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Comments by Bill Utikal on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 07:08 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit was a wonderful book to read. My mother worked for the George H. Howard in San Mateo, Ca., in the mid to late thirties. Would you happen to know the relationship between George and Charles. I have a photo of George's estate in San Mateo and a picture of my mother at Ridgewood. She passed away 3 years ago at the age of 99. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for writting such a wonderful book. Bill
San Ramon, Ca USA

Comments by Susan Murphy on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 07:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I finished your wonderful book last night and I am still teary. I could not put it down. I could hardly wait to read it and I dreaded how I would feel when it was over. I love that horse; I love the story; I love the people in the story. I was brokenhearted when Smith came out alone. I savored every minute. I don't know how the movie can honor your tribute. I hope you will be seriously consulted throughout its production. Your sensitivity and lyrical language is incredible. THANK YOU FOR this book. I heard your interview on NPR and was hooked by your own courage and inspiration. Who YOU are lives in those whom you write about. I am not only wild about this book. I want to read everything you have ever written. S.K.Murphy
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by michael kennedy on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand.I have just finished seabisuit the best book i have ever read.Iwas the ex-rider for seattle slew so i could relate to the love Pollard Smith Howard had for Seabiscuit.You did such a wonderful job expressing it .I will remeber you in my prayers .God bless you.
franklin square , ny USA

Comments by Jack Joyce on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 02:01 IP Logged
I never or hardly ever buy a book at Borders. I use the library. I heard an interview about your"Biscuit" story, saw the book on display, sampled it , purchased it and have been enthralled, reading in controlled segments to prolong the flavor. Born in '39 I have intimations of "Biscuitry", Santa Anita, Der Bingle, and gags about the track. In light of Bing's life it seems sadly consonant that he didn't enjoy the winners circle. Charles Howard a really big man. His final placement of the great horse was worthy. I love the picture of Seabiscuit stirring in recumbent glory to raise an eyelid to survey the discomfort of his two-legged attendants and then returning to equine dreams. I would have liked to see a picture of the lovely Agnes Conlon. It was very interesting to learn about racing and Tiajuana whose alleys I got to know during a tour of duty at NTC. I like you because of your marvelous book. I have been regaling anyone who will listen with gems from your mine. Great job!
Snyder, NY USA

Comments by Jennifer Dzakowic on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with not only the horse community, but the rest of the Country. Seabiscuit true captures the highs and lows of competitve sports with horses as well as opened my eyes and heart to the race community. THANKS
Folsom, CA USA

Comments by Ted Landers on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 01:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your book, but I will. As an author I can appreciate the amount of research involved in developing your book. You went to the max and beyond in your research. I truly appreciated the fact that the Trainer ,Mr. Smith brought back Seabiscuit after some serious ailments in an era when drugs and modern Veterinary Technology was non-existent. I have just about given up on Training T.B.'s ever again until I read your book and discovered how Mr. Howard, Red Pollard and Mr. Smith as well as Seabiscuit himself never gave up. I'm now looking for something to Train for the winter meet here in N.Y.thanks to your encouragement through this fantastic book.I would love to send you a copy of my text"PROFESSIONAL GROOMING & CARE OF THE RACEHORSE" published by Equine Research.I would need a mailing address or perhaps I can give it to you in person at one of your up-coming appearances.Again I wish to thank you for book that truly a masterpiece. Congradulations! Sincerely, Ted Landers
Floral Park, N.Y. USA

Comments by Donnie Blackmur on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 00:21 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for the most wonderful book I have ever read... "Seabiscuit" Through your words I could see the races through the eyes of Red Pollard & George Woolf, I could feel Seabiscuit beneath me coming down the home stretch when he changed leads... What a wonderful feeling. Thank you again for doing this for me... Sincerely, Donnie Blackmur
Berea, OH USA

Comments by W. Ryan Kelly on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 09:52 IP Logged
Good day!The book is wonderful. I read it in one sitting. I am the unofficial historian for the Maryland Jockey Club. I have something that I would very much like to share with you. It is the original contract to race between Charles Howard & Sam Riddle. It is witnessed by Alfred Vanderbilt. A correction to the racing terms is written in the margin. Would you be interested in seeing this item ? I can travel to you, if you wish. Thank you for bringing horse racing to the forefront again. Ryan Kelly 410-542-9400 xt. 4342
Baltimore, Md. USA

