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Comments by Carl Matthies on Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Ms.Hillenbrand: Thank you so much for this very special book. I'm a horse-racing dilettante (I know- BOO!), but I live just a few miles down the road from Santa Anita, so I can indulge the whim easily. I think next time I'll stop and ponder those statues of The Biscuit and George Woolf... Thanks again!
Alhambra, CA USA

Comments by Beth on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
You mentioned that Seabiscuit came at a time in history when we needed a hero. I must say that you, Laura, are our hero for now and for future readers of this great work! This marvelous book is joining my shelves of champion books, to be read again and again! Your writing captivated me as Heinlein did,(he was also known for his thorough research). I didn't know Seabiscuit existed until I saw the excerpt in Readers Digest. As a horse owner/lover for 40 years, I had to have it. A wonderful story! I appreciate all your hard work to bring this story to print,(and to the screen),knowing the struggles you face daily(my sister has CFS). We all need heros reguardless of the circumstances surrounding us. Thank You, thank you! I am giving you a standing ovation! (p.s: the shit Godzilla was priceless!)
Eagle Point, OR USA

Comments by Tamara Evens on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 03:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura: When I was a young horse-loving girl, I devoured every horse book in the library. But my favorite one was a book called "Come on Seabiscuit". I must have read that book dozens of times. When I saw a review of your book I was so excited that I was going to get to read about Seabiscuit all over again. Your narrative style is wonderful and the description of Seabiscuit finally winning at Santa Anita brought me to tears. I am going to find a copy of "Come on Seabiscuit so I can read it to my little girl. Thank you so must for the gift of this book. The story of that plucky little horse with heart brings something out in me that I can't describe...
Petersburg, AK USA

Comments by Kay Hatton on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 03:14 IP Logged
Miss Hillenbrand, we own one of Seabiscuit's racing shoes that he wore in the War Admiral race. His owner had it made into a sterling silver ashtray inscribed with the pertinent details of the race, and gave it to my father-in-law, Charles Hatton. Do you know anyone who is qualified to appraise this precious memento? We might wish to sell it someday. Thanks very much! Kay Hatton
USA

Comments by carole edwards on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Thank You for Seabiscuit.It was a marvelous book. I hated to finish. It has everything one admires in life humor,wisdom,courage,compassion,loyality. My beloved father Rudy Fox passed away Oct.2001 dad loved the track figuring the weight of the jockey condition of the track et al. Dad and his friends would do the New Jersey Delaware circuit. My father was well thought of at the track as his life was lived by the principals contained in your book. when my father was dying and I holding his hand as his soul left I said "dad you just crossed the finish line" With much gratutide for a splendid book. Carole Fox Edwards
Oakland , Ca USA

Comments by Nancy A. Holland on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 09:18 IP Logged
Amazing story! So well written it reads like a suspense novel. I loved it, couldn't put it down and was sorry when it was done! The movie will not be any better. Thanks for a GREAT story! Nancy Holland
Wexford,, PA USA

Comments by G. YOUNG on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 06:45 IP Logged
As a part of a group who's numbers are dwindling (true race fans), I loved your book. It was so well written and it encompassed the areas that I love about this sport, the personalities. Hopefully the Thoroughbred Racing Association will come to understand this, and stop focusing on the simulcast bettor and place an emphasis on marketing the athlete (horse and jock) and it's other personalities (trainer and owner). Can't wait till the movie comes out. Don't let them change it from the book too much! Any future books? Hope so!
bristol, tn USA

Comments by John L. D'Andrea on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 05:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Sorry, but your historical information is all wrong, Pollard or woolf never rode Seabiscuit into history, it was me, John "D" that was in the saddle in all the races. When I first opened your book, I booted both of those jockies off the horse and took their place on that magnificent animal..I'm a very slow reader, but when the first word of print hit my eye, this transformed a Physical Education Teacher into a world-class jockey and I broke all records in speed reading..could'nt put it down, what a book - amazing - (I don't know how you did it, but you put me on Seabiscuit - sorry "pollard & Woolf)..Please don't let the movie run contrary to your great book..IT MUST MIMIC THE BOOK11. On a serious note - go to page #222 and seek the passage where Pollard is in bed, in a "prone position" with his leg up in traction...a slight mistake in anatomical terminology takes place...prone means face down, the word for being on ones back is the "supine position" I guess a Physical Education Teacher schooled in anatomy caught this "minor" mistake....I LOVED YOUR BOOK..BEST WISHES - ALWAYS John L. D'Andrea (AKA _ John "D")
Newark, New Jersey USA

