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Comments by Tracy Meisenbach on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 00:14 IP Logged
Thanks for the thrill ride! This story runs wire to wire with no slacking in pace. I've read many biographies about racehorses but yours is the sure winner! I've always wanted to know the "afters" of their stories and your book told us. It also makes you wonder how many horses have had their lives ruined by improper training and how many champions waiting to be unearthed by horsemen with a true eye.

Comments by Dennis Wooten on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 00:14 IP Logged
After reading all of your reader comments, I see I am not alone with all the emotions your fantastic book has brought out. I had tears in my eyes so many times, even while reading in public during lunch. I was so sad when it ended, and feel a hollow empathy for the Biscuit and his cast of characters, for theirs was a time long gone by, but forever captured by your pen. This was the best of the best.
Lafayette, La USA

Comments by Martha on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
I ,like soo many who have signed your guestbook,was totally ignorant about horseracing.I came across an exerpt from your book in Vanity Fair and could not put it down.Had to buy the book and was grateful I did. Laura,it is a wonderful book-you must be soo proud ! Just wish you could have put in one of the photos of Seabiscuit and all the little biscuits! I shall now add this to your plethora of admiring fan letters. Thank you again soo much !
Alexandria, Va USA

Comments by barbara mack on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 09:19 IP Logged
I have no other superlatives to offer that haven't been already written here, but I, too, wanted to say thank you for what is one of the best books I've ever read. I knew nothing about horse racing before your book, and very little about horses. I'm now searching the Web to learn more about the sport and can't wait to attend a few races. I'll never forget Seabiscuit and the people around him. Someone here said it: this is a story about the human condition, and values that we just don't see often today. This is a great story, but one made unforgettable by your wonderful writing.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Steve Jenkins on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 08:44 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am the Deputy Racing Commissioner for the State of Michigan. Previously, I served as the Assistant General Manager of the Michigan State Fair. In our ongoing effort to promote horse racing in Michigan, the Office of Racing Commissioner will be sponsoring an exhibit at this year's State Fair, located in Detroit. As you are indelibly aware, Seabiscuit turned things around at that location. We would love to have you as our guest at the Michigan State Fair. It runs from August 21st thur September 3rd. We believe this would be a wonderful opportunity to promote your book, promote horse racing, and promote the Michigan State Fair. Please contact me at 734-462-2400 or 734-260-7683 (cell) so that we could explore the possibility of your appearance. Respectfully, Steven R. Jenkins Deputy Racing Commissioner
Livonia, MI USA

Comments by Doug Moore on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 08:19 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for the truly awe-inspiring story of Seabiscuit. I believe you have written a masterpiece, and I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Best of luck, and thanks again. Doug
Springfield, VA USA

Comments by Helen Crawford on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 06:09 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I realize that you spent years researching and writing your book and I read it in two days. If I hadn't had to go to work, it would have been one day. Thanks for a great read!
Wyoming, Mi USA

Comments by Kitron Tate on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 05:03 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you so much for the wonderful book. I purchased it after hearing your interview on NPR. I own a mare with many of the featured horses of your book in her bloodline (Native Dancer, Jet Pilot, Man O'War). I look at her with new reverence knowing at least a few of the stories of the sires that produced her. Your book is the best read I've had in years. I could not put it down. Thanks again.
Hartsburg, MO USA

Comments by Ken Kvammen on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 03:57 IP Logged
I was selling papers on the corner of 48th and Western in southwest L.A.from age 8(1935)to age 14 (1941) and remember the Seabiscuit headlines so well. "read all about it, Buscuit wins Cap"! I was enamored then and have remembered the horsse all these years. So super to relive those times throught your marvelous book. Best regards and many thanks, Ken Kvammen
Newport Beach, CA USA

Comments by george naas on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 03:56 IP Logged
I went into Barnes and Noble, the nerdy guy knew immediately about your book, had even read it himself though he knew nothing about horses. I took it to work and was to my dismay, hooked. I can say no more than what has been said. I've bought copies for many of my non-horse owning friends. God, good job. George Naas
sylmar, ca USA

Comments by Norm Berlin on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 03:53 IP Logged
Dear Laura, It's one thing to read a book that has a great story at its heart, but for it to be so wonderfully written that's a real bonus. I had saved the book for a cross country flight and finished it on the return trip, that is all but the last race, that I read later in the day. With a tear in my eye and smile I finished the book. So thank you for a great read and good luck in your own personal battles with CFS. One of the nations best bookstores is down the street from me "The Book Passage." Many of the best authors appear at this store. I can't wait for the day that you too make an appearance. Good Luck (P.S. Have you read the wonderful William Murray series about Shifty the Magician who combines magic and the track? I learned more about the horseracing business in those books, than a MBA at Santa Anita might have offered) Norm
Greenbrae, Ca USA

Comments by Mike Fleming on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 03:05 IP Logged
It has long frustrated me that I can digest, in a relatively short period of time, a work which has taken the author years to craft. Seabiscuit:An American Legend is just such a work. I can not say more than has already been said. At 40, I'm a grad student currently reevaluating the direction of my life. Your fine work has "taken me away" (I never knew that Laura was spelled c-a-l-g-o-n...)and I just want to offer a heartfelt thank you. Your work is very much appreciated -- thanks so very much. And the best of luck as you fight your own "War Admiral."
Longmont, CO USA

Comments by Larry Gardner on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
53 years old last month. My sister gave me your book. I'm not a horseracing fan so I didn't think much her gift. How wrong I was. Please excuse me as I'm cutting this short so I can start reading your book again (for the third time!)
Cedar Rapids, IA USA

