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Comments by Jim Rogers on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 01:02 IP Logged
I'm not a horse racing fan, but for some reason I bought your book at Costco. I'm sure glad that I did, it is very well written and exciting to read. What a great animal! What interesting people. Job well done, good luck with the book sales.
Troy, MI USA

Comments by Naomi A. Wood on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 00:51 IP Logged
Thank you for a thoroughly engrossing book which I read non- stop. You took me back in time to an era that I remember, but more than that, you gave me a wonderful experience. I felt as if I were there! I look forward to your next book. Naomi
East Wenatchee, WA USA

Comments by Susan Moran on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 09:41 IP Logged
A great read...I grew up in southern California during the days of Round Table, Silky Sullivan, Tomy Lee and Silver Spoon. I had the priviledge of riding with Clyde Kennedy, as did my 2 children before his death. I am very familiar with Del Mar, Caliente and Santa Anita. I drove my non-horse parents crazy until Dad purchased my first horse when I was 10. He was an Anglo-Arab by the Cal Poly, Pomona stallion, Taleb, out of an unregistered thoroughbred mare, Annie-Cotton-Tail. My father telephoned the breeder and discovered that the mare was by "Grog". My horse, "Champ", was the spitting image of Man O War. I loved the book...I feel my father knew more about horse racing than he let on, but he is long gone now and I will never know. So your book filled in a lot of blanks for me. I still own and show horses after 40+ years...and Dad thought it was only a phase!!!!! Thank you for the memories
San Luis Obispo, Ca USA

Comments by Hal Thiede on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 07:21 IP Logged
Ms. Hilenbrand, This is one of the best books I have ever read on any subject. Recently I heard about your battle with CFS. This makes your book all the more remarkable. Thank you.
Cudahy, WI USA

Comments by Jay Maruhnich on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 06:07 IP Logged
I found the book very interesting and hard to put down. I am a horse racing fan and find it rare to find well written books on the subject. I have found myself going through antique shops and flea markets in an attempt to find anything on seabisquit but no luck yet. I was lucky to have seen the only undefeated triple crown winner Seattle Slew and have uncashed winning tickets of each of the triple crown races. I wonder how Sea Bisquit and Slew would have compared if they raced. Thank you for the book. It is a treasure. Sincerelly Yours, Jay Maruhnich
Johnstown, pa USA

Comments by Rita Overton on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 05:55 IP Logged
As a former excercise rider and lifelong race enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I felt as though I myself was riding in the match race. Laura, great work. Loved the book and can't wait for the movie. Thank you very much.
Clemmons, NC USA

Comments by Joyce Jensen on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 03:54 IP Logged
I read a great deal, but only about once a year run across a book so extraordinary that I practically force it on all my friends. "Seabiscuit" is one of those books. Ms. Hillenbrand, you're an exceptionally gifted writer and researcher. One doesn't have to know anything about horses, racing or America in the 1930s to be completely taken by this wonderful book. I learned a great deal about all those things, but the real joy of this book is the way you bring the humans and horses to life, and the kindness, decency and honestly with which you describe them. Now--I would love to see a film of the Seabiscuit-War Admiral race!
USA

Comments by Barbara Williams on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 02:29 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I grew up hearing about Seabiscuit because my Great Grandfather wrote a beautiful poem entitled "The Comeback", which he wrote about Seabiscuit after witnessing his famous race. He felt compelled to write about the determination and grit that he saw in Seabiscuit. He was given a photograph of Seabiscuit after he shared his poem. I would love to share this poem with you. Thank you for your wonderful book.
Escondido, CA USA

Comments by Terry Giffen on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 05:56 IP Logged
I walked into Barnes and Noble looking for books on tape. The first I had heard of the book was when I saw the cover. I had heard of Seabiscuit from my mother. I read the cover, and being a history teacher, I thought I would learn some good depression history. I bought the tape, went home, called my mom. Before I had a chance to tell her about the tape I was going to listen to, she told me an old friend of hers had sent her the book and she recommended it to me. My mom was born and lived in Pasadena in 1931. She had told me stories of how she would go to Santa Anita every day - not to bet, but to work in the stalls. She just loved being around the horses. When I was young and growing up, we would watch the races from Santa Anita on TV together (my favorite horse was Native Diver). Listening to the tape made me think of those great times growing up, wathching the races with my mom. Your book made me laugh and cry many times. Thanks! By the way, I've never been to Santa Anita, but now I know that it is a must.
Fresno, CA USA

