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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, June 3, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to watch the Belmont

By BRENDAN O'MEARA
The Carryover

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Who wants to watch the next running of the Belmont Stakes?  Especially with Flag Day ceremonies to get ready for?

 Well, The Carryover plans to give you 10 reason why you should watch even though you probably won’t .

10.  Calvin Borel going for the jockey Triple Crown.  This guy guaranteed the win and with insights likes this, “I’ve ridden there a lot of times,” he said of Belmont Park, adding with a smile: “It’s like any track — you just turn left.”

Brilliant.

9. Nick Zito has two horses in this race and they will likely go off at double-digit odds.  Zito loves New York races and with Brave Victory and Miner’s Escape, you better believe this native New Yorker has them tight for this race.

8. Love that $1 million guaranteed Pick 4.

7. D.Wayne Lukas is at it again, entering Flying Private, one of two horses running in all three legs of the Triple Crown.  Will he win?  Of course not, but that doesn’t stop this veteran from saddling up.

6. Maybe we’ll see Rick Dutrow, Jr. sweat some more.  Kidney sweat, anyone?

5. Todd Pletcher might laugh, or cry.  This is the site of his last bout of emotion nearly two years ago, so you know he’s bursting at the seam.

4. Mine That Bird could be that good.  The Derby was labeled a fluke.  The Preakness gave him credibility.  The Belmont could make him a star.

3. As if you need any more excuses to see Jeannine Edwards, here’s your chance.

2. This is a jockey’s race and with names like Edgar Prado, Alan Garcia, John Velazquez, Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, and Kent Desormeaux, they will showcase just how to ride a race horse.

1. And lastly, if this race is a “Test of a Champion”, then it is also a test of your loyalty to the sport.  No Triple Crown winner?  So what, watch the telecast, watch the race, even better, drive to Belmont Park.  There’s $1 million purse, 12 furlongs of running with history on the line.  No to mention the Woody Stephens, the Acorn, and the True North Handicap.  Do the right thing.

Unless there’s a Flag Day ceremony to plan, of course.

 

 

 

1 comment:

Glenn Craven said...

I concur wholeheartedly with No. 1.

But I think No. 3 should be No. 1a.