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Comments by Jimmy Cav on Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
How your book about a horse showed us the humanity of the times is an inspiring work on your part.I didn't start going to the track until I was two years old.I have pictures of me in the starting gate,my father holding me like he was getting me ready for the Futurity.The most difficult part of your story is finishing it.I,m 56 now and your making me miss people and a horse that you just recently introduced me to.If your goal as a writer is a certain immortality,you don't have to write another word.Rivaling "THE BISCUIT'S"best performances,this book,these people and that bad-legged,big hearted horse will be continualy brought back to life.Thank,s for a new set of memories.
Middle Village, N.Y. USA

Comments by Donna Lucas on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
I am supposed to be studying for law school finals! I am reading Seabiscuit. Although I grew up riding horses in Texas, I never liked racing, because I did not see horses as naturally competitive. Your book opened my eyes on that subject. Very inspiring.
Gallatin, TN USA

Comments by Margaret Smith on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 09:27 IP Logged
"Seabiscuit" is quite a change from Auerabach's "Wild Ride" and in different class than Schwartz's "Ruffian." I always thought Seabiscuit was a hype because of his uneven performance and eyesore confirmation; I guess as child of the computer age it never occurred to me that "heart" counts and that a trainer would actually recognize it and use it in training and racing. And that "heart" is emphatically not the same as a horse with a bad disposition. I've not a regular reader of equine publications, but I've often wondered if breeding U.S. thoroughbreds solely for speed was partly to blame for the current popularity of European warmbloods.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Eugene Dong, MD, JD on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 08:56 IP Logged
In the midst of reading your great book which brings back very personal memories. I was a child patient in the Howard Foundation for Tubercular Children in 1944 at age 10 years. At the time there was no effective treatment for tb. Because of the segregation it was then an unhappy time for me, but I was grateful to the Howard Foundation in my adult years for the care I received. I can still remember the pictures of CS Howard and Seabiscuit in the foyer. I lost track of Seabiscuit as I pursued a medical career, now am an emeritus professor of cardiac surgery, Stanford University and also a practicing lawyer approaching a second retirement. Please accept a heartfelt thank you for allowing me to learn more about Seabiscuit and C.S. Howard in a most satisfying account.
Palo Alto, CA USA

Comments by Jay Patterson on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 08:21 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: What a great yarn! Your attention to detail is extraordinary. Your description of the love of the humans for Seabiscuit is exceptional. I savored the excitement of the races. When I finished the last page, I immediately turned back and reread the narrative of the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race. Thank you so much for providing your readers with such a treat. Two questions: First, how did you learn that Seabiscuit toyed with his opponents? Second, is there a way I can watch the video of the Seabiscuit/War Admiral race? Gratefully, Jay Patterson
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by annette osnos on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 06:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My husband and I heard your interview on NPR and almost had to pull the car over because we were both crying when they played the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Since then we have seen you on MacNeil-Lehrer and we have the greatest respect for what you accomplished with this book. NOt only are the characters on the page incredibly compelling but the fact that you too have had to battle such health problems added to the story. I work at BusinessWeek magazine in sales and have decided to send your book to as many of my clients as possible. I think there is an important message in the pages of your story and I want everyone to read it! Thank you again for such a superb effort!
new york, ny USA

Comments by Joan S. Byrne on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 06:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have my own Seabiscuit story! Several years ago, I hung a lithograph of Seabiscuit on my wall. It was done by a favorite artist of mine, C.W.Anderson. When my grown daughter and her family visited from MA, my daughter spotted the lithograph right away. "That's Seabiscuit," she said, as if everyone would recognize the horse who in the picture, is looking out of his stall door. "Yes," said my grandaughter(age nine at the time,) "Daddy wanted to get a boat and name it 'Seabiscuit.' I still don't know how they knew so much about this horse who is more of my era than of theirs. Sincerely, Joan S. Byrne
La Canada, CA USA

Comments by marsha lloyd on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 03:16 IP Logged
Thank you for writing "Seabiscuit". My words cannot do it justice. I can't remember when I have cried reading a book. I had never heard of Seabiscuit until your book was reviewed in Time magazine. Your book has rekindled my childhood love for reading about horses. I am anxious to find "Come On,Seabiscuit".
Farimont, WV USA

