"Six Weeks in Saratoga" available! Go get it!

"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

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Carryover's Brendan O'Meara may be on television Wednesday

Thanks to a chance meeting with Tom Amello of Trackfacts, a television show on the Capital OTB Network, I may be going on the air to talk about "6 Weeks in Saratoga."

Mr. Amello, an English teacher, and I had an inspiring conversation about narrative nonfiction and when he asked what I was doing he informally invited me on the air, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

I've always had more of a radio face, but I'll take it.


Anonymous said...

What time ?

muldoonmedia said...

Hey Brendan:

It was a pleasure meeting you this evening. Good luck with the book.
Thats exciting. I think Horse Racing is the greatest sport in the world and jockeys put ball players to shame.

Re: the Saratogian, its clearly their loss, you are too good for them.


Saratoga's most revolutionary citizen

Anonymous said...

Internet to superstardom on televsion? You are the Perez Hilton of horse racing journalism!

Brendan O'Meara said...

It will be next week some time. Mr. Amello likely offered the idea too soon without realizing that the Travers will take center stage. After speaking with him Tuesday, he seemed promising about an appearance next week.

I'll post a time when I know more.