"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

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So long!

I want to be the first to let you know that Mike O'Sullivan, publisher of The Saratogian, has fired me.  He has been our publisher since January and this was the first time I met him.  Lovely fellow.  

He has fired his turf writer 71 days before the Saratoga meet for expressing disappointment over our lacking Triple Crown coverage.

The Carryover, however, lives on.

*It has just come to my attention that this post has been linked up to The Paulick Report, so in the spirit of the game, I will add more to it.

So, yes, been fired without a warning for comments I made here (retracted within two hours of the initial post) that expressed my disappointment that a paper who prides itself on its racing coverage would squash the Triple Crown.  This I found egregious and irresponsible.

I worked there for 20 months and was part of an awarding winning Travers Coverage section.  My 20 months got my foot in the horse racing door and for that I will be grateful.  Beyond that, I will say no more. 

Thanks to those who read my articles through the paper, but The Carryover lives on and I will keep up my column here and even beef up the blog even more so.

In closing, I say, stay tuned, this is just the beginning.


Glenn Craven said...

You really shouldn't question your paper's parent company.

After all, the corporation filed bankruptcy in February, so clearly the management knows plenty about how to run a successful newspaper.

Anonymous said...

What !! Hey, sorry man....

Not sure of what one can do --however, if you start selling some handicap sheets - count us in.

We're with ya.

Jessica said...

Sorry to hear that, Brendan. What lousy, lousy news ... and what stupidity on their part.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fired for showing passion towards your job! Woodward and Bernstein would be rolling over in their respective graves if they weren't still alive!

Your weekly columns and refreshing take on the sport of kings will be sorely missed. It's pretty ironic that as our sport enjoys an unexpected upswing in media coverage and popularity, this reminds us that we're still in a lot of trouble if seemingly shortsighted and incompetent powers-that-be such as your publisher continue to dismantle horse racing coverage.

Keep your head up, and if money gets tight, remember that discarded pizza boxes are in inexpensive source of cheese.

Brendan O'Meara said...

And if I need a beer, I can always lick the dirt from underneath the Saratoga grandstand.

Anonymous said...

Sorry man, you were a nice new breath of racing press fresh air in NY! Now we are left with P.Post and his untoward lust for the NYRA gang!

Anonymous said...

Yeah I think calling your bosses idiots should be rewarded no matter what. No offense brendan but you don't come off as the sharpest tack with your posts. Maybe I should have seen this coming more than you. Good luck.

Brendan O'Meara said...

That is an insult to tacks everywhere.

I've always maintained that I am like a butter knife, or better, play scissors for kindergartners.


Christine said...

Is it not telling enough that anonymous had to post their "not sharpest tack" comment anonymously? Me thinks he/she works for the man. Good luck, Brendan, your professionalism shows through and that and your talent will take you far. It speaks volumes that your prior employer holds you in such high regard. All the best.

Pacingguy said...

Let's see. You reported for a newspaper that is in an area where thoroughbred racing is a major source of income and some genius decide they don't need to cover a key industry event that is relevant to their readers directly or indirectly?

Brendan, all I can say is you are better of in the long run.

Captain Dimples said...

Hey "Anonymous 11:19AM",

Eat my scrote. B to the O has more talent in his bald spot than you have in your whole nerd family. Stick to playing Second Life in your Mom's basement instead of coming out to play with the big boys, chump.

Every great artist gets fired at least once, so this bodes well for you.

Joan of Arc, William Wallace, Hooch, Brendan O'Meara. The list of great martyrs grows...

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:12
Funny you should mention P. Post...we always wondered if he was double dipping--paid by the Saratogian and the Thourghbred Times--for almost the same article...it's anyone guess if his stories go live first at the newspaper or at the Times....Gotta love his story about George Story's farm last year- he wrote a book about Harold Story a- George Story's father...now that George is in timber and real estate in Northumberland--Mr. Post writes about George (he just got out of jail for selling Coke and legally can not race horses as Post reported)Wait for an upcoming "article" (read:Advertising)about the proptery that George just bought ...the story should be about Mr. Berry.

Paul could have learn from Brendan.

And don't get us started on Mike Veitch....YAWN.

Anonymous said...

I thought Post got paid by the NYRA too?