"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 10, 2009

Two Weeks Deep

Hard to believe, but the Spa closes four weeks from today. That's a bit disconcerting, but there is still plenty of racing and plenty of reasons to keep tuning into the Carryover.

I've been busy, so with that in mind, it is not that I have ignored the Carryover out of apathy. There is plenty to say about Zenyatta, Commentator, and the Triple Crown race winners. That, for the time, will have to wait.

The reporting I've been busy with is coming along well. I've spoken with Calvin Borel's peers about him and followed Calvin, Mr. Charlie Hayward, and Nick Zito around the Spa putting a lot of miles on my shoes. I welcome this because my suits have become a tad too tight across the midsection (how so when I have no money to eat? eight pounds to go.). Lots of walking, quite literally, lots of footwork.

Stay tuned and keep the faith here at The Carryover!


Anonymous said...

Very amusing that below this post today was an ad for trojan condoms. Why would trojan want their ads on a site that appeals to horse racing enthusiasts? Most of us handicappers are more likely to hit a double carryover pick six than to have a need for condoms....

Brendan O'Meara said...

More amusing is the combination of horse racing fans AND Carryover followers ... a recipe for the biggest sausage fest this side of a Star Wars convention.

C'mon, you give yourself far too much credit to put your sexual margins on par with hitting a double carryover. Frankly, hitting that Pick 6 would be far more satisfying — emotionally and physically — than any sort of female contact. And only a horse player can understand that.