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Comments by Robert Addison on Friday, March 14, 2003 at 02:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was out yesterday morning at Santa Anita talking to various trainers. Both Noble Threewitt and Leonard Dorfman said some nice things about you. I worked on the "Backside" during the years of 1945-1950 and have written a personal history of those years and the life of a young kid on his own growing up. The book is finished with the exception of the editing. I am not satisfied with the editing I've been receiving as people who are not familiar with horses or racing are deleting too much of the emotion and my heartfelt love of the horse. Do you have a suggestion for an editor? Do you have an e-mail address in which I could correspond with you? Any help would be most appreciated. Sincerely, R. Addison
Santa Barbara, Ca. USA

Comments by Steve on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 03:52 IP Logged
I really enjoyed reading your book ! having been raised on a horse farm, and working part time at a track the story, and situations really flowed nicely. Working with horses is a real important part of my life. I recently became a volunteer investigator who handles cases of horse abuse here in Illinois. I work with the Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society www.harpsonline.org Please look over the site, and feel free to let me know what you think of the work we do with horses.
Ill. USA

Comments by mrs. newman on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 05:15 IP Logged
dear laura, thanks for the amazing book. i just had to write and tell you how much i loved the read and the story. seabiscuit has been the subject of many conversations at the ranch i volunteer at here in half moon bay, and we're even planning a ranch outing to see the movie when it's released. thank you for the inspiration, a job well done indeed!
half moon bay, ca USA

Comments by Sue Dorsey on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 00:11 IP Logged
To Laura Hillenbrand: Your book Seabiscuit is wonderful. I went to Barnes and Noble and couple weeks ago and was just glancing over it, and decided to get some coffee and sit down a minute and look at it. I got caught up in it like I never have with a book. I love racing, of course, and love horses even more. I've been around horses many years. What a wonderful story, and yet, it's real!!! I was so entrapped by that book, that I almost read half the book right there in the store. Time passed, it got dark, I forgot what time it was. I felt like I was there, with the characters, with the horse. It was something. I want to see the movie, but I'm afraid it won't do the book justice. I am from Virginia, also. Congratulations on a wonderful book!!!
Advance, NC USA

Comments by dave kerlin on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 07:15 IP Logged
Laura, when is the documentary about Seabiscuit going to be on PBS? I thought it was going to be on a monday in April 2003. How is your book with more seabiscuit pictures coming?
germantown , md USA

Comments by Lawrence Allie on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 01:15 IP Logged
I like your site. Go Seabiscuit!!!!
NYC, NY USA

Comments by kent gilmore on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 08:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, My new novel, Kirchborn, has been described in reviews as the the fictional, contemporary equivalent to your masterpiece. I only wish that were true. There will never again be anything like the great horse or your magnificent chronicle. Kent Gilmore Nephew of Bill Gilmore
Paso Robles, CA USA

Comments by steve baetzner on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 07:15 IP Logged
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, My compliments on a fascinating book about a fascinating sports figure. Prior to your book, the only references I'd had to Seabiscuit were old plug gags in Looney Tune cartoons from the 40s. This was an eye opener! I learned a great deal about thoroughbred horses, racing and jockeys. I was especially interested in the chapter on the jockey's life. Must be one of the most stressful of all jobs. Also appealing to me was your description of how a horse enjoys running against other horses--and even deer! They are fighting to be the alpha animal in their immediate "herd". I have no doubt now that a horse can appreciate its situation and enjoy it lucidly. Thanks for a great read! One of my top ten books so far this year!
largo, fl USA

Comments by Diana Thompson Boehme on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 03:50 IP Logged
I just finished your wonderful book, I hated putting it down and always feel rather empty after finishing any book when it is so good. Thank you for taking the time to tell the story. I spent a few years in the TB business in the heart of the TB world in beautiful Kentucky. I know the passion that wraps itself around the people that are involved from hot-walkers to grooms to owners to the railbirds... It's a wonderful life and a hard life and most won't change a thing about it. To know a horse with such heart and courage is to know the breed and the mind of the great Thoroughbred. You told a wonderful story. Thank you.
Gordonsville, VA USA

Comments by Tammy Benson on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 01:31 IP Logged
Simply FABULOUS!! This was absolutely one of the best "works of art" I've ever read. I have recommneded it to dozens of people since reading it myself. And, each time I encounter someone who has already read it, they have nothing but praise for it. Simply put, the most descriptive, insightful telling of this awe-inspiring tale ever written. Congratulations!
Newton, NC USA

