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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

Thursday, August 21, 2008


I'll link it tomorrow, but in Friday's Saratogian, I take a look the Affirmed-Alydar Travers and the controversy around it.  I've already put a link to the video titled "Travers Travasty" down the right-hand side of The Carryover.

I'll also have a column exploring rivalries in horse racing, mainly looking at the non-rivalry rivalry of Big Brown and Curlin.

I believe this is what they call a tease. 


Anonymous said...

I read your Rivalry article and was surprised to find no mention of the great 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer, which included all three Triple Crown races and the Breeders Cup Classic. Surely, this neck and neck cometition compares favorably with any throroughbred rivalry in racing history. I suggest you watch all three races and judge for yourself.

Brendan O'Meara said...

I will most certainly check out video. I am only mildly familiar with those two. I spent a lot of time in the past three months on Affirmed and Alydar, thus my scope was limited. As I said, I will find replays dealing with them.

I'm bummed the stories weren't put online. I didn't even think they made it to print today. Apparently they did.

Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading, Anonymous!