"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, January 28, 2010

State of The Carryover

The past year, 2009, was thrown into upheaval. There was job loss (welcome as it was), but also opportunity. I've lost some momentum on The Carryover and I largely blame that on book work. This I am OK with. It is a bigger fish to fry.

This upcoming year will see The Carryover pare down to one column a week, alternating between here and The Carryover 2.0 at Horse Race Insider. That you can bank on. I reserve the right to post whenever I feel like it, to add a Carryover advertisement video, and to air an episode of ABC.

The Carryover is still strong and featured regularly on The Paulick Report and Equidaily.

Comments are encouraged because I like to stoke the flames and rib and riff.

But with book edits and rewrites (my narrative voice is vastly different than my column voice) and agent searching taking all of my time, naturally the belt has to be tightened at The Carryover.

Do stay tuned, if not every day, then certainly on Fridays.


Glenn Craven said...

Good luck in the agent hunt, and, subsequently, the search for a publisher.

Take care.

Brendan O'Meara said...

Thank you, Glenn! With the first of many drafts done, the agent and publisher search intensifies.

Talk to you soon.

PS — Big ups to the voters who gave HOTY to Rachel. That helps in the selling of the ms.