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Comments by Barry Iorillo on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 09:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura,I would like to thank you a thousand times over.What a fabulous job of research to put together a very touching tale of the lives of a truly remarkable racehorse and the men who loved him.I first read an excerpt from the book in a magazine about 3 months before your book was released.Needless to say, I couldn't wait for it to reach the bookstores.I really only like reading true stories and biographies and this one is without a doubt my all time favorite.If it wasn't for you bringing this story to life to generations who had no idea who Seabiscuit was,then it would have been a shame that the story of his life and those around him would have been forgotten.I was very touched by this moving story and the passion you put into it.With all of the ego's and attitudes in today's sporting and celebrity world, it was truly refreshing to read about how Tom Smith and Red Pollard gave of themselves to truly care for and nurture the well being of Seabiscuit.I truly wish that I could see the great match race with War Admiral.If you ever make a copy of the footage you obtained at the auction either on CD or VHS,I would gladly pay you for a copy if you made it available. I hope the movie follows the book to a tee,and does well when it is released.Once again I thank you and wish you well in future endeavors.I am 43 years old.
Toms River, NJ USA

Comments by Charles Parton on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 09:36 IP Logged
Laura, I too graduated from Kenyon but it was 1948! Being that old I was a Seabiscuit fan and rememberd Clem McCarthy's voice over the radio. I was not a horseman (I was on the Kenyon riding team) but I sure remember his and War Admiral's races. As I was waiting for transfer to the Pacific in '45 we were put up in the stables at Tanforan. I had thought it was owned by Crosby- maybe I was bunked in his stable too. You're wonderful and a great credit to the school on the hill. Charlie
Edgartown, MA USA

Comments by Gene Wehrheim on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Thank you for perhaps the best book I've ever read, and I have read hundreds of them. We have a gentlemen in his mid-eighties who lives near us. He was a friend of Roy Rogers and kept Trigger in his barn many times. He was a jockey, trainer, and searched for Poncho Villa's gold. I believe he was one of the founders of the AQHA. A great book could be written on him. When he is gone a link between the past (when horses were used for everything) and the present will gone. You have a great style for writing. I hope the movie can do the book justice.
Solon, IA USA

Comments by Dan Shields on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 02:03 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: My father was an addicted $2 bettor all of his life. He truly loved horseracing and would regale me with the great stories. He had his heroes -Seabiscuit and the "Iceman" were two. Thank you for this riveting story that brought both the period and my father back to me. I will look forward to the movie.
King George, VA USA

Comments by John Tobin on Monday, December 17, 2001 at 00:20 IP Logged
Laura: Outstanding book. You got it right. I felt like I was on the backstretch again. I'm a racetracker from the glorious seventies- Riva,Secretariat,Forego,Affrmed,Slew,etc.- a great time to be at the track.It really was like being with the circus. Your book brought back lots of 30 year old memories.You could do a wonderful story on Forego,for instance.I spent all of 1973 working in his barn from Hialeah to Lexington to Belmont to Saratogo -great year. Thanks for the great read. Best wishes, John Tobin
Ridgefield, Ct USA

Comments by Susan Lillo on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 05:01 IP Logged
I read your book just over a year ago and can't express the enjoyment it gave me. I later heard that you were ill when writing the book. Recently, Kenyon's admissions dean told me you remain ill. I want to express my wishes for a speedy recovery. You were able to capture the spirit of an amazing horse, and I have recommended the book to many of my colleagues at The Wall Street Journal.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Larry Kovacs on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 02:57 IP Logged
I do alot of driving so I recently listened to the audio version of the book. Such a well-crafted book! It captivated my attention so that for several nights I stayed in the car in the driveway to listen to a logical conclusion for the day! I will read the book and look forward to the movie!
Avon Lake, Oh USA

Comments by Pauline McCarthy on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
My sister sent me a copy.just finished. i am so much in awe of your writing ability, it wouldn't have mattered what the book was about, it was a joy to read work with such original, unusual and effective words slung in to create such vivid visual pictures! As an artist and professional painter of horses in Australia, I have to take my hat off to such talent. Please advise of your next book! (PS: why did they put a headless photo of Seabiscuit on the cover of the book about HIM??)
Largs, NSW Australia

Comments by Elliott Zember on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 09:36 IP Logged
When I chose a realtor to sell my California house, we found that we both love horses. She shared your book and I loved it. We spent many hours talking about it, horse lore, both of our experiences with many thoroughbreds. Now we are inseparable, and commited to marriage! Thank you from both of our hearts! Now, if you can tell me how/where to get one of those Seabisuit horseshoes or ashtrays, that would be a prime wedding gift for my love!
Salmon, ID USA

Comments by Michael James Frye-Krauss on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 04:24 IP Logged
I like the book. As student at Willits High School it kind of amazes me that this little town would be mentioned in a book. I never even heard of Seabiscuit until my teacher Mrs. King started reading it to us. It is great and interesting. I love it. Thanx alot. -Mike Frye-
Willits, Ca USA

Comments by gardner on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 03:47 IP Logged
Laura: This book was a masterpiece of journalism and perhaps the best book on sports I've ever read. You may even have inspired me to get off my duff and get to researching a book of my own. Never mind the movie--what is your next book? Best, Gardner Selby
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Phil Weinstein on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 09:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; Just finished Seabiscuit. What a wonderful book. I have been a fan of the sport since I worked at Monmouth Park as a kid in the 50's. I can still hear the call of the track announcer, Morris Tobe, as the horses made the turn for home. Thank you! Phil Weinstein
Kendall Park, NJ USA

