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Comments by Cynthia Terrill on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 09:05 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderful rags to riches story for the little guys. All of the hard working and unappreciated people and horses that make up a great sport. A delightful read and its all true, thats what makes it even better. Thanks for the great book

Comments by dave siuta on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 08:55 IP Logged
Laura, I can't find the words to describe your accomplishment! Your ability to not only capture this piece of history, but, more importantly, your ability to capture the emotions of that history are phenomenal. Thank you for enriching my life's experiences by sharing this story, and for preserving it for future generations! Your comment about the lone fan cheering for the Biscuit, well after the hundred-grander, epitomized everything that is so very right about this great sport! In some small way, to honor that fan, i have named a 2 yo. gelding "Lone Fan." "Hoo-ray for Seabiscuit", and "Hoo-ray for Laura." fff+++ +
knoxville, md USA

Comments by Reginald L. Buick on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 06:35 IP Logged
Ihave just read your interview on beliefnet,& would just like to say I have a friend who suffers from C.F.S. but he can't seem to cope the same as you.So all the best for the future &I hope you recover.
Adelaide, Australia

Comments by don on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 06:13 IP Logged
FILM CLIP OF SEABISCUIT AND WAR ADMIRAL!!! Can be viewed at: Scroll down the page... don
Canada (eh!)

Comments by margaret johnson on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 05:47 IP Logged
Am I the first person from Britain to add my congratulations to you for a superb book. I laughed out loud at the antics of Seabiscuit when the goat Whiskers was introduced to his stable and dumped over the door. Unhappily I am nearly at the end of reading the book and it is a mark of a good book when you hate the thought of finishing it. People in the U.K. are now beginning to talk about it and I know it will have the same success over here as in America. Margaret Johnson Blackburn Lancashire Great Britain
blackburn, lancashire U.K

Comments by Debra Roush on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I can add little that is original to the extravagant and well-deserved praise already set down, except to say that your acknowledgements are among the most entertaining and touching parts of the book. Extraordinary! Best wishes for a long and exciting career. You are a gifted writer, and we are very grateful for your immense achievement.
University Park, MD USA

Comments by Carol Nordstrom on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 01:19 IP Logged
Congratulations on this fabulous book. When I was 8 i read Come On Seabiscuit by Ralph Moody(while I was reading every other horse book I could put my hands on) and had the opportunity to read it again this past May when it was sent to me by mistake after I tried to order your book through interlibrary loan. While it was fun to revisit Ralph Moody's story, I thank you for putting together a first rate history of Seabiscuit. I did truly feel I was riding those races-you have a remarkable power of description. I plan to reread the book as I just did not want the story to end, however, I don't intend to wait 35 years for that reread>
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Joe Withee on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 00:24 IP Logged
I'm interested in getting Laura on my radio show on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. We're on live Saturday and Sunday from 8-9 am Pacific. Please e-mail or call at (253)288-7721. Thank you.
auburn, WA USA

Comments by John Herring on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
Enjoyed your book immensely. I read the Dimaggio book before I read this. Both were great books. The difference between the Clipper and Seabiscuit: Joe had personaliity flaws. I am a big horse race fan and go to the track about 50 times a year. Maybe it's the book, but I hear a lot of people saying bug boy lately.
Hoboken, NJ USA

Comments by mary williams on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 08:16 IP Logged
Laurs What a wonderful book and a great boost for the sport of racing. I attended my first race at Hot Springs Oaklawn Park in 1967 and have loved the sport ever since. I always named my stick horse Seabiscuit as a child. Nothing can equal the excitement of a good horserace, and the jockeys are pound for pound probably the best athletes in the world. Your book was totally engrossing. I read it the first time quickly because I couldn't put it down, and am on the second reading savoring each page. Hope your health improves. You have a truly God given talent. Thank you for a wonderful reading experience. Mary Williams
nash, ts USA

Comments by Kathy Blumenstock on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 08:16 IP Logged
I concur with everyone else who's read this masterpiece, a wonderful, wonderful book, brilliant writing, genuine care about the subject, just a gift to enjoy! Laura, The Maryland monthly horse magazine, The Equiery, would like to do an interview with you, focusing on the book and the movie to come. Please email me so we can work out the logistics. Thanks very much and I hope to hear from you soon.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Dick Kelly on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 08:01 IP Logged
I'm not a horse lover nor a race lover but I just finished Seabiscuit and it was one of the best, most moving stories I have ever read. Thanks Loads.
Hot Springs Village, AR USA

