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Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 01:12 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: For a perspective on the Belmont Stakes, check out my op-ed piece in the New York Times for Saturday, June 9.

Comments by SLS on Friday, June 08, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Hello Laura...Wonderful story and book. Your passion for the sport, the people and the horses in it, comes through on every page. And your writing is as exhilirating as Secretariats homestretch run in the Belmont. sls.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Frank Martin, Jr. on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 09:27 IP Logged
Hi Ms. Hillenbrand, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed reading your book. It was great! I grew up in the thoroughbred racing business, and you were able to successfully capture life on the track. I'm an attorney now in DC, and live about fifteen minutes away from you. I think for your next book you should explore the story of a horse that was affectionately called the "gray ghost." Do you know which horse I'm referring to? Thanks for bringing a great story to life. Sincerely, Frank
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Daniel W. Short on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 07:48 IP Logged
I love your web site, quite an amazing intro. I plan to read your book while on a trip from INDYanapolis, to HARTSELLE, AL. I'll drop back after I have finished it, but I know it's going to be good.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Chuck Seeger on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 03:34 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand: As opposed to most of the others who have written you here, I couldn't care less about horse racing. I'm more of a Tom Clancy fan. However, I am a sucker for most any well-written prose. Once I read the excerpt in "Reader's Digest" I knew I had to read the whole book. You do, indeed, deserve a literary award, as someone else suggested. Thank you for the wonderful read. Chuck
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Susan Besaw on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Way back in middle school, I read a book about Seabiscuit and I have captivated by the entire racing life. Thanks so much for telling about such a life and such a horse.
Arlington, Va USA

Comments by Helen Weatherall on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 01:56 IP Logged
Wow- what a book! You are a fantastic writer. Thank you for honoring Seabiscuit with such a work of art. One thing troubles me though- what is the low down on Seabiscuits legs, especially his left foreleg? Plently of pictures reveal how bent it really was- I wish you'd spent a little more time discussing the pounding Seabiscuit's leg took and about such practices as blistering or nerving to keep lame horses running.
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Scott W. Allard on Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 00:18 IP Logged
Laura..thank you so much for writing Seabiscuit. I just finished it and a calmness has descended upon me. One that comes from saying goodbye to a good friend. I almost regret finishing it for what will I do tomorrow? You brought to life an era of our past long forgotten and of people whom I will never forget. Just an incredible job and again thank you sharing four years of your life with us so those of us who did not know Seabiscuit could experience him. Even the Epilogue and acknowledgements were spell binding. I will be giving this as a gift to all my horse-racing buddies, both of them.
Minneapolis, MN USA

Comments by Keith Dugger on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
I've never really been a fan of horse racing until I read your book. I certainly never thought I'd ever care about the Triple Crown, but I can't wait until Saturday for the third leg. I must say that I don't think I'll get quite as lost in a t.v. version of a race as I did when I read about the ones in your book. Thanks for all the hard work you put in to making this book tops on my all time favorites list. I can't wait to see the movie and to read your next literary masterpiece.
Montgomery, TX USA

Comments by don on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 08:06 IP Logged
Like all other supreme athletes (Bobby Orr, Pele) Seabiscuit has to be seen to be appreciated. There's a link to a short film clip at and scroll down the page. I've always idolized the greats, and there are some interesting films of Pele doing impossible things on the soccer field, of Orr defying physics, and when I saw Seabiscuit pull away from the field, I felt that same sense of greatness these other individuals possessed. Its a kind of 'did I just see what I think I saw' moment, totally unexpected because it defies our sense of what should happen. don

Comments by Former Jockey John Cantarini on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 06:08 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I want to thank you for your exceptional story. It is the only book I have read that tells the story of the racetrack like it really was (is), especially, from a jockey's standpoint. The public, for the most part, has had to gather their knowledge from corny B movies. Many sports writers today, apparently, have no knowledge what so ever of the real horseracing world, nor do they care, as often evidenced by their written words indicating they would prefer to be elsewhere. But, tragically, they have become experts and influence many of those who have no access to further knowledge. I rode my first race at Caliente in the mid-fifties and know many of the people in your book. Although I rode at 28 tracks during my 18 year career it is still Caliente that holds the most intense memories for me. The good times were great and even the bad times were good. Never before in my time has anyone captured the emotions, heartaches and struggles on the backside as you have in your story of Seabiscuit. Certainly few have known of the profound dedication the jockeys have, to do what they must, to live their dreams. I am truly awed at the research you have done. And, have never before seen it presented. It has always amazed me that a sport could have been so popular and so few know so little about it. With your emotion packed words I am sure you and you alone are responsible for the increase in interest re the Derby (up 40%) and the Preakness (up 56%). There are still those that equate race riding with driving a car i.e. step on the gas when you want to go -- turn when you want to turn, etc. It is not like that. You have shown that through your exhaustive research and I have 18 broken bones to attest to the fact. With your extraordinary talent, Seabiscuit has returned to us as a teacher of truths; these wonderful horses are living, breathing, intelligent, masterpieces of a great creator. Through you, his incredible story will last a lifetime and I thank you again. Please stay close to the Hollywood connections that are doing your story!

