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Comments by john arnn on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 00:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you for a wonderfully well-written documentary on this remarkable horse, engaging and dedicated people and inspiring human anecdotes. It reminded me of a time I found myself on the infield rail at Churchill Downs watching and waiting for 12 or more thoroughbreds to charge past me. The image of the intensity of horses and jockeys as well as the surprising volume of hoofs on the track as they approached is an event I will remember and treasure. Thanks again for your exhaustive research and storytelling. John
Nashville, TN USA

Comments by Tacey B. Hole on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 00:24 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, I loved your book. It was a real page-turner. I was too young in the 30's to remember anything about Seabiscuit, but my mother went to Belmont with my cousin Hennen Morris, son of John A. Morris, who was active in New York racing circles. I was sorry when the book ended. I felt as if I had lost good friends. Tacey Hole
Wayne, PA USA

Comments by Eleanor Pintola on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 00:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I finished your book a few weeks ago. I loved it the minute I started reading it. I could feel for the jockeys and the horses. You wrote a great book. I hope you continue to write. I can't wait for another book. I've since passed this book on to three people and I am about to pass it on to a fourth. Everyone loved it. No one has had it for more than a week. I was glad that they enjoyed it as much as I have. I also enjoyed reading everyone's comments. I wish you continued success. Eleanor Pintola
Elyria, Ohio USA

Comments by Graham Lace on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 00:10 IP Logged
Laura- I just finished your book tonight and, honestly, I'm disappointed- that I have to put it down, that is. 'Seabiscuit' easily ranks as the best book I've ever read- it was riveting from the first word to the last. Like others have written, the chapter on Seabiscuit-War Admiral gave me chills- despite already knowing the outcome! This book is the benchmark that I will use to rank my future reading choices- not just on the subject of horse racing, but any genre. Your research and writing are both outstanding tributes not only to Seabiscuit and his connections, but to the sport, as well. Thank you! I look forward to seeing the movie on its opening night!
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Comments by Margaret Brown on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
Decatur, GA. USA

Comments by Ed on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 09:11 IP Logged
This is hard to put into words, so many people here have felt and said the same things. Let me leave it at this: I feel like a better person for having been told this story. Thank you.
Lovettsville, VA USA

Comments by JoAnn on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 09:01 IP Logged
Thanks for a great read

Comments by Joe Erwin on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 06:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura, This is my second entry in you guestbook. I was #57 on page 1, but actually #3 on the date the book was released. I bought copies for my brother and sister, both of whom enjoyed the book tremendously and recalled fondly our visits to Seabiscuit at Ridgewood Ranch so many years ago. Now I'm trying to find Tina Bennett, your literary agent from Janklow & Nesbit. My colleague, Dr. Dan Perl, and I are planning a book about elderly apes, especially those in zoos, along with some of our experiences with wild gorillas and orangutans in Africa and Borneo. Ms. Bennett is difficult to track down, but I'll keep trying. We think Random House did such a nice job with your book (not to detract from your terrific writing--just that without good publicity we might never have gotten to see you wonderful book). So, if you read this, congratulations again! Your success is well deserved. Good luck with the movie.
Needmore, PA USA

Comments by Earl T. Cullen on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
Laura, I have just finished your book. I laught, I cried, I cheered, and I remembered my father. My dad was a bookie for years and loves the 'Ponies' as he the called the race horses. I never understood his feeling for racing until now. Your book is a story about how greatness comes is very strange places and lifts us up when needed. Back in his time we needed Seabiscuit and his cast of characters to focus america on more than a depression. Dad has been gone a long time, but thank you for giving a little of him back to me. As I closed the book after reading final pages I could hear the lone fan. "Ha-ray for Seabiscuit!" I say. "Hoo-ray for Larua.
San Jose, CA United States

Comments by Virginia Roberts on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 03:06 IP Logged
I cheered. I laughed. I cried. I was wowed! What a wonderfully written book! Thank you Lauren.

Comments by clara lindner on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I loved reading this book!! It is fascinating and riveting-I couldn't put it down. Your writing style is masterful-thank you and congratulations!
chicago, IL USA

