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Comments by Dave Schadick on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 02:54 IP Logged
Laura, I am in the midst of your astonishing account of one of the greatest legends ever to don a saddle. I am on the edge of my couch waiting to see if Seabiscuit and War Admiral race, and how it unfolds. This is the 1st night that I haven't even turned on the TV, and I have The Racing Network, which makes it a rarity. Thank you for the pleasure you are providing for me and I will write again after I finish....p.s....Are you married ?
Endicott, NY USA

Comments by terry on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 01:55 IP Logged
Laura: If you ever need a good double for Seabiscuit in your movie, I would recommend trying to get CIGAR who has more than a passing resemblance to Seabiscuit. That is if you could ever pry him loose from his present owners. I read he is not doing too well as a sire maybe this will revive his career. Your book bought back memories of the times I saw Cigar race at Suffolk Downs on his quest to break Citation's win streak record. The whole track was going crazy with anticipation over seeing Cigar arrive at the track in his police escorted van. Vendors were selling Cigar pennants, coffee cups, T-shirts, photos which were gobbled up in an instant. The track record for attendance which was formerly held by I think Seabiscuit was broken as more than 30,000 fans poured in. Granted the Kentucky Derby attracts more than a 100,000 fans but that is to watch a racing event, not a single horse. Anyways, I know what the feeling is like to witness a great horse race that is beloved by the public and it is electrifying. I just wish I was there to see Seabiscuit in one of his great races after reading your book. I'll never forget as an ordinary looking Cigar emerged form the paddock and as they saddled him and the jockey rode him out onto the track he was transformed into a fire breathing dragon prancing back and forth as the crowd cheered him on. That moment will live with for the rest of my days just as your story of Seabiscuit will.
hamilton, ma USA

Comments by Carlie Borba on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 00:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your book is wonderful...!!! I live in Willits and have walked over the Ridgewood Ranch where Seabiscuit roamed. I have have always loved the connection between Willits and the Howards and it was while sitting in the hospital (Howard Memorial) waiting room that I first read your article in American Heritage Magazine. From that momment on I could not wait to read the book... it was beyond my greatest expectations. I smile, when I drive past Ridgewood knowing that Seabiscuit has been once again been given the respect and adoration that he deserved. Thank you for doing that. I wish you all the best.
Willits, CA USA

Comments by Brad Townsend on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:50 IP Logged
The other night as I lie reading in bed, Seabiscuit and War Admiral had just left the starting line when my wife turned to me and barked "ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THAT LIGHT ON ALL NIGHT!!?". It was probably the closest I have come to committing homicide in 29 years of marriage. It would be hard to find someone with less interest in horses or racing than me, but I would gladly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story that is extremely well written.
Byron, IL USA

Comments by Guy E. Esposito on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
www.seabiscuitonline.com Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading Seabiscuit and to sum it up in one word - superb! I have been a horse-racing fan for fifty years and after reading your book have a new insight of this great sport. I know both horses and jockeys are great athletes and I always said that thoroughbreds know where they are and why they are on the racetrack; that is to run and to win. Through your words, you reinforced my theory. I never realized the horrendous conditions that jockeys and trainers labored under during the thirties and so few made it to the big time. I'm sure many of these things exist today but not on such a grand scale. You brought these things out in your book and didn't dwell on the hero. I was thrilled while reading of the match race in 1938 between Seabiscuit and War Admiral and the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. Your description of both races made me feel as if I was in the stands. Your description of how the horses came down the homestretch actually had me on the edge of my seat. Reading doesn't get any better than that. After reading the acknowledgments, I concluded you did your homework. You must have spent timeless hours doing your research and I truly appreciate your candor in making this great book. I do not usually write to authors but I just wanted to share my feelings with you. I look forward to seeing the movie and any future publications. Sincerely yours, Guy E. Esposito, 115 Woodley Avenue, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Boston, MA USA

Comments by David Milliman on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:09 IP Logged
Your book really brought an era to life through horse racing. I cannot help but compare Seabiscuit's effect on the public to that of Secretariat's. In 1973 with a country still divided by the Vietnam War, we needed a national hero that everybody could cheer. Secretariat becomes the first triple crown winner in 25 years. I'll never forget Secretariat's 31 length win in the Belmont. The crowd went nuts, fists jammed in the air, and darn few of those winning tickets were ever cashed. Seabiscuit and Secretariat are both heroes for me. Thank you Laura!
Middlesex, NY USA

