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Comments by Mike Kleven on Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 06:53 IP Logged
Hi: I'm not sure if you will be able to reply to many of these. This must be a very exciting time in your life. I am a PWCFIDS also. My career in art and film was cut short by this condition. I try many nutritional treatments. They help. Next perhaps "Zidaxin". I'm hoping to get involved in fundraising soon. I have to balance my future and our future. I'm still looking at business, media, and maybe political office. When your ill you can make lot's of plans. I live near Emerald Downs near Seattle. If you have any time I would love to hear from you. Hope you win an Oscar and make a full recovery. Mike in Washington
Auburn, Wa USA

Comments by Brian Smoliak on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 01:41 IP Logged
Amazing book! I am a former exercise rider and a racing fanatic. I have worked for great trainers like Shug McGaughey at Belmont Park and Jack Van Berg at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. I was an excersise rider for 8 years at tracks all over the country. For some reason I decided I needed a break from the track and have been away from racing for 3 years. After reading Seabiscuit I have a burning desire to go back to the track. It is amazing how you were able to capture life at the track and put it into words like you did. I always felt as if I was right there. At times it felt as if I was actually riding Seabiscuit. At other times it felt as if I was a spectator at the track watching history unfold. There was only one problem with this awesome piece of literature, it ended!! Thank you for rekindling my passion for the American Thoroughbred. Horse racing has needed a superstar for 25+ years. Thanks to you, racing got the Superstar it needed.
Surprise, AZ USA

Comments by ASHLEY on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 00:50 IP Logged
Thank you soo much for bringing Seabiscut and his "family" to life again. In the eight years that I have been working with thoroughbreds I never knew much about Seabiscut other than that he was a great race horse and had beaten the triple crown winner War Admiral. When word got out here in KY that the movie was in the making I signen up to be an extra at Pimlico(aka Keeneland) but working with horses six days a week, I was not able to atend. All forgotten about till the Preakness Stakes of this year rolled around and I began to see the previews on t.v. for the movie I decided then that I wanted to read your book before the movie was released to get background information. And wow!! I was impressed. Not only did I learn more of this little horse that could, but at times I seemed I was there!! My nose was constantly in the book every chance I got. Even during breaks at work. I drove my barn parnter crazy when he would be ready to clean stalls or bring in the horses and I would not move "sorry man I'll be there in a minute, I'm in the middle of a race!!" Now that I am finished, my barn partner is reading it. Now he knows how I felt. He can not put it down either. Since I work on a breeding farm that races their horses mainly over seas, I only work with the mares and foals, I never knew that much about the racing and training of one. I always know who wins the triple crown races, breeders cup and sometimes when one of our horses wins an important race over seas. Reading your book made me understand more, espesilly in understanding Handicap races, claiming, etc. And I had no idea what life was like for some of these people involved! I think the sickest part was the whole tapeworm thing! I've been telling that to everyone! Simply unbeleivabe! And thanks to your book I now know why Buick is sponsering the movie. Amazing how all that were involved kinda had their own "rags to riches" story. Congrates to ya and best of luck from the heart of Kentucky and Thoroughbred Capital of the World. We at Shadwell Farm are counting down the days and waiting to purchase tickets to the moive. It will be the biggest movie of the year. Academy Awards next stop!

Comments by Aztec on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 09:57 IP Logged
As so many people have said, I absoulutley love your book, the website, Seabiscuit. It mmust have taken too long to gind and talk to the people, find the pictures, and get it published. Well, thanks for the ride, and the book! I can't wait for the movie...
fl USA

Comments by Alicia on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 09:39 IP Logged
In response to your email my husbands granfather was Arthur Safford and he and his family lived ion the ranch from 1928 to 1941.He trained Seabiscuit during his rcovery from the tendon ailment. He also rode KyakII during this time.
Ukiah, Ca USA

Comments by S. Smith on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 08:15 IP Logged
After reading Seabiscuit, which I very much enjoyed, I was "inspired" to create a silkscreen of him which I would love to share with you. If you are interested please let me know where to forward a print.

Comments by Sherry on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 00:33 IP Logged
I LOVE to read just about anything (used to say I would read cereal boxes if I ran out of books!) Rarely does a book touch the soul like "Seabiscuit" did. I found myself laughing out loud at points and tearing up at others. Heart-pounding, page turning book...thank you for your incredible hard work in researching and bringing this story to fruition. Just remarkable.
Leesburg, VA USA

Comments by Donna Truluck on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 09:10 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is one of the best books I have ever read---and to think it is all true! I saw the documentary on Seabiscuit on American Experience and was immediately intrigued. I have never been a "horse person" although I love all animals. What a personality that horse possessed! The combination of Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, George Wolff and Seabiscuit was electrifying! I was happy to hear that Seabiscuit is buried in a private place not a tourist location! He devoted so much to the public he deserved that! Thanks for writing a truly memorable book. My husband is now reading the book and loves it every bit as much as I did.
Jacksonville, FL USA

Comments by simon m quintner on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 02:52 IP Logged
Laura, I first heard of Seabiscuit when reading an article in a breeding magazine about War Admiral, in which Seabiscuit was called the "American Phar Lap". I was lucky enough to be given a copy of your book last year and when i finally got a chance to read it I could not put it down. It is a great read and as a horse lover if found it brilliant. I look forward to seing the movie when if it is released in Australia. After first reading about the biscuit, I stumbled across the orginal film, on a clasic moive channel, which I found entertaining. Once agian the book was great and thank you for enabling me to learn about the great Seabiscuit. Simon M Quintner CEO Tweed River Jockey Club Murwillumbah Australia
murwillumbah, Australia

