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Comments by Sally Fortier on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
My dear Laura, What a remarkable storyteller you are!! Your telling of the "race of the century" was so thrilling that I plan to read it many times over for the sheer joy of the prose. My dad used to take me to Arlington Race Track with him when I was a young girl in the fifties. He is gone from this world now and I found myself missing him terribly with each chapter of Seabiscuit's amazing life. My dad was a great reader and I know that he would agree with me that you have produced a masterpiece. A thousand thanks.
DesPlaines, IL USA

Comments by Karen on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 02:03 IP Logged
I'm half way through this book and I think it is possibly the best book, bar none, that I have ever read. Thank you!
Lincoln, NE USA

Comments by Jonathan Fowler on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
I want to tell you your book made me feel. I am a 20 yr old thoroughbred race fanatic. Never has a book made me feel like I was part of a horses life like yours did. I was carried back to a time where my life never existed. I have watched replays of the great match race of Seabiscuit and War Admiral. When I first saw it I was amazed that this horse could beat such a champion. Now that I have read the story, I can see. Coming from the Thoroughbred capital of the world, you hear of these amazing "cinderella" stories of the racing world but this once warms the heart and makes the tears flow. Thank you so much for a glimpse back into our history.
Lexington, Ky USA

Comments by Liz Muzio on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 01:47 IP Logged
Laura: Thank you so much for one of the finest books I have ever enjoyed. I made it a habit to read only small sections at a time because I didn't want it to end. I remember playing a board "horse racing" game when I was a kid. Among the competitors were Seabiscuit, Whirlaway, Gallant Fox, this brought back some great childhood memories for me as well. Again, thanks and congratulations on such a well documented, well written story.
San Jose, CA USA

Comments by Michael P. Dailey MD on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 01:44 IP Logged
Exhilarating ride. Felt I was there.
Alpharetta, GA USA

Comments by Nick D'Esposito on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 01:01 IP Logged
BRAVO!!!! What a wonderful story about a talented and noble warrior. Since the age of nine, when my father first smuggled me into Aqueduct race track, I have been in love with these beautiful beings. As a child, I didn't know much about the "Biscuit" but now your wonderful book has brought him back to life for all to honor and cherish. Thank you Laura for your marvelous book and thank you "CREATOR" for Seabiscuit.
Bayshore, NY USA

Comments by Sheri Jacobs on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
Laura, you have written an absolutely wonderful book. I bought the book for my husband to read (because I really didn't have any interest in horses or horse racing). I opened the book thinking I would read just a few paragraphs and couldn't put it down. I finished it in a couple of days and I have been recommending it to everyone I know. Well done.
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Dan Sengstock on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 09:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a fantastic book! I've never had a great interest in horses or racing, but Seabiscuit's story goes beyond racing to become a great sports story. His will to win and desire to do nothing but run was incredible. I cried when he took one last look at the track on his way out of Santa Anita and knew his racing days were done. I can't wait for the movie.
Phoenix, Az USA

Comments by Robert D. Jones on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 09:16 IP Logged
Just finished reading your book and having lived through that era as a jockey I was impressed with the extent of your research! I well remember old Red Pollard and Woolf, and I rode for Elizabeth Arden at one time. She was exactly as you portrayed her in the book. Am eagerly awaiting the movie!
Satsuma, FL USA

Comments by Peter W. Colonis on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 08:29 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, I read "Seabiscuit" and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for writing such a great book. I was never really interested in horse-racing until I heard Diane Reed interview you by telephone on National Public Radio. The more you talked, the more interested I became in your book. I admire your determination and long hard work in writing "Seabiscuit." You are a true inspirationDDDD!
Waterford, , CT USA

Comments by peter taylor on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 04:03 IP Logged
Having no knowledge of horse racing -- and not a clue as to why I even bought the book -- I have to tell you how much I enjoyed the telling of this tale. My mother lives not far from Saratoga so my next visit will include a trip to see if it is as exciting in person as you made it sound on the pages of your book. It was a wonderful ride. Thank you!
toledo, oh USA

Comments by David Ingram on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 02:47 IP Logged
Thanks for a great book. Parts of it gave me the chills. It was a moving experience, in many ways a spiritual experience. David Ingram
Newnan, GA USA

