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Comments by Donn Green on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:51 IP Logged
Miss Hillenbrand: I recently finished reading your book, and like many of the other comments in your guestbook, I found it wholely gratifying and memorable. I too would like to raise my faint,yet avid voice to the national chorus praising your achievement. A beatiful story, beatifully researched and told - straight forward and honest. I just hope the movie adequately reflects and complements your work. Thank you .
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Mark Altschuler on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:44 IP Logged
I could not put Seabiscuit down. I had heard of Seabiscuit as a kid, but I though the was another great horse, like Kelso or Sectretariat. I had not idea of the drama, or that he did not even look like a racehorse. I just hope the movie captures it. I can see the race with War Admiral. War Admiral, all leggy and prancing, while chunky Seabiscuit pokes along, with his head down. Amazing
Elkins Park, Pa USA

Comments by on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:44 IP Logged
The Movie Was Absolutely Outstanding....I'm hoping to read the book soon.

Comments by Elizabeth Whitmore on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:40 IP Logged
I just finished your book last night. I bought tickets to Seabiscuit over the internet, the first for me. I loved your book. I do not know much about horse racing but always fantasized as a little girl about being a jockey. Since reading your book I realize it would not have been the life for me! I have downloaded a screensaver to my work computer and a dek top! I rode english for about 15 years and have the utmost respect for jockeys. Looking forward to the movie tonight. Thanks for the great READ!!!!!!!!!
Southern Pines, NC USA

Comments by lisa on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:37 IP Logged
In 5th Grade my teacher read "Come on Seabiscut" to our entire class. I was mesmerized from the first word to the last. It was terrrible to get to the end of the book. When I heard your book was coming out, I was so excited. Not only did you capture the story of the Seabuscit team, but you gave me back a story I love! Your writing was superor! Thank you for sharing the story with me again.
Santa Ana, CA USA

Comments by James Calcione on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:24 IP Logged
I can tell you from my point of view s one who grew up watching the likes of Secretariet, Seattle Slew and my favorite of all Affirmed that I am looking very forward to seeing "Seabuscuit". I have always loved the underdog and growing up with a father who owned and trained horses for years that this will surely be a pleasure and a treat for me to see. I was able to view the last match race run where Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure race and can never get the image of Ruffian going down out of my head. To see this movie and relive the times that I spent at Narragansett, Licoln and Suffolk Downs will be memorible. Thanks for briging them back!
Johnston, RI USA

Comments by Kim Algaier on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:19 IP Logged
Laura, I stayed up way too late on a work night to finish the book and read all the notes and credits. Your thorough research and dedication to telling this story moved me, as did the story itself. It was fun, knowing the movie is coming out tomorrow, to picture the actors in the roles, having seen the previews and read and heard great reviews. As a girl I read horsebooks voraciously, visited the Man O' War statue and the Lexington farms, I even saw some of Seattle Slew's offspring in Ocala. I had never even heard of Seabiscuit until word of the book and movie began to filter into the media. God Bless You for bringing this story to life. I can't wait to see the movie and I'm sure it will move me to tears and cheers as the little horse that defied all odds, along with his rag tag trainer and invinceably optimistic owner, not to mention the amazing Pollard and Woolf, ride to victory in the box office and in the hearts of the world. Best wishes and many thanks.
Fort Myers, FL USA

Comments by on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:16 IP Logged
I'm proud that my home province of Alberta and my home town of Cardston played such a big role in Seabiscuit's story.
Calgary, AB Canada

Comments by Tom Trikolas DDS on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:13 IP Logged
Just finished your book-it was axcellent-can't wait to see the movie. While the story was amazing, I find your personal battle with chronic fatigue syndrome even more heartwrenching. Do you feel you can relate to all the characters in the story? You all seem to be fighting against the odds. How are you doing? I hope well as my thoughts and prayers are with you. Congrats! Tom
Orland Park, IL USA

Comments by Bobby Mullarkey on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:04 IP Logged
Laura, Thoroughly enjoyed your book!! A real story is always more enjoyable than straight fiction. Good luck with the movie. What's your next project? PS - Kenyon - class of '84
Locust Valley, NY USA

Comments by Eddy and Bette Safreed on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:49 IP Logged
My Grandfather had a ranch in Paso Robles CA (Hillman Estrella Rancho)In 1938 Arlan Smith signed the ranch guestbook and drew a picture of Seabiscuit. Hoot Gibson signed the same page (he was frequent guest and friend of the family. We figure that Tom was what Arlan Smith went by. Do you know if that was his given name?
Winters, Ca USA