Comments by Robert Wilder on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 02:24 IP Logged
Laura, I was the guy who called in to the "Women's Room" radio show two weeks ago and told you I was teaching Seabiscuit to 65 students in Taos in July. We were cut short and I wonder if I could e-mail you questions before we teach. I teach writing with the writer Natalie goldberg at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. We both adored the book and hope you will respond. I talked to Debbie Johnson, the host of the show, and she said this was the way to get in touch. I realize you are quite busy and need to mind your health but I'd love to ask you a few more questions. Best, Rob Wilder PS Any relation to Amy and John Hillenbrand, formerly of Santa Fe?
Santa Fe, NM USA

Comments by Seabiscuit Fan on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 02:03 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I can't wait for the Seabiscuit movie to premiere here in Lexington on July 19th! How exciting for Lexington and Louisville to hold the distinction of having such a major motion picture open here. I enjoyed your poignant words and picture-painting writing style. Best wishes on your health and your future. You have brought so much reading enjoyment to so many people.
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by Richard Holland, Holland Thorou on Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 05:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, With the movie about to premiere in a few weeks and with me being lucky enough to be an invitee, I decided to re-read your compelling book. It was so much better on the second read. This time, I was brought close to tears a number of times...and from an emotionally, tightly-wrapped type like myself?? There's part of my life that touches this story every time I'm out at the track checking on my string. The hopes, the disppointments, the injuries...we know what it's like owning and campaigning thoroughbreds. My trainer's (Wesley Ward) shedrow is just about within line-of-sight of Barn 38. I walk over there often and peer into Biscuit's stall. It so eerie that so little has changed there. I've galloped a pony over the main track a number of times....I look up at the grandstand as we go whizzing by...and for a tiny moment, I'm Pollard or Woolf. So thank you again, Ms Hillenbrand, for giving all of us this important piece...just the gentle reminder of why those of us who have this exquisite addiction to horses and racing, just keep on hanging in there.
Studio City, CA USA

Comments by Jim McLeod on Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 00:47 IP Logged
Seabiscuit, The Greatest Horse to ever live, and the Greatest book I have ever read...
LaPlace, La USA

Comments by Larry Sears MD on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 07:33 IP Logged
Laura, I very much enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit, and am eagerly awaiting the movie. I have a great idea for your next book relating to a 94 year old patient of mine who has a wonderful story that should be told. Please contact me if you are interested and I can get you in contact with her.
Gainesville, Tx USA

Comments by Frank Chappell on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 06:54 IP Logged
Laura, we should make a monument to you for writing this book. It is apparently a labor of love. Thanks.
San Antonio, TX USA

Comments by mario puga on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 02:33 IP Logged
Laura: I started to read your book after I watched this year's Kentucky Derby. I was a bit of skeptic to read a book about a horse. However, I was proven wrong since I could not put down your book on biscet from the moment I opended page 1. The way you described the races the people it made me feel that I was there and I look forward to seeing the movie on opening day. My only fear the movie will not be as good your book since my imangination just took over. I just love your book so much that I have bought several copies to give as retirement presents to workers who will be leaving the place where i work at the end of the month.
san antonio, tx USA

Comments by Greg "GT" Turner on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 01:42 IP Logged
A marvelous work, I couldn't put your book down! I only hope the cinema adaptation of this incredible story is worthy of the book upon which it is based. Thank you for writing this terrific tome.
Kahului, HI USA

Comments by Collette G Langford on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 00:04 IP Logged
Finished the book last night and really enjoyed the history and better understanding that it gave me about racing. I loved horses all my life and Seabiscuit would have been one after my heart.
Wichita, Ka USA

Comments by on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 09:16 IP Logged
I absolutly loved Seabiscuit! I got my mom to start reading it now! You should really write more famous racehorse stories. I read books on horses all the time and Seabiscuit is definately one of my favorites. I can not wait untill the movie comes out! That will be great. Thanks alot for writeing the story. It truely is a wonderful story and the way you put it made it even better! Seabiscuit is one of my favorite books let alone one of my favorite racehorses. You are such a great writer! Thanks for everything!

Comments by Robert Don on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 04:55 IP Logged
Love the book..a wonderfull story...I wish I could have met "Biscuit", what a character that horse must have been...I find myself asking the older folks, "do you remember Seabiscuit?" hoping to hear a Buiscuit story or two....thanks for you book.
dallas, tx USA

Comments by on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 04:41 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I purchased your book last year but did not decide to read it until I saw the documentary on PBS. I have not read a book that I couldn't put down in a really long time. This has become my second favorite book (To Kill a Mocking Bird is first). Thank you, I will read anything written buy you now.
St.Hedwig, Tx USA

Comments by Merrie on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 01:56 IP Logged
Laura, I haven't read a book I enjoyed more than your wonderful book in a long time! I have told all my friends about your great book. And I have absolutely fallen in love with that wonderful horse, Sea Biscuit. How I wish I could have seen him race! He will always and forever be an American legend.
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by John Hannabach on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 00:44 IP Logged
Laura: Just finished reading and enjoying Seabiscuit. Glad you are a consultant on the movie; hope it does justice to the book! I wish you would have added a Summary page listing the "facts" about Seabiscuit, e.g., date od birth and death, number of races, number won, awards, etc. I realize these are in the text, but a Summary sheet in the Epilog would have been a nice addition. Great job and terrific research! How about a book on War Admiral and Man 'o War??
Villa Rica, GA USA

Comments by marian spath on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 09:59 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderfully-written, informative book about a fascinating subject! Marian S.
Eugene, OR USA

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