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Comments by Sue on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 06:20 IP Logged
Hi, Laura--Congratulations on a great book. I didn't know anything about horses, but I was just enthralled by the story and your wonderful way of telling it. It was fascinating to read about a horse and realize that he was an athlete--a category I'd reserved in my head for humans. PS--I couldn't read the last few pages . . . I know he dies at the end!

Comments by susan on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 04:55 IP Logged
thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write this book i read it in two days i have had a long love for horses that started when i was old enough to climb on my blaze rocking horse i remember playing a race horse game with seabiscuit when i was only 9 i am 46 now you are to be truly commended for all the information you found and for bringing to life the story of the horse and the people who loved him i cant wait for the movie to come out thank you laura
feasterville, pa USA

Comments by Barbara Wintrup on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 04:07 IP Logged
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was really caught up in the excitement of the BIG races that Seabiscuit ran. It was so gratifying that he finally won the "hundred-grander". The hardships of the jockeys were a revelation, and the "Iceman's" death was absolutely tragic. Thank you so much for exploring that part of US/CALIF history. I'm definitely recommending the book to friends.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Regina Berry on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 03:40 IP Logged
Laura, I just finished your wonderful book tonight and will be discussing it at my book group on Tuesday. Who are you and how do you write so enticingly? It was pure joy to pick up your book, and I am by far not the only one who thinks so. I have a question on Red Pollard. Is he buried in Rhode Island? Are his children still here? I just moved here two years ago, and am always surprised that anyone else found this place. I would love to visit his grave if it is here. You made us care about all your characters. Thank you. RCB
East Greenwich, RI USA

Comments by Tom Condrin on Friday, April 18, 2003 at 01:46 IP Logged
I loved the book. I had no idea what the jockey's went through on a daily basis, what a committment. I was also interested in learning more since my grandfather owned horses in the 40's. Unfortunately he died very young and I was never able to meet him but have heard a lot of great stories. His name was Ralph Nagle and he owned "Cyper", "Milk Pact" and "Royal Step" to name a few. I know he raced at Garden State, Atlantic City, and Oaklawn Park since I have photos of the previous horses in the Winner's Circle at these tracks on my wall. If you ever run across anything on my grandfather in your research I'd love to hear from you. Once again thank you for increasing my knowledge of this exciting sport. Tom Condrin
Orefield, PA USA

Comments by Cindy J. Gish on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 08:22 IP Logged
Elizabethtown, PA USA

Comments by maggie van ostrand on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 02:39 IP Logged
MONDAY NIGHT: SEABISCUIT DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Write to the Federal Government to have Seabiscuit put on a U.S. Stamp. Here's how: Send a card requesting SEABISCUIT be put on a U.S. postage stamp to this address: Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, Stamp Development U.S. Postal Service 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 5670 Washington DC 20260-2437
pine mountain, ca USA

Comments by Anita L Stewart on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 01:58 IP Logged
I love this horse and your book was fantastic unbelievable I'm crazy over this whole story... Can you please let me know How I could get some pictures of this wonderful horse
West Springfield, ma USA

Comments by Kat Shehata on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 01:23 IP Logged
Hi, Laura. I just want to let you know about a new nonfiction children's book coming out soon titled, Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: The Greatest Horse Race in History (Angel Bea Publishing, Fall 2003). You can check out a sneak preview at
Cincinnati, oh USA

Comments by Ada Gates on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I worked as a blacksmith at Santa Anita for twelve years and know many of the men or descendants of Seabiscuit's tale. Many of us laughed no mention of Seabiscuit's shoer was mentioned. People tend to hate shoers, that necesary evil that costs so much. Ironically, Bruce Kinney was Charles Howard's Buick Sales Manager in Los Angeles. He went on to create the Thoro'bred Race Plate Co, in Anaheim CA,the largest manufacturer of racehorse shoes in the world. It started in a garage in South Central LA and now sell to 30 countries. I was the first woman in the US and Canada to pass the International Journeyman's Horseshoers Exam in 1977, in those days a 6 hour marathon of forging and shoeing. Harry Patton, one of the greatest shoers that ever walked, trained me, became my mentor. 11 years later I married him. Go to and see History, also articles posted on Home Page. Your book was so extraordinarily written, your language unique and telling, I was mesmerized, couldn't put it down, wanted to read it all over again. Many friends are in the movie, filming right here at Santa Anita. Thank you for your courage and strength. Ada Gates Patton
Pasadena, CA USA

Comments by Gary Leonard on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 00:24 IP Logged
Laura, Horse racing will never be that popular again.There will never be a horse like Seabiscuit again. Owners never let their horses run at 7 years old. A good race horse is retired by the time he is 4. Ever think of writing a book about Kelso? A great horse that raced until he was 8. Great Book,read it 3 times. I hear that War Emblem is gay. OUT Gary
winter haven, fl USA

Comments by Jerry Freeman on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 07:01 IP Logged
I read the article in The Smithsonian and enjoyed it very much. The parts about cognitive therapy reminded me that you may want to investigate these sites:;; Marvelous techniques for relief of almost everything. I sincerely hope you will visit them and glean what would be useful. Sincerely, Jerry Freeman

