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Comments by Ron Baker on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 09:32 IP Logged
I just wanted to let you know, the time you spent researching the life and times of Seabiscuit, was surely not wasted. The book was a great read. Good luck in the future and, thanks for the entertainment.
Topeka, KS USA

Comments by Carol Stromberg on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Really enjoyed your book. Am sure my 85 year old mother and several others will read. I heard your interview on Public Radio. I remember you saying you have trouble with being dizzy and having vertigo. I have found a help for that. Please let me share with you.

Comments by kathleen clementi on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 06:21 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I have just finished your book and I was enthralled. I have lived in both Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as northern California. As a small child I haunted the county fairs always hanging around the stables. Those "claimers" were the first horses I ever loved. You brought to life the hardships and poverty of those people. Thank goodness times have changed somewhat. I cannot wait to see the film and hope it does justice to the working class people who really did the work. Kathleen Clementi
boston, ma USA

Comments by Kelly Lewis on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 05:47 IP Logged
I absolutely felt as I was there. What a great book, and what a heart Seabiscuit had. It made me laugh, cry and feel like I was right in the middle. Can't wait for the movie. The facts, the way the backside of a racetrack is, everything is so acurate. Most times writers really don't know the truths on racetrack life. Thank You for a great book.
cypress, ca USA

Comments by Don Lupfer on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 05:32 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Great book & for me great memories.In 1938 when I was 4 my dad was a milkman. He had a horse & wagon route in New Jersey. I was allowed to go with him & help sometimes. The old horse knew the route better than any of us. I called him Seabiscuit after the the little stuffed horse my dad give me for my birthday.I have loved horses ever since. I have been to many of the great tracks& museums but I learned more about The Biscuit then I ever knew.Thank you & I look forward to the movie.Where was Tanforan located? Was that operating before Bay Meadows? Thanks, Don
Natick, MA USA

Comments by Kathleen Kimber on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 03:17 IP Logged
the best book i have read in ten years.thanks for a wonderful story. he was, undoubtedly the greatest racehourse we have ever seen. thanks.
McPherson, KS USA

Comments by Rich Turk on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 02:02 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I never thought a book about a Horse would be "a page- turner" that would keep me up late, or one that would make me cry at the end. Your book is a great read. Now for the MOVIE: I hope Hollywood does you and the Biscuit justice. This movie can do for Horse racing what Jurrasic Park did for Dinasours. Now I must "WEIGH IN" with my casting: Charles Howard:Bob Hoskins, Liam Neeson, or Nicholson Tom Smith: Robert Duvall, Ed Harris or Nicholson Red Pollard: Matt Damon George Woolf: Ben Afflick or Tom Cruise Marcella: ? ideas, anyone Riddle: Danny DeVito. Ok, so this might cost 100 million to make! it will be a WINNER. Regards, Rich Turk Arlington, MA

Comments by Kathy Goodman on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 00:34 IP Logged
By chance, I came across a book-on-tape version of Seabiscuit, An American Legend, read by Campbell Scott. I went on a road trip with 2 friends, and took the tape along. We were mesmerized, entranced, spellbound! Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit and his entourage alive for us! What a great talent you have!
Fairfield, IA USA

Comments by Jay mann on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 00:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura. Congrats on a wonderfully written book and a great read! Good luck and much success with the movie!!... Jay

Comments by ED SPIELMAN on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 09:44 IP Logged

Comments by Paul L. Schuett on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 08:17 IP Logged
Palatine, Il USA

Comments by Shelley on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 08:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand....What a wonderful book! It is a great tribute to a great horse. I have passed this book along to others knowing they will enjoy it as much as I did. The book was so beautifully written and so enjoyable to read. I noticed that there is going to be a movie based on the is book. If there is going to be a soundtrack for the movie then whoever is responsible for that ought to get a hold of the composer Frank Wildhorn. He writes such beautiful music. Some of his work are the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel. He also did the music for the Goodwill Games. His wife, Linda Eder, starred in Jekyll and Hyde and has the most glorius voice. She is an avid lover of horses and actually will be singing New York, New York at the Belmont Stakes. They even have horses of their own. I can almost hear the music and her graceful voice being sung in the background of what I am sure will be a beautiful movie. Thanks again for writing such a terrific book.
Munroe Falls, OH USA

