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Comments by geri freymann on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 00:45 IP Logged
what awonderful book about a little horse with a big heart i couldnt believe i was at the end of this wonderful book so quickly. what a great story. I just wish i could have seen seabiscuit run. what an amazing story. thank you for this great piece of history geri freymann
rock island, il USA

Comments by Gina Ricketts on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 04:29 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, thank you so very much for a lovely story of a horse and his people. I was saddened at that end at what seemed to be the end of an epoch. Where is Smith's son, and why did he die so alone? Is Ridgewood still there? Can you visit the farm? So many wrenching questions and moments in your book. Thank you.
Medford, OR USA

Comments by Mollie on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 02:55 IP Logged
I too got to know Seabiscuit through Ralph Moody's book as a teenager back in the 60's. Just started your book last night and plan to live in it all weekend! My father saw Seabisbuit at Howard's farm in Willits when he first moved to California. Many years later (approx. 1962 or 63), he took our family by there on vacation, and we found that the stables were being torn down. We were able to salvage Seabiscuit's halter and bridle showcase. They hung in my father's barn until several years ago when he gave them to me. I treasure them so much that I told him that's the only thing I wanted to inherit from him!
Middleton, ID USA

Comments by Lynn Tamms on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 00:37 IP Logged
An enchanting exciting book! So well written! I am listening to it on tape and I almost drove off the road laughing about the demise of the Tiajuana race track. I have a new appreciation of horseracing and will certainly enjoy the Kentucky Derby and the other races of the Triple Crown this Spring. Thanks so much for your wonderful book.
Oshkosh, WI USA

Comments by Kathleen Goforth on Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 09:52 IP Logged
I only read one or two books each year for pleasure because I get so wrapped up in reading literature that pertains to my work. And... a person only has so much time! When I do read a book, it is usually about a horse or person involved with horses. Your book was recommended to me by a coworker who has the same passion for horses as I do. I am only part way through it and can't put it down! Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, but the elements of history added into it make it even more enjoyable. Your writing style is very journalistic which is my favorite style of writing, story-telling behind a real story. You are making my first book of the year *to-be-read* an wonderful experience! I had to be waitlisted at the library for your book because it is so popular. I am so glad I went to the trouble to find it! Can you recommend more books similar or about horses that are as captivating as yours? Or do you have other books you have written that I can explore? I may even read more than two books this year, you never know! Lastly, when is the movie scheduled to be in production> I can't wait!! Thanks!
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Wint Mather on Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 07:13 IP Logged
Laura, I read many biographies, and this is one the VERY best I have ever read. Other than go to a few races in my lifetime, I have never paid attention to the intracacies of the sport. Now I know so much?, I probably will never bet again! A fabulous piece of research, and told in a thrilling manner. Thanks. Wint
Orinda , ca USA

Comments by J. W. WALSH on Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 02:43 IP Logged
MS.HILLENBRAND, I enjoyed your exceptional story of a great champion of the turf. Thank you for bringing the glorious days of this past racing hero to the present. I wanted the story to go on and on ... it was fabulous reading. The descriptions were so vivid, I felt like I was at the track rooting with all my might, for the "BISCUIT" to win. As a longtime racing fan, thank you for the wonderful insight into racing as it was surely meant to be.
FRANKFORT, KY USA

Comments by Billy Hannon on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 08:08 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand,just finished your marvellous book. A wonderful story and beautifully written. A measure of the horse's greatness was the fact that he could win although he always carried maximum weight-not unlike the famous Irish steeplechaser, Arkle. Well done, it was worth the huge effort
Tuam, eire

Comments by Tony Britain on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 05:17 IP Logged
An inspiration, one of the best reads in my life.
Sunninghill, England, England

Comments by John Sutton on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 04:05 IP Logged
Thank you for a great read! Though I knew the races occurred in the last century, I found the descriptions of the races riveting, as I rooted Seabiscuit down the stretch. How could you not love this horse? An exceptionally well written account of a story almost too good to be true!
USA

