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Comments by Deanna Ranneklev on Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 07:13 IP Logged
Hooray for Seabiscuit! I have heard the name all my life and never knew anything about the horse, wasn't even sure if it was "Seabiscuit" or "Teabiscuit". Now I know! What a story! What a horse! I can't wait for the movie! I've been buying everything "Seabiscuit" for weeks! Thank you for bringing such a wonderful story into my life!
Putnam Valley, NY USA

Comments by Paul Palombo on Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 04:18 IP Logged
I grew up near Narragansett Race Track.I never saw a horse race until I moved to SoCal in the 70's. One day our company did an outing at Santa Anita. I never saw George Woolf's statue; I never knew who he was. I'm sorry for this; I apparently missed a lot. But I certainly read your book, "Seabiscuit".It was absolutely a beautiful & fascinating labor of love.
Jamestown, RI USA

Comments by Harriet Sabatini on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 07:44 IP Logged
Deaer Laura, Fantastic read. Words can describe it. You are a wonderful writer. I have loved Seabiscuit all my life. Is there a way to trace his get - who his foals were and their foals. I know that this is silly but I think I might own a horse with him in his background. At any rate I would love to find out. Please write books on all the race horses you can! Some of the standardbreds have exciting stories also. Keep up the good work. Harriet
Decatur , AL USA

Comments by Eileen White on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 05:48 IP Logged
Laura - While researching the history of Danada Farm, I found a reference to Tom Smith as the trainer for the Ada L. Rice stable in 1948-49. And to my surprise, I learned that Smith trained Dan and Ada Rice's first Kentucky Derby runner in 1949 ( it would be his 4th and last Derby). I also have located photos of Smith in the winner's circle at Jamaica (NY). Because of your wonderful book, and Smith's historic ties to Danada Farm, I was motivated to fly to California last December to be an extra in the movie. My research on Smith and his ties to Dan and Ada Rice will be published in an upcoming Illinois Racing News, but I would like to talk to you and compare notes. All the best, Eileen
Wheaton, IL USA

Comments by Abigail Bertalan on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 04:33 IP Logged
Mrs. Hillenbrand, your book was one of the best I have ever read. I was in my last week of finals at college and couldn't study until I finished "Seabiscuit", it was so well-written and researched. You did a fantastic job and I think any aspiring writer should look up to you as a role model. The way you told the story was so suspensful and enthralling; one wouldn't beleive it until they read the story. I have always been a fan of horse racing and horses in general, and have read biographies of Man O War and Secretariat and whatnot, but I never knew there was so much to Seabiscuit that was so hidden and interesting. Once again, thank you. Your book was one of those that only come around once ever few years because it is so good. I am glad you wrote this book for us. I can't wait to see the movie but I know it won't be as good!
PA USA

Comments by Swift on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 00:23 IP Logged
dear Ms. Hillenbrand i am 10 and have already read Seabiscuit more than 5 times. is there any way of loopholing the copyright system because i would like to download some pics as a background. any system errors, write to SWIFT at MIDDLE EARTH. or see DUMBLEDORE WYRD for more. love Swift
wyrd,

Comments by Kevin McHale on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 04:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura, May I send you my copy of your book for your autograph? Thanks, Kev
Rochester, MI USA

Comments by gloria massey on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 02:55 IP Logged
LAURA, Thanks for a beautiful, tender,loving, book on a great horse. I feel like I knew Seabiscuit just from reading your book. I have one question. Is the oak tree still there over Seabiscuits grave? Thanks again for a tremendous book. Gloria Massey
puyallup, wa. USA

Comments by Kim Sport on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 02:44 IP Logged
I just finished your wonderful book. Thank you for introducing me to a whole new world. I have a question. Charles Howard was obviously very wealthy. Why did he not help out Red Pollard financially after the Seabiscuit partnershp was over? It was incredibly depressing to learn of Pollard shining the shoes of other jockeys later in life and dying in an institution. Did Howard leave anyting to Pollard's widow or children? I would appreciate any answer you may have for me. Sincerely, Kim Sport
New Orleans, LA USA