Comments by Steve Myrtue on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:46 IP Logged
Hello Laura and thank you for bringing the story of Seabiscuit to all of us. I knew little of Seabiscuit until I watched the movie this Friday. I can't wait to buy your book. It will also be a great gift to all my friends. I wish the best for you and just can't say enough how I hope the movie earns all its awards it deserved to earn in the future, bye and bless, Steve
Chelsea, Ia. USA

Comments by Kim Algaier/The Jazz Diva on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:42 IP Logged
LAURA!!!! EVERYBODY!!! 5 Stars for the movie! I laughed, I cried, the entire crowd cheered and rooted. We were moved. 80 and 90-year-old ladies and men were on the edge of their seats, cheering and clapping aloud!!! I predict OSCAR nods for this movie...Tobey, Jeff and Chris are all wonderful, the racing sequences are filmed with exquisite precision and dangerous detail. I received by email from Dewey O, who posted on this site earlier, photos of him racing on a son of Seabiscuit, named SeaBee. Wow. Internet contacts are amazing. Thank you ten times over, Laura, for bringing us this wonderful book and please, everybody, see this movie. It is a piece of Americana, and a tribute to the 'can do' spirit. I will see that movie over and over again. BLESS YOU! The "underHorse" wins. This is ROCKY for the Horsey Set!
Fort Myers, FL USA

Comments by Vicki Martin on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:34 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I wrote to you on May 19, 2001 and offered research material for any future project you might undertake regarding the racing world in the 30's and 40's. Just wanted to let you know my email address has changed. Today the movie "Seabiscuit" opens and I am anxious to see it. Thank you again for your inspiring story and for reminding everyone about the days racing was truly "the king of sports." VM
Thompson, CT USA

Comments by Mark Kusiak on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:17 IP Logged
Loved the book!! Now will go see the movie opening weekend. Question: Did Pollard ever make his blindness known to Smith or Howard? Did I miss something?
Buffalo Grove, IL USA

Comments by marg on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:05 IP Logged
I am Canadian. I have the same symptoms as you, but have never been diagnosed. I suffer in silence. However, the courage you show through your writings gives me the courage to go on. Thinking about Seabiscuit keeps me going. I thank God for giving us you and Seabiscuit, and I thank God for giving you the gift to write. Thank you.
Toronto, ON Canada

Comments by Robin Kolb on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 07:34 IP Logged
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Comments by joe muchow on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 04:25 IP Logged
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Comments by Hugh Metcalf on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 03:53 IP Logged
It was told in my family that my uncle, George Metcalf was a "Licensed Groom" for Seabiscuit. Could you tell me of a source that may have record of Licensed Grooms?? Thank You Very Much, Hugh Metcalf
Lodi, CA USA

Comments by Bob on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 02:28 IP Logged
The magic has long been gone in my 58 years (2001). Reading this book was magical, I was there.
Sioux City, Iowa USA

Comments by Bill Croom on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 01:50 IP Logged
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I'm not much of a reader (too busy w/ family - golf - work etc.)but I could not put this book down. I felt empty when I finished it - cause I was through. I really didn't want it to end. So - I'm re-reading parts now - to fill that void. I really can say - it's the BEST BOOK I have ever read (aside from the Bible - of course).
Asheboro, NC USA

Comments by david sellers on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 01:22 IP Logged clearly have a rare grasp of what makes this country great . Your story tells more of what freedom to be means and what part courage plays in our daily lives than any I know of. Your rendition of story of Seabiscuit is a vehicle for seeing. I, and our small community in Vermont, would love for you to visit and share your vision with us. any time, what ever it takes. D. Sellers
warren, vt USA

Comments by Dewey on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 01:15 IP Logged
thank you young lady for doing such an outstanding job .. it had to a labor of love .. I have always loved Seabiscuit and what he accomplished ..and I am proud that I rode one of his sons in races at Suffolk Downs in the late 40s .. even after 30 years in the space program with many thrills and horrors, I never forgotten him nor any of other horses I rode .. thank you again for your love
Morgan County, AL USA

Comments by FRANK on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 01:13 IP Logged
I hope the movie can do justice to your wonderful book. My grandfather was a Texas oil man and ran horses in California in the 30s. My Dad met Bing Crosby in his box at Del Mar!! I bet money they knew Mr. Howard and others. Thank you for your historical,enlightening, and entertaining work.

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