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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

Friday, August 13, 2010

Could it be?

Check out the spotlights. Check out the pretty white couples getting ready to enjoy a night at lovely ... Aqueduct?

Lame-duck (but really not that lame) Gov. David Patterson and the New York State Legislature seem to have come through with a vendor for video lottery terminals at Aqueduct. Genting New York.

As much as it is encouraging that horse racing will get a slice of the pie, I'm more intrigued by the $1.5 million the state will get every day. New York is in fiscal disarray, so the thought that it could be pulling in close to $400 million a year from this new casino is a nice regressive tax we can all learn to hug.

And it's not just VLTs, it's blackjack, roulette, and poker. State Lottery officials want to instill video versions of these games. We can agree that that is both cheaper and lame. Get tables and attractive dealers.

Here is the story written by Charles V. Bagli of the New York Times.


Anonymous said...

No love for Paddy O in your poll?

Brendan O'Meara said...

Funny you should mention, but my next column will be about Paddy O.

Get out of my head!