Comments by Roy Stanford on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 01:34 IP Logged
Laura ... I am very impressed with the way you designed your website. It appears that you wrote the DHTML/HTML yourself as opposed to using one of thosse WYSIWYG editors. I haven't read your book, however, after reading the comments in your guestbook and your winning of the Eclipse Award, I have to admit that "Seabiscuit" really has perked my curiousity. You're obviously a very talented woman and I congratulate you on your successful work on the Internet and your extensive published work.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Peggy McGreevy Pehl on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 09:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura , I was having dinner one night at my broters home & he mentioned he just finished a great book called , SEABISCUIT . I picked it up & he said "GO ahead , take it home." Our parents were married in that Hot summer of 1936 ; so we've always heard about that .... but knowing nothing about horse racing I doubted I'd stick with it . Was I wrong! I was completely INTO SEABISCUIT for the next few days ; I can't get it out of my head now ! What a story ; but , more so ; the way YOU wrote it was Terrific . Congratulations . Now we want to go to Omaha to the races at AkSar Ben ( then I learned it's no longer there ) the old Shirley Temple movie avaialbe ???? WHO will be in the new movie ???? Who will be Tom Smith ? or Red ???? Thanks SO Much , Peggy Pehl
Sioux Falls, SD USA

Comments by Kathy Johns on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 09:01 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I took the time to read many of the entries in your guest book. I wanted to know if the majority of your readers felt as spellbound by your story as I was. I wasn't disappointed. My love of horses has been a large part of my life and I have been blessed to own many over the years. My greatest wish was to own a thoroughbred. I was introduced to a man who has become a wonderful friend. He is a kind and loving thoroughbred owner. His horses care and well being far exceeds the greed that so many place above their horses health. He was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to purchase a 1/2 interest in a filly by a new sire Atticus. I would have never been able to do this one my own. What a joy!! It's the same joy I experienced in reading your book. I, like so many others, couldn't lay the book down. I've been facisinated over the years about the stories of the match race between these two great champions. It was like being in the stands with the thousands of fans cheering them on. Thank you for the "loving" way in which you detailed the lives of not only the horse but, the men and women who touched his life. They were all champions!! I fell so very sad however, after reading how the lives of Tom Smith and Red Pollard turned to tragedy. It really had an impact on me. Please continue to write about the horses and individuals who made the sport what it is today. I will wait anxiously for the movie and your next novel. I would love to know more about Man Of War...his picture hangs over my fireplace. Would it be possible to have you autograph my copy? It would mean so much... Thanks again. Kathy Johns
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by Roger L. Duba on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 08:24 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand. Just finished your book. A great read! Like Seabiscuit, I, too, came to California in 1936 (from South Dakota) as an 8 year old boy. We lived in Hayward, just across the Bay from Bay Meadows and Tanforan. I became a big follower of Seabiscuit and rooted for him in all his races. To see him come alive again in your book was just wonderful. You'll recall, Monopoly became popular about 1935 or 1936 and I had my own horse racing game using a Monopoly board. All the player markers had names and I rolled the dice for each one. First one around the board won. I always had Seabiscuit in my races and he was always that ugly, mustard colored player marker that had a large base and a small top. I've never forgotten that and when I read your book, I remembered that mustard colored marker as Seabiscuit. I ran that match race with War Admiral over and over again. Seems to me Seabiscuit always won--even on the Monopoly board. Question: In your book you describe the building of Santa Anita Racetrack. You state that "Howard, Bing Crosby and several other wealthy Californians," furnished the financing. I believe one of them was E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin who was a banker and after whom Baldwin Park and Baldwin Hills are named. He came west on the Oregon Trail, beleive it or not, and made a fortune in banking. He built a casino and an enclave for the wealthy on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and several of those buildings still exist, preserved by the Forest Service as the Tallac Historic Site. It's a very interesting place and I recommend you visit it if you ever get a chance. Some of the interpretive material there says that Santa Anita was named after Baldwin's granddaughter, Anita. You probably already know all this, but if not, hope you find it interesting. Once again, thanks for writing this book. I'm passing it on to my brother who also followed Seabiscuit. Sincerely, Roger L. Duba
San Rafael, CA USA

Comments by Alan S on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 06:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished "Seabiscuit" after a marathon read over the weekend. I could not put the book down. Your research and writing skills are amazing. You tell Seabiscuit's story as well as Red Pollard rode him. What fascinating people you have discovered and brought back to life in the pages of this riveting book. Thank you for all of your hard work. It is truly a lifetime achievement and the best book of the year. Good luck with film.
San Antonio, TX USA

Comments by Jean Haddock on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 05:26 IP Logged
I had the pleasure of meeting your father at church last Sunday. He was the guest of historian Jack Lamping. He speaks with great pride about you and your many talents. I just purchased Seabiscuit from I am grateful for the suggestion. Your website is entertaining and well designed. Jean Haddock
Beach Haven, NJ USA

Comments by ellen salmon on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
I am still on the waiting list for Seabiscuit at my local library which has 3 copies & can hardly wait my turn. My 43 year old daughter has 46 acres & 19 horses some of which are theirs & some are boarded=they even adopted an "old" race horse which is wonderfual & she is living her childhood dream of having a horse. I was born in 1938 & as a little girl I remember hearing of Seabiscuit on many occasions & cant wait for my turn to read the book. I know my laundry & other things can wait while I get into this great book which everyone is talking about . How about writing another book while I am waiting my turn. Blessings on your writing career.
moorestown, nj USA