Comments by LeAnna on Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 09:44 IP Logged
Spirit of Seabiscuit Rides on...I was born in the Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and delivered by Doc Babcock.Oh how your book has stired up the emotional spirit. All the memories...My Mother was one of "the pretty gals" that was called upon for publicity shots with Seabiscuit on the Ridgewood Ranch. Oh, they must have had fun pose'n in their finest cowgirl attire- all decked out!She had told me about the funny looking Seabiscuit and what a character he was....He knew exactly when he was being photographed and put on a show when HE wanted! Growing up in Willits...we know how fortunate we were that Mr Howard gave us the funds to build a hospital in spite the loss of his son. My grandfather helped Doc Babcock with many medical equiptment, the ambulance and an iron lung of sorts. Willits has the Oldest Continuing Rodeo in California..compared to Salinas' California's Oldest! In your book you mentioned Salinas is where the Howard's met. I worked for some folks on Zabala Road (Marcela's Maiden name)Today there is a trotter "second chance" villa called Camp Warhorse.Sorry, got sidetracked...anyway..The Ridgewood Ranch fell into the hands of a lumber company, who clear-cut,hauled, and milled all the timber on the ranch...It was a sorry site for all who traveled 101 between Willits and Ukiah. The hopes were that they wouldn't cut the knoll behind the home...but they saved that for last stab. They sold the scalped land in the 60's to the Golden Rule Church who have tried their best to be good custodians of the property. Most of the scars have healed ..Thank Heavens! The Pollards married at St Anthonys as my Mom and Dad. Now movies? Mom and my Dad met at the Noyo Theatre. He was a reel runner up 101 from SF to Eureka. She the 1st usher hired at the theatre.We can barely wait for the movie based on your book! I saw in my Mother's enthusiasm for the Ranch, the Howard's & Seabiscuit a different spirit-- a genuine touch-your-heart YIPPEE! Was it the times? That generation endured much..the WWII etc... and they came out winning! Annabell still embraces life like that!Anyway, thanks for a wonderful story told..that was real...and I think you feel and captured "the SPIRIT of winning the race...YEAH SEABISCUIT!"
Willits, Ca USA

Comments by Gene L. Mason, Ph.D. on Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 05:31 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I've walked onto several airplances with your book under my arm. I was stopped every time to listen to the praise other readers had for your book. Every time I had the book with me in public, someone stopped me to tell me what they thought about it. I spend a good part of my life breeding and training race horses. I learned more about the backside in the 1930's from your work than I have from walking down thousands of shedrows and talking with folks who have made such their life. I owe you. Thank you.
Lynn, MA USA

Comments by Amy Douglas on Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 00:22 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, We will be discussing your book at our next book club and I wanted to know if you have any suggestions as to how to begin the discussion or any special remarks that have come up in the past that I could share with the group. Thank you.
Gardnerville, NV USA

Comments by maggie van ostrand on Saturday, March 08, 2003 at 07:14 IP Logged
America needs Seabiscuit as much today as it did during the Great depression. We're in trouble and we badly need a hero. Thanks to Laura Hillenbrand, we've got the Biscuit. Let's write and get him put on a U.S. postage stamp as a sign of affection and respect to both of them. 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 Together, we can do this.
pine mountain, CA USA

Comments by Nigel Leggett on Saturday, March 08, 2003 at 07:06 IP Logged
Being an Englishman from over the pond, I was a bit worried about reading a book about an American horse that I have never heard of, and from many years before I was born. However I was truely captivated by the book from the beginning to the end. I am involved with Horse Racing in Great Britain and have read many Racing books, and must admit that some, ( I won't mention which ones, are a great disappointment!!) However this had me gripped from the very first pages, the details of the very hard conditions the jockeys had to cope withn were eye opening,I hadn't relised that so many jockeys were badly injured or killed in those days. As for the Biscuit himself, the reader soon gained a real affection for the little underdog that managed to beat the best racehorses in all of America. The chapter on the race match against War Admiral was particularly breathtaking, I felt as if I was there witnessing the amazing acceleration that took Seabiscuit past War Admiral to an empthatic victory. What more can I say a brilliant book, I can't wait for the film, when it eventually arrives in dear old Bligthy.
Great Britain