Comments by Dan Lindsey on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 04:21 IP Logged
My family owns a few hundred acres of what was the Howard Ranch on which Sea Biscuit is buried. I have heard of his racing prowess but did not realize how much more there was to the story. You wrote a wonderfully entertaining book, thank you. If you ever want to drop in and see how beautiful the area is, just let me know. My mother and father are there most the time. They just planted a 50 acre vineyard.
Redwood Valley, CA USA

Comments by Bill Reilly on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished reading your book, Seabiscuit. You have written a story for the ages. As a youngster I had a green large pony with a large scar below each ear. He got his head stuck between a post and the barn and did the damage. He wasn't much to look at but he had a great heart and drive. He went on to beat a lot of better looking show ponies, ran point to points, did pony club 3 day events and real field hunter trials and could go all day long, jump any fence and be there at the end of a foxhunt. Your book makes me smell the lather and feel the thrill of headlong gallop. I can only remember one other book that made me think of my horse days so vividly and that was "Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man" by Sigfreid Sassoon. I hope and pray that the movie will bring forward the action and character details that you have so brilliantly captured in your book. Tell the producers no computer generating just real live horses with pounding hooves!!! Done right this could be one of the best movies ever. Thanks again, I can smell my pony right now. Bill Reilly
Brownfield, ME USA

Comments by Rachael Longtin on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 03:40 IP Logged
I would just like to say that I have had the oportunity to read Seabiscuit now and it is WONDERFUL!! All I hoped of and more. Thank you, Howard, for a wonderful gift. Also thanks to J.Val Smith for a second very kind offer, people like you leave me with hope for our ever deteriorating world.
Centuria , WI USA

Comments by Teresa on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 03:26 IP Logged
Laura, after finishing the book and previously posting all my accolades on this guest book, I thought I’d buy the audio version so that I could “force” my non-book-reading, techie boyfriend to listen to it as we drove up the coast of California. Well, he LOVED it. He practically cried in the car and he kept slapping his knees as to help Seabiscuit win during the descriptions of the races. He now talks about the book to every one he meets. While he absorbed every word with interest, I on the other hand was disappointed on how much stuff was left out of the audio version. Such as: some interesting background information on Seabiscuit, Tom Smith and much of the other characters, the “other” match race with Ligoratti and the controversy over the jockeys, and hardly a mention of Pumpkin! I wish you’d come out with an unabridged version for those of us who want to savor every word! I believe it would be worth it.
ca USA

Comments by Alana Morgan Ross on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 02:56 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I came upon your book by accident...flipped to the Barnes & Noble website which had your book prominently advertised as "the best" of it's type. Being a fan of Dick Francis, I read the excerpt they offered of the 1st chapter...I was HOOKED. Imagine I am reading this from my computer screen at work and am so enraaptured that my phone rings on my desk and I jump, not knowing where I am for a moment....I was gazing at the horse scene you were describing as if I were there... Needless to say, I went home that night and immediately ordered your book and told all my reading friends of it's impending arrival. Finally it arrived and I was in readers heaven...I savored each page and read it sparingly so that the words and images could linger with me longer. Please be proud...you have done something remarkable and once in a lifetime, just as Seabiscuit was...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. This was the best present I ever gave myself.
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by Andrea Culberspn on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 02:53 IP Logged
Magnificent horse and beautifully sensitive story, Seabiscuit is the first nonfiction book I have read in 10 years. Thank you for your effort and your for sharing your gifts.
Weston, FL USA