Comments by Barbara Bernstein on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 02:47 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My "History Bookclub" has selected SeaBiscuit to read and discuss next month, August 2001. We are in a DC suburb and would be delighted to have you join us if you are interested for the discussion. We do a potluck dinner first and then chat. We'd be honored to have you come, and could move the meeting to a location best for you if you like. I am sure you have a busy schedule, but if you are interested, let me know and I'll fill you in on the details. Thanks for your wonderful research and fascinating book. Sincerely, Barb Bernstein

Comments by joe cooke on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 02:26 IP Logged
As a youngster i had to go shopping for my grandmother at a local grocery store so often that i got to know the butcher quite well. My heroes at that time were Sammy Snead the golfer,Harmon of Michigan, the football All-American and Seabiscuit. I have always remembered the two races Seabiscuit lost to Stagehand and Rosemont, Santa Anita derbies, I think, by a Nose each I think. Anyway the butcher and I bet a nickel on that match race. No way was War Admiral going to beat my hero. I am still ecstatic that he won and so convincingly! I havent read this great book but I`m going to today. I have another personal story about Seabiscuit, a bar on Long Island, A NY sportswriter and my two-year search to find about the Stagehand-Rosemont confrontations. Thanks Laura,youve made an old guy feel good!
springville, ny USA

Comments by Katie on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 00:35 IP Logged
Your book was incredible!! I love horses, but I mostly do jumpers and x-country, so I don't know much about racing. The book was so real and well-written. It made me feel sad for Pollard, nervous for Smith and Howard, and sorry for War Admiral and Riddle. I got chills reading the chapter titled "The Second Civil War"!! It was like I was in the grandstand myself. I recently went to West Virginia and tok your book w/ me. I couldn't put it down. I get sick if I read in the car, so I'd read 2 chapters and stick my head out the window for five minutes, then read 2 more chapters. I really look forward to reading more of your amazing novels in the future. Thnx, and keep writing!!!
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Cheryl Reid on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 00:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks so much for writing this book. I had always been curious why my father gave me the nick name 'seabiscuit' as a little girl which for family and close friends has stuck well into adulthood (44). I knew the name referred to a horse - but had no idea of the history. Wow - what a story!! My father would have been 12-15 during the time of Seabiscuits glory days - and one of those rural kids listening to the only diversion of the day - radio. You brought to life for me a different time. Great job - hope you find more projects.

Comments by Keith Boyle on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:52 IP Logged
Absolutely the best book that I have read in years. Do you have another book planned for the future?
Bethesda , MD USA

Comments by Brandon H. Beck on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:43 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I listened to your interview on the Washingtom public radio station and bought your book immediately thereafter. I have just completed it. I knew nothing about horse racing and can't imagine buying the book without having heard you speak about it. It is one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read. Knowing none of the story or outcomes of the races, I found the book exciting and informative. One of its best attributes is its ability to recreate the time of the 30's. Giving Seabiscuit personality was a great triumph. In the 2nd to last chapter when you have him strutting like a prizefighter I thought I could see it. I have recommended the book to many people. Is it OK to suggest a liitle constructive criticism, in the hope that your book sees repeated printings? I was very interested to learn about the extent of Seabiscuit's journeys by rail. Assaulting the eastern racing establishment made those long trips necessary. Of course the " iron horse" was a major part of the era - I think a lot about all of FDR's trains, campaign and otherwise. I think you could create a fuller picture of this important part of Seabiscuit's career. The railroad element had to be such an important part of strategy: did they have their own train? Charter cars on regularly scheduled trains? Which railroad lines, and which routes? Why those and not others? What was Howard's preference, and why? Also - and please don't see this as quibbling - I think that the trains are such a large part of the story that the language used in telling that part of the story ought to be just as right as it is all the way through your book. For example, some of the words used to describe the trains running could be better chosen for the 30s. Words like clatter, chatter, ground, and whine just aren't "right" for the trains of the era. I think that " whistle-stop" may not be the right word for what you mean-maybe water stop is more correct. But there again I imagine that for trains as important as these they must have changed engines at major points rather than stopping for water in the middle of nowhere. I don't think the doors of Seabiscuit's car would have " swung" open. More likely they slid open like the doors of a boxcar. He did so may miles by rail - are there any pictures of him and his trains? I mention these things only because I was impressed with how important a part of his life these trips were. Both the strategy and the details could well be part of this American legend you present so beautifully. I thank you for reading this. Brandon H. Beck

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