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Comments by Luanne Howard on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 04:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading the story of Seabiscuit and found it fascinating & heartwarming! I'm so thrilled that his story of heart & valor was told, as well as the stories of 'his people', and this did not become a lost footnote in history! Thank you for a compelling book on an unlikely hero! Luanne Howard
Fort Worth, TX USA

Comments by stephen a. kandell on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 04:33 IP Logged
Laura, previously wrote you on your wonderful book and also inquired regarding video of Seabiscuit's races, unfortunately couldn't locate any. I have not seen any of your interviews mentioned by other readers, how about some biographical info if you get a moment, wish you all the success, any plans to come to the Miami area... Thanks Steve any
miami, fl USA

Comments by Kelly Rinehart on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 03:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading your book and as others have so often mentioned, "I cried and was depressed over finishing it." I wanted it to go on and on. My husband bought the book for me when I was laid up with a severe leg injury from being thrown from my Thoroughbred ex-racehorse. Your writing is magnificent and I can honestly say this the best book I have ever read. Please write more books about famous racehorses. I will be the first in line for the movie. I can only hope it will do your book justice. I would love to have you sign my book. Are you going to be in the Sacramento area? May I send it to you? I can't stop thinking about this book. It has made such an impact on me. Thanks, Laura.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Nina S. Sparks on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 02:55 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand: We are a family that adores horses. My husband saw your interview with Charley Rose and told me that this sounded like a book "right up my alley." I read about two books a week. I asked our local library to purchase this book and checked it out. I simply could not put the book down! I kept reading passages to my husband, who will now read it for himself, inasmuch as we need to purchase it for our own library. You told such a moving story that,as I told my husband, "the hair was standing up on my arms." I laughed, I cried, I was delighted, I was sad. It's been a long time since I've read such a perfectly crafted tale. Both humans and animals became so alive, I felt as though I had known all of them personally! I am recommending this book to everyone I know who reads. Thank you for giving us this treasure.
Manhattan, IL USA

Comments by John McKenna on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, My wife, Mickey, picked up your book in a Laguna Beach, California bookstore. ‘O look,’ she said to me, ‘a book about Seabiscuit!’ Her dad had taken her often to Santa Anita as a young girl. She was there the day Geoge Wolff died. She has told me that it was the only time she had ever seen her day cry. Her dad was an industrialist whose face once appeared on Fortune Magazine’s Man of the Year. She grew up with stories about Seabiscuit. She bought the book and began to read it in bed. Sometimes she read out loud to me, when a particular passage was especially moving. She could not put it down and she hated to finish it. But finally, she did and gave it to me, saying she would read it again when I was done. I have just finished the read. It is always a lovely and sometimes a very beautiful book. I too hated to finish it. We hope you will be given the Pulitzer for it. Thank you for your wonderful achievement. Don’t forget ‘Gatsby’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Hollywood can film the explicit but not at the same time, it seems, the implicity. The beauty of Seabisuit is that the explicit and the implicite resonate together at times with breathtaking passion and compassion. If they make schlock out of your book, it will not be surprising. But miracles even in Hollywood can happen. God bless. Mickey and I have published a poem ‘Flashing Face’ (in The Burning Green, Wipf & Stock: Eugene, Oregon, 1996). We thought you might enjoy it: Flashing Face Over the green hills The wild horse runs With flashing face, Galloping like the sun Upon the warm earth. Who spurs this strength As clouds would stride The wind swept sky Until among the stars Wide open as the moon His eyes would gaze, No words I know can tell. Yet a great magnificence Moves across the ages, Where we are made to glimpse The way his love has gone. Did you give the horse might? Do you clothes his neck with strength? Do you make him leap like a locust? Hi majestic snorting is terrible. He paws in the valley, and exults in his strength; he goes out to the weapons. (Job 39: 19-21) Again, congratulations on writing such a fine book. John and Nancy McKenna
Pasadena, CA USA

Comments by TIMOTHY WALT on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 01:02 IP Logged
MS. HILLENBRAND: YOUR WONDERFUL BOOK REGARDING SEABISCUIT WAS BOTH HEART STOPPING AND HEART BREAKING. WHAT DID YOU MEAN THAT RIDGEWOOD PASSED INTO HISTORY?...DID THE HEIRS SELL THE PROPERTY? I GREW UP IN THE MENDOCINO AREA AND WOULD LOVE TO KNOW. ALSO, CAN YOU MAKE ANY SUGGESTIONS AS HOW I MIGHT PURCHASE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PICTURE OF SEABISCUIT AND WAR ADMIRAL ROUNDING THE FINAL TURN, STRIDE FOR STRIDE, IN THEIR GREAT MATCH RACE? THANK YOU , TIM
LA, CA USA

Comments by Deborah Herfort Tiede on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 00:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for writing such a terrific book. It was a great read. While I am not crazy about horses, I am discovered a new-found admiration about them due to your book. Talk about adversity! Am looking forward to the film...don't let anyone write the screenplay except you! Regards, Deborah Herfort Tiede
Westport, CT USA

