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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, May 20, 2009

Onto other things

So, Calvin Borel ... imagine if this guy can win the Triple Crown on three different horses.  He could be off both Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird depending on how things shake out.

1.  If Rachel doesn't commit to the Belmont, but does it too late, Borel could be off her.
2.  If Chip Wooley names a rider while Rachel is pending, Borel could be off Mine That Bird.
3.  Borel skips Belmont like he did 2007.

There are a few horses that could use his saving-ground style.  Let's look at Chocolate Candy or Summer Bird.

Candy was coming late at Churchill to finish fifth.  That's nice.  

Summer Bird is bred for this, see Mine That Bird, then see Birdstone, the fart that clears out the room.


Grande Dame said...

Don't forget about Mr. Hot Stuff! You can draw a line through his race in the KY Derby...he hated the sealed track. He is bred for the 1 1/2 miles and has quite a closing kick. He is currently training great and will be a very live longshot in the Belmont Stakes at a great price!

Glenn Craven said...

Sounds like everybody's going to try and win this race from the back of the pack.

So who wins if that pack has no front?