Comments by Teresa Pitts on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 09:20 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: "Seabiscuit" is a work of art. A rare combination of excellent writing and extensive research. Stealing time away from my toddler, my husband, my business, I savored every moment of reading it. It is a classic I will always keep and re-read. I understood the enormous amount of work that went into creating it. Being only 35 years old, I'd known of the name Seabiscuit -- at one point I'd named an exercise machine after him, hoping for inspiration! But I knew nothing of his history or fame. When I purchased your book, I didn't anticipate such a thorough and enjoyable accounting of the personalities involved. I especially appreciated your accounts of the men's lives up until their death. I've been inspired to reserve a "Seabiscuit" Virginia state license plate for my little 1970 Triumph Spitfire. It exhibits some of the same fiesty characteristics as "The Biscuit" -- as do I! Thank you for taking the time to create a truly excellent book. Sincerely, Teresa Pitts
Blacksburg, VA USA

Comments by gary taryle on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 08:31 IP Logged
dear ms hillenbrand: as a youngster in the 40's my brother and i would play a horse racing board game, the mechanics and name of which have long been forgotten...i do remember the 5 horses that were the contestants in the game, though...ASSAULT, WHIRLAWAY, ALSAB, MAN O'WAR, and SEABISCUIT...and then later as a teenager, i closely followed Alfred G. Vanderbilt's NATIVE DANCER, feeling so disappointed at his close Kentucky Derby loss... your wonderfully crafted book brought back fond memories, but much more than that, it re-vitalized that nostalgic era..i have not been so mesmerized by a book in years...your ability to make those people and races come alive put me in the stands, cheering for "The Biscuit", and leaving me almost breathless...thank you for your diligent research and re-introducing me to that wondeful horse...
st louis, mo USA

Comments by John Mirabile on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 07:56 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this memorable, moving experience. I can't imagine how hard you must have worked on the book but I want you to know how much I (and others, obviously) appreciate your efforts. It was so well written, I had to pinch myself from time to time to remember that I was reading about real events! YOU ROCK!
Torrance, CA USA

Comments by Michelle Simmons on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 04:38 IP Logged
Cover to cover; captivating. As a horsewoman myself I usually avoid horse books and movies because I find it hard to overlook the inaccuracies usually embedded in the stories of the horseworld. Although I raise paint horses now, I spent one summer riding racehorses in New Mexico as a gallop girl. Your book so accurately portrayed the behind the scenes world of racing; the awesome raw power of a TB underneath you, white knuckled fingers entangled in mane and reins, 1400 lbs. of pure muscle pulling on your shoulders pushing your athletic abilities and riding abilities to the limit. You have recreated a story with historical characters that I now mourn not having had the chance to know. As my physical body sat answering 911 calls at work as a police dispatcher, my spirit and soul were transformed back to a magical time and place filled with true horsemen. Thank you for recreating their story with unparalled journalistic talent!
Gilroy, CA USA

Comments by Ray Civitella on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 02:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura,I thoruoghly enjoyed your book.I am not an avid racefan and not an avid reader,but I devoured the book in just two days.Your book is a tribute to all the interesting characters who shared life's stage with the champion of horses,Seabiscuit.Thank You. Ray Civitella
Mount Laurel, NJ USA

Comments by fiona mckeown on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 02:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I cried myself to sleep last night when I finished the book. I came to the realization that Seabiscuit died of a broken heart. After his last race the only person who ever understood him, or he understood, never saw him again. I grieve for a horse and a man Long dead. I console myself with the thought, that somewhere Seabiscuit and Smith are together. Saying nothing and saying everthing.
los angeles, ca USA

Comments by Vin Sgrosso on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 01:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My daughter for Father's Day gave me Seabiscuit. She had read it and told me that through it she had laugh, cried, and in short thoroughly enjoyed it. She knew I would love it as well. She was right. As a boy, I read stories of Justin Morgan, Man-o-war, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Whrilaway et.al. My love of horses was passed on to our daughter. We shared it and still do so today. One question: With the Howard stable's colors red and white and with the jockey "Red" Pollard, why was the jacket of the book black and prominent orange? It is no doubt a trivial question but a curious one in my mind. The book was excellent no matter the color of the jacket. I have passed it on to a friend and am sending it to another as a gift. Vin Sgrosso
Atlanta, ga USA