Comments by Sharon Nary on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 03:41 IP Logged
I would like to know why Seabiscuit did not run in the Kentucky Derby or the Triple Crown? If anyone knows the answer I would appreciate hearing.
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by Sheila Ellenbogen on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 03:29 IP Logged
Laura, I think you went to Blair Academy?! And were in my English class - Underwood or Van Rooten. I can't believe I have forgotten. Regardless, I have heard your story and will read your book. I am so impressed. Please write and let me know. I am so curious. Best wishes, Sheila
Lincoln, MA USA

Comments by Chuck Thomas on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 03:23 IP Logged
How do I judge a book? If it takes me there, and with "Seabiscuit" I felt the wind and smelled the hay and experienced the thrill of Seabiscuit's world. A memorable and uplifting read! I can't wait for the movie! I would love to see the Seabiscuit-War Admiral race, is there any way this is possible?
Atlanta, GA USA

Comments by Steven Hartung on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 03:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand; Your book, both the subject matter, and the heart and discipline with which you told it, should garner you as many prizes as Seabisquit. It has allowed us to enter into four heroic lives that came together in such a touching and triumphant way. It is a celebration of the spirit, of the best in humans, and of the best of what horse racing can aspire to. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Beaverdam, Va USA

Comments by Eric Anderson on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 03:11 IP Logged
Hi! This website has a slight error. The Diane Rehm show on which you appear, Laura, is April 17, not in May as stated on the "appearances" page. Everybody can listen to this program online with RealAudio software. The page is http://www.wamu.org/dr/shows/drarc_010416.html. Laura, I have severe CFS too, and I can appreciate more than most the herculean effort you have put forth. Most people cannot even imagine. Preserve yourself. God bless. I look forward some day to seeing the movie.
Ankeny , IA USA

Comments by Mark Parman on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: To say that I enjoyed the saga of Seabiscuit and those around him would be a gross understate- ment. While actually attending Seabiscuits races would have likely been more exciting, the emotions generated could not have been any greater than those you brought forth in your writing. It was as if I was inside both the rider AND the horse. Until you actually work with an animal such as Seabiscuit it's difficult to fully appreciate the natural drive they possess. It is wonderful to be a part of. I train a Labrador retriever, and his desire to retrieve at all costs is thrilling to watch. My daughter will read your book shortly, but she will have to get her own box of tissues. I emptied mine. Again, thank you for writing the book. It was historically enlightening and emotionally thrilling. Mark Parman
Auburn, IN USA

Comments by Walt MacLeod on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 02:06 IP Logged
I've just carried your book from Barnes & Noble in Augusta, Maine to my home in Bangkok - reading it all the way. I was only an 8-year old boy when the "Biscuit" was doing so well and he was well publicized in Boston, MA where I lived at the time. Does anyone remember the board game "The Long Green?" I used to play it with friends and always imagined that my horse was Seabiscuit. I only wish you had included his entire racing record in your book - it would have been a bonus indeed.
Bangkok, Thailand

Comments by Debbie Brenner on Monday, August 06, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
Thank you, thank you, for such a delightful book. It is one of the few books I have read where I was so anxious about the outcome (of the races) that I had to read ahead in order to eliminate my anxiety. I felt as if I were there! After I had finished the book, I was talking to my mom and recommended the book. Little did I know that, when my mom was a girl, she had a picture of Seabiscuit over her bed - built into the wall and lit with reading lamps by my grandfather. Can you tell me how I might go about finding film footage of some of the races? I hope the movie will contain lots of footage.
Bronx, NY USA

Comments by Pati Howard on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 08:32 IP Logged
I can't adequately express what this book and the story of Seabiscuit has meant to me. I have very few pleasant childhood memories, but in the late 1950s I distinctly remember playing a racehorse game with a spinner and five or six racehorses, and somehow the horse Seabiscuit became my favorite. Now that I know his story, it is fitting that he was my favorite. Let me know when and where they are filming the race scenes in the movie, I want to be in the stands cheering, and you won't have to pay me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful, almost life changing book, in my case. I've actually started to believe in myself again. If "the Biscuit" can race and win at the age of seven, I can realize my own dreams as well.
Orlando, FL USA