Comments by Bobby Lillis on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 07:37 IP Logged
Laura! I have recently become your biggest fan. I have the paperback test copy (before Seabiscuit went to hardback). I know it is hard for you to travel, if ever I'm in your neck of the woods I'd love to get you to sign my book. Wonderful story!!! Bobby Lillis
Baltimore, , Md USA

Comments by Sammie Montali on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 07:08 IP Logged
Seabiscuit lives! He came, grasped the attention of the world, always true, just doing what he was meant to do. Looking back, it shows how everything falls into place - the right people at the right time. Racehorses were a big part of my early life. Growing up in New Orleans and hanging out at the Fair Grounds are some of my happiest memories. My love of the track was influenced by my father who bought his first racehorse in 1952 when I was 14 years old. You resurrected memories held deep in my heart - the feel, the smell, the sound of the track; the environment and the people were still the same in the 50s as in the late 30s and 40s. Life couldn't have been better than those days of "shooting the breeze " with the grooms, jockeys and trainers, watching the early morning workouts with my father, followed by breakfast at the track kitchen. Understanding the lives and hearts and characters of Tom Smith (the type of person my father was), the charismatic Charles Howard and Red Pollard who gave his all and more, led me to appreciate now my father's devotion and sense of responsibility to those creatures he loved and for whom no sacrifice was too great-even health. Was it the people of that era?! I loved every detail of the book-the close of each chapter was oh so cool! I couldn't wait to get into the next. I was obsessed with the book until I finished it. As we see in the life of this uniquely gifted horse and those who played a part in it; the fruition of greatness can only be achieved through a lot of blood, sweat and tears of which you so generously poured into this book. There is no other way. Seabiscuit will tug at my heartstrings forever. All creatures of this earth; as seen, we live alone and we die alone. As long as a Seabiscuit and a Laura Hillenbrand come our way every now and then-all's well with the world.

Comments by Casey on Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 00:44 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you so much for taking a great story and bringing it alive so eloquently! I had never heard of Seabiscuit before reading your book, but now I can't stop telling my friends about his amazing story. I am very grateful that there are people like you who can bring the past alive and keep truly amazing stories in the minds and hearts of all of us. Your book was so well written that I became nervous before reading every race; maybe because I had no idea who would win (knowing nothing about horse racing), but more likely it was because you made me feel like I was there. Thank you for taling the time and care to bring the incredible Seabiscuit into the 21st century.
Half Moon Bay, CA USA

Comments by Sarah on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 09:45 IP Logged
Just got done reading this wonderful book! I have been down a lot here lately due to a long term ankle injury that has prevented me from doing what I love most.....riding. This book is one of the most amazing and uplifting novels that I have ever read. I made me laugh and cry, but best of all, it gave me hope! THANKS!

Comments by tlaborde on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 08:19 IP Logged
Here is a great Horse racing & television schedule site for thoes interested.

Comments by Teryl Burke on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 07:20 IP Logged
What a great book! I couldn't put it down. It really made me appreciate the sport of racing and what everyone involved in it goes through. I have purchased several copies of your book for gifts. The history of the race tracks here in California were of special interest to me since I have attended them from childhood. I can't wait until Santa Anita opens again and I can look at the statues with a different perspective. I have always heard of Seabiscuit, but didn't really know the story of this wonderful horse and the people who cared for him. I did wonder what happened to Marcela Howard after her husband's death. Thank you for such a great history lesson.
Thousand Oaks, CA USA

