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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

Friday, May 8, 2009

Preak-tastic

Rachel Alexandra to the Preakness.

Calvin Borel is set to become the first jockey to jump from Derby winner to fresh shooter for the Preakness since the conception of the universe.

The problem herein rests in whether there is some form of Derby and some form of horse racing in other places in the universe. In which case there could very well be a Derby-winning space jockey jumping off his space horse onto another fresh space shooter.

But that is neither here nor there.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

While the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe can and should be debated, the mere suggestion that entities even closely resembling man and entities even closely resembling horses exist is absurd. Then supposing that these "space-men" decided to ride these "space-horses" for the purposes of entertainment and wagering is beyond any concievable logic. In conclusion, your assertion that this is the first time this has happened since the conception of the universe is a valid one. For more information on the possibility of trans-galactic equine pari-mutualism, visit my website at www.ihavetoomuchtimeonmyhandsperhapsishouldgetarealjobandpossiblyprocreate.com

Brendan O'Meara said...

You didn't like my "space men" joke? I'm still laughing.

Maybe the Tralfalmadorians have some sort of intergalactic horse racing where they race through the 4th dimension. Kurt Vonnegut would be proud.

Since you were gracious enough to provide me with your Web site, I came across another you may be interested in: www.moonexacta.com.

Thanks for the comment.

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