Comments by David J. Corey on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 06:33 IP Logged
Laura, I have not enjoyed reading a book in recent history as much as I did reading SEABISCUIT. You are truly an excellent author and obviously conducted an immense research. I am an unpublished author of fiction mystery, but nothing I have written compares to your story. I am also an avid fan of racehorses and while reading your book, everytime Hialeah Racetrack was brought up, I was anticipating a race by Seabiscuit there, but none developed. Hialeah is special to me because I used to live there and was at the track almost daily. I am loaning the book to my daughter who loves horses and I know she will thoroughly enjoy reading it as much as I have. I said loan it to her because I plan on reading it again. I found the story exciting, with some humor and at the end I cried. I guess I wanted everything to come out happy in the end, but being realistic, I know that's seldom the case. SEABISCUIT should live in our hearts forever. I look forward to the movie, but please don't let them make it like the one with Shirley Temple. This great American horse deserves better. The movie should depict his life and those around him just as you did in the book. My congratulations on a great book. Dave Corey

Comments by Stacey Blanton on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 03:46 IP Logged
Just finished the book last night. I have been a Man O'War fan since I was a little girl, and only knew of the name Seabiscuit. I never thought a horse could be as wonderful as "Big Red" but you convinced me otherwise. I work in the racing industry (harness racing), and I see what hardships these people go through. To read about Smith and Pollard, in particular, I could imagine them before, and after Seabiscuit. I look forward to the movie. Thank you for such a touching and personal story of these legends.
Salyersville, Ky USA

Comments by JKW on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Great story!!, Ive never been much of a horse person, but I came across the interview of you on belief net and I have a friend that has a passion for horses if ever there was a horse whisper she is it. And she had just talked about Seabiscut the other day and had told us that he and his owners over came alot. I thought it odd I found this so I sent her this web site.and I also plan to purchase the book for her,I know it will be an insperation to her. Like you and Seabiscut and his handlers she is overcoming alot of difficult things now. She owned an amazing stallion that was posioned last year,and put her into severe depression. (The PreacherMan, affectionally known to her as "Her Man", he look like the horse that was used in the movie Pippy Longstocking, spots all over him.) She had him for thirteen years, and she and that horse were inseperable. We used to joke that she belonged to him not him belonging to her. They overcame alot themselves in those thirteen years he took her through her pregnacy when her boyfriend left her,helped her deal with an alcholic father, and two more broken abusive realtionships. And she took alot of ridicule by men who had a problem with women who rode stallions, but she rode him everywhere, you would think that they would cut her some slack, but she never let that get to her, she said Mans behavior and temperment, always made the biggest statement so she never argued with them she didnt need too, Man always made them look as ignorant as they were. But they could be cruel sometimes. If it hadnt of been for two of this stallions colts and her boyfriend I am afraid to say where she would be at now. Its been slow, and she is still not herself. Im not sure if she ever will be, If it wasnt for those colts, she would never leave her house. The first two weeks she didnt. She still crys alot,and isolates her self too. It was cruel and evil the way he was taken from her(from everybody). But she really has no idea how strong she is, We know shes hurting so badly, at first she wanted to quit horses all together but her boyfriend asked her to give it thirty days, and reminded her that Man wouldnt live on if she didnt help him too. So now she keeps Man going by the struggle of trying to keep his colts going,and its really strange the way they are. So much in attitude and temperment of their father. We know its hard for her, she had a true love with that horse. Its strange too how the oldest colt has helped her deal with Mans death, much in the way Man helped her deal with becoming a single parent and the other hardships shes dealt with. And the last colts birth was really strange. He was born on the month anniverary of his fathers death, around the same estimated time Man died and only a few feet away from Mans grave and he looks just like Man. And he has a spot on his back that is the shape of a heart with a chunk missing out of it. She says thats her heart and the chunk is where Man was at. We all in our hearts believe that colt is Mans gift to her, saying hes still with her, and doesnt want her to give up. We know that he wouldnt leave her even in death, he was so attached to her. Several of us here where we live tell her she needs to write about him, just being around him you got the idea that Disney should have a movie about him, what an amazing horse, there are so many outstanding and comical things that he did, that completely changed attitudes about stallions. It would take a book to tell about them. And he passed his gentle nature and loving soul to his babies. He wasnt a blue ribbion show horse, cutting or reining champion, or a top racing throughbred, but he could of been, she just refered him to her little Bama Bumpkin Backyard Stud. But God to know him was to love him. You couldnt help it. You just fell in love. But she was the only one lucky enough to be blessed with his love in return. If he had been a nationally known stallion I promise you, it would of been headlines of his passing. but He was just a locally loved stud, that achieved great things out of the lime light and touched so many in his short thirteen years. I am so sorry I didnt mean to go into all of that,I guess after reading your article,I realized how Im grieving his passing also, and it just seemed alittle strange how she and I were talking about Seabiscut and his accomplishments the other day and then all the things you have overcome also. I was just so touched by it. and I seen it so connected in a way with her. If you know of any advice on how we could write about him, please let us know. Thank you so much, Kay- K
Montgomery, Al USA

