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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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Top 10 Uses for a Losing Betting Ticket

As The Carryover looks to take over the galaxy and be the first intergalactic source of horse racing commentary from here to God's merciless Fingertip of Power, we are offering more in terms of content and utterly useless information that so-called "trained professionals" steer clear of. Namely Top 10 lists. Here's another.

There are literally dozens of things to do with losing betting tickets, everything from littering the racetrack, to littering your neighborhood bus stop. Here are a few uses that I have come up since I have had my fair share of losses.

10. Dental Floss — Fold in half and this will pick out any number of food substances from apple peels to popcorn kernels.

9. Coaster — Keeps nasty water rings off that new coffee table from Ikea ... Ok, Target ... Ok, Walmart ... Fine! From a yard sale. "Did you put gum under your own coffee table?" "No, but apparently its previous owners did."

8. Roughage — No explanation needed.

7. Tissue Square — If and only if you're a 23-foot tall giant and you cut yourself shaving.

6. Writing down phone numbers of girls who will never call you back. "What does that say about me if you're writing my number on a losing ticket?" "Uh ... uh ... uh ... " "That's what I thought. Any winners there?" "You know the answer to that."

5. Showing your parents what a waste college was.

4. Teach kids how to read.

3. Losing ticket? You may be holding the synthetic racing track of the future!

2. A reminder of how bad you are at handicapping.

1. A reminder of how bad you are at everything.

Of course the last one was going to be cryptic. For me, it always boils down to that last one.

Anyone know a good therapist?

Have any other reasons? Let me know!


Anonymous said...

I use my losing tickets as napkins to wipe up spilled fresco sauce from my I-87 exit 15 taco bell grilled stuffed burrito after a crushing loss in the last leg of the late pick 4 at Saratoga.

Can't wait to do it again this year!

Brendan O'Meara said...

You see, if Erin Andrews had a losing betting ticket on her, she could have patched over the peephole and avoid all this trouble.

It's just that simple.

Anonymous said...

#11 Use your losing ticket to wipe the beer off your face after an 8-Die plunk.

Anonymous said...

Or while your watching the Erin Andrews video, you could use your losing ticket as a....Inappropriate?