Comments by Maurice Sosnoff on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 05:13 IP Logged
I was born in 1935, one year before Mr. Howard purchased Seabiscuit. I remember hearing about this great horse growing up, but never gave much more thought to him. Since Secretariat won the Triple Crown, I thought him to be the greatest horse of all time, but after reading Seabiscuit, An American Legend their is now two greatest horse's of all time. One big one. One little one. An amazing story. Thanx.
Miami, FL USA

Comments by Diane Hopkins on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:58 IP Logged
I read a book about 'Biscuit as a child and have always had a fascination about him. The only other horse to ever inspire the fascination was Secretariat .... I couldn't believe it when I saw that book in the store. I am reading it slowly, savoring each event in 'Biscuit's life. Thanks for a wonderful read. I am very hopeful that the movie will be done so that more people will learn about that wonderful horse. Have you thought of writing of Secretariat?
Relay, MD USA

Comments by Brian Earl on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:48 IP Logged
Laura... When I heard your interview with Scott Simon on NPR, I was taken aback. I immediately ordered the book and read it cover to cover with the most exhilarating pages being numbers 321-325. You gave the reader an insiders view of the time, the place, the pain and the joy of being the owner, the rider and finally the fan of a horse like Seabiscuit. Cheers! Brian Earl
Hermosa Beach, CA USA

Comments by don on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:41 IP Logged
to see a film of seabiscuit, go to : You'll see what I saw, the fearsome acceleration. Wow, this horse would destroy any field, you can feel the power as he pulls away at will, like he could have run another race, like he was just toying with the other horses.

Comments by Scott Savin on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:23 IP Logged
Salutations on one of the finest stories ever told. Your work was captivating from beginning to end. For those of us in the racing industry it brought us back to the days when racing was truly America's sport and SEABISCUIT was America's horse. Thanks for the memories and the dream of seeing our sport return to its former prominence. Scott Savin-Gulfstream Park

Comments by Rose Purpel on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:06 IP Logged
I am looking forward to reading your book. Would like to hear more about your Chronic Fatigue as I suffer also but work hard, volunteer hard and want to hike and write but am too tired. How do you manager?
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by Alexis Smith on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 01:09 IP Logged
I jyst finished reading Seabiscuit and I can honestly say that it is one of hte best books I have ever read. I cannot remember a time when I was not fascinated by horses and I will always remember the first Kentucky Derby I saw (1987, Alysheba, on tv, unfortunately). This book has strengthened my resolve to see a horse race in person and hopefully capture some of the drama that was conveyed in Seabiscuit. I would also like to thank you for introducing me to a horse and a time period in racing history that I would otherwise never have known, or cared about. Now, I can only wish that I had been alive to see Seabiscuit race.
Columbia, MD 21046

Comments by Gus Boyd on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
We need more classics like this to keep the great sport alive. Congratulations! Gus Boyd
Bay Head , NJ USA

Comments by Virginia McLeod on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I have just finished Seabiscuit, an excellent book. I laughed and cried at the same time. You are a fantastic writer. I look forward to the movie but it can't be as good as the book. Thank you for the great pleasure. Sincerely, Virginia
Kansas City, MO USA

Comments by tom amoss on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 07:42 IP Logged
Your book was great.Although born in 1961, I know feel like I was there. Don't let them screw up the movie. It has a chance to do for horseracing what Saturday Night Fever did for disco. Tom Amoss(eight time leading trainer at The New Orleans Fair Grounds)
louisville, ky USA

Comments by Mary Hakala on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
Note my e-mail address of Cbisquette. You can see that I have a more than casual interest in the horse! I was the fastest girl runner in the neighborhood as a child, and was given the nickname "Seabiscuit". Later in life (when I had reached the point I didn't want to disclose my age) I entered a 5K race. The results were to be published in the local newspaper under the various AGE catagories. Since I did not want anyone reading the results to know what age bracket I was in, I signed in under the ficticious name of "C.Bisquette". Sure enough, I won the race. As the awards were presented, the name "C. Bisquette" was called. When I approached the stand for the medal, the presenter asked me "What does the "C" stand for?" I had no response, as I felt if he had never heard of Seabiscuit, he wasn't deserving of one. :-) By the way, I loved the book, and was right there in the saddle with him.
Rockford, Il USA

Comments by Neil Glasser on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 06:25 IP Logged
I'm naming my first child "Seabiscuit"!
Edgewater, NJ USA

Comments by Jeanne Mahaffey on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 05:34 IP Logged
Oh, I took a little gasp when the 'Biscuit' died. I wasn't ready to let go, not yet. I cried, and I wished with all of my heart I could have seen Seabisuit race. I hope they show his statue in the movie. Also, it seems strange that Borders Bookstore is placing your book in the games section. It doesn't belong there.
Orlando, FL USA

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