Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year
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Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year

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When Rachel Alexandra thundered to a stylish win against the boys in the 2009 Preakness Stakes, her connections came to the 141st Saratoga Race Course meeting wanting more than just another victory. They wanted Horse of the Year.
Her jockey, Calvin Borel, pointed triumphantly to the three-year-old filly beneath him. Rachel Alexandra was the best horse he had ever ridden an...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by State University of New York Press (first published June 15th 2011)
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Lisa Deckert
I was thrilled to receive Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year by winning a drawing from a Goodreads Promotion. The book takes us backstage at Saratoga Race Track. It can be divided into three parts.

First is the background. In the first section, Pre-Meet, we learn about each major player, from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) team that runs the Saratoga track to the trainers of many of the biggest horses, to owners and...more
Ms.pegasus
Feb 25, 2012 Ms.pegasus rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: serious fans of horse racing
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: U. of Massachusetts press release
Shelves: horses, nonfiction
Despite its title, SIX WEEKS IN SARATOGA is really about the many people privileged to accompany Rachel Alexandra through the portals of history. Calvin Borel passed up his normal summer vacation to stay close to Rachel Alexandra, riding her to victory in the 2009 Mother Goose at Belmont, and on August 2 at the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. At Saratoga he was able to keep close to her – the tradeoff for his “outsider” standing and astonishingly small number of riding assignments for a jockey...more
Gerri Leen
Seriously? I should have known this was not going to go well when the cover didn't even show Rachel's face. It reads as a novel. But it's non fiction. It's out of order to the point where I'm not sure a Rachel fan who's not also a hardcore racing fan could follow it. The description of, well, everything was over the top. I abandoned it very early on. Rachel is possibly my favorite horse of all time and I seriously follow horse racing so that's saying something. I was predisposed to like this, bu...more
Charlotte


I won this book in the GoodReads giveaway a few weeks ago. It was an interesting and insightful look into the lives of not only The racehorse Rachel Alexandra, bit also the people whose lives she affected. Told from multiple perspectives it was slightly hard to follow but very informative. It was a unique, but "slow" read (Normally, I am a fast reader, but found I needed to pace myself in order to comprehend the information being presented). Overall a well written and informative book.
Migreen
Fascinating if you're into the subject. Organization is a little dis-jointed, but this wasn't a problem for me.
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