Comments by Carol Bradac on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 01:34 IP Logged
I just finished reading your Seabiscuit--a wonderful story about an exceptional horse and his "people." I was born in 1938, so it was particularly meaningful to me to learn more of the culture of the day ... and the importance and enjoyment of the sport of horse racing before the onslaught of television in our lives. Thank you for this remarkable account.
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Comments by gary eagling on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 00:16 IP Logged
How about Sam Shepard as Charles Howard?
USA

Comments by john harting on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 09:21 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand--thanks so much for a wonderful story. '
madison, wi USA

Comments by Lynn Miller on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 04:09 IP Logged
I fell in love with this book. What a hero at a time when our country was so lost. This past week my life revolved around Red Pollard, Tom Smith, The Howards and of course that magnificent horse. They were my friends and I wanted to be with them all the time. Thank you for sharing this story of hope, joy and love. Do you plan to make any visits in the Colorado Spgs, CO area as I'd love to have you autograph a book for me.
Colorado Sps, co USA

Comments by Margo Kirn on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 02:26 IP Logged
Seabiscuit captured me from the moment I started it. Not since reading all the Black Stallion series when I was a child and Walter Farley was writing each book have I been so enthralled. Not only was the story so beautifully done but the quality of your writing made it an extraordinary book. I also, even though I am involved in horse racing, was not aware how wonderful a horse Seabiscuit was. We need more heroes like him today. Unfortunately, horses like Seabiscuit are few and far between and stories like his are also not often found. It is sad when I go to run a horse today, even in the allowance races, that there is no one in the grandstand any more. They are all watching on TVG (as I also do when not running my horses). We do need another Seabiscuit. Thank you for this superb book. I could not stop reading it for two days (trying to take care of horses and barn in between!)
N. Middletown, KY USA

Comments by Joanie Davison on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 02:24 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I have my own Thoroughbred broodmares, and I worked at Belmont Park rubbing horses for many years, from late 60's thru the 70's....very good years! I was there for the ill fated Match Race between Ruffian & Foolish Pleasure. I was there to see Foolish Pleasure nose out Forego, and to see Forego win the Malboro Cup. I was there to see Secretariat and all the other great ones of that time. In fact, my little farm is named for Foolish Pleasure...I had been a fan of his on the race track, and visited him often after work in the mornings. He is buried here in Wyoming, and I visit him now at his grave site. It makes me cry, and that is what I did after finishing your book...I cried for the Biscuit (by the way, my riding horse is named Biscuit)...and I cried for his people. I cried that he is buried under a tree and that no one ever visits him there. His story is so incredible...thank you so much for bringing it to the people...all people, not just race fans! I look foward to the movie...and I hope they cast the right actors and do a great job with the story. I hope you'll write another book on another horse soon...there are so many great stories within the industry, they all need to be told! Does anyone know where that tree is? It would be a nice ending to the movie to show the tree within the forest and have a ghostly image of the Biscuit race across the screen. Thanks for the memories!
Deaver, WY USA

Comments by Prudence Graham on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 07:47 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished "Seabiscuit", and yes, the tears are still running down my face as I write this. Thank you for having this site, because I don't want to feel my connection with Seabiscuit, Red Pollard, Charles Howard, Tom Smith and the other people who were part of this piece of history, with whom I lived for the last few days, to be over. Your ability to make them come alive; your detailed, loving, factual and exciting narrative style; your dedication to bringing these players in this amazing part of our history are a gift from you to all of us who have experience this book. The book was given to my husband and I just happened to start reading it, and couldn't put it down. I have loved horses from a distant, but I now want to go to Santa Anita, and even Forest Lawn to visit Tom Smith's grave. I wonder if Ridgewood is accessible to the public. Over 50 years ago, as a child, I read a book called "Old Bones", by Mildred Mastin Pace, the story of Exterminator, the unlikely 1918 Kentucky Derby winner, and it is the ONLY book I remember reading from my childhood. I have also seen the movie, "Phar Lap", which moved me tremendously, and I think about when I think about horses. It was so exciting to read that George Woolf used Phar Lap's saddle. I now want to find out about the descendents of Seabiscuit and if any of them are racing today. This story has added a bit of richness to my life, and will be the horse story I remember as an adult. I am excited to know you will be consulting on the movie, which has to be made so many more people will come to love this noble horse and company, and their awnsome story of achievement. Thank you very much for bring Seabiscuit to me. Prudence Graham, Ventura, CA
Ventura, CA USA

