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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 7, 2009

Yet another horse racing political cartoon

So here's the deal.  This one is titled "Homestretch, 2009 Preakness Stakes".  On the surface, I know some people will think it is a sexist cartoon.  But in reality, its intent is to poke fun at poor, poor geldings.

This frame is a bit sharper.  As I get better at these and get better supplies, they will only get better and, dare I say, hilarious!

Keep those votes coming!  We may have something here people.  As much as we want PEB to go on forever, someone will have to fill his void.


Anonymous said...

No more sexist than this piece of crap from NYRA and the Fasig Tipon Festival to be held at Saratoga....

"On Sunday, a “Best Turned Out Filly” fashion contest will be held at the racetrack, with the best-dressed woman to be awarded a gift certificate from a local retail shop before the running of the Honorable Miss."

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the gelding can't enjoy the view of Rachel pulling away in the stretch. A gelding is no different than most married men - their bittersweet memories of being able to use their apparatus don't preclude them from deriving pleasure from "just looking"...

Brendan O'Meara said...

Indeed! Indeed!