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Comments by Tom Chancellor on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 04:30 IP Logged
WOW! Thanx so much for this work. I am not a race fan; just a bio fan. Bought the book for my daughter when I heard your interview on NPR. Then, when housesitting/animal sitting for her, I started the book and couldn't put it down. Can't wait for movie, but I'm looking forward more to the documentary. Questions: 1. What is definition of "backstretch?" Sounded like all the behind-the-scenes areas of a race track, or like the "grapevine." 2. Cover photo is March 5, '40. The race was March 2, '40. Was it a photo shoot? What? Red doesn't look like I would expect him to look moments after the win! Thanx again.
Terrebonne, OR USA

Comments by jordan lay on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 04:23 IP Logged
Your book rises above the genres, horse racing and sportswriting, and I thought it captured the fleeting glory of the track. I particularly liked your comparison of the riders to bullfighters. Horse racing is a blood sport for the horses and jocks and not many in the game would care to acknowledge it. The first time I saw the book I was disappointed because the cover photo cuts off Seabiscuit's head. As I read the book I realized that it wasn't really about the horse, it was about the three men. Was cropping Seabiscuit's head from the photo intentional? Jordan Lay Owner/trainer Ontario, Canada
Georgetown, Ontario Canada

Comments by Eve Morgenstern on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 04:04 IP Logged
Hello fellow fans of Seabiscuit- Our production company, Insignia Films, is producing the documentary "Seabiscuit" for the PBS series The American Experience which will air sometime in 2002. We would love to hear from anyone who has photographs, film, artifacts, radio broadcasts, etc. relating to Seabiscuit. At the moment we are looking for footage of opening day at Santa Anita (Xmas day,1934) and race calls (we have Clem McCarthy's broadcasts for NBC.) You can contact me via email. Thank you, Eve Morgenstern, Associate Producer
New York, NY USA

Comments by Dorita on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 01:37 IP Logged
Ditto! I don't know how I can add to the guestbook. Thank you so much for tenaciously researching the lives of the Seabiscuit team. I've written to Oprah in hopes she would choose "your" story(your story and your story of Seabiscuit)to feature on the show. God Bless You.

Comments by Reinette Carlson on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 00:15 IP Logged
With no knowledge of horse racing or horses I read your book with utter fascination and could not read it fast enough! Thank you for making a piece of history so interesting to read and the touching story so three dimensional. I am a voracious reader, and your book is one of a few that really got to me. I plan to recommend it to all of my friends! Thank you for all of your time and research that produced such a master piece!!
Woodland, CA USA

Comments by Diana Wilson on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 09:45 IP Logged
Laura: Your book is a masterpiece; thorough, credited and extremely entertaining. You deserve the tremendous success and accolades from "horsepeople" like me, historians and anyone that appreciates a gripping tale. Bravo!
Columbus, OH USA

Comments by Kevin on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 08:45 IP Logged
Dear Laura; I bought the book to read because I recently visited horse owning friends who got me thinking about my youth spent with horses. While looking for "Horse Books," I found this one too. I think everyone loves to learn about historical events that were larger than life - no matter what the sport. Even today, most everyone has heard of famous horses like Man-O-War, Whirlaway and Secretariat. Who never heard of Ruffian and Bold Forbes and their modern day match race that ended in tragedy? While I knew about the famous Seabiscuit, I never knew the whole story. Your telling was extremely well written - a gripping story. I know each person in it and can imagine a nation drawn to their radios to listen to what this Horse would do next. It is particularly fascinating to learn about "how things were." The Era of Horse racing in Tijuana, Mexico was a very interesting part of this historical book. I haven't read magazine articles as fast as I read this book! Do you have any plans to write another biography of a famous horse? I can't wait! - KJM
Scarborough, ME USA

Comments by Norman Walker on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 07:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura, You did a masterful effort in writing about a racehorse but also fleshing out the main characters around him. To make it even better the discriptions of life at the track for the jockeys, the trainer vs. press and gamesmanship of the owners was a bonus. I hope Hollywood doesn't "screw it up". Thanks for a great read. NW
Rochester, NY USA

Comments by Steve Naiser on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 07:24 IP Logged
Dear Laura - as a Louisville native, a race fan, and one who rates Secretariat's '73 Belmont 31-length victory the greatest athletic feat he's witnessed, I say BRAVO. What a book! Seabiscuit was before my time, so your book was education, history, intense excitement, and emotion all rolled into one. Thank you!
Louisville, KY USA

Comments by Terri Smith on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 06:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura, thank you , thank you for this wonderful book!Eagerly await your next book.
Mt.Airy, GA. USA

Comments by Bill on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 05:37 IP Logged
Your book is excellent, Your sequel subject matter could easily center on the E-Mail responses you've received. Enough said!
churchville, ny USA