Comments by Ralph J. Argen, MD on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 09:52 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand, what a great great book. My father was born in 1901 and died in 1994. He was as we use to say a true horse ball. He knew all the track you spoke of and I am sure he would have relived most of your story. He told us as kids most of these adventures. During the depression years he worked for a local "Bookie" and lived this at the lower level. I could not put the book down. Thanks for the adventure and a real rememberance of my father through Seabiscut. RJA
Amherst, NY USA

Comments by daniel graham on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 09:33 IP Logged
Laura, I felt compelled to voice my admiration of this work. You have created something of which you should be proud. In retrospect, you have created a body of work that will outlive us all. Thank you for sharing your gift with us and your marvelous work ethic. You atain such a level of detail yet never interupting the flow. Best of health...I Look foward to your next work, Dan
tampa , fla USA

Comments by David Hawkins on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 08:24 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Just received a copy of your wonderful book on Seabiscuit. It was a marvelous read. My wife, Catherine Bayley Hawkins, is the daughter of Albion Bayley who worked for George Conway, War Admiral's trainer during his triple crown and subsequent race with Seabiscuit. We noted with interest your reference to Dorothy Ours ... your source for info on Sam Riddle. We are working on a project involving the old Riddle Farm in Berlin, Md. and would love to be able to communicate with Ms. Ours. It would be appreciated if someone could let us know how to get in touch with her. Thank you for a fine book.
Lakewood, NJ USA

Comments by Paul Greenberg on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 08:18 IP Logged
Laura, I'm also an author, published in the IT world by major publishers. I preface my remarks with this, because, girl, I LOVE your writing. I read Seabiscuit from cover to cover. Like many of your other readers, I didn't want to put it down. You are a REMARKABLE writer, not just a good one. Aside from your intimate knowledge of your subject, your style is one of the finest I have run across in the world of non-fiction, and, for that matter, literary fiction. You not only wrote a work of history, you wrote a work of art. Thank you for the experience.
Manassas, VA United States

Comments by diane bomze on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 07:22 IP Logged
dear laura thoroughly enjoyed your incredible book about our incredible sport.by way of introduction, i am publisher of american turf monthly magazine, and president of the belmontchild care center, a not for profit organization that is building a center for workers on the backstrecth of belmont racetrack. every summer we have the fourstardave gala, fourstardave is our horse, which raises money for our charity. also, my husband is president of the nytha. i was wondering if you would consider donating some autograped copies of our event? it would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your consideration. yours truly, diane bomze, president, belamont child care assoc.
long beach, ny USA

Comments by david tuttle on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 07:16 IP Logged
My name is David Tuttle. I am the father of Sarah Tuttle Horner,your friend from Kenyon. Sarah gave me your wonderful book on Father's day and I just finished it today. The story of Seabiscuit resonates with me because we both were born about the same time and because my parents were always interested in horse racing. Additionally, my grandfather raised Arabian horses in New Hampshire. By odd coincidence I ended my working career with Bessemer Trust, the Phipps family investment bank. In all the years that I worked for the Phippses I can never remember their having owned a winning horse remotely approaching the stature of Seabiscuit. Thank you for immortalizing a wonderful horse about whom very few of this generation know anything. Best luck in the future and can't wait to see your next book. Sincerely, David Tuttle
Old Saybrook, ct USA

Comments by Kathie on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 04:41 IP Logged
Hi Laura, just finished your book today. I received 'Seabiscuit' as a graduation gift from my friend Julie when I finished grad school in May. She enclosed a note relating the odds against the underdog Seabiscuit to how I must have felt completing my degree - there were many obstacles to overcome. 'Seabiscuit' shows that it is possible to overcome the odds with desire and persistance. One of the most enjoyable things about this story was being able to see inside a world (thanks to details!) that I knew next to nothing about - I enjoyed the trip! This is one of the more meaningful gifts I have received for another reason. The typewritten note that my friend enclosed in the book has a significance apart from the store- bought graduation cards received. Julie can't drive to the store to buy a card - she was blinded in a fall while exercising a racehorse about 20 years ago. She knows about overcoming the odds. She loved the story of Seabicuit and passed it on as a gift to me. Thanks Julie, Laura, and 'Biscuit! P.S. Julie still rides and teaches others, me included.
Brewster, Wa USA

Comments by Laurel Gardner on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 01:54 IP Logged
Hi Laura! I just finished your book on Seabiscuit. It was the best horse book i have read ever or in a long time!!! I love how you put so much detail it to it and I felt that I actually knew the people in the story!!! I finished the book in a week and couldn't put it down either!! Well that's all just wanted to say that it was an awsome book and i would suggest it to any one that loved horses!!
Alberta Canada

Comments by Maggie Owen Laster on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 01:52 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, over 40 years ago I devoured every book about horses in our tiny village library. From Marguerite Henry to Walter Farley, I read them all. My best friend and I could name all the Kentucky Derby winners and I could trace the lineage of all the great runners and harness horses. My father, Orlow Owen, was responsible for getting pari-mutuel betting legalized in Michigan and for many years was the general manager of Wolverine Harness Raceway which operated from the Detroit Race Course in Livonia, MI (sadly, now the site of a giant shopping center). I grew up around horses and all the odd and assorted characters associated with horse racing. I never thought as an adult I was ever again a read a true story about a horse that would move me and transport me like all the stories I read as a little girl. Thank you for your incredible history of a magnificent animal and the men who cared for him. Thank you for a memorable ride.
Southfield, MI USA

