"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, April 30, 2009

The Moment You've Been Waiting For!

This is it, the launching of Always Be Cashin'.  Here is Pete Motta and I in our first episode of ABC.  Enjoy.

video

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

KD and KO Live Blogging

Why not, right?

You've come to know that The Carryover specializes in off-beat commentary in REAL TIME.

Hey, it's a helluva good time too. Right? Right.

KD Post Draw

It is too much of a pain for me to type this in here, so I'll link the post draw.

I Want Revenge at 3-1. That seems a bit short given who he has defeated. Dunkirk given second-choice at 4-1 along with Pioneerof the Nile. I'm amazed Kirk was given 4-1.

Fascinating.

My friend Friesan Fire is at 5-1. Yes, he is my friend.

ABC debacle

Here at The Carryover, we are having some technical difficulties with regards to the video camera to film ABC.

We are working diligently to get this up and running.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ABC to Launch

The pilot episode of A.B.C. is set to launch tomorrow. The Carryover's brand of horse racing commentary will soon bring you the very best in horse racing banter from two guys under the age of 30.

!

Phew

Back from a lacrosse game to talk about what REALLY matters. No offense to the high school lacrosse teams I just covered, but your athletes have only two legs. That's a tough sell.

So Square Eddie is out, huh? That's too bad because he would've lost.

Pletcher nearly got a fourth horse in the race, but opted to keep Take the Points on the bench for this one. If I were him, I'd be a bit nervous. His best shot at winning this race is with the lightly raced Dunkirk. I like this horse, we'll see how he handles 19 other horses around him.

Pletcher will have his 22nd, 23rd and 24th career Derby starters come Saturday. Advice and Join in the Dance are his other colts. The latter is going to shoot for the front and insure an healthy pace — Dunkirk will be happy to know. But to call "Dance" a rabbit is a stretch. The way Friesan Fire drilled, we could go to the front along with Regal Ransom and wire this thing.

That's what we're all here to find out.

Monday, April 27, 2009

So we've come to the Derby

At long last it is Derby Week. Congratulations! You've made it. I know when Old Fashioned was your No. 1 for a long time and then he lost to Win Willy, you almost jumped off the Twin Bridges and into the Mohawk River.

But you remained firmly planted on the edge.

When Quality Road's feet got all cracked up like Humpty Dumpty, you thought that a vial of barbituates was the way to go.

But you left them with the track vet.

When Mafaaz mucked up his own Derby bed by running so poorly in the Blue Grass, you thought 'that's the last time we help the British!'

But you didn't because it was their greed that led to this great country.

Damn lobsterbacks.

Friesan Fire blazes

I have to go cover a baseball game so I'll keep this short.

Friesan Fire, five furlongs in 57.86 seconds. The last time a Jones horse breezed that well in Derby week was Hard Spun and he nearly wired the field.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mr. Fantasy strikes in Withers

It looks as if West Point Thoroughbreds may have another Preakness starter after Mr. Fantasy won the Grade III Withers at Aqueduct Saturday.

A year ago, Macho Again exploded to finish second behind the seemingly invincible Big Brown in last year's Preakness.

This year Mr. Fantasy could be a repeat for Terry Finley et. al.

Your Oaks Derby Daily Double

Rachel Alexandra and ALL.

This filly is going to blow the doors off the Oaks. She has won graded races in the Fair Grounds Oaks and Fantasy in hand rides. There isn't a filly on the planet that can run with her. Mares, on the other hand ...

She is the Big Brown of the bitties this year.

The Works: Part I

I'm going to try and publish the works for Derby contenders in one place here at The Carryover.

The first one is from my sleeper pick, Desert Party. He breezed five furlongs at Churchill in 59.60 seconds.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The New Pink

This is unfortunate. Quality Road, the likely Kentucky Derby favorite, has another quarter crack, this one on his right front hoof.

Quarter cracks are so trendy. They are like the new pink.

Big Brown made them cool again.

Courtesy of Mike Gathagan

I don't know who this woman is, but she's hosting the Preakness Infield Fest. Can I buy you a Black-eyed Susan?
No? Short, stocky, bald, slow-witted turf writers aren't your bag? I don't blame you.

BALTIMORE, 04-24-09—The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that actress and Baltimore native Stacy Keibler has been named the official “celebrity host” of Preakness InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.

