"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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Welcome to the Hotel Red Roof Inn

Many of you know (two of you) that I had planned on sleeping in my car (Mrs. Carryover's car) for Derby week. I'd be like a turtle carrying my home on my back. But last night I sat in the parking lot of Kroger near Churchill Downs, the rain pounded, my heart pounded from the stress of writing these stories that I feel nobody is reading, stressed that I won't find the interesting people, stressed that my stories will be flaccid, stressed that my editors will wonder why the hell they even hired me, stressed that I had to drop my entire stipend to afford the hotel, stressed that I'll be in the hole unless I hit the Derby big, stressed that I'll be this colossal disappointment, well, you get it. My stomach's churning and I didn't even get a chance to snap a picture of the sign "Big Bone Lick." Terrible, I know.

Just this other form of stress:

Well, here we go. I haven't felt this kind of pressure in a while. Tonight I'll be reporting from the Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner. $150 a plate.

I'll be standing in back.


Anonymous said...

Keep hope alive! We're pulling for you! Carryover! Carryover! Carryover!

P.S. - $200 on Dialed In to win will more than pay for the red roof inn

Brendan O'Meara said...

Received a tip from some owner at this dinner to keep your eye on Twice the Appeal and Sway Away (if he gets in). The owner said the trainer said the horse is going to run huge.

Anonymous said...

Hey - keep all those tips coming.

Seriously - the car ? Ah, to be young again. You do rock dude.