Comments by Jonathan Cohen on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
LAURA: HI! I heard your interview with the lovely Diane Rehm on line and loved it. Both of you are truly inspiring. I re-read Diane's book afterwards. Now, I look forward to re-reading yours, after I loaned it to my folks, who adored it. My dad's an old racing fan who used to be a regular at New England tracks. He knew Babe Rubinstein, the old Suffolk Downs announcer who must have been the guy that couldn't get the crowd to pipe down when the Seabiscuit-War Admiral matchup in the '38 Mass. Handicap fell through. For many years, and it must have started when War Admiral lost, the MassCap had a reputation as a "graveyard" race, unbroken until the likes of Cigar and Skip Away showed up here in the '90s. I spoke to my old friend Daryl Wells, the great Canadian race announcer, recently. He hadn't heard of your book, so I begged him to find it. On what planet is he? Daryl's not a great reader but I'm sure he won't be able to put it down. If and when the movie comes out, I hope I'll be able to see it because my own neurological condition has preven- ted me from seeing many movies due to graphic violence, language and emotional subjects. Whoever said "it should be a PG-13 so everyone, including kids, can enjoy it" I'm with wholeheartedly. I haven't seen a movie in a theater for over 10 years (last one: "Field of Dreams"). I'm willing to break that streak when "Seabiscuit" comes out. Thanks again for the greatest thing I've read in ages. Next year, there will be a Pulitzer for history with your name on it.
Brookline, MA USA

Comments by Lynn E Kullman on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 01:45 IP Logged
Sadly your book came in the mail the day I had to leave with my son for Rolex 3-day Event in Lexington KY. I delayed my last minute packing to try and read a few pages before we had to leave at 3 a.m. to make the show by the next morning. BIG MISTAKE!!!! By the end of the 1st page I knew I would not be getting any sleep before the trip !Then I was fearful that I might lose the book on the trip so I decided to leave it at home. Met a friend there from southern IL and she was so excited about a book she just finished and she would loan it to me, IT was your book!!! Read a few more chapters to hold me over until we got home. Always a Equine enthusiast, I was spell bound by the book. I hope you keep good control of the reins with the movie. Robert Davaul(spelling) I think would be great as Smith ! But what ever actors they get for the picture will just have to remember who the real star is-the horse. Seabiscuit was one of my favorite thoroughbreds next to Man O War,Exterminator,and my dream horse Secretariat.Thank-you Lynn Kullman
Dekalb, IL USA

Comments by John Bigness on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 01:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura: A great read. Loved the piece on the Match race when the Biscuit was pulling away from War Admiral and his jockey said "So long, Charley" to his rival rider.
East Greenbush, NY USA

Comments by Teresa on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
Laura: Again, absolutely wonderful book! I see that most of the website comments reflect just how I felt while reading the book: Intense emotion and tears. Just a few things about the movie though: I don't know just how much of the integrity of the film version you will be able to control but here is my suggestion. PLEASE tell "Hollywood" to get some real horse people working on this film. The thought of this film coming off like other horse films in the past, with horses whinnying all the time or falling down or even worse acting like Mr. Ed , is frightening. I believe portraying personal in-depth hardships, especially those of the jockeys and trainers, juxtaposed against Seabiscuits’ ferocious will to run and win, is what the public really needs to see. Show the world the real picture of how heros evolve in even the darkest of times and people will learn and be moved at the same time. Thanks, and remember us horse people will be definitely be watching!
Newport Beach, Ca USA

Comments by Frank Loffa on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 08:26 IP Logged
Laura: Outstanding job on the book Seabiscuit. I always knew the biscuit was good, I did not realize that he was one of the finest thoroughbreds ever. Your detail in describing the various races, especially the classic showdown with War Admiral and the final 'hundred grander' had me on the edge of my airplane seat. Please fill me in on the details of the movie. Thanks again for a great story and best of luck in your future projects.

Comments by Jim Perkins on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
I owe a deep sense of gratitude to Laura Hillenbrand for her efforts in writing perhaps the greatest book published in years. AT no less than ten times my eyes swelled with tears of emotion over the triumphs of the great "Seabiscuit". Truly one of the greatest success stories in this country's history. This book is a must read for everyone.
Atlanta, GA USA

Comments by Barbara Bell on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 03:21 IP Logged
Laura...I can't think of any words that could properly express my feelings after reading about Seabiscuit. But I can say it was the best story, fiction or non-fictuion, that I have ever read.
Memphis, TN USA

Comments by jwolit on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
As a teen, I read a book by Ralph Moody about Seabiscuit, and have never forgotten this horse. Ms. Hillenbrands book is certainly more adult, if no less interesting.