Comments by Renee Marengo on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 02:40 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished your book. Thank you so much for the ride!!!It was a special book for me as my grandparents saw Seabiscuit run often. They were at the 1938 Santa Anita Derby when Stagehand won. They were disappointed to say the least (we are from California). I still have the little gold cups that they drank from at the 1938 Santa Anita Ball. Seabiscuit is a role model for us all, and I am now looking for memorabilia. Could you please let me know some places I could go on the net to find some items? I come from a long line of horseracing fans. We had our own as well. My grandparents are now dead, but they told me many times about the courage, strength and heart of Seabiscuit. I remember as a little girl being put to bed with a story of how Seabiscuit ran War Admiral off the track. I wanted to hear that one every night! I thank you again for your words. They really brought to life how it would feel to be there. If it is not too much trouble, I would really like to know where I could collect some memories of the great horse. Thank you again and good luck on your movie. I know that they will do a good job if you are the consultant. Looking forward to it and thanks again for my fantasy ride. Very truly yours, Renee M. Marengo
Stockton, California USA

Comments by Kerry Sullivan on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Thanks so much for this book. I've loved racing since I was a kid, and while I've heard many stories about Seabiscuit over the years, I've never read anything so elegantly put together as this. thanks also for illuminating the dangerous life of riders in the early part of this century. This is more than a story about a horse and his handlers, however rousing; it has so much value as a light thrown into a shadowy corner of the past. Also a thought on other projects: I've seen suggestions for Exterminator, but a piece on Black Gold might be interesting as well - also an unlikely triad of hardscrabble jockey, offbeat trainer and an owner who didn't quite fit into the owner's mold - although that had a sadder ending. Be well. How wonderful that so many non-racing folks are digging in! What an accomplishment!
Sudbury, MA USA

Comments by Ralph Colleli on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 01:01 IP Logged
Laura - Congratulations on a wonderful book! I'm sorry to say that I have just finished reading it; sorry because it had to come to an end. I was caught up in the excitement and suspense and would loved to have read about one more challenge and triumph for the great Seabiscuit. I've been a horselover all my life, but my prior reading on racehorses was largely limited to the fictional "Black Stallion" series by Walter Farley that I devoured when I was young. The true story you wrote surpassed the best of that fiction. Now that I'm hooked on the Seabiscuit legend, I can't wait for the new movie to come out. I hope it comes close to matching the drama and thrills you described in your book. In the meantime, I read in your Epilogue that you purchased one of the few remaining films of the Seabiscuit - War Admiral match race. I wonder if there is any way that a fan can see one of those films, or any films or newsreels of any of the major races won by Seabiscuit. Even listening to a recording of one of the radio calls of any of those races would be a thrill. Are there any archives, or Internet sites, where a fan can access those films or recordings? Thanks. (Look forward to hearing your interview on WJFK in Washington, D.C., tomorrow.)
Washington, D.C., USA

Comments by Steven Ware on Monday, June 04, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: What a fabulous finish to a typical even-keeled day! I sauntered into a local mall bookstore just before closing time, mainly just 'cause it was there...was only gonna browse quickly and go, but then I saw it: SEABISCUIT! I couldn't believe it- I'd read Come On, Seabiscuit! and other books on thoroughbreds from my youth, but none lately, as fresh material of this nature doesn't pop up every day! I bought your book on the spot, and now I'm very excited because of your revitalizing gift back to the thoroughbred! I have not been involved with racing except as a fan- but a true fan I have been...never has any aspect of this sport meant more to me than the sheer wonder and beauty of God's magnificent thoroughbred! Thank you for renewed excitement, both in my heart and in the heart of the industry that so very much needs it! Sincerely, Steven Ware (I'm excited, & I haven't even begun the book!)
Bedford, Tx USA

Comments by Ellie Spielberg on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 09:20 IP Logged
FROM A CURED VERTIGO SUFFERER: I have suffered from vertigo badly, was on the verge on getting the disabling fatigue that can go with it and was about to lose my job. I have been cured by a 6th-generation Chinese acupuncturist, whom I've been seeing since March. Don't know if anyone has suggested this or if you've tried it, so I'll hold off from raving about my complete turn-around unless I hear from you. I could also find out if Mr. Leong has a recommended colleague in your area. I'm well enough to read again and plan to read your book. Soon I'll be ready to start riding and driving my big 'ol carriage horse again (yes, here in Brooklyn). I couldn't even think of it a few months ago and believe me, he ain't no Sea Biscuit. All the best.
Brooklyn, NY USA