Comments by Doug Jarvis on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 03:58 IP Logged
Laura, I heard about the book from my racing associate who highly recommended it. I then heard about it on the Motley Fool radio show. I obtained an Advance Readers copy and took it with me to the cottage this past week. I couldn't put it down. I must commend you on your abilities to write this story while keeping it an ongoing suspense thriller. You didn't miss a beat. I very much am looking forward to the movie. What is the timeline for it's estimated release date? I'm also curious as to what other equine literary projects you have completed or are working on. Thanks again Laura for a very enjoyable read!! Doug
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Comments by C. A. Thompson on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 03:27 IP Logged
I just finished your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing the stories of Howard, Smith, Pollard, Woolf, and, of course, Seabiscuit. What an unlikely hero. I do have a question, what happened to Grog and Pumpkin?
Morrisonville, NY USA

Comments by barbara on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
i have been reading all of the previous comments about your wonderful book and smiling all the while. what else can i add!!? i too remember a childhood game in which seabiscuit was one of the game tokens. the book is a treasure for so many reasons: the beauty and eloquence of the language, the way in which the era of my parents' young adulthood was brought to such vivid life, and of course, the amazing story of seabiscuit himself. thank you, laura hillenbrand.
cleveland, oh USA

Comments by Barbara L. Armstrong on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
Laura, I was born into a racing family. My father was an owner/trainer . My mother bred thoroughbreds . As a teenager I dieted to keep my weight and down drove 25 minutes away from home at 4:30 am to exercise racehorses at the old Hagerstown Fairgrounds which at the time had been reduced to a training track . During the summer of my seventeenth year I was granted an apprentice jockey's license . I rode for only that summer as i was 5' 7" and had large bones . I couldn't keep my weight down . I am proud to say I was one of very few females riding at the time , as "we" were just gaining our freedom to do so. It was an experience I will never forget , and has helped me "know " things as a trainer. As a little girl in the fifth grade I first read about the biscuit in the Hooverville Elementary school library . I never forgot him and he was one of my favorites of the past . I kept him in mind and tried to see through horses that were pretty much given up on , losers... I have been know for my ability to see talent in horses that were given up on . Once bought a horse off a "killer" truck that was thought to have a broken shoulder . It was just an infection from a dirty needle used to inject cortisone into his shoulder. I got my little bit of "fame" form this purchase . His name was Bent Pine . I gave the last I had to buy him and nursed him back to health . 6 months later I began to put the "pony" tack on him and ride him around , just walking at first like they did the Biscuit . Eventually I taught him to pony horses . Shortening the story, he became known as a pony that was the best in his job in the morning , and a tough competitor as a racehorse in the afternoon . He developed a following . They would see us leading him up to the paddock for a race and most of the backside would follow to watch Barb's pony run . Won some races with him , cashed some tickets with him . But I say all that to say this; you book touched me deeply because the era of racing which I was born into was one of change . I was helped along by the last of the "oldtimers" The ways you wrote of in the book have vanished and given way to the "fix it quick generation" If it can't be fixed quick tap it block it and run him . If he breaks down, so what go get another one . You account of how it was IS how it was almost as if you were around back in the day . It was reading about the old time ways and the loyalties that existed and the pride taken in getting the horse to his race in the best shape possible . Taking their time to do it right , all those things together that made me cry. It is a day gone by...
Charles Town, WV USA

Comments by Udo Machat on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 01:07 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, As a teenager I worked on the track in Canada. My claim to fame so to speak, is that i worked in the barn next to Northern Dancer. And actually went with him to the Derby. Read your book, just excellent. You certainly know and understand your topic. I especially enjoyed your descriptions of the key races. Wow. And thanks very much.
San francisco, ca USA

Comments by John C. Wirth, Jr. on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 00:12 IP Logged
A wonderful read- your writing brings this story to life and your words capture the excitement that one must have experienced witnessing the races of the indomitable Seabiscuit. Like Seabiscuit, 1938 was also memorable for me- it was the year of my birth. Continue your good work.
White Plains, NY USA

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