Keibler, who graduated from Catholic High School, attended Towson University and was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader before heading into the entertainment business, will be introducing the performers and interacting with the crowd.

Ten years ago, Keibler auditioned for the chance to be the new "Nitro Girl" for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Keibler wowed both fans and executives and went on to win the contest. Shortly thereafter, WCW was acquired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Keibler’s skills impressed the creators of the program so much that she was the only female brought over to the new company, where she immediately became a regular on the longest running live program in television history.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stacy back to Baltimore and the Preakness,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. “It was a perfect fit to have Stacy, known as “The Legs of the WCW” and “The Legs of the WWE” host our inaugural InfieldFEST, with headliner ZZ Top, whose smash hit “Legs” reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 and was featured as Keibler’s entrance theme during her WWE career.”

Prior to leaving the wrestling business Keibler competed on the inaugural Dancing with the Stars competition making it to the final three. Impressing not only the audience but also ABC executives, she was quickly offered a network talent deal. This has led to recurring roles on ABC’s GEORGE LOPEZ and WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, where she played the love interest of the lead character Brian, and the villain in the ABC Family mini-series SAMURAI GIRL. Keibler also appeared on the drama OCTOBER ROAD.

Now living in Los Angeles, Keibler has graced the covers of numerous magazines including Shape, Vegas, TV Guide, Maxim, FHM Australia, Muscle & Fitness, 6 Degrees, and Beverly Hills 213. She has been featured in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Elle Girl, LA Times, Parade, Maxim (UK) and Fitness.

The famed Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in nine of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mad Dog

I don't know how old you are or if the 23rd of April is actually your birthday, but Happy Birthday from The Carryover!

Top Billing this morning

Our friends over at the Paulick Report, or PR on the streets, have given my latest column top billing as of 8:30 a.m.

This will shuffle its way down the ranks as the morning goes on, but it's always nice to have the premier spot for a few hours.

Thanks to the PR and to YOU, the viewer.  The reader?  Ahhh, whatever.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Record time

What is this? Thursday's column is up and it's Wednesday. This column is going back in time, channeling its banter from the future ... at least for the next 25 minutes.

I'm not picking on the guy

I am not making fun of Todd Pletcher's 0-for-21 stint in the Kentucky Derby. I'm just giving a little extra juice to tomorrow's column about the White Whale.

Maybe I am poking fun, but at least he's not 0-for-21 in life. He's just 0-for-21 in the Kentucky Derby. When was the last he picked a penny off the ground?

Me? This morning.

After breaking away from D. Wayne Lukas in 1995, it took Pletcher five years to reach the Derby. Given the connections he made under the D.W.L. umbrella, that's putting in your time. Some trainers take their entire careers to reach the Derby.

Pletcher wins at an amazing clip and when you win like that with the kind of horses he is given, anything less than 20-25 percent is considered failure. This guy is expected to win, maybe more so than any trainer in America.

0-for-21


Monba (2008)
Cowboy Cal (2008)
Any Given Saturday (2007)
Circular Quay (2007)
Sam P. (2007)
Cowtown Cat (2007)
Scat Daddy (2007)
Bluegrass Cat (2006)
Keyed Entry (2006)
Coin Silver (2005)
Flower Alley (2005)
Bandini (2005)
Pollard's Vision (2004)
Limehouse (2004)
Wild Horses (2002)
Invisible Ink (2001)
Balto Star (2001)
Impeachment (2000)
More Than Ready (2000)
Graeme Hall (2000)
Trippi (2000)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy 400th!

This is the 400th post from The Carryover. You don't look a day over 250.

What on earth is a picture of Moby Dick bringing down Capt. Ahab doing on The Carryover?

Oh, intuitive one, it must be a teaser for Thursday's refill.

Good vs. Evil, dark vs. light. And it all ties into one trainer and one horse heading one amazing horse race.

Name another blog that gives you this? Go ahead. I dare you!

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Countdown

This one is boring, but the last one was off by a day. I had to re-route the encryptions because a hacker is trying to make you the reader think the Derby is on the First Sunday in May.

Fools!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Carryover at the Big A

$29,130! Get to it.