Comments by Carol Tighe on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Laura, Havwe been trying to figure out how to reach you to tell you that the cure for chronic fatigue re my specialist ( yrs ago is 500 mg magnesium. I use Nature Made 250's and take 2. 250 got me out of bed. 500mg got me to normal. This is in the literature now although it wasn't then. My daughter found out for me in college in her feeds and feeding course for animal science, that Mg is necessary for the ATPto ADP reaction in the Krebs Citric Acid cycle in the mitochondrion on the cell, which is where cell respiration takes place. When the ATP looses a phosphate it releases energy. This reaction cannot take place without mg, which many people do not get enough of in their diet. Check with your OBGYN when you do this because I ended up with calcium deposited all over my body which was probablyleached from my hips as I now have osteoporosis. However I had other things which may have helped this happen. Now they say to take calcium and mg in tandem or one will outdo the work of the other. This turned my life around. Hope it helps you. You will know almost immediately, at least I did. If it doesn't work in a few hours or days then I don't think it will. But I'm not a dr. I had immediate relief, within hours. Have yet to read your book, but friends say it was good. Carol Tighe
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by Terry Crow on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 09:46 IP Logged
I am so pleased that this story is to, once again, made into a movie. Your comments regarding the previous film are well taken. However, the previous film did have one aspect that you book did not cover. What did you find in your research about the rumor that Kayak II was held back in the Big Cap so that Seabiscuit could win? Never believed it myself, but would be interested in your comments.
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by Mrs Ken(Rosemarie) Gustafson on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 06:43 IP Logged
Dear laura Have read your "Seabiscuit" & loved every word, could'nt put it down. Your writing of the people, horses & events is beautifully done!! We rave about it to everyone, truly! were in love with that special "cow pony" our BELOVED SEABISCUIT! Thank You, with warm affection! Mrs.Ken Gustafson "Rosebug"
Elmhurst, IL USA

Comments by Kenneth A Gustafson on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 06:20 IP Logged
Thanks for your marvelous work "Seabiscuit"! It's a great comfort to know that miracles like the confluence of 5 such GIANTS of indominable detrmination & courage still occur & do not pass without notice, rejoicing & salutation. WONDERFUL!!
Elmhurst , IL USA

Comments by connie napier on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 05:52 IP Logged
Wow , What a wonderful story and so well written. I have always enjoyed Ms. Hillenbrand's articles in Equus and of course had heard of Seabiscuit but had no idea of the incredible story behind him. There is just something special about the thoroughbreds and Laura understands this . I hated to finish it but wanted to hurray and give it to my daughter and husband. Please accept my thanks again for a wonderful few hours and also my wishes for your good health
Aubrey , Tx USA

Comments by Larry Hill, MD on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 04:25 IP Logged
Laura - You know how to make a grown man cry. I just finished your wonderful work while watching hippos and crocs on the Shire River in Malawi and shed tears after reading of the Biscuit winning the Hundred Grander at age 7. I grew up in LA in the 50's, spending more than my share of time at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park (Johnny Longden was my idol) and viewed Seabiscuit's statue on many occasions, really not understanding the fascination - now I do. One observation - don't you find it staggering that Stagehand, at age 3, beat the Biscuit in the Big Cap in February - that sure wouldn't happen today, even with the 30 pound weight difference. One criticism - I wish that you had mentioned something about the odds in some of the races - I suspect you did not do so for a good reason. Again congratulations for a tour de force. Can't wait for the flick and your next opus.
Pretoria, South Africa

Comments by Steve Imboden on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 03:46 IP Logged
Laura- I just finished reading your book. It is an absolutely amazing story - I loved every bit of it and I honestly hated to see it end. You have done a wonderful job of pulling your readers into the book. I became interested in horse racing after watching the Kentucky Derby last month. I am a true novice, but after reading your book, I think I may be hooked! Thank you for a tremendous work. Thank you to 'The Biscuit'.
Santa Rosa, Ca USA

Comments by Verna McGann on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 02:39 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I saw an interview with you on the local PBS station. I knew I had to read your book. I went to my library to get on the waiting list only to find there were 57 others ahead of me. But I waited, and finally finished the book. I'm sorry it's over. I hate to have to take it back to the library. I plan on buying a copy of my own. I live close to Tanforan, which is now Tanforan Shopping Center. There is a statue of Seabiscuit in motion, with Red Pollard riding him. I have passed by this statue a million times, but yesterday I went and actually went up to it. There is a plaque telling about the owner and the jockeys. I stood there motionless for a few moments Also, I have driven through Willits, never realizing the significance of Ridgewood or that Sabiscuit is buried there under an Oak tree. I will never look at Tanforan the same again. I cried when I read of Seabiscuit's win at the Santa Anita Handicap. Thank you for writing such a truly wonderful book.
San Bruno, Ca USA

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