Comments by William Kaup on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
This is a great book! I have been a racing fan for over 30 years and got started when writing a research paper on Man O War while attending Rutgers back in the 60's. Your research skills are obvious as you told this story in such detail that I felt the events surrounding Seabisquit's life were unfolding as I read the book. I just hope you have another book in the works because you've got me as a customer. Thank you for writing this book!
Lutherville, MD USA

Comments by Paul Lutz on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 09:05 IP Logged
I have read several thousand books over the course of my life, which began in 1938, the year Seabiscuit hit his full stride. I have never read a book that so thoroughly the people, the events, or the times so well. I could not put it down. Thanks, Laura for your meticulous research and for your descriptive gifts. I know that you agonized over every word, as all writers do; please know that you have created a masterpiece.
Shrewsbury, MA USA

Comments by maggie van ostrand on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
This is the first audiobook I ever bought that can't be played while driving. It's so exciting (each time!) that it would surely cause an accident. I don't remember ever being so amped over a book...ever. Thank you!
pine mountain, ca USA

Comments by joanne hughes on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 08:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Excellent job. We have just finished your book "Seabiscuit". I am a trainer of a small private racing stable based at Bowie Training Center. My husband, Bill Brasaemle, is a chart caller for Equibase on the Maryland/Virginia circuit. We both enjoyed your book immensely. You did a wonderful job depicting the true flavor of life on the backside. The picture you painted of the hard life that trackers knew during the depression was thought provoking. It makes me wonder over and over about the small value that was given to human life in those hardest of times. The hard ships the horses endured was equally note worthy. Knowing the inside story about a star like Seabiscuit renews the awe I feel everyday about the thoroughbred horse in general and the ones I train specifically. This story gives my job a new perspective. Glimpsing racing in that era makes me look at my barn in a new light when I look down the shedrow in the morning. Your extensive Acknowledgments and Notes where also commendable. What a gift you have. Thank you for sharing it with us. We wish you good health and please know that our prayers are with you. Bill Brasaemle and Joanne Hughes
sykesville, md USA

Comments by Bill Grau on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 07:00 IP Logged
Laura, As a long time racing fan and Saratoga native I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed your book. The role of Mr. Vanderbilt in pulling together the match race at Pimlico brought back my memories of him-perhaps the kindest man I have ever met. Each year I return to Saratoga for several days and up until his death in 1999 I enjoyed chocolate chip cookies with him while watching the workouts on the backside each morning. After finishing the book I saw in your acknowledgements the reference to you doing the same at Belmont Park. You have done a miraculous job of portraying horse racing at its peak. Every time I go to Pimlico I will think of Seabiscuit roaring down the stretch leaving War Admiral in his wake. Thank you for this book.
Glenwood, MD USA

Comments by rosemary johnston on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 06:33 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hildebrand: Just finished reading about the marvelous "Seabisket" and had to rush to my computer and open your site. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your story with all the local details and the pictures with each chapter. They brought a visual reference and timeframe to the words and made the horse world and Seabisket in particular come to life for me. Very well done! Rosemary Johnston
Tequesta, FL USA

Comments by Chris Whitney on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 06:14 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; your book on Seabiscuit was so captivating and the connection between horse, trainer, owner and rider was so pure in their purpose that I could not read the book alone. I had to read to my husband so as to share their remarkable relationship. We both would literally get a lump in our throats and tears in our eyes at the magnificence of this horse's heart. Your narative of the actual races was putting us on the edge of our seats. I did not want this book to end. The fact that the trainer and owner were so genuinely empathic to the needs of this animal described perfectly what a partnership with an animal is all about. My husband and I own horses and are always amazed at their capacity for bonding with humans. I will never look at horseracing in the same light. It is not just all about money - it is about understanding what the horse needs to do to live its own rich life. Thank you. for the movie - perhaps you can consider Tommy Lee Jones for Howard and Chris Cooper for trainer? Chris Cooper is so under-utilized for such a fine actor. Good luck.
Redmond, WA USA

Comments by Larry White on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 04:18 IP Logged
Laura, I read the short review of your book in Sports Illustrated several weeks ago and decided to buy it. While I am a fan of horses and horse racing, I'm not a gambler, so I don't go to the track. Most of my viewing is limited to the Triple Crown and Breeder's Cup on TV. Your book about Seabiscuit is the best non-fiction book I have ever read, and I read many books. If I didn't know it was a true story, I would have thought it was fiction. The story is almost too amazing to be true. The research you did was equally amazing. To find all the details, including such things as War Admiral's trainer finally acknowledging Tom Smith and Seasbiscuit is what made the book a joy to read. Thanks, I really enjoyed it. Larry
Overland Park, KS USA

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