Comments by Mark Reed on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 07:52 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: You have written by all odds the most enthralling book about the world of sport that I've ever had the great pleasure of reading. Your research was meticulous, your ear for the the characters, both man and equine, spot-on, and your writing simply marvelous. I was drawn to Seabiscuit as a horse lover, yet I was captivated by the enormous pull of the remarkable stories of the principals themselves. The end came all too soon. Thank you very, very much for delivering such an absorbing story about a great horse and for adding immeasurably to the legend that will always be Seabiscuit.
Minneapolis, MN USA

Comments by SUZANN DAVIS on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 07:06 IP Logged
It's been a long time since I read a book that moved me to tears as did this one. This was an incredible read - very touching and emotionally satisfying. Let's hope the movie comes to pass because I will be first in line, cheering Seabiscuit on !
LAKE WORTH, FL USA

Comments by Stephen C. Hill on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 06:34 IP Logged
Oh, did you have a winner with this BOOK.Wow!!!Let me be first in line for the movie.A great read with great research. Thank you.
WInston Salem , NC USA

Comments by don on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 04:16 IP Logged
Hi Laura, go to http://images.google.com and type in 'seabiscuit preakness' for a very beautiful photo. And type in just seabiscuit for interesting pics and toys... don
USA

Comments by Shirley G. on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Thanks so much for this wonderfully written book about a magnificent horse and those people who loved and had faith in him. It's the best non-fiction book I've read in many years. I'm happy you are consultant for the movie and hope that Universal will follow the book exactly as you wrote it. Again, congratulations and many thanks. Shirley G.
Seminole, FL USA

Comments by Kristen Williams on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 01:55 IP Logged
My three and a half year old daughter and I were on our way somewhere when we caught the middle of your interview on National Public Radio. Last year, my daughter fell in love with the movie Black Stallion,(Stephen Spielberg?) and when she realized you were talking about a racehorse she was instantly interested. We arrived at our destination, but stayed in our car because we had to keep listening. If only you could have seen her face as the recording of one of Seabiscuit's races was aired...I was equally mesmerized and thrilled. At the risk of being late, I stayed in the car, desperate to hear if you had written a book about this precious animal. I was so moved by what I heard in your interview that I couldn't wait to read it...What a wonderful gift for you to give the world. I am very grateful for your dedication and work, especially given your health issues - I thank you for this wonderful book about this most lovable creature and the people who loved him.
Glenside, PA USA

Comments by Patrick Newbold on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 01:52 IP Logged
Laura: Thank you for writing this incredible book and telling the uplifting and heart wrenching story of "Sea Biscuit". You have told the story of an incredible racehorse with a heart so big that he would never give up! The odds were always against him, but Seabiscuit and the people that loved him pushed on. Charles, Tom, and Red truly loved this great horse. They were all on the ride of their lives, and the history and times of the great depression came alive! Congratulations on a fantastic book that people of all ages will enjoy reading.
San Luis Obispo, CA USA

Comments by Joseph S. Still, Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 08:38 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, I wish to thank you for this vivid, inspiring, and heartfelt book that I just finished reading. What a story!What a horse! The colorful characters come alive, straight out of history. I cried for thirty minutes upon completion of the book. I wanted Seabiscuit to live on forever. And he will, thanks to you and this literally work. I operate diesel locomotives that develope 4400 horsepower each. Seabiscuit has more strength and stamina than a hundred of them.
Lenexa, , KS USA

Comments by Rosie Schluter on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 02:57 IP Logged
Thank you for writing such an inspiring book - the heart and spirit of the people and the horses. Their stalwart efforts encourage me today. It's not the winning that comes through alone but their spirit. But I wanted to ask you, since I am a horse breeder myself, I have a hard time looking at the cover of your book as Seabiscuit's head is missing! I sure wish there had been some other way of designing the cover. Am looking forward to the movie for sure.
Cannon Falls, MN USA