Comments by Peg Kinsman on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 06:32 IP Logged
I loved your book. It makes me wonder at how many other great stories are out there waiting to be told!
Westboro, MA USA

Comments by Declan Hughes on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 05:47 IP Logged
Just finished it 1 hour ago. It was a gripping book and definately not just for race lovers. Your site intro has a brief radio clip of one of seabiscuits races. Could i suggest that more material like that and newspaper cuttings be posted on the site and/or the links to the sites which may contain them. Slan leat.
Dublin, Ireland

Comments by Jim Schwantner on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 03:31 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand' As an avid amateur historian and equally dedicated fan of sporting events of great drama and consequence,I have been remarkably fortunate. As a young boy I shook the hand of future President Kennedy. As a seventeen year old I was the beneficiary of a administrative screw up at my father's bank and ended up at Ali /Frazier at the garden. I grew up in fact not more than five miles from Belmont and while my friends and I were anything but avid racing fans we always managed to be at Belmont when those incredible racing moments materialized in such a short time. We were there for Secreteriat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and sadly for Ruffian. To tell you the truth I had almost forgotten the extraordinary ,downright animalistic lust that overwhelms you when history collides with popular cotest. Somehow you know going in that something will soon transpire that will register in your highest form of memory forever. The fight was like that.So was Affirmed and Alydar. Twenty five years after the fight my father sent me a clipping from the NY Times commemorating the anniversary. He wrote " I knew that night for the first time that I had a heart because it nearly beat it's way out of my chest." I wanted to let you know that your book not only reminded me that I too have a heart but that it could just as nearly beat out my chest as struggled to consume the pages slowly enough to comprehend them as the match race finally unfolded. I think every literate human beings have room for only a handful of truly great books in their heart. Seabiscuit has made the cut. I think it's a pretty impressive short list by the way. Much thanks and much encouragement. A note to Stephen Ambrose...I wish most historians could write like that.
Cohasset, Ma USA

Comments by Chuck Magnuski on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 03:03 IP Logged
There is nothing I can add that hasn't been said already by others. Thank you for this book. Thank you
Staten Island, NY USA

Comments by John Lee on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 02:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Thank you for bringing us one of the most memorable and exciting sports stories ever. I was only 6 years old when Seabiscuit raced and won for the last time so although I was aware of the story, most of my knowledge came from that, as you aptly put it, forgettable Shirley Temple movie. I live within walking distance of Arlington Park where I saw the great Secretariat win by an astonishing margin. Now I can only wish that I had been privileged to see perhaps the only horse who could have given him a challenge. Thanks for a mesmorizing story written by a true lover of the sport of kings. John Lee
Arlington Heights, IL USA

Comments by Larry C. Daugherty on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 02:41 IP Logged
Laura, I started your marvelous book today at around noon. I intended to read a couple of chapters before the Olympics started. Well, I missed the Olympics! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! I just finished the book..I don't think I've ever read a book cover to cover like that with no breaks in between! Page after enticing page drew me in and caused me to feel a sort of connection to the greatest sportsman who's ever lived: Seabiscuit!!! Thank you so much! Larry.
Caldwell, ID USA

Comments by Ann Morlan on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 02:01 IP Logged
Seabisquit did not run in the Kentucky Derby. I wonder if you could tell me why not. I did read the book, but my husband keeps asking me if Seabisquit ran in the Derby or not and I couldn't find it.
Tigard, Or USA

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