse and this was echoed by jockey Jeremy Rose.

"I thought they were going fast enough," he said. "That's the way he wants to be ridden. He's a freight train."

Indeed, since he squeezed his way between the rail and Cool Coal Man, who was runner up in his second straight race, his first being the Excelsior on the Wood undercard and now the Grade III Alysheba.  

4:53 ... Stormalory was Pete's single in his Pick 6 and he was pulled up, this just before the far turn as he was taken away in a horse ambulance.

5:18 ... So the Pick 4 is dead and the hope is that Stormalory does not follow in the path of this ticket.  Julien Leparoux jumped off him quick so the hope is that maybe he's got something minor and will make a full recovery.

These things are never good.

On the flip side of misfortune, Good Ol' Pete is alive for 5-of-6 in his Pick 6 with Rachel Alexandra.  This will pay him $666.  That's forboding.

He also covered himself with a bold daily double that included the 45-to-1 Orthadox, who shocked the American Turf field in Race 10, with Rachel Alexandra. That will pay him over $400.  

Looks like it could be Applebees tonight.

5:47 ... Did that just happen?  1:48 and change.  How good is this filly.  She is amazing in every sense of the word.  Rachel Alexandra just gave us an Oaks performance for the ages.

As has been stated before at The Carryover, say hello to the Big Brown of this year's fillies.

5:49 ... She must run against the boys.  Forget in five weeks, forget in two weeks ... tomorrow!

5:53 ... In case you didn't see the race, RA rated just off the pace of 23 and 47.  She took command at the top of the lane and opened up.  Jockey Calvin Borel took frequent peaks back, to insure that he wasn't running alone.

Stone Legacy took second and Flying Spur finished third.  As far as I'm concerned, RA finished first, second, third and fourth all by herself.  The others are not fit to hold her hay bag.

5:58 ... Well, I guess this is it.  For those who followed, I thank you.  For those who did not follow, kiss my curvy behind.


Anonymous said...

Who does Good Ol' Pete and yourself have in Race 4?

Anonymous said...

Nice appearance on HRTV!