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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

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monmouth must say thank you, thank you, thank you!

From my days as working as a waiter at the Downhill Grill in Lake Placid, I am privy to the male culture and what women do to them. Cooks peer through the tile-sized window from the kitchen and out to the dining room and gawk at attractive women. The owner, normally sitting in front of the bar with BV and Coke, will cordially jump behind when a vixen should be served.

There's a reason why the Russian empress Catherine the Great wasn't just Catherine.

(Perhaps it had more to do with Peter the Great and being a descendent of the Romanov dynasty, but that's neither here nor there. Carryover the Great? Not so much.)

Once again the woman in the room, Rachel Alexandra, has made everything worthwhile. Life seems worth living again! The Haskell, normally just a rich table setter that lacks fireworks and panache, has the bases loaded — and I mean loaded — with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth with Albert Pujols up and Screech on the mound.

Papa Clem, fourth in the Kentucky Derby is committing. Atomic Rain, 45th in the Kentucky Derby is committing. Munnings, winner of the Woody Stephens and Tom Fool, is stretching out again (Toddy, buddy, you've got a sprinter. You trained his dad, Speightstown, give it a rest). Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont Stakes, is committing. And now Rachel Alexandra threw her garter into the ring and will be the prohibitive favorite. Saratoga's Go For Wand and Fourstardave on the same Sunday will take a hit from those in attendance who will — and should — point their eyes and ears at the screen for the Haskell.

Everyone in attendance at Saratoga should be rooting for her because her next start will likely be in the Grade 1 Travers presented by the Middle East.

Guys, stop gawking. Be cool!

Women love confidence, confidence and poise. Money doesn't hurt either, among other things.
But we don't choose these things.

They choose us.


Anonymous said...

Who is pointing to the Jim Dandy? Big Drama? Charitable Man? Quality Road?

Brendan O'Meara said...

Jim Dandy will be, as it usually is, quite dull. Charitable Man will likely go there. Big Drama is bouncing from the Haskell to run in the West Virginia Derby and Quality Road may run in the Amsterdam, typically a King's Bishop prep. Though QR is still pointing to the Travers, to the best of my knowledge.

Anonymous said...

If you see Rachel, can you ask her if she likes me? Like, more than a friend? But be cool about it, don't make it seems like I told you to ask her....Don't blow this for me!

Brendan O'Meara said...

Ok, so here's what I said, "Not that my friend likes you-but if he did-would you go out with him? But he doesn't! He doesn't like you, he's just big on hypotheticals? What does hypothetical mean??? He doesn't like you! I was just saying!"
Phew, that was close. She doesn't suspect a thing.