Comments by John K. Rafferty on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 09:53 IP Logged
Miss Hillenbrand: Outstanding in every respect! I have an entirely new respect and appreciation for horse racing and for those involved. Watching a race will never be the same. Your research on the subject was so wll done and your final presentation, magnificent! Thank you.
Hamilton, NJ USA

Comments by Natalie on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 08:00 IP Logged
This is great. It is wonderful how an old story of a hard trying horse can give so much boost to a whole sport. I am really looking forward tot his movie. Thank you!!!
Bellvue, CO USA

Comments by Lauren Hayer on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 06:33 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have never been a fan of horseracing before, but I'm certainly one now. I can only imagine the work you must have put into that book, it shows. I read a lot of books on a lot of topics and am very rarely moved as I have been with Seabiscuit. I told my husband I want a picture of him for Xmas! I am saving that book to read to my children, what an inspiration! Yours sincerely Lauren Hayer
Jersey City, NJ USA

Comments by Terri Knight on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 03:08 IP Logged
I understand why the reviews were so good. I enjoyed the book very much. I thought it even more interesting because it was written by a woman when there is no question that horse racing is a man's world. I read on the book jacket that you are involved in a movie deal about the story. I will defintely see it if you are involved. Good writing.
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Comments by allen tamura on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
Laura, Growing up near Santa Anita, I do recall hearing stories of Seabiscut, but never heard the whole story. Thanks for your engaging story. You managed to capture beautifully the racing scene at the tim and the melding of the human spirit to help a cantakerous horse like Seabiscut realize his full potential. We all learned from the experience and the reason we don't want this story to end.
The Woodlands, TX USA

Comments by Michael L. Locklair on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 04:41 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm not a horse man, Don't ride and really can't even remember watching the Kentucky Derby on Television. An unlikley fan to say the least, but you now have one in me . Your book had me spellbound. I couldn't put it down. Your beautiful writing held me throughout and at times I even felt my heart racing as Seabisquit came down the homestretch. Thank you for a fantastio read. Sincerely, Michael L. Locklair
Charleston, SC USA

Comments by Tom Jebb on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 04:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Finally got around to reading your book which was given to me as a birthday present last August. I had two friends tell me how much they liked the book. I finished it in three days and enjoyed it immensely. As a horseplayer for 50 years and a recent owner, I have attended the races at many of the tracks in your book,in the East and here in California. Congratulations on a very well-researched book, with in-depth character studies!
Camarillo, Ca USA

Comments by Lucretia Smith on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 01:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I so enjoyed your captivating overview of Seabiscuit's history during your PBS interview by Diane Rehm. I promptly ordered your book. Your vocal presentation during the show belied the personal, serious health challange you courageously endure. I realize that you have probably been inundated with well meaning suggestions. I will add yet another to your list. As difficult as it may be for you to believe, there is truly something available, unique, non toxic and referenced by many thousands of scientific papers. I have a personal fried who, as a corporate executive, became totally disabled for ten years with CF/FM. She too, had tried scores of healing approaches & had about given up when she finally found relief and renewed health through nutraceutical supplementation. Since you indicated that your condition is continually worsening (in spite of what corrective modalities you have explored), I implore that you and/or your health care professional, review the Nutritional Science Site: "" Home Page: Click "Consolidated Review of Potential Benefits". Click 1. then scroll through the Review noting the extensive range of scientifically validated, health related benefits associated with glyconutrients. Continue to scroll near bottom to "Other Biological Effects" and click on each of the four CF/FM referenced papers for supporting data. Laura, may you remain open to all possibilities. There is a natural way back to optimum health! Lucretia
Ashland, OR USA

Comments by Matthew Karns on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 07:23 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand. I was just wondering if there are any videos available similar to the tape which was being looped at the Racing Museum's Seabiscuit exhibit of the match race with War Admiral, the 1940 SA Handicap, other footage and races of Seabiscuit. I can only find tapes available on e-Bay and they are going for $60-$100; too much for me as badly as I would like to obtain it! Also, when is the PBS documentary scheduled? The film is going to be wonderful; I can picture something similar to the "Phar Lap" film of a few years back. Again, thanks for the book. It touches my heart in a different way each time I read it.
Bloomsburg, PA USA

Comments by Susan Peterson on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 05:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book is our book club's selection this month. Not a fan of horses or racing, I otherwise wouldn't have read it. I found it entertaining & a real page turner, and the Western history was of particular interest. I'm looking forward to the PBS documentary.
Fort Collins, CO USA

Comments by Joe Czachowski on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:47 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't go to the racetrack often though there are two nice ones in NJ, Monmouth being historical as well. When I do go, I don't win a lot of money, but I enjoy just watching those magnificent animals work. As a historian myself, I understand the contribution horses made in so many facets of American life. After reading Seabiscuit, which I purchased in the Georgetown B&N for fifty percent off (I couldn't turn that down)I was fascinated by the book. I didn't think reading about a particular horse race could be as exciting as seeing one in person, but you made it so. It is one of the most extraordinary biographies I've ever read. It tells the story of not just Seabiscuit, but also of a period in our history, and that is an added bonus. I am looking forward to the PBS offering and the movie. Thank you for writing the book. J. Czachowski
Union, NJ USA

Comments by John Finnigan on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
I have been recommended to read the story of Seabiscuit.I think the entries in your guest book are proof indeed that this is essential reading. As a lover of the turf and horseracing,living within a stones throw of Aintree racecourse, the home of the Grand National and another great racehorse Red Rum,winner of 3 Nationals and second twice,I love to read about anything which raises the spirit and I am looking forward to reading the story of this great racehorse.
liverpool, UK

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