Comments by Patrick Donohue on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 08:50 IP Logged
Laura- Thanks for a very, very fine read. I didn't grow up with horses, and my riding experiences have been limited to summer vacation pony rides with my daughter. Over the last few years, however, I've developed a fondness for the track (am heading up to Charles Town in the next hour or so), and mainly the interesting characters of all backgrounds who qualify as regulars. As well researched and organized as your book was, the thing I most enjoyed was its treatment of the characters. The minor ones provided great texture, and the main players were swept up in events too large to control. Somewhat like racing horses, no? Congrats!
Rockville, MD USA

Comments by Marshall W. Mason on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 07:38 IP Logged
Thank you for a breathtaking ride with a legend. I couldn't stop myself from racing ahead to the next chapter. It is a thrilling story, told with masterly skill. Now I want to see everything I can about Seabiscuit. Marshall W. Mason, Mesa, AZ
Mesa, AZ USA

Comments by Anne Llewellyn on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 07:25 IP Logged
I'm a young racing fan. "Seabiscuit" is the best written book on racing out there. It was a joy reading about my favorite sport and seeing it be so popular. However, I do have a small complaint. Before the book was published I had read bios on Seabiscuit and War Admiral on various web sites and in "Thoroughbred Champions: The Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century" (a great book, if you liked "Seabiscuit" you should try "Thoroughbred Champions"). I was really inspired by War Admiral's Belmont efforts. A whole chunk was ripped out of his hoof, and he leaps back up with the AGILITY OF A CAT and roars on to smash the track record set by his sire, the great Man o' War. All the while gushing a stream of blood.As equine artist Richard Stone Reeves said of the red blood, "The gallantry of the racehorse is his hall mark, and adding to the visual and emotional impact War Admiral thrust upon me that June day his own literal 'red badge of courage'. Courageous, indeed. And I was very disappionted to find this brave display of the equine spirit slighted in the chapter on War Admiral and replaced with an almost attempt to make a villian out of the Triple Crown winner.When Woolf said previous to the match-race, "Admiral has speed, good speed...speed when unopposed. But he's not game," I wanted to go back in time and give him a good smack. Not game??? Preposterous imagination.
Montgomery, Al USA

Comments by Hunt Cleveland on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
Thanks so much for writing the book, Seabiscuit, An American Legend. I found myself getting so caught up in your descriptions, that I would have to stop reading and get up and walk off the tension before resuming. When I was a boy, I can recall how some adults would speak of a horse named "Seabiscuit", so I knew he existed, but I never found anything in print, so he kind of faded to the recesses of my memory. That is until I saw your book. I find it truly amazing how all four characters-the horse,owner,trainer and the jockey came together. If I didn't know that this was a true story, I'd swear this was pretty good fiction. It's the kind of book one could read again and again, A book for every horse person. I look forward to seeing the movie version. Thank-you
Leeds, AL USA

Comments by Jennifer Wise on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 02:36 IP Logged
I am listening to the audiobook now. Seabiscuit has just finally won the Santa Anita Hundred Grander. I am crying with joy! What a great horse. Thanks for a great book.
Newport, RI USA

Comments by Hunt Cleveland on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Thanks so much for writing the book,Seabiscuit, An American Legend. I'm about half-way through and find myself getting so caught up in your descriptions, that I have to stop reading and get up and walk off the tension before resuming. When I was a young boy, I can recall how some adults would speak of a horse named "Seabiscuit", so I knew he existed, but I never found anything in print, so he kind of faded to the recess of my memory. That is until I saw your book. I find it truly amazing how all four characters-the horse,owner,trainer and jockey came together. If didn't know that this was a true story, I'd swear this was pretty good fiction. It's the kind of book one could read again and again. A book for every horse person should read. I look forward to the movis version.
Leeds, AL USA

Comments by Mary on Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 01:24 IP Logged
I just finished reading "Seabiscuit, An American Legend." You have written a wonderfully visual book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I felt like I had ridden every race. You had me laughing and crying often on the same page. Like the earlier entry from Wisconsin, I have always thought that Secretariat was the greatest horse that ever lived. But now, I wish that I could have seen Seabiscuit. That would have truly been a match race made in Heaven- maybe it is! Thank you for one of the best books (on any subject) that I have ever read. Thank God that you are consulting on the movie. It has to be better than the first one.
Memphis, TN USA

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