Comments by Jack Slater on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 03:27 IP Logged
Laura, I just finshed reading about your CFS in Home Journal. I have the disease too. I just wanted to say hello. Congratulations on the book. And, Best Wishes with your future - health included. I have included my web address. My CFS story is there if you care to read it. Sign my guestbook too if you would please and/or email a line to me.
Moline, IL USA

Comments by Pam on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 02:56 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Your book was loaned to me by a good friend. I called her tonight to tell her what a special gift it had been to read an incredible chapter of our history. I have enjoyed horse racing for many years but had absolutely no idea of the communication between trainer/jockey/horse and of the personality that a horse can possess. As a native Californian, it was especially fun to read about local tracks and Agua Caliente. You did a beautiful tribute to Red, George, Charles, Tom and Seabiscuit. All the best to you in your future projects. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Roseville, CA USA

Comments by Charlene on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 01:49 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Great job! You have done justice to a wonderful time in America and to an unforgettable team. Nothing I can say can add to all the comments on this guestbook or in reviews. I am just so glad that your skill as a writer has opened up the eyes of so many as to what a fantastic sport horse racing is. I cannot understand why it is not able to reappear in the public's mind as a major sport. Perhaps your success with "Seabiscuit" will be a turning point in public perception and interest. I really hope so. I have to say that I've enjoyed glancing over these postings almost as much as the book! So many people have been lavish in their praise and love of the Biscuit....and he deserved every bit of it. Was amazed at how many ways people misspelled his name....also how often the invevitable comparisons to Secretariat and others came up. People do love trying to picture the "what if" scenario (Secretariat first, the rest nowhere-I love Seabiscuit, but Secretariat was God's way of saying "Let me show you how perfectly I can make a horse")...also enjoyed all of the opinions as to who should play Smith, Howard, Pollard and Woolf (Brad Pitt or Matt Damon as a jockey? Unless special effects can "Hobbitize" them a la Lord of the Rings, I don't think 6 ft. men can play jockeys!) I echo the comments on the movie---please don't let them screw it up. Had hoped Simon Wincer could be tagged to direct--the man knows how to film horses and bring them to life--but I'm willing to wait and hope that they don't treacle coat it or unbalance the story in favor of horse or men. Audiences aren't stupid-they don't need to "dumb down" a screenplay for mass consumption. Keep a vigilant eye on production! Finally, of all the characters, I am still mesmerized by Woolf. The man was one of those freakishly gifted people-looks, charm and supernaturally gifted athletic ability. His fatal flaw (diabetes) added the tragic element to a charmed life. He is a book unto himself. My daughter is a member of Kids to the Cup, and she and I traveled to Santa Anita last April as a result of an essay contest. We ate at Woolf's old restaurant, The Derby, and the memorabilia was overwhelming. Woolf's presence seemed omnipresent. The owner was so gracious-giving the kids a real 'soup to nuts' tour of the premises. Good luck on future projects, and with CFS. I worked at Waldenbooks with a woman who also suffered from the disease. It used to frustrate her to no end that no one seemed to think it was a serious condition. Ironically, diabetes has suffered similar perceptions until only recently. I hope they discover new and better treatments/cures. Once again, thanks for a fantastic ride. Charlene Shaw PS: If you want to see the Kids to the Cup website, click on I write the trivia column. Great organization for kids who love horses and racing (without the gambling aspect).
Slippery Rock, PA USA

Comments by Jeanne Hoots Brough on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 01:45 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbraud, I received this book as a Christmas present from my son and daughter-in-law. My daughter is a second year student at LSU Veterinary School in Baton Rouge. Between semesters, she has enjoyed helping the veterinarians in the backstretch at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. I have enjoyed accompanying her on several occasions. We both have a love for horses. As a coincidence, my daughter received the same book for Christmas from her future mother-in-law. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Seabiscuit. I had heard of this famous horse, but this was before I was born. I hope that you write a sequil to this book. I can't wait to read it again. I am looking forward to the movie. My ancestors owned Black Gold. Would you consider writing a book about this racehorse?
Metairie, LA USA

Comments by Gus Alfieri on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 09:31 IP Logged
7 January 2202 I enjoyed your book and have told many that it was the best book I have read in quite a while. I am a writer and I wrote a letter to you through your publisher but they returned it. What I thought was good about your book was that you reduced the number of "characters" the reader had to follow to three, and you made them very distinct. Then they interacted with the horse and made following the narrative easy to follow. I thought your book had appeal to a wide audience. I am a sports person but knew little about horseracing, and I was able to follow your presentation. I am a sports historian and I appreciated the context of your book. I learned much from was your acknowledgement, which demonstrated your thorough research, which we both know is the most fun. Again, I have read several books recently, but yours was the best. For me, a clear presentation with just enough factual support to make it compelling. Best of luck with the film. Sincerely, Gus Alfieri
smithtown, ny USA

