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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

Comments by reuel smith on Friday, May 02, 2003 at 00:19 IP Logged
"Bring on the Empty Horses" Thank you for your humanity, humor, and wisdom. Now that I've finished the book, I'm a bit loney without these people and animals you've given me and thier love of life. I would love to send you some of my watercolors........they all come out differently. My father, a tough/sensitive kid from Brooklyn, ran off from N.Y. to Hollywood in 1938 (he was 18). I have always envied him that trip. I have always been fastenated with the era. I've been to Jack London's Valley of the Moon in Glenn Ellen, now I'll have to make the treck to Willits! Warm thoughts! Reuel
crockett, ca USA

Comments by Shane Nicholson on Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 09:32 IP Logged
Just wanted to say: Great Book, and I can't wait to see the movie on the big screen. I actually got a chance to be a part of the movie as well, I was part of the crowd scenes filmed at Keenland Racetrack in Lexington, it was a very cold day, but it was well worth it! I know this movie wil be Great, again great book, can't wait to read your next one.
Lexington, Ky USA

Comments by Judy (Mason) Anderson on Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 08:21 IP Logged
Laura-In the early 60's My father & I rode colts for Lin Howard, my dad had a training stable in Buellton, Cal. He was a very good hand and Lin told us the jockeys loved these colts that we had started because they didn't run away with them they would actually stop and turn around and back up! We used them on the ranch just like any horse we took in training, we gathered and worked cows on them although they had never seen such a creature in their lives, the first horse we got from Lin was a colt called Grandpa I recall it took dad 4 hours to get this horse up close to a cow! Lin would bring 4 horses at a time to us we would ride them 4-6 months and he would take those four home and bring four more, we did this for quite a few years, I was about 16-18 at the time, Lin actually gave me a mare that he couldn't breed. Could you please tell me when he passed away? Your excellent book brought back some very wonderful memories, the horses most of them sired by Noor & Natheu(?) and wonderful man, I most remember a time when our family, Mom Dad and myself went to visit him at his ranch in Moorpark, Ca. The lifesize statue of "Seabiscuit" at the entrance. My fathers name was Walt Mason.
Auburn, Ca USA

Comments by Ellen Ellis on Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 07:50 IP Logged
Greetings, Just wanted to let you know that our bookclub will be starting your book soon. We will take 15 weeks to read it. This book club at the Aphasia Center of California ( adapts the bookclub concept so stroke survivors with aphasia can access literature again. About 15 people attend the bookclub sessions. We use the large print book version, the audio tapes from Talking Books and we create material to help support the story and make it accessible for our stroke survivors who have difficulty reading. We look forward to spending the rest of spring and most of the summer with Seabiscuit! All our best, Ellen Ellis and the members of the Aphasia Center bookclub
Walnut Creek, CA USA

Comments by Peter and Anne Lema on Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 02:07 IP Logged
Laura, May 01, 2003 Thanks for all your labor in writing a truly great book. I'm in the middle of a bad cold, and yet I read this "page-turner" in two days. The book was loaned to us by Janet Way (a neice of Red Pollard) the way, the last Pollard sibling: (Joanne Way) age 75 (and Anne's best friend) died on April 10, 2003, here in Edmonton. So, continued success, and sincere appreciation for being the catalyst for a remarkable read. !!
Edmonton, AB Can

Comments by Katie on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 08:56 IP Logged
our math teacher told us about sea biscuit i looked him up, so go seabiscuit. we will honor him today. hip hip hooray!!!!!!!!