Comments by Tony Rollins on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 01:50 IP Logged
Laura, Am enjoying the book immensely. Not being a horseracing fan, need clarification on "posting". Is posting heavier weights on the likely winning horse like golf handicapping? Please let me know and hope you will continue writing more books about American legends!
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Aurora on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading Seabiscuit and many of the comments in your guestbook. There isn't anything I can add but that I agree with all the wonderful things others have said about your book. Thank you for writing it. I enjoyed the history of the horse, the owner, trainer, jockey, and the era. It should remain on the best seller's list for months to come. You have to be proud of yourself. I'm looking forward to the movie and hope its quality is as good as the quality of your writing and research.
USA

Comments by steve on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 00:34 IP Logged
what struck me was the passion which your writing brought out, thank you. too few accounts of history, whether sporting or other, fail to capture the mood, challenges, and setbacks of their era when being taught or described... you have suceeded in bring this to life. being an avid sports fan drew me to the book, but the drama and personality have me recommending it to all I know. this is a story which should be taught as a companion to the military and financial history in the 1st 1/2 of the 20th century, as i'm sure it would infuse some excitement into the teaching of america's youth, there are many lessons. great read!
duluth, ga USA

Comments by Michael D. Klein on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 00:27 IP Logged
Reading your book I felt as if I was at the track watching Seabiscuit and War Admiral race. I can hear the announcer screaming over the cheering crowd. Thank you for a fabulous read.
Denver, CO USA

Comments by Christina W on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 09:48 IP Logged
Hi, I've been a horseracing fan for 25 years now, but my interest has dwindled lately, partly because of family responsibilities and partly because I'm turned off by the outrageous purses. A horse can win 5 or 6 races and be a millionaire. But I've always loved Seabiscuit, the little guy who tried so hard. I was thrilled to see that your book is a best seller. I've always wondered if Seabiscuit's earnings were grossed up for inflation where he would end up on the list of all time money-winners. I just started the book, by the way, and love it so far.
Oxford, CT USA

Comments by Joan Mokray on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 08:49 IP Logged
My grandparents had a copper impression of a horse on their wall which we called "Sea Biscuit". I asked my brother if we had any connection to the horse and he thought it was just that he was very famous. When I picked up the book in the library, I didn't expect to find what was there -- something so well written, something I had difficulty putting down, something I've referred to in numerous conversations, a book where the research notes were of interest. You should feel very proud of what you've written.
Franklin Lakes , NJ USA

Comments by Dee L. Cross, Ph.D. on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 07:51 IP Logged
Hi, Laura: I really enjoyed your book entitled "Seabiscuit". Your writing and research skills are certainly apparent. I conduct research with horses. The magazine you write for (Equus) has done some stories on some research we have been conducting re. to Fescue Toxicosis in pregnant mares and the drug Equidone (domperidone) that we developed. I sent a note to Dell Hancock, co-owner of Claiborne Farms, suggesting that she read your book. I look forward to the movie. Best wishes, Dee Cross
Clemson, SC USA

Comments by kate fourchy on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 04:05 IP Logged
I wanted to thank you for writing this book. I just finished it last night and spent yesterday afternoon crying my eyes out when the Biscuit won the match race. I would like to have one of the photographs from the slide show as a screensaver-is there any way to do this? Thanks again.Kate Fourchy
USA

Comments by d on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 03:57 IP Logged
hi Laura, If you ever require the services of a screenwriter , though it might be a bit presumptious of me, I've always had a knack for writing dialogue. My reason for the offer, I'd like to see a great story and book turned into a great movie (double presumptious?). Anyway, stranger things have happened, as your book so wonderfully details. regards, d
ca

Comments by David Daggett on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 03:08 IP Logged
I spent the first 30 years of my life in a house across the street from Santa Anita. We used to sneak in when we were young pretending to "belong" to an adult entering the turnstyle. This was back in the late 60's so I never saw Seabiscuit but the book was fantastic. I've been to the Derby Restaurant 100 times and I never understood why there were dozens of photos of George Wolfe. Now I know. My only complaint is that the author never mentioned the actual pari-mutual odds of the subject. That would have been interesting.
Phoenix, AZ USA

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