Comments by Jennifer Stace on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 02:32 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am speechless and in tears even now, as I write this note, and on every page. You have done a magnificent job. You've taken me back in time and brought me back to hear and now. Your book has loved me and I am loving it! God Bless you for a job well done. The movie too should be great and grand and majestic. Thank you Laura Hillenbrand, I am a new and grateful fan, Jennifer Stace
San Diego,, CA USA

Comments by colleen mckenna slavin on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 02:05 IP Logged
Your book was fabulous and when I took it to my book club as a suggestion they were delighted. Our book club is full of horse people, a third generation steeple chase trainer, a bloodstock agent, pony club parents. I can't wait for my nine year old who loves to ride to read Seabiscuit. We live on a horse farm that has trained horses for over fifty years. I will reread the book for our meeting and enjoy every moment of it. Your writing is so fluid, like Seabiscuit himself. I heard you on Chip Franklin, WBAL and thought you were delightful. I am trying to get as much material as possible together for our book club meeting. Care to join us??? Thanks for a wonderful story that I am sure our family will read for years to come. Can't wait for the movie. Colleen McKenna Slavin
baltimore, md USA

Comments by Joe ciolino on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 01:19 IP Logged
I have been involved in betting on thoroughbred racehorses for a long time, often skipping high school when I was a young man, to go to the track. It has been quite an exciting hobby over the years. However, your book put me through a truly exciting experience which I never felt at the track, even when urging my horses home during the races I personally attented. Your magnificent writing style is grounded in the way you crafted the background stories of the major characters in your book and then brought them together in describing Seabiscuit's pursuit of War Admiral, his demolishing of him in the match race and the stories beyond that event. And throughout your book, you made these characters seem so real and the story you wove so compelling and emotional that this is one book I could not put down. Thank you for the enjoyment you brought me. Since I live in your original home town (or Fairfax County, I should say), please let me know of any book signings you may have in Fairfax or the D.C. area. Once again, thanks for your wonderful book on an absolutely magnificent racehorse. Joe Ciolino
USA

Comments by Sharon on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 09:07 IP Logged
It's been a long time since I picked up a book and didn't put it down until I finished. It was wonderful. It also opened up a terrific conversation with my dad (a recent stroke victim) as he remembered about the War Admiral/Seabiscuit race. Thank you for this wonderful book. Sharon
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Comments by L J Weil on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 08:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for an exquisite book - I never wanted to stop reading about those three two-legged heroes or the glorious four-legged one and when I did finish, your eloquent writing and the story that you saved had me in inspired, grateful tears. I will give it often to inspire others to never give up.
Montgomery, Al USA

Comments by Peter Ten Eyck on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 07:49 IP Logged
That was a great freakin' book! Your writing style is like a long train, the words just come with such a rhythm you can't stop reading. Secretariat was the first horse I ever saw race (on tv) and shortly thereafter I went to my first racetrack(Saratoga)when I was about 11 and actually won the daily double! Unfortunately, I grew up in Texas and I still live there and there is no racing to speak of, but I always have vivid memories of the track. If you are ever in Austin, I'd like you to sign my book. You're awful pretty for a writer. Thanks again, hope the movie doesn't rape your book.
austin,texas, Tx. USA

Comments by Margo White on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 07:10 IP Logged
I just bought the book Saturday, and already I'm homesick for CA. The book has a lot of history of CA in it. Not too many people have written books about famous people or animals that have made a name for themself, from the bay area. I wish my parents were alive and I could ask them questions about SEABISCUIT and his races. Don't know too many people left in CA that would know anything about him and his winnings. I don't have horses anylonger, but when I was growing up, I did. Thank you from the wonderful book. It's hard to put down. And thanks for the memories.
Ogden, UT USA

Comments by John Hinds on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 06:16 IP Logged
As a throughbred racing fan for more than 40 years I found your book very educational and as a sports journalist for more than 30 years I found your book very entertaining. The term "a book you can't put down" is often misused but not in this case....remarkable...a must read even if you aren't a throughbred racing fan or even a sports fan. Can't wait to read your next book.
Georgetown, MA USA

Comments by Matt Noreen on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 04:50 IP Logged
See Seabiscuit's Cup from the 1938 Agua Caliente Handicap on Ebay at the URL above. Amazing piece! I'm just a fan, and not related to the sale!!
Somerset, NJ USA

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