Comments by J.J. Young on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 08:50 IP Logged
In math class we brought up horses and my math teachers mentioned Seabiscuit. My friends and I really liked what we heard about Seabiscuit, and we enjoyed your slideshow.
Philadelphia, P.A. USA

Comments by Jackie Kuhwarth on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 05:04 IP Logged
Laura, I just finished Seabiscuit and, wow, what a book! I'm still reeling from reading the epilogue so I must go back and read it again. You made the horse and the people in the book so large and so powerful that they should have lived forever. This is the kind of book I read and then ask myself, What am I going to do, now that I've finished this book?
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Sue Radder on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 04:34 IP Logged
The book was the best! Very moving! I grew up on horses and had the priviledge of riding some great ones. Your descriptions of the powerful feelings of being on one of God's greatest creatures were so perfect. You brought those experiences back to life for me and I felt the thrill all over again! Your writing made it so easy to relate to what it must have been like for everyone involoved in the real story of Seabiscuit. All the big names in horse racing were a part of my life but none like Seabiscuit. He was very special because he was an overcomer against great odds as was the team who brought him to success. I remember going to fairs and carnivals as a a kid and always making a bee line for the horse race games. Seabiscuit was always my first pick. He was a hero! He gave all of us underdogs hope! Your book brings it all back to life! It's a story we wish would never end! Thank you!
Grand Island, NY USA

Comments by Philip Kelly on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 05:22 IP Logged
I bought your book for my father as a personal gift to him for his upcoming wedding. I would love to be able to get it autographed by you if that were at all possible. Would you be touring up in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area (SARS free!) in the coming weeks or months? Please dvise if possible. best wishes in your endeavours and I look forward to reading your book soon. Sincerely, Philip Kelly
Ottawa, ON CAN

Comments by Lin Price on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 04:42 IP Logged
Hi Laura; my brother Robert, upon reading your book and examining his birth certificate, was delighted to find he was delivered by Doc Babcock - this was in Oct35 at the Willits Hospital. Was Doc's first name Richard? The scrawly signature only indicates R.....d. My only memories of Ridgewood is the carsick-inducing, hot, winding Hwy 101 in the summer in the 40's and 50's past the entrance. We are enjoying the book and look forward to the movie.
Winchester, TN USA

Comments by kent kraft on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 03:40 IP Logged
Knew very little about horse racing or of Seabiscuit when I picked up your book. The way you tell a story made this one of the most exciting books I have ever read. I am lookng forward to visting the horse racing track this weekend. Sure wish I could see Seabiscuit.
phoenix, az USA

Comments by Frank LaBoccetta jr on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 02:16 IP Logged
queens , ny USA

Comments by Sharon Manuel on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 01:54 IP Logged
Laura, Your novel on Seabiscuit is one of the best books I have ever read. I was hooked from the first chapter and cried through the ending. You are a very gifted and insightful writer and I look forward to your next book. You give so much joy to so many people. Thanks. Sharon Manuel
Brookfield, Ill USA

Comments by james shoop on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 01:11 IP Logged
Your book was great. The documentary was great. With Chris Cooper in the movie I am sure it will be great also. The Seabiscuit story is the "stuff that dreams are made of."
fairfield, nj USA

Comments by Scott Daniels on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 00:51 IP Logged
After being up until 3AM finishing Seabiscuit last night - Thank You. An astonishing story, beautifully crafted. Thanks for putting me inside the skins of your characters, and on the back of that horse. I wept my way through the library copy - this morning, I bought a hardcover copy because I wanted to pay you for my experience. I'm such a sap. Waiting for your next work!
Dover, OH USA