Comments by chuck lustick on Saturday, March 08, 2003 at 06:36 IP Logged
SEABISCUIT ON A STAMP. 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 We need Seabiscuit as much today as during the Depression. Together, we can do this.
new orleans, LA USA

Comments by George Metz on Saturday, March 08, 2003 at 00:07 IP Logged
Congratultions Laura for writing one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. I was most impressed by the way you wove passion and psychology into the details of Seabiscuit's career The way you described his ability to "stare down" his opponents and sense when they were most vunerable to be defeated by his exerting a bit more effort is an inspirinig message to anyone who wants to succeed in life against seemingly overwhelming obstacles. It has worked for me all of my 75 years. Great job, George Metz
Cheshire, CT USA

Comments by Gary Obst on Friday, March 07, 2003 at 06:02 IP Logged
Laura, I just finished the book. Thank you for a wonderful and delightful tour of the grand old days of horse racing. One could almost hear the roar of the crowd and the thundering of hoofs! Bravo! Well done! Gary
Loveland, OH USA

Comments by Carol Zawadski on Thursday, March 06, 2003 at 06:19 IP Logged
I just wanted to say that I am very excited to read about this horse and see this movie. Also VERY EXCITED that my Cousin's Son (Jimmy) is the "Stunt Man" for Tobey in this movie. We can't wait to see this movie. I saw the interview with Tobey on the "Tody Show" this morning. (3-6-03). Looks great......... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Enfield, CT USA

Comments by kim on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 08:51 IP Logged
Loved the book. One thing that I did notice that I did not like about the book is the front cover. Surley, as I am sure lots would agree, he deserves a full head and/or body shot of Seabiscuit of the front cover. You can barely see Seabiscuit. How sad.
USA

Comments by doug wofford on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 03:17 IP Logged
Your creative use of words is awe inspiring, sometimes I stop and marvel at such phrases as;"he took up being a jockey at 13, abandoning formal education and his boyhood" and "the three came to the intersection, it was their crowded hour" Bravo,Simply origional use of words!!! Through you, God has blessed horse racing. -Doug Wofford
Thousand palms , ca USA

Comments by Tom Lopes on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 03:00 IP Logged
Laura - A good friend and business colleague loaned me your book, and now I feel compelled to get my own copy for my collection. As a person who enjoys the track, I was fascinated by the behind the scenes things that went on. I would be interested if you are having any book signing in the NY-NJ-PA areas in the near future, as I would love to have this book signed as a gift to my friend. Maybe I'll see you at this years Derby - Section 111! Thanks for a great read!
DE USA

Comments by Don Moyer on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 02:09 IP Logged
The story that you wrote to tell about that phenomenal horse and retinue of other people and horses and places and times and situations and events led me to our local bookstore to purchase the book about Secratariat written by the famous gentleman who interviewed you about your crafting your extraordinaty tale which allowed you to rise above your other distractions and live. Remarkable. Thsnk you Laura. You introduced me to another crafty long winded sentence author, Willaim Nack. Don Moyer
San Bruno, CA USA

Comments by Richard Reed on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 01:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Knowing about my past interest in horse racing, my grand-daughter gave me your book and I'm grateful to her for exposing me to your wonderful story about Seabiscuit, one of my favorite horses. I do have a question regarding the description of the various races you describe. Did you have access to the Daily Racing Form charts for those races? In particular, I might note, that when, as a college student in California, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Santa Anita Handicap in 1940 and my recollection of the running details of that race varies a little from your description. KayakII did move on the stretch turn and did close some, but he never "nodded into the lead". Of course, I'm not claiming an infallable memory. One other aspect of that race which struck me at the time because it was an oowner's position that I was previously unaware of. Since Seabiscuit and KayakII ran as an entry, regardless of which horse won, the paramutal wagering would not be affected. Therefore, Mr. Howard, who certainly wanted Seabiscuit to win, "declared to win" with Seabiscuit. This meant that if there were a situation where both horses were in contention near the finish of the race, their jockeys would make sure that Seabiscuit would win. There was some conjecture after the race that KayakII might have been the better horse that day but the majority of observers thought that even though KayakII made a strong move on the far turn he probably never have caught Seabiscuit. I don't believe my personal recollections belong in your guest book, but thought you might be interested in hearing them from one of your and Seabiscuit's fans. Thanks again for a wonderful read. I look forward to the movie. Richard Reed
Lincoln City, OR USA

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