Tin Cup Chalice euthanized

The Associated Press reported that Tin Cup Chalice, the first horse to sweep the New York Big Apple Triple in 2008, was euthanized at Finger Lakes Friday after a gruesome horse accident. The horse suffered a fatal spinal injury when another horse, Zany, bolted and collided with Tin Cup Chalice. Both horses were destroyed.

Jockey Pedro Rodriguez was taken to a Rochester hospital and treated for undisclosed injuries before being released.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A.B.C coming to Y.O.U.

I'm learning how to use our digital video camera for The Carryover's PTI program called A.B.C. — Always Be Cashin'.  

Good Ol' Pete and I have some good ideas lined up for it as we prepare to launch it for the 135th 
Kentucky Derby.  We'll do a handicapping special about the DO's and DO NOT DO's for the Derby.

Example:  DO what Pete does.  DO NOT DO what I do, though I reserve the right to gloat when I am right.  High road?  Nah.

We're also hoping this will get us out of the gutter.  But, I remind you, we are in a pretty deep gutter.  I know I am.  

Oklahoma, baby

I was up at 5 a.m. to head over the Oklahoma Training Track.  It was 37 degrees and when the outrider unchained the rope for horses to train on the dirt, there was nobody around.  No horses.  
Only a few trainers have horses up here with Gary Contessa leading the contingent with about 40 of the 50 or so on the grounds.   There will eventually be close to 800 horses parading around Saratoga, but until then all we can do is enjoy the dawn before rush hour.

Thursday column up

Larry Jones column up and running.  Do feel free to check it out.  I beg you, actually.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day

File your taxes. Why did you wait this long? You do this every stinking year. You said you would file as soon as you got your W2's in January, yet here you are.

You disgust me.

The Conspiracy is in

Now that Old Fashioned has been retired, the gig is up! Come forward Larry Jones. You want to retire even earlier! How dare you!

And to think I knew Hard Spun and Proud Spell.

For shame! You're gonna get roasted like a marshmallow in The Carryover presented by The Saratogian's Thursday column.

And if by roasted you mean praised for being the best in the business, then, yes, you will be roasted.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Larry Jones is like a newspaper?

Wouldn't newspapers like that as a compliment? This smells like a Thursday renewal of The Carryover column.




Where have all the kowboy's gone?

These two — Proud Spell and Jones — are in cahoots.


Teasing two days ahead of schedule.

Back in the saddle

Leave for one weekend and find that not one but two Larry Jones horses are out. I know he wanted to faze out his horses and retire but, man.

Proud Spell retired and Old Fashioned is likely done for good.

Larry Jones is like a newspaper, he's fading and not replacing his missing parts. Though, Larry Jones has been successful and is generally liked and respected — a major departure from newspapers.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blue Grass Winner

Here he is. The winner of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Are you ready?

General Quarters.

Here's a question: How do you make a historically relevant Grade I irrelevant?

...

...

Still thinking?

Ok ...

Put it on Polytrack so only really desperate horses will run your race. This may not be entirely fair. Sure my favorite horse, Monba, won it last year and then went on to finish last in the Derby. But a year prior, Street Sense finished second in an exciting blanket finish and then went on to win the Derby.

Things to think about.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

On a serious note

I try not to get too bogged down in the demure aspects of both life and racing. There are far too many people who are serious and grave, lamenting about this and that. Certainly they have their place.
So, on a serious note, the New York Times' Nicholas D. Kristof wrote a great piece today exploring animal rights. Seeing as how Ernie Paragallo is making a mockery of the animals that make racing race, this column was timely in nature.


I don't eat animals and seriously limit my intake of any animal derivative to eggs at the farmers market. If the animal can't run around and pick at the dirt then I want nothing to do with it.


My mother's 23 chromosomes and my dad's 23 chromosomes damned me with a bad heart, so I have health reasons to avoid dead animal muscle.


But this piece raises the ethical and philosophical question posed by the great Jeremy Bentham about animals, “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”



?

You know, it's funny. Talk about changing the rules for getting into the Kentucky Derby and people are up in arms. Talk about hookers and you don't hear a peep.

Has the world gone mad? No, no, just the people in it. The world has always been on the saner side of mad. We just came along and pooped it all up.

Sometimes I wish Homo Erectus had never discovered fire and in so doing fell prey to sabertooth tiger after sabertooth tiger. Honestly, that would have solved all our problems.