Comments by Nora Lee on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 08:45 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for your excellent work with your book on Seabiscuit. Congratulations on your success! Your ability to explain the horseracing world to the layperson is exceptional. There is an unprecedented six-year rivalry continuing in horse racing that I am hoping you might be interested in writing about. This is the longest rivalry in sports history between two individuals. This rivalry is being compared to as another "Alydar vs, Affirmed." It is touted as the "rivalry of the" year according to TVG. It has been written about by Sports Illustrated, Thoroughbred Times, the Daily Racing Form and Blood Horse magazines. There have been numerous newspaper articles including the L.A. Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. On September 8, 2002 there was a match race at Del Mar, only six days later another match race was held at Pomona during the Los Angeles County Fair. This year on May 23, 2003 there will be another match race held at Los Alamitos Racetrack. The purse for these match races is only $10,000. No one else will compete against one of the contestants. This individual has only been beaten a handful of times in a hundred or so races by one other competitor. These match races have ben simulcast all over the country, and are becoming quite the phenomena for horse racing fans. I'm sure you have heard of these two? They are mules. Black Ruby, an eleven year old jenny (mare), and her only competition - Taz, an eight year old jack (gelding. Black Ruby has been called the "Secretariat" of mule racing. Mule racing was incorporated into the California summer fair racing circuit about six years ago. I have worked in the horse racing industry in northern California for the past nine years. Although I don't work directly with the horses, or mules, I enjoy the atmosphere in racing. I believe the story of these two mules, their owners, trainers, jockeys, etc. has all the elements of another great book by you. If you would like to contact the owners or trainers, I'm certain they would be delighted to share their experiences with you. They are "down home" nice people. Thank you for your consideration of this idea. I'm sure people would be interested in this story. If I can be of assistance please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Nora Lee
San Mateo, CA USA

Comments by Joe Drury on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 03:47 IP Logged
Your book was terrific. I lifetime fan of horseracing has sparked my interest in the sport once again. Can you share any information with me regarding the pinball machine created in the late 30's. I'd like to find one. Thanks, Joe
Leonardtown, md USA

Comments by Mike Herbst on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 03:28 IP Logged
The PBS special was excellent. Nice promo for the movie. Best of luck to you on the Derby. Look out for the Lucas colt.
Mount Vernon, WA USA

Comments by R. M. on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 01:57 IP Logged
It bring's tear's to my eyes the story of Seabiscuit. He, and his jockey Johnny Pollard had tough lives, and had to fight hard to become the champion's they became. They indeed deserve to be called Legend's. I am writing you this response, because Seabiscuit's story reminded me of another legend, who's story need's to be told. I would plead with you to please think about writing the story of an unforgetible Race horse, who gave her life for the sport. The horse is RUFFIAN. The amazing spirited race horse, that lost her life, due to a shattered foreleg, from her last, and heartbreaking race, the match race between her, and Foolish Pleasure, at Belmont race track. I was a teen when watching Ruffian race that fateful day. I cried, and cried when I watched in horror this magnificent, spirited, beautiful horse, with such courage, and will to run, that she actually caused more damage to her shattered ankle, which in the end cost her, her life after waking from sugery, and destroying the cast that was placed on her leg. Like Seabiscuit, Ruffian was a wonder spirit, that graced those of us who love horses, with a chance to be know them, and love them. I can not think of Seabiscuit, without thinking of Ruffian too. They were both courageous, magnificent horses, and I thank you for giving Seabiscit his due. All I ask is that you consider giving Ruffian the same opportunity to share her story with the world, so that she won't be forgotten.... I thank you very much for taking the time to consider this, as your next book. Ruffian's story need's to be told for those who knew, and loved her, and for those who never got the chance, but could in future come to love her, and her memory as much as I, and other's who will alway's remember Ruffian....

Comments by dixie on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 00:32 IP Logged
Sea biscuit is a wonderful horse. He is a hall of fame in my book.

Comments by C Rockstad on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 09:23 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I watched the documentary last Monday on PBS featuring Seabiscuit. I read your book last summer and it was just fantastic. I really think what makes it such a great read is because of ALL your research, dedication, style, grace and such a wonderful horse. Plus it is a true story. Also what I liked so much about your book is that it brought hope,it is a part of our history AND it did not involve a war or destruction of a country. Imagine that. It is amazing what a horse and a great writer can do! I can not wait until the movie comes out this summer. I just love that Seabiscuit. Thank You Again Ms. Hillenbrand for you sprit!
Bismarck, ND USA

Comments by Vince Piscitelli on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 09:06 IP Logged
Laura, Congratulations on a masterpiece. I thoroughly enjoyed every word in your wonderful book and eagerly look forward to the movie this July. However, there were a few items in your gem that I was a little bit confused about. Can I post here, or might you e-mail me? Vince Piscitelli
Benicia, Ca USA

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