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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 19, 2009

Fastest since Flo Jo

So, Rachel Alexandra is going to the Grade 1 $300,000 Mother Goose.  I'm sure Calvin Borel will keep his mouth shut (actually, not sure), but I'll make a guarantee for him:  Rachel Alexandra is the fastest woman since Florence Joyner.

Rachel plans to square off against her own sex in the workplace of Belmont Park on June 27.  Certain fillies aren't scared, just ask Mark Hennig, trainer of Don't Forget Gil. 

"Mainly, she's training well, and she loves Belmont," Hennig said. "She's a pure route horse.  Obviously, there's Rachel Alexandra, but we're going into the race with our eyes wide open.  I'd rather race her here than ship elsewhere, and she could get a Grade 1 placing if she's lucky enough to hit the board."

Lucky, indeed.

Kiaran McLaughlin considers running Justwhistledixie against Rachel.  The West Point filly may have the greatest pre-race scratch in the history of racing when she missed the Kentucky Oaks.  Rachel only won by 20 lengths that day.

"We're trying to get another work into her," McLaughlin said. "If we can't, we're up in the air."

Maybe she'll be privy to the second greatest pre-race scratch in the history of racing.

I'd dodge Flo Jo too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any word on the "new" Shadwell sign on Payson's farm on Caroline Street ? Think Kiaran McLaughlin was there...