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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, June 12, 2009

Best Triple Crown Moment

Casual dress Friday here at The Carryover.

With three days left to vote, Carryover voters are split with regards to the best moment of the Triple Crown:  Mine That Bird's Derby win or Rachel Alexandra's Preakness triumph.

My vote would go to Rachel.  My reasons being the electricity she garnered for the sport, the way she won it, and the circumstances surrounding her going into the race.  

1.  She wasn't even nominated to the TC.
2. She was blocked for a time being from getting into the starting gates by Ahmed Zayat, Mark Allen, and Marylou Whitney.
3. She was purchased by wine magnate Jess Jackson.
4. Then she goes out and wins the race.
5. She has a great ass.

Racing has a super star and it's a girl.  

While Mine That Bird's win was both shocking and impressive, for once this season will be remembered for its Preakness winner and not the Derby winner.


Anonymous said...

By stating that Rachel Alexandra's Preakness win was the memorable moment of the 2009 Triple Crown because she has a "great ass" is appalingly sexist and shows the extreme machismo climate that exists in horse racing.

Did you ever even consider taking a moment to check out Mine that Bird's ass? Of course not!

And for the record, Mine that Bird's posterior is nothing short of pristine. God, if I was ten years younger and a horse, I would show that colt the way to the winner's circle - if you catch my drift.

Whew, is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

Brendan O'Meara said...

I did consider Mine That Bird's rump and, quite frankly, it is flat with little definition. He couldn't fill up a pair of jeans if he tried.

Glenn Craven said...

Love your senses of humor, both Brendan's and the anonymous visitor's.

And I write that as I sit here beside a farting dog. I kid you not. ... Which, believe it or not, is also a book series ("Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise," etc.) and per Good Housekeeping is about to be a movie starring none other than The Jonas Brothers.

You can't make that stuff up.

Teresa said...

Whitney was actually the one who
was going to make it possible for Rachel Alexandra to run if the others entered horses to keep her out. If the race filled, Whitney would have withdrawn Luv Guv so that the filly could run.

Anonymous said...

no wonder you got fired you prick. "She's got a great ass." You are a dumb ass.

Brendan O'Meara said...


It may not be as simple as that. Sure, she would have withdrawn Luv Guv, but it was not after some behind the scenes work with Ahmed Zayat and Mark Allen.

Marylou Whitney knows how to play ball.


Brendan O'Meara said...

Anonymous from June 14,

Listen, it's called a sense of humor. If you're going to comment, keep it civil and — if this is possible — mildly intelligent.