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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

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Carryover Original!

My fears were confirmed ... you can't really read it (but if you click on it, it magnifies, like magic!).  This is my first horse racing political cartoon.  I figured there is a market for this sort of thing.  There is certainly enough to poke fun at in horse racing and if you can sketch a bit, you may have something.  

Here we have Jerry Moss (left) and Jess Jackson to the right.  Moss is trying to convince Jackson to race on the Pro-Ride.  Jackson is trying to get Moss to imbibe more wine.  Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra sit in the middle, rolling their eyes thinking, "Men ... "

Have you seen early Far Sides, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfields, and Get Fuzzys?  

Don't be hatin' just yet!


Glenn Craven said...

Not a bad first effort. Mind you, this coming from someone, myself, who is definitely NOT an artist.

There should be this sort of thing one or more of the racing pubs.

I've seen what amounted to giant political cartoons (or caricatures, anyway) as the cover of DRF before; all the entrants in the Preakness, etc.

I think it's worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

Definitely worthwhile...someone has has to fill in the void left by PEB.

Anonymous said...

haha are those crayons??

Brendan O'Meara said...

No, no crayons. Crayola colored pencils!

I probably could have said that this was my 3rd grade art project and you would have believed me!

Thanks for the laughter and comment.

Glenn Craven said...

Hey, Brendan, your cartoon was good enough to make "Best of the Blogs" at Paulickreport.com. Enjoy the attention!

Brendan said...

That's funny! Thanks for the alert!