Comments by Bruce Eckhoff on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 06:51 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I can only echo the comments of many others, this is a great book and the best tribute to my favorite sport that I have ever read. I first attended the races as a very young boy at Santa Anita in the 50's....I still think Joe Hernandez was the most unique race caller of them all. Many of the people you mentioned in the book were very much involved in California racing at the time. I can still picture the racing silks of Lin Howard and C. V. Whitney. My wife, who is not a fan, also read and immensely enjoyed the book. She noted that you filled us in on what had happened to all the major players, but not to Marcela Howard. We would like to know how her life played out if that is possible. Thanks again for your fine work.
Fullerton, CA USA

Comments by Frank Martin, Jr. on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 04:51 IP Logged
Hi Ms. Hillenbrand, I didn't want to keep you in suspense any longer. The "Gray Ghost" was Native Dancer. He was thoroughbred racing's first TV star, and sired some of the best horses. I read that you like fiction. Imagine if the "Gray Ghost" was rescued today from a feedlot by some down and out trainer who saw in him is only chance at redemption. With your excellent writing skills and imagination, you could turn that idea into such a great story. Sincerely, Frank
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Tom Taylor on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 04:25 IP Logged
Great book! You have done as much for racing as Secretariat----but. You may want to revisit the statement on page 162, "He Did, whose main claim to fame was having sideswiped Granville etc, etc. He Did, among other stakes, won the Santa Anita Derby, The Christmas Day Handicap, The Derby Trial and The Carter Handicap(George Woolf). My Father J. T (Tommy) Taylor trained He Did----also Victorian(1930 Coffroth Handicap), Head Play, Charley O, Can't Wait, Ariel Lad, Southarlington, Patch, Threesome, Prince Khaled in addition to breeding Grey Flight (Phipps bought her at the Keenland sales)who, I believe, still holds the American record for producing the most stakes winners. He brought out Charley Kurtsinger, who lived with my Mother and Father as an apprentice. He and his brother Walter were described by the San Francisco Chronicle as " the James boys of racing". B. K. Beckwith wrote his bio in the Throughbred. Incidentally, in that 1936 Kentucky Derby, He Did, who was really a 1 1/16 horse at the most, was leading into the stretch when Kurtsinger drew his whip left handed and had it snatched out of his hand by a spectator along the inside rail. This is listed as "strange things" that have happened at the Kentucky Derby. You will note my E-mail refers to Patch, who, had he not won the 1950 Del Mar Futurity,---I would never have gone to college. So keep up the great work you are doing. As Grantland Rice once said---" when I want the best sports stories, I go to the backstretch of a racetrack"
Carlsbad, Calif USA

Comments by Eliz. Carmichael on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 02:59 IP Logged
Have just finished your superb book, which brought back many memories of the great horses of that time. When I was a small child, my father took me to Court Manor Stud, Newmarket, Va. where I sat on Sun Briar's back. In 1940, he took me out of my high school physics class over the protestations of my teacher in order to see Exterminator. Old Bones was at Court Manor, and the stable was being dispersed that day. We arrived there just at the end of the sale, but in time to see that wonderful old horse. At that time, I had a dog named Hard Tack, but he never gave me a Seabiscuit! Thank you for a fascinating read!
Rixeyville, VA USA

Comments by Jon Lee on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
I am not a race horse fan. And what little understanding I have comes from skimming the media. But I am a big fan of your book. My wife and I both read it. I gave it to my Father for Father's day and I have commended it to dozens fo friends. It is very well written. Best I have read in a long time and very well organized. You and your team did an outstanding job. I cried when I read your description of the race with War Admiral. I do not cry at books only movies.
Perrysburg, OH USA

Comments by Sam Moffett on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 01:58 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I am 62 years old and have never before written a fan letter. This IS a fan letter! Thank you for your book about Seabiscuit. To me, it's honestly written, inspirational and a poignant account of a gallant horse, and the surrounding human ensemble, all exhibiting, despite their frailties, courage and honor. For me, and doubtless others, your book recalls lost values, well-remembered. It is simply one of the best books I have ever read!
Tucson, AZ USA

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