Comments by Martha Whitton on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 04:54 IP Logged
Thanks for the great read. Is there any way I can see film footage of Seabiscuits's races? Do you know of any racing or sports videos that are available to the public? Looking forward to the movie, hope there is some real footage. Martha Whitton
collingwood, Ont canada

Comments by Ellen Caines on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 03:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have read alot of racing stories, but you have by far done the most fantastic job of telling the story. I envy you for having the opportunity to talk and listen to the people that have been associated with this great horse. I love to listen to these kinds of people and pick their minds. I have a QH mare that goes back to Seabiscuit on the dam side. She is very old but still producing embryos for us. Needless to say, she is a great producer... I know the infusion of Seabisuit is to be given alot of the credit. Thanks you once again for a job well done and I look forward to seeing the movie. Sincerely, Ellen
Wynnewood, OK USA

Comments by June Stacy on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 02:28 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I read "Seabiscuit" with joy in my heart. I have loved horses all my life and was happy as a young girl just mucking out stalls at neighbors' barns. I was fortunate to have had chances to ride as a younster, and regret that I could not continue as an adult. My daughter, Erin, (added a comment to your guestbook Jan. 6) has carried on the same love of horses. She began riding at age six and now at the age of 26 is raising and training horses of her own. She also trains for others. All of this to explain the emotional impact your book had on me. I can't wait for Erin to return my book so that I can read it again. Thank you for such an enriching experience. Sincerely, June Stacy
Brevard, NC USA

Comments by Teri Reinemer on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 01:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, When I heard a book on Seabiscuit was coming out I immediately told my Husband that he would be buying it for me for Mothers Day. I have always been a fan of the 'Biscuit' and in the early 70's attended the races at Santa Anita with my parents. I was more than thrilled to walk away with a small book put out by the track in his memory. While I just recently found the time to finally read this wonderful book, from the moment I picked it up I was not able to put it down for more than a few hours. I will be 1st in line at the local theaters to see the movie when it comes out. Please, just make sure of one thing. Make sure they are true to His story and those around him. Don't let them make it into just another Hollywood Love story. Seabiscuit will always be a champoin in my heart, Sincerely, Teri
Camano Island, WA USA

Comments by Elise Smith on Monday, January 07, 2002 at 00:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura; You have made an (75) year old lady very happy. When I was a small child my Mother and Father used to drag me to the horse races at Tanforan and Bay Meadows. I hated those days so much I couldn't even enjoy watching horse races on the television. You turned my negative memories into enjoyable memories. What you did is humanize those days for me, what were boring times in the paddock, weighing area and just sitting, waiting to go home, has become a entirely new world for me. You took what could have been a story that translated into dry facts, and bought the Howard family, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, and Seabiscuit into my heart. I thank you for a wonderful journey into the past. When we go up to Willits, we pass the old Howard Hospital, is the family stilled involved in the hospital, and does the old Ridgewood Ranch still exist? Thank you for this book, I will treasure it always. Elise Smith
Freestone, CA USA

Comments by cynthia salinas on Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 09:28 IP Logged
I just finished your book - bought it yesterday and couldn't put it down - what a story - your meticulous attention to detail and fact was so intriguing - i have already recommended it hightly. can't wait for the movie - hope it is true to the book and the real story
haringen, tx USA

Comments by Linn DeNesti on Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 09:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, When I saw your book on the shelves in early December I got so excited about it, immediately told my family. My husband tried to find it at 4 local bookstores but it sold out immediately. Only one copy appeared in the last pre-holiday shipment to our cousin's bookshop in Stanwood, WA. She immediately sent us the copy. Your book about Seabiscuit is beautiful. After reading the last pages last night in tears, I continued to read your acknowledgments and marveled at the depth of your research. My father trained thoroughbreds from around 1948 through the mid-seventies and passed his love of horses on to me. During the summer meets, I awoke before dawn to trek with him to the barns at the track. I hot-walked the gentler ones although they mostly succedded to walk me. Seabiscuit is a name that echoed through my memories of the track and racing but I never understood the impact of this horse's life on the country until I read your book. You have given us his story in a compelling, heart-wrenching, and joyful account. This is non-fiction at its very best and an inspiration to me. At age 46 I have returned to school and have recently decided to pursue my passion for history and writing. Best of luck to you and thank you for your wonderful work!
Kingston, WA USA

Comments by Lauralyn Owens on Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 08:29 IP Logged
My Grandfather Dennis Nolan worked for Bing Crosby stables. He worked with Seabiscuit. I am his granddaughter. I have a picture of him and Seabiscuit from 1933.
Vacaville, Ca. USA

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