But here we are. May as well keep on keepin' on.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Getting warmer


Now we're getting to the crux of Thursday's column. Folks, don't fall in love with a prostitute ... or do so at your own risk.
Think of the parallels. I'm talking about Big Brown, Smarty Jones, Bernardini, Street Sense, Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

True No. 1's


I was thinking (wierd, huh?) that when was the last time there were tried and true No. 1 horses from each major prep region of the country leading up the Kentucky Derby?


Think about this year:


California: Pioneerof the Nile

New York: I Want Revenge

Louisiana: Friesan Fire

Florida: Quality Road

Arkansas: Old Fashioned (likely)


I'm not so sure any year in recent history has seen every region have a clear cut No. 1. The only argument will be if Old Fashioned loses to, say, Win Willy. Then Arkansas will be muddled.


This week's teaser



Where can this possibly be going? A number of places, sure, but I tell you it has a lot to do with Thursday's column.

What could that be? Betting handle and horse safety!

No, no, no. While those are important in their own right, I, and I think I speak for horse players everywhere, we need some T&A. Thursday's piece will draw some unlikely parallels.

Do tune in.

Hittin' the fan

Quarter cracks?  Over-the-counter cough medicine being introduced by a syringe in the detention barns?  

The two Kentucky Derby favorites have some drama surrounding them.  Quality Road has a quarter crack on his right hind leg and I Want Revenge's trainer, Jeff Mullins, administered a cough medicine to his 3-year-old Gato Go Win before the Grade 3 Bay Shore this past Saturday.

We've got this year's Rick Dutrow.  

Saturday, April 4, 2009

LIVE BLOGGING FROM THE BIG A

3:26 ... Here we go.  This is it.  Don't get scared.

3:27 ... Good Ol' Pete just hit the Pick 4 for $500.  That's a lot of pennies.  When I was a crackly voiced adolescent, whenever I saw a small sum of money, say, 23 cents, I'd always say, 'Well, that's 23 Swedish fish.'  You know?  That delicious red, gummy candy.  Of course there are other penny candies worth mentioning like Sour Patch Kids, just to name one of my favorites.  

I'd always get this candy at Mac's Movies, the local video store where I would rent movies, yes, but mainly video games.  Usually it would only be for a day or so, but my mother once renewed the rental on this one game, Nemo's Dreamland, that I was infatuated with to the extent that I am infatuated with Jeannine Edwards now.  I must have been 8 years old.  I always felt it was a telling anecdote, that my mom would do that.  It could not have been too expensive, at least I hope not.  Well, Mac's Movies sold penny candy too.  Didn't Holden Caufield's English teacher tell him not to digress?

What does this have to do with horse racing?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

3:34 ... So, who ya got?  If we're merely talking about the Wood, I like Imperial Council.  That is not to say that I am dismissing I Want Revenge.

I spoke to Joe Talamo, jockey for I Want Revenge, and he is HIGH on this horse.  I mean HIGH.  Like if you gave Talamo a drug test, he would test positive for I Want Revenge.  

3:37 ... This just in, Talamo is taken off I Want Revenge for testing positive for a little-known banned substance called I Want Revenge.

3:40 ... The wonderful $250,000 Late Pick 4 here starts soon with Race 7, the Grade 3 Bay Shore.  Then it's the Excelsior, Wood and Carter Handicap.

My ticket will look like this because I have only a few dollars on me and on $16 in my checking account:  

Bay Shore:  Lyin' Heart and Capt. Candyman Can
Excelsior:  True Resurgence
Wood:  I Want Revenge
Carter: Kodiak Kowboy

Tactical speed and closers have been doing pretty well today.  That bodes well for Capt. Candyman, True Resurgence, I Want Revenge and Kodiak.  In the Wood, if Imperial Council is closer to the pace, watch for him to win convincingly.

Good Ol' Pete has a handicapping angle that consists of this:  If I like him, he bets against him.  

3:43 ... Good Ol' Pete is an a-hole.

3:45 ... Good Ol' Pete has a ticket worth $500 in his possession, which makes him a wealthy a-hole.  Kurt Vonnegut would say an a-hole looks like this: * 

So, from here on out, I will refer to all of those a-holes in the world merely by this symbol: *

3:47 ... As I'm sure you can guess, this does not exclude horses.  If Tale of Ekati wins the Carter, he will be designated as thus: *

3:53 ... So now we have a "Pick 4 Diary:  You think you know, but you have no idea."

