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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, July 1, 2009

No bird for Borel

Owner of Mine That Bird, Mark Allen, made a preemptive strike against jockey Calvin Borel.

After being, what Allen called, strung along prior to the Preakness Stakes, he decided to take Borel off for good so as to avoid this conflict.

Frankly, this is about ego.  I'm sure Allen felt belittled and emasculated when Borel waited until Rachel Alexandra — a once in a generation type filly — committed to the race before letting the Bird camp know who he was to ride.  

Owners are rich.  They are rich because they did things their way.  They are used to getting their way.  And when one hick trumped the other hick, well, you got a good ol' fashioned ho down.

By doing this, Allen assured himself that yes, he is in control.  Trainer Chip Wooley was never one to pressure Borel, instead taking the high road to success and making himself a star.  

Jockeys jump from horse to horse all the time.  That is the game.  Surprise, surprise.

Allen wants a commitment for the rest of the year from a jockey to ride Mine That Bird.  Who ya gonna get to do that?  Edgar Prado?  Nope.  Kent Desormeaux?  Nope.  John Velazquez?  Alan Garcia?  Tobey MacGuire?  Possibly.

The only jockey that will where cement shoes will be a B-list rider because the A-list jocks aren't going to sell their chances short should a better horse be vacant come the big dance in November.

So when another jockey jumps from Mine That Bird to somebody else, Allen will learn the hard way he cannot control a rider anymore than the rider can control him.  

When a good one comes along, you best keep him happy because Borel has a way of spoiling the party and he'll be pointing that whip the entire way.

1 comment:

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