Comments by Dave M on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 01:46 IP Logged
A good story. It catches the essence of the race track, which has to be one of the greatest melting pots in the world. I do have one small criticism regarding the speed of quarter horses. This year the 10 finalists for the Retama Park derby averaged 19.974 seconds for the 400 yds. Let's round it off to 20 seconds for 400 yds (1200 ft). That's 60 ft per second which is about 42 miles per hour, not 55 as was stated in chapter 4.
Tampa, FL USA

Comments by Arlene Wyszomierski on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 01:20 IP Logged
Thank you for writing one of the best books I have ever read. I am recommending it to my friends.I look forward to the movie.
Lowell, Mi USA

Comments by Eric Singer on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 01:20 IP Logged
Hullo Laura, Well seeing you're a big star and all and probably have a swelled head by now I won't heap a ton of praise upon you. But please know I gulped up your book over the last few days and didn't have much desire to do elsewise. Instead, I looked forward to the moments when I would be alone and at home with the Biscuit and his crew. Tonight as I followed him toward the finish I almost cried during the battle with War Admiral and swelled when he finally got the "Hundred Grander." So let me leave off the worship for a moment and ask just a question or two? I found it odd that you never gave the odds. Probably, it's because I've spent too many Saturdays at Bay Meadows feeding a part of my paycheck to the ponies but a big part of horse race is how the public bets. I can imagine a number of fine reasons to have left this part of history off but rather than imagine - I wanted to ask you, how come you never quoted the betting odds or the final odds on any of Seabiscuit's races? It would have been an interesting and reflective ephemeral mirror into the public's confidence as it related to the Biscuit. A couple months ago the Form did a story on War Admiral, with the running lines of his entire career. As I remember he went on and ran and won some more races after the match race, maybe I'm a sloppy reader, but you kinda made it seemed like he was all washed up after that race. I know the book was not about him but how come you didn't put a litte note at the end about him? Last (I promise!) it seems interesting that horses of the Biscuit's era were both mure durable and slower. The times quoted as record breakers would now be no great shakes. Curious what you would attribute this too? Medications, training techniques, breeding, track surface changes? On the other hand, the idea that you could train a horse up to a big race by running him in a Stakes race the weekend before seems ludicrous. And yet it makes me wonder if the reasons that horses are faster and less durable are not inextricably linked? All right enough from me - thank you for a wonderful book, I lived with your words for a couple of days and was taken to a different time. And somehow admidst the cruelty and hard luck I saw the beauty that still breathes just a little bit at every broken down oval across America. Thanks for taking me there.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Francie Boland on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 08:48 IP Logged
Laura -- Thank you for a joyous book in celebration of horses and people who love them. I have a very grumpy quarterhorse with Man O' War in his pedigree. It was great fun to read about the other grump Man O' War horses! Perhaps mine comes by it honestly! FB
Honolulu, HI USA

Comments by Kathie Walker on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 08:08 IP Logged
Laura, it was a joy to see "Seabiscuit's tree" on CBS yesterday . . . of course I cried to think he is buried there. And that is the first time I have seen actual movies of my Uncle Tom. Because of it, I now know I have a photo of my gramps and Uncle Tom and Mr. Howard with The Biscuit. My mother and I will be in Saratoga for the induction of Tom into the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August. My mom knew him; I have photos of him with my dad, gramps, and mom the year after the "scandal" broke as well. And I have discovered yet another "Smith" who has a horse breeding operation near the Unaweep in Colorado. I'll bet you never thought your hard work could mean so much to so many! We Smiths are so grateful....
Kerrville, TX USA

Comments by Stephen P. Austin on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 07:04 IP Logged
Laura: Your book brought back memories of my backstretch career. Excellent! I am, however, disappointed in your underportrayal of the other personnel that make horseracing what it was, and is today.
Longview, TX USA

Comments by Linda M. Pollard on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 04:33 IP Logged
I am the wife of a nephew of Red Pollard. I think that Robert Duvall would be great playing C.S.Howard in the movie. Robert Redford would be the natural for Tom Smith. And of course for Red Pollard the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio. The Leo has the youth, energy and the audacity to pull off the role perfectly. Also, it would be a hoot to think of him in the makeup department as they wipe that pretty boy look off his face. Seriously though I think that he has the talent for the role; it might be the challenge of his career.
San Diego, Ca USA

Comments by Joyce Roome on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 04:03 IP Logged
I just finished reading Seabiscuit and am so happy to be able to tell you what a wonderful story it was! I heard about you and the book from a television interview on CTV in Ottawa, Ontario, and found the book in Las Vegas Nev. on a trip! So well-written and so absorbing that even someone with no knowledge of horse-racing couldn't put it down. My best wishes to yo for improvement in your own health - and thanks for a great book!
Ottawa, ONT Canada

Comments by Janet Cosby on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 03:58 IP Logged
I consider it my good fortune to have been in the right place at the right time, or I would not have caught the review of Seabiscuit which compelled me to buy your book. Without any background or knowledge of horse racing, I fell in love with Seabiscuit and his extended family from page one. I still have little interest in horse racing but I would have loved your book to go on and on.
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Marc Flanagan on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 03:47 IP Logged
Laura, About twenty minutes ago I closed your book and sat digesting the story of Seabiscuit, a remarkable tale, remarkably told. I am a television writer located in Los Angeles, I have been to the track once in my life, no nothing of horses and the world of racing- I was spellbound. It surely is one of the "dingbustingest" tales ever told. Thank you for a great read and a swell ride. Best wishes, Marc Flanagan Santa Monica Ca.
Santa Monica, Ca USA

Comments by Bryan Sullivan on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 02:54 IP Logged
Congratulations on an excellent book. I will never step foot in Santa Anita again without feeling the history and legend of Seabiscuit. Your writing is enthralling, couldn't put the book down until I was finished and then I went back through it again.
Woodland Hills, CA USA

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