Comments by James Berry on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Jim Henson once said in a wondering way, "Imagine making millions of people happy." Well, Laura, that is what your book is going to do, and that is what Sea Biscuit, Charles Howard, Tom Smith, and Red Pollard did. Your writing has given me happiness, like the many people whose comments are on your website.
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by stephen a. kandell on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 01:54 IP Logged
A beautifully written account of a wonderful horse. One of the finest books i've read in years. I literally couldn't put it down for more than a few minutes. Laura, you are to be congratulated. where can one obtain video of Seabiscuit"s races, please advise. Again..thank you
miami, fl USA

Comments by Jock Reese on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
To say that "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" is about horses is to say that Poe's "The Raven" is about a bird. Both were far, far more. Seabiscuit is a tale of four men, a slice of history, and a wonderful animal who epitomized an era of wistful hoping for better days by millions of people who saw in the runty little horse hope of a sunnier future. I remember Seabiscuit; in truth, I hadn't known he had lost his first sixteen races before he went on to Horse of the Year honors. It was an era of great sports heroes: DiMaggio and Gehrig, underdog Notre Dame teams finding so many faithful fans in the subway alumni. It was also the time of evil men planning the destruction of freedom. Thank God the good guys won. Laura, you brought it all together in a lovely, sad, mystical and joyful way. If there is a reader out there who didn't well up upon learning of Red Pollard's dying in a nursing home built on the site of the former Narragansett Race Track, scene of so many his earlier triumphs, I would suggest perhaps that person just doesnt get it. Yours is a talent, Laura, few possess. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Holiday, Fl USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 08:09 IP Logged
A NOTE TO READERS FROM THE AUTHOR: In his post in this space on Tuesday, June 12, David M. questions the accuracy of my statement on p.52 about quarter horses being capable of sprinting at 55 mph. While he's right about the average speed of horses at Retalma Park, my statement concerned top speed, not average speed over a distance. As my annotation on page 355 indicates, my source on this was Dr. George Pratt, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who used a radar device to guage top speed of stakes-level quarter horses. He found that the winner of the race he was studying was moving at an amazing 56 mph. Thanks to everyone for their posts!

Comments by Scott Busa on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 04:52 IP Logged
I would just like to say that Seabiscuit was the greatest racehorse of all time. Laura your book is fantastic and 99% accurate. Being a long time railbird and enjoying nothing more in life than going to the track and watching these beautiful beings run, your book just reinforces racing as the greatest sport of all time. Now on to business. If anyone reads this who has any knowledge of the industry, please email me. I have an idea to turn the old Trinity Meadows race course in Fort Worth Texas into a world class training facility. The track is still there, but of course needs the cushion. The grandstands can be renovated into rooms for the trainers, grooms, exercise riders, and all other hired hands. The stables are standing, but need alot of work. It is on a ton of acreage and is just dorment. It is ripe for the taking. The basics are all there and it is located off I-30W. The visibility from the freeway is awesome. From the highway going West you can see the whole facility, down in a valley. To much detail to write here, but if anybody is interested in pursuing this please email me at In a time when the industry is gaining popularity again and Texas and other southern states are breeding class horses this is the perfect time for this venture. Everything is in place.
Grapevine, Texas USA

Comments by Marylee Carli on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 04:27 IP Logged
My daughter gave me the book for mother's day, and I certainly have enjoyed reading it. In Feburary of '47, my father drove me up to Ridgewood to buy me a horse. Of course, we stopped by the stable to see the great Seabiscuit. What a memorable moment that was! I did take a couple of pictures of him with my Brownie box camera. Of course, I still have those pictures. Which brings me to a you think that there is a possibility that the picture on chapter 13 is a ringer for Seabiscuit? That horse looks to be about 16 hands tall, judging by the men he is next to. I pulled out my pictures, and the handler towered over the horse, despite being farther away from the camera. After reading all the tricks Smith played on the reporters, it seems possible. Anyway, the book brought back lots of pleasent memories... yes, I still have a TB mare.
Guerneville, CA USA

Comments by Joe Whealon on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
Thanks so much for your marvelous book. If I knew an appropriate racetracker term, I'd say that Papa Heminway would feel pride by playing groom to your Thoroughbred. But as I laughed (the section on old Tijuana had me rolling), I cried, and got goosebumps serveral times during your descriptions of the races. Let me add what Spencer Tracy noted about Katherine Hepburn in "Pat and Mike": you and your book are cherse (sic). Hope to see you name in prominet postions when awards are announced!
St. Louis, MO USA

Comments by Tim Culver on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
Laura: Thanks for the wonderful book. I wish you could go on a promotional tour of American racetracks. No doubt I'll think of your book on my next visit to Emerald Downs.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by denise on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 01:05 IP Logged
A great read, now I am ready for the movie!

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