Comments by Michelle Edwards on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 04:23 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Wow! What a fantastic job you have done telling this story. Thank you very much. As an aside, have you noticed that your website colors are the colors of Samuel Riddle's stable silks (yellow & black)? Shouldn't they be red & white? I'm sure Seabiscuit would think so! Thanks again, Michelle
Virginia Beach, VA USA

Comments by michael on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 02:03 IP Logged
Really enjoyed your book. I to started to fall in love with racing in Seattle at Longacres. Knew some of the Alhadaff's, bet on Steven's...always...cried when Boeing bought it. Now living in Louisville again where I went to HS. Much of the reason I returned was due to the Horses. Mail back if you want to talk about Seattle etc. Hope to meet you some day...maybe at one of your signings...esp. since I have bout about a dozen of your hardbacks for gifts. Best of luck... Michael

Comments by valy on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 02:01 IP Logged
I just finished your marvelous book. I normally do not read non-fiction but your book was excellent.
dallas, tx USA

Comments by Betty Christie on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 09:49 IP Logged
Laura: Your writing is superb.Seabiscuit,Smith,Pollard, Howard, Wolff, and other people all come to life so vividly. I learned so much about all that goes on behind the track scenes and the preparations for a race. Especially the weight loads the horses carry. Seabiscuit has such drama and suspense. I fell in love with "Seabiscuit" and my heart ached for him each time he has a set back. I don't usually read non-fiction, but I work in a library, so wanted to read it before the movie comes out. You made me feel that I was there when all this took place. I was only 12 in 1939, but remember "Seabuscuit". Thank you for making me feel a part of this group. I do think horses are the most beautiful animals when they race; the way their muscles ripple and flow are so beautiful, especially on those slender legs. I eagerly await the movie also. Thanks again for a real glimpse of the racing life.
Cherry Hill, NJ USA

Comments by Mark Zilembo on Monday, April 14, 2003 at 08:25 IP Logged
What a wonderful story! I enjoyed your book very much and I'm telling everyone to read it!
Oakland, Ca USA

Comments by Patty Murphy on Sunday, April 13, 2003 at 05:01 IP Logged
I just logged on to your site, because I just can't get enough. I have goosebumps as I read the introductory to this site. All I really want to say is THANKS!! Your insight on Seabicuit and the visualizations in your writing were sublime. THANKS AGAIN!
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by C. Rockstad on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 09:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Like so many others I could not put your book down either. I read it last summer and I just love that Seabiscuit!!! I am so glad that you were the story teller. THANK YOU!! 4/12/03
Bisamrck, ND USA

Comments by Bob Reed on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 05:38 IP Logged
Hello, I bought your book in the airport to read on the way back from Dublin, Ireland. I forced myself to put it down for a while after each chapter. I didn't want it to end too fast. It was wonderful read. It's a fascinating story with truly great characters. Red Pollard sounds like he was a really strong athlete, in both spirit and body, and I have a new apprecation for jockeys. Today's crybaby athlete's could use a lesson and read this book. Can't wait to see the movie even though the book are usually always better. Cheers! Bob Reed, Norwich, CT
Norwich, CT USA

Comments by Birdie D'Andrea on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 01:33 IP Logged
Have you ever been so moved by a story that you literally hug the book up to your heart when you finish it...then go back and read every word of the preface, acknowledgement, readers guide and footnote? The combination of great story telling, and the genuine personal integrity of the jockey, trainer, owner, (and horse!) was awesome -what a literary gift. Thank you Laura Hillenbrand....considering the challenges you faced in writing this book, as per the Reader Guide, you are a worthy example of personal integrity yourself. Maybe that is why you were able to represent the main characters so well.
Wayne, PA USA

Comments by Rennie McQuilkin on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 01:07 IP Logged
Norah Pollard, the daughter of John "Red" Pollard, Seabiscuitās jockey, has written a book of poems whose honesty, wit and passion are very much her fatherās. Leaning In comes hard out of the gate: both its grief and its ecstasy are unbridled. Some of the poems in Pollardās book present an intimate and compelling portrait of her father, the jockey-of-the-decade who is central to Seabiscuit÷An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrandās national best-seller.  Other poems come from the poet's passionate youth and turbulent later years. Laura Hillenbrand writes: ćIn Leaning In, Norah Pollard has created a work of singular radiance·, an elegant, truthful, resonant collection. It should be read, re-read, and remembered.ä As a footnote, it is worth mentioning that Leaning In is related to two major media events that will make this the Year of Seabiscuit: the PBS documentary AMERICAN EXPERIENCE:: SEABISCUIT, to be broadcast on April 21 (with the poet as a central commentator), and the Universal Studios motion picture SEABISCUIT, scheduled for release in July (with Toby McGuire as Red Pollard). Norah Pollardās Leaning In will be very much a part of this year-long celebration of a remarkable horse and his remarkable jockey. For more about the book and its author, go to our website at
Tariffville, CT USA

Comments by Diane Stroud on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 00:49 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand, my next door neighbor and friend gave me your book, "Seabiscuit, An American Lengend"! I love it. I quickly read it cover-to-cover. I have had four horses. One was a registered Thoroughbred and two were half TBs. I can hardly wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!!! You did a WONDERFUL job writing this book!!!
Pineville, NC USA

Comments by G. Scott on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 00:33 IP Logged
Laura- I have taken some pictures of Charlie Irwin's barn located in Cheyenne Wyo. I would like to send them to you.

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