Lyin' Heart and the Capt. here.

3:58 ... Capt. Candyman is at even money.  I believe this is the horse that radio host Steve Byk had to start a Pick 4 at Saratoga this summer.  He would hit it for over $20,000.  Now THAT's a lot of Swedish fish.

4:03 ... So how about The Grapefruit???  Apparently this guy's got some soundness issues.  When you're own track vet won't authorize the running of the horse you know it's gotta be bad.  I imagine that when trainers ship in to different tracks where they are not as chummy with the vets, they can get their way.  The Pamplemousse trains and races there and he failed a test!  

If Julio Canani got a DUI after he won his last race with The Pamplemousse, imagine what he'll do now.  I'd stay home tonight if I were you.

4:10 ... Was that last comment mean?  Yes.  You know what that makes me?  An *

4:14 ... And look at the Captain!  Tactical win, tactical ride, and a tactical Pick 4 ticket.

4:16 ... Taquarub got second and Yano took third.  But this one was allllll Captain.

4:20 ... So now we're onto the Excelsior.  This is a major do-or-die race for my ticket as I have the 10-1 True Resurgence.  Right now Barrier Reef is the favorite with Cool Coal Man the second choice at 5-2.  

If you ask me — and you did — Cool Coal Man is just not a good horse and he is taking a ton of money.  There's over $100,000 on him to win.  Fool's play!

4:24 ... So seldom am I alive in my tickets that it actually feels good to know that the next 19 minutes won't be filled with ire and self-doubt.  

That is now put on ice for the next race.

4:27 ... I have zero, and I mean zero faith in this True Resurgence.  Dave Liftin picked him, so that's something, but I have a bad feeling.   See, not even winning the first race has immunized myself from self doubt.  I am inoculated with pessimism. 

4:46 ... That was disgusting.  Nice fractions guys.  25.44?  50.69?  *

The possible speed pressure fell on his face out of the gate (Kurbat).  So the NY-bred stepped up in a major way and won.  I'm talking about 13-1 Giant Moon.  Good for him.

4:51 ... Quality Road's Florida Derby was three seconds faster than this one.  That's 15 lengths.  That, as we say at the Carryover, is a spicy meatball.

4:54 ... 85th running of the Wood coming up.  I Want Revenge is the 4-5 favorite.  If this guy can rate just off the buffet of speed in this race, he's going to show us the meaning of daylight.  

Cool Coal Man had ZERO excuse for losing the Excelsior.  He practically galloped to the front and he couldn't hold off a state bred.  He still held on for second, so what does that say about the rest of the field?  

Ick.

5:08 ... Good Ol' Pete and his brother Good Ol' Tom (?) are alive in the Pick 4 with Imperial Council.  I've got a $5 exacta box with Revenge and Council.  That was my gas money to get home. 

Uh, oh.

5:11 ... So Stardom Bound threw in a clunker.  That was bound to happen. Hooh Why and Gozzip Girl spring a major upset, paying out a near $400 exacta.  Stardom Bound never threatened, going all out to get third.  

5:35 ... Wow.  Wow.  That was impressive.  I Want Revenge showed a ton of heart and ability with that win.  I'm am speechless.  I am without speech.

5:48 ... All right everyone.  Daddy's gotta go to work.  This has been fun.

And remember, gambling is the greatest thing you can do IF you're good at it.   Mind you, this is from someone who just hit 3-of-freakin'-4 in the Pick 4.

Damn you, Moooooon!

The Grapefruit scratched by vet

Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman reported that The Pamplemousse was scratched this morning by track veterinarian Dr. Jill Bailey.

He was the 9-5 second choice behind Pioneerof the Nile in the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.

No further details are available at this time.

The Pamplemousse the scratched

A source close to the Carryover, OK, Good Ol' Pete at the betting window, told me that The Grapefruit scratched.

What could have happened?  Injury while galloping?  Fever?  Bucked dignity?  

Just like a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.


Arrival

Just touched down next to my pal John Pricci of Horse Racing Insider fame in the Aqueduct press box.

This, as far as the Saratogian is concerned, is the Kentucky Derby, so enjoy today's coverage brought to you by The Carryover.

