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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, October 14, 2009

Why? How come?

As I gradually lose interest in horse racing, perhaps the dozen or so Carryover readers can help a brother out. What got you into horse racing and why do you still come calling when the sport finds itself so uninteresting and un-relevant?

I got into it in 2002 for one day, then didn't pay attention to it until Smarty Jones in 2004. Two thousand and five was a bit of a no-year for me, but since 2006 I've followed the sport with energy and pith, enough so to write about it and get annoyed by it. That makes for about five years.

What still makes the hair on my arms stand on end is watching the horses barrel off the turn at Saratoga, hearing them run, and hearing them breath. It's the force of their oxygen that gives me a thrill I cann find nowhere else.

That said, why do you continue to follow horse racing? What got you interested in the sport? What do you hope will happen? Do comment.

Should you not want to make a public comment, feel free to e-mail me at bromeara8@yahoo.com.


Anonymous said...

Winning 3 g's!!!

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, "No, Sir, when a man is tired of racing, he is tired of life; for there is in racing all that life can afford."

Teresa Genaro said...

As you mention, the beauty of the horses on the track, whether they are stakes winner or claimers.

Being on the backstretch and hearing the stories that never end, of horses and trainers and owners.

The history that goes back for hundreds of years in this country, far longer than any other sport.

Anonymous said...

Rum and Diet Cokes at 9am at the Paris Sports Book.