"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, October 29, 2009

2.0 Launched

Here is the link to Zenyatta and Ghostbusters, the official launch of The Carryover 2.0 at Horse Race Insider.

Thanks to Firefox, The Carryover returns

The technical difficulties experienced here at HQ have been solved by using a different web browser. In my haste to fix the problem on Wednesday, I deleted a lot of cool elements like the rivalry videos between Affirmed and Alydar and Sunday Silence and Easy Goer. Perhaps it was time they exited.

Now The Carryover Classic is ready. Just need a new photo.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Technical Difficulties

In trying to rearrange some things on The Carryover, I'm finding that Blogger is a bit uncooperative. Please pardon the disorganization. But do enjoy the new, sleeker, blacker, Carryover.

The Carryover 2.0

My good friend over at Horse Race Insider (www.horseraceinsider.com), John Pricci, has invited me to join his staff as a guest blogger, The Carryover 2.0.

Expect much the same as this classic version of The Carryover, just on a different platform that undoubtedly has more readers, and less crashes and bugs. My contributions, for the time being, will be bi-weekly, twice monthly, however you want to word it. From there I will talk about what I talk about, which is to say off-the-wall observations and outside-the-box thinking that followers of The Carryover have come to embrace.

If The Carryover is Remus, then The Carryover 2.0 is Romulus. May the wolves be good to us and a city and civilization be named in our honor. Unless you follow the version of Rome's founding as told by the poet Virgil ... oh, nevermind.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hello, friends

Folks, The Carryover has returned, and just in time. While I have been on the road I have thought of many new and refreshing changes that The Carryover and its affiliates might entertain.
I have some interesting points to make, but I need some time to formulate my thoughts. I ask that you stay tuned.

Thanks, from your friend at ... The Caarrrryover.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Semi-Live Blog of trip to Fla

7:30- Getting ready to drive stepgrandmother's Civic to Fla. Could this be a formula for pure hilarity? Solitude+24 hours of I-95= TOO CLOSE TO CALL!

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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Carryover is upset

The Red Sox got swept. The Patriots were shutout in the second half and overtime in a loss to the Broncos.

Add to that this terribly grim story by Daniel Menaker about the state of the publishing business and you've got one unhappy blogger.

This is far from a pity call, so don't think that, but I would have a hard time telling college students that being a writer is a good career move. It is harder than hard to crack into (see the story, see me!), but also the newspaper and magazine business is so unnerving that one should go to law school or culinary school. Entry level newspaper work (sometimes not even entry level newspaper work), pays only $22,000 a year. With student loans, rent, car payments, cell phone, you name it, you simply cannot support yourself and this is after you committed four or five years of undergraduate study that was supposed create opportunity and modest prosperity. Don't you want a ROI?

I think guidance counselors and even parents would be wise to temper the enthusiasm that college is the gate key. It isn't.

Your mettle will be tested every second and perseverance stretched. How will you respond?

Hmmm, things would be easier if the Red Sox and Pats won. Or if the Yankees lost.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stink, Stank, Stunk

Summer Bird's win the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup was a stylish, great win.  He looked like Curlin coming down the lane, same color, same build, same mud, wonderful.

Quality Road can't seem to catch a fast track, but he ran a great race too.

But, man, the older horses stink, stank, stunk, and not just in the JCGC.  And it's not their fault.  Many of these horses would be picked last in a lineup for dodgeball.  

The problem is that the older horses stick around because they were never that good to begin with.  The brilliant horses, the ones fans would love to see run — oh, let's be edgy, 13 times —start their retirement a tad early.   So let's mandate that all horses run into their fourth year, at least.

The breeders will have a problem with this, and certainly owners who are sitting on pocket aces waiting to cash in on their BIG HORSE, may find fault in this.  But what if we re-calibrate the compass?  What if we said that, 'Hey, a loss in this race will not compromise his value at stud.'  Or put in long-term racing incentives that reward breeders and owners who keep a future stallion in training.  What are you losing in that one year?  A dollar sign could be put on that easily, but think about the long term payoff:

1.  Keep the stars around longer, thus giving the sport a better chance to draw in more fans.
2.  By drawing in more fans you may get more owners down the road that remembered when a Curlin ran as a four year old.  Little race fans make big race fans who might own a horse some day.
3.  It makes the product of the older classic races much more appealing.  And in so doing makes racing palatable outside the Triple Crown for the fringe fan.  
4.  The more horses that are recognizable, the better the Breeders' Cup will be since an increased number of horses will be in the vernacular.

Otherwise, more and more people won't touch this sport with a .... 39 and a half foot pollllllle!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Out of the office

The Carryover is taking a vacation this weekend and will be unavailable. Be sure to let The Carryover know how well everyone did this weekend.

See you Tuesday.