Live blogging will likely commence in a few hours.  I've got some things to tend to.  

Friday, April 3, 2009

Beware of Atomic Rain

For one reason only ... he ran second to Old Fashioned in the Grade 2 Remsen over the main track at the Big A. We all know what Old Fashioned has done since.

If Atomic Rain, part of the Kelly Breen entry with West Side Bernie, finds his footing over a track where he ran successfully, he could surprise some people ... except followers of The Carryover. Because you will not be surprised if he runs well now.

Metallica frenzy for The Carryover

Greetings.

I bought Guitar Hero: Metallica today. It has given me a reason to get out of bed. I'm not a big video game guy. I think they waste valuable time that could be spent reading, but this was the Siren's call, if you will.

Frankly, I'd rather play my real guitar, which is a pretty sweet axe. This game just made me want to pick up my guitar even more because, brother, there isn't anything better than letting a guitar rattle the window panes.

Metallica tickets went on sale this morning for the Albany show on Nov. 12. Got two. It's gonna rule.

I've seen Metallica five times now and, honestly, I can't get enough of these guys.

Ms. Carryover saw them for the first time with me in Philadelphia in January and though she likes them, she garnered an entirely new respect for them live.

Yes!

However, she often scoffs that I listen to them too much, but when something truly resonates in your bones, you can't fight it.

You can't stop what's inside you!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yeah, carryover!

The Big A's got $30,000 just hanging around waiting for someone to sweep in and get it. I can almost taste it.

No, wait, that's bile.

Moving on ... thanks to the three racing fans who had a six-comment dialogue with regards to my Dunkirk column. A couple, however, were missing my point. I'm not sympathizing with Todd Pletcher, but rather am using Dunkirk as the conduit to talk about change to reward horses that can run longer races. It would not wipe out the sprints, they would just be weighed differently in "The Chase for the Derby."

As for the concern about this possibly encouraging connections to run their horses less ... boy, howdy, do I have a column about that just a brewin'. Next Thursday, maybe? If I'm not writing about the Wood.

I guess you'll just have to wait.

P.S. — I appreciate the civility of the dialogue too. Too often online "discussions" degenerate into such foolish and childish mudslinging that it blankets and smothers valid points. Much thanks.

Happy Birthday Good Ol' Pete

My handicapper-in-crime Good Ol' Pete just turned 28.  Wow!  

He will ultimately be my co-host when we start our handicapping/horse racing PTI program titled A.B.C. ... Always Be Cashin'.  

I'll be sure to let you know when we plan on launching it.

Till then, keep your eyes ... on the stars!

Thursday column up in record time

I actually posted this thing before 4 p.m. EST.  Phew.

Mr. Jerome has already commented on it, disagreeing with me on all fronts, but that's the beauty of it all.  We've got a civilized dialogue here, people.

Hope y'all like this week's renewal of the Carryover!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Do comment

During the Wood this weekend — during the Aque-blogfest — I encourage lots of commenting. It'll be like we're just a bunch of buddies hangin' out, watchin' the races, eating ruffled potato chips.

For the love of God, wipe your hands off before you get the keyboard all greased up. C'mon, you're better than that.

Bad taste ... yes, definitely

Was the Smarty Jones is dead joke bad? Yes, but this is the one day serious media folk like myself can get away with this.

Anonymous tore me a new one and, I might add, deservedly so.

At first I thought he/she wrote his/her comment with a typo saying, "That is why you don't work for cracked."

I haven't worked for crack for a long, long time.

Then my fellow underpaid colleague said "Cracked" was like the "Onion."

I had never heard of "Cracked." Now I know.

And to Anonymous' credit, no, there is no way I could work for them. They are much, much funnier than I am.

Smarty Jones, dead at age 8

April Fools!

Hahahahahahahahaha!

Live blogging? Why not?

Since live blogging for the first time this past weekend, I'm inclined to do it again and hopefully with greater results. This Saturday will be a prime opportunity.

I'll be down at lovely Aqueduct for The Wood Memorial card, so I figure it will be a good time to post one window and add time after time to it.

Just like this:

4:15 ... I just told you how I will do this.

4:16 ... You now feel insulted that I felt the need to illustrate.

4:17 ... Stopping illustration.