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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, August 12, 2009

Got an extra $2,304?

I'm taking my first handicapping plunge of the meet with today's Pick 6. Naturally I don't have the capital to go forth with this ticket, but if I had liberty and cajones to do so, this would be it.

Race 5: 4, 6, 7, 9
Race 6: 2, 3, 5, 7
Race 7: 5, 8
Race 8: 2, 3, 10
Race 9: 1, 2, 4, 5
Race 10: 3, 8, 10
Cost: $2,304.

I used the NYRA program, not the Racing Form. I'm doing this little experiment to see if I could have any success playing the Pick 6 if money were not an issue. If the success rate is high enough, then maybe one day, one day, I will play a ticket of this type with the hopes of it returning something in the neighborhood of ... $2,304.

Alive after the first leg with a 3-1 horse. I'm lacking the patience to remain at the track, so I'll check in from wherever I spend the rest of the afternoon.


Anonymous said...

Way to spend two g's and go 3 of 6! You out the "handicap" in the handicapping! Zing!

Sorry, that was out of line. It's not, you it's me. I don't like what I see when I look in the mirror, so I come on here and try to drag you down. I need to see my therapist more that once a week...

Brendan O'Meara said...

I imagine you meant I "put" the handicap in handicapping, not "out".

Trying to drag me down makes an assumption that I was up to begin with, which, we all know, is false. Nice try though.