Comments by Elizabeth Beer on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 00:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura I am the owner operator of The Beresford Gallery and would like to talk with you about doing something with yourself and your book at Saratoga this August. We are the top sporting art Gallery and have a super location on Union Avenue within walking distance of the musem and the track. EWB 301-916-4941
Boyds, MD USA

Comments by Kay Koeller on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, I am in the middle of reading your wonderful book - I literally hate putting it down at night to go to bed! I am a lifelong racing fan, and reading about the immortal and incomparable Seabiscuit is sheer joy for me. I have three words for you about promoting your book and Seabiscuit even further: Breyer Model Horses! Please contact them at www.breyerhorses.com Breyer is a leading manufacturer of equine models, and it is not unheard of for them to immortalize famous horses in their equine line, both racehorses and others as well. Breyer also has a bi-monthly publication, Just About Horses, and I would love to see Seabiscuit's story in an upcoming issue. I urge you to contact them, and good luck!! I will email again once I have finished the book. Best Wishes!
Florissant, MO USA

Comments by michael price on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
I throughly enjoyed the book. It was the best biography I have read. It brought back memories as a child driving past Tanforan Race Track. You really brought the history and the times in an exciting way. You are an excellent writer. Each chapter was adventure. Thank You
San Jose, Ca USA

Comments by Julie Silverman on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 09:24 IP Logged
Dear Laura - I would like to add my thanks to the many listed before this. Your fabulous book affected me deeply. I remember my grandfather talking about seeing Seabiscuit at Arlington Park, and he loved to recall listening the the radio whenever Seabiscuit ran. I do believe that Grandpa loved racing in general, but Seabiscuit was his favorite. You have made what was once a childhood bedtime story come to life. Thank you.
Skokie, IL USA

Comments by Karen Krueger on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 09:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book was wonderful. I have been a horse lover all my life and this was the best "horse" book I had read since I was a kid and read and re-read the Black Stallion books. I hated to have the book end. Thank you for sharing the lives of so many interesting people with us.
St. Louis, MO USA

Comments by Rosemarie Wilson on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 09:15 IP Logged
I loved the book! Everytime I picked up the book, I felt as though I was in the 1930's. You really brought the story to life. My husband (who doesn't even like horses) kept stealing the book from me. I can't wait to see the movie. Thank you for writing such an educational and entertaining book.
Miami, FL USA

Comments by Gigi Nutter on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 08:45 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I am 47 years old and have been in the horse industry all my life. Although not in the racing industry, I have bought many horses from the track to retrain them for jumping and dressage. I am not an avid reader. To tell you honestly, I have NEVER read a novel from cover to cover. The ones I had to read in school I read only to skip through them. I never understood when someone said, "the book was so good I could not put it down". After all these years, I understand the feeling in that statement. I was amazed to find out that bug boys were traded and sold to other trainers in those days. Being in the horse business, I can relate to many of those people you wrote about. I cried throughout the book and smiled as well. The hardest piece of history that I could not believe was that Mr. Smith never got the recognition which he richly deserved before he died. There are many horse people in the world, but so few true horsemen. Thank you for writing such an inspiring book. Gigi Nutter
Whitesburg,, GA USA

Comments by jim bostwick on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 05:57 IP Logged
As american as apple pie! Even though the outcome of each race is already a piece of history,I still felt myself pul- ling for the "Biscuit". You have done a magnificent job conveying his story,which in a way is somehow all our story.
staten island , ny USA

Comments by Patricia Cassidy on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 04:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand. No book has caught me up like Seabiscuit. It was like my prayers had been answered as I was a child in 1940 and his name has always been linked to that time for me. Now am so riched to know all about this. Your book is truly a masterpiece of history. I have worked in the thorougbred industry since 1981 and have been with Sid and Jenny Craig at Rancho Paseana for the last 5 years. The prior 15 were spent with a small TB farm where a man named Lin Howard brought his two horses. He talked about his sister and the trouble he was having with the estate, etc. I believe she has passed away and since it has been a long time since I have seen Lin, I assume he is gone also. I will always be thankful for your bringing this wonderful gift of history to my door.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA USA

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