"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

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Readership melting

Strangely, Carryover readers are visiting less and less during what should be the most traffic-laden time of year, that is, Saratoga.

Here at The Carryover, we try and fill our pages with insights every two days or so, offering a touching array of hilarity with fringe sincerity. Could The Carryover be losing its edge? Has it lost its credibility because someone doesn't have a "job." Or is it that with so many avenues to feed one's attention, why would anyone tune into a horse racing blog with condom ads and rampant pessimism?

If pessimism is a donut, consider The Carryover the vanilla glaze. And the bad handicapping tips the sprinkles. And the extra weight you end up carrying the dissatisfaction with reading The Carryover.

Dammit! See!


Anonymous said...

Time for a meet-up at the track...Beer Garden ?

Brendan O'Meara said...

The criteria for a meeting would include the following:

1. Your name.
2. Your favorite beer.
3. Where is there a Beer Garden proper at the track? Bunbury?
4. Are you fan of The Carryover?
5. Do you love Curlin?
5a. Would you do unspeakable things to Curlin?
5b. Would you let Curlin do unspeakable things to you?
6. Do you believe whoever dubbed the term "coupled entry" had too wild a night prior to entering the 1 and 1a?
7. Do you want to party with whoever dubbed the term coupled entry?

Glenn Craven said...

Sorry, dude, I was traveling for a week and recovering for another few days from the travel. (And catching up at work.) So you've gained back at least this reader.

You're rockin' the tie in that photo. And the "Are you talkin' to me?" countenance.

Brendan O'Meara said...

Hello, Glenn!

It's more a look of befuddlement. As for the tie, I rock them all day every day. Gotta be known for something.

Glad to have you back, Glenn, we missed you. Hope you had a nice trip.