Comments by Tom Geldert on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 02:40 IP Logged
Ms. Hillebrand, I've read a great many books of the past few years and few have moved me like "Seabiscuit.". It's a wonderful story, beautifully written. Good luck with motion picture - hope it does your book justice.
USA

Comments by Kat Shehata on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 02:04 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I am the author of an upcoming children's book titled, Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: The Greatest Horse Race in History (Angel Bea Publishing, Fall 2003). I just got advance copies today. They look awesome!!!I would love to send you an autographed copy. Where should I mail it? If you would like a sneak preview visit www.seabiscuitvswaradmiral.com Regards, Kat Shehata
Cincinnati, oh USA

Comments by JoAnn Nicholls on Monday, May 05, 2003 at 09:08 IP Logged
Laura, I am an avid reader. I picked your book up at a library book sale and I must say, I couldn't put it down. I couldn't even read it prior to going to bed because I would sit straight up and life would come back into my body from this exciting story. I have to say the most incredible testimony of the power of this book was when I gave it to my husband to read. He has never completed a book in the 24 years we've been married but this time, he read straight through cover to cover. Bravo for the best horse race I have ever seen... The one this book allowed me to view in my mind!!!
sykesville, md USA

Comments by Brian Tobler on Monday, May 05, 2003 at 06:47 IP Logged
Laura, You know I had heard of Seabiscut growing up from my father and grandparents. But never fully understood the impact he had on that generation or the entire story. I have to admit I had wet eyes several times while reading your work. Excellent book and very well written. I appreciate it so much. I have forwarded the book to my daughter and sons as well. I have been involved with horses in one way or another for most of my life and this story seems to bridge all humans enjoy and revere about horses. I come away wonderng which one is taking care of the other. Thanks again. Brian
Carlsbad, Ca USA

Comments by Steph on Monday, May 05, 2003 at 01:30 IP Logged
I just want to say that I cried when I finished your book. I read few books that move me and inspire me like yours did and I just want to say thank you for opening America's eyes to a forgotten piece of history. I'm gonna see the movie!
Kansas City , MO USA

Comments by john keating on Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 09:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I truly LOVED your book. I read a lot, but not many books that touched me as this one. I am sending a copy to a soldier friend of mine in Iraq. I am disturbed that an internet list put Seabiscuit number 25 on a list of the greatest hundred thorobreds. I think he rated much higher. What's your opinion? Many thanks for the wonderful book. Sincerely, John Keating
san mateo, ca USA

Comments by Kelly Halbert on Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 09:41 IP Logged
Laura, Is it possible to view the trailers online that were shown during the Derby? Once again, they're already moving me to tears. I'm going to look like an idiot at the movie. BTW - I am so affected by this horse and story that I cried yesterday for the first time during a car commercial! Thanks again for an incredible book that I will always treasure.
Cincinnati, OH USA

Comments by Evelyn R. on Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 07:50 IP Logged
I just finnished your book. It has taken me almost a year to complete due to family obligations and everything else. I have to say that it was very exciting and hard to put down. Thank you for giving us this story - it will live in my heart forever!
Pickens, SC USA

Comments by Christine Oravec on Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 04:37 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Several months ago I e-mailed you on this forum asking about the dog you mentioned in the book as being Seabiscuit's companion, the one with the ears three times normal size. At that time I wondered if it was a Papillon, a breed rapidly gaining popularity since Kirby, a black and white Pap, won Westminster's Best in Show in 1999. You graciously encouraged me to pursue the identification of the dog. After the PBS special ran I polled the members of the Papillon mail list to get expert opinions on the picture of the dog in that documentary. The results: 2 no's, one strong maybe but more evidence would be helpful, and one very strong yes. Let me include the comments of the yes voter, Susi Gleffe, past president of the Papillon Club of America and professional breeder and shower of these little dogs (included with permission): "Just have to note my dissenting opinion -- I felt the dog DID look like a papillon, at least papillons of that time. Remember this was over 60 years ago. If you look at the photos of papillons in the late 30's/early 40's, the similarities are apparent --well, at least to me! We can't compare the photo shown in the documentary to today's papillons. Few of the show paps of that era resemble those seen in the show ring today, so a "companion quality" pap of that time would look even less so. Also, after a quick check of many of the rescue paps advertised today,you can see that the pap shown in the photo would probably be acceptedinto purebred rescue even today. I've had a few rescues (registered,albeit puppy mill/pet store offspring) come through here that looked very much like the dog shown in the piece on Seabiscuit -- matter of fact, I've seen many Paps in rescue that looked LESS like a papillon than Seabiscuit's little friend! We'll probably never be able to prove the origins of this dog (which was likely not a purebred anyway), but my feeling is there is quite a bit, and we'd need to speculate on what other breed could have contributed those, 'huge, saucer-shaped ears'." If I include my own private inclinations, I would agree with Susi Gleffe. The results, then, are tied with one vote (and this also is a very strong vote from an expert breeder and shower) in the middle. The Papillon community is split on the issue! I know that doesn't give you definitive evidence, but it's better than I hoped. If any other pictures of the dog turn up, I and several other Papillon afficionados would appreciate seeing them. As many others have posted, I thought the PBS program was more than wonderful. It was great to see you in person, and the film footage was nothing short of miraculous. The attention your book has received has been well earned. Seabuscuit's comeback story--and yours as well--inspires us all at a time when we really need inspiration. Thanks again, Chris Oravec
Salt Lake City, UT USA

Comments by bert rosen on Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 03:28 IP Logged
laura: may I mail book to you for your signature? thanks. bert
new york, ny USA

Comments by Betty on Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 08:57 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished watching the Kentucky Derby with "Funny Cide" winning! Another underdog and the first time since 1929 a gelding has won this race. All I could think about was Seabiscuit, another underdog! Your book has made horseracing and the life of trainers and jockey's come alive! It truly requires absolute and complete love and dedication to the animal and the sport. I'm so glad you shared this wonderful story with us. B.
Oxnard, CA USA

Comments by Harvey Smith on Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 07:08 IP Logged
I can relate to how both Seabiscuit and Red Pollard were underdogs. I run a nonprofit program that introduces inner city kids to horses. Feels like were headed into another period similar to the 1930s, but without the Roosevelts and the New Deal. The Seabiscuit story is truly fascinating and inspiring. My program has a link to the film because our now city-owned facility was built in 1939 and was considered as a possible location for the movie. Check out what we do at www.wildcatcanyonranch.org. Thanks for putting this story on paper. I look forward to the film's release.
Berkeley, CA USA

Comments by Red La Fleur on Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 02:50 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I got hooked on Seabiscut upon seeing the documentary on the PBS channel. I had to learn more. Thanks to your very informative, and historical book ( I am half way through ), I am learning much more about these magnificient races horses, and the difficult lives of the early brave jockeys that rode them. Seabiscut is truely an american legend, and your narration makes it difficult to put the book down. Seabiscut has totally captured my heart and I must track down some pictures or photos of this great racehorse. Thank you for writing this wonderful book and giving us readers such a treat with your literature. Red La Fleur
tacoma, WA USA

Comments by Gail Bloxham on Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 02:18 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: The paperback sat unread in my car for a month until I finally opened it up while waiting to pick up the kids from swim practice. After they got in the car it took some urging on their part to get me headed home since I couldn't put the book down (I got a few paragraphs in at red lights) and needless to say there was no dinner or help with homework that night- I was incapable of shutting the book! I have told 20 friends and relatives about the book and have purchased 5 paperback copies to hand out. I always preface my raving enthusiasm with, "I know, I hate horses too, but you HAVE to read this book!" Our cat of five years has been renamed "The Biscuit" and I am skipping my daughter's soccer game to watch the Kentucky Derby LIVE this afternoon. Thank you for the most heart- wrenching history of an era and a horse that reminds me of why I love this country so much, especially when the times we live in now have made me question America's soul. You are absolutely brilliant!
Davis, CA USA

Comments by Kevin McHale on Friday, May 02, 2003 at 01:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, The story is wonderful. You are a poet.
Rochester, MI USA

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