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Comments by Martin Laney on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 00:23 IP Logged
Dear Laura - Thank you for a literary experience that I can't really put into words, but then I'm not an author. It is rare in today's world to be touched and inspired by what I would have initially thought to be an obscure tale from the past. Congratulations on bringing Seabiscuit, his life and times, and such a colorful cast of characters to life. I wonder if you realize what a tremendous feat you pulled off and what an illuminating glimpse of history you have given to so many people. I can only marvel at the tremendous effort you must have put forth in research and preparation, which you then followed up with with a masterful piece of storytelling. As you have undoubtedly heard countless times already, you have a rare gift, and the reading public is so much the better for your having shared it. Living in northern California, it would have been fun to make the short trek to Seabiscuit's final resting place, but that will obviously be impossible. What an curious decision on Mr. Howard's part. Thanks to you though, I'll always rememeber the story. Kindest regards, and continued success - Martin Laney
Walnut Creek, CA USA

Comments by Valerie Blonder on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 09:44 IP Logged
Laura, as a professional in the horse business and a passionate lover of horses my entire adult life, I found the story of "The Biscuit" touch on every dream I've ever had in imagining the thrill of working with an exceptional horse. I often work with Thoroughbreds and I am impressed by the instinctivness of Seabiscuits entourage, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, George Wolfe and his owners. I found it a struggle to put the book down and attend to my responsiblities, in work and at home. What an era, driven by the depression and the need to cheer on the underdog! Thank you for bringing such a wonderful piece of U.S. History to our attention.
Brentwood, TN USA

Comments by June Wilson on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 00:42 IP Logged
Laura, Wonderful! I look forward to the movie. Hope it is as authentic and passionate as your story. I am an artist, in the 70's I did a piece about Ruffian the great filly that broke down in the match race with Foolish Pleasure. Your book is a treasure. Thanks.
nj USA

Comments by Harry Cardoni on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 00:24 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I am intrigued by your book and wonder how you researched how particular races were run, particularly since most were not videotaped. I have two children in college in D.C. and would love to meet you and buy you lunch some day. You did not write a book on horsracing; rather, you created horse racing literature. A job well done!
Kingston, Pa USA

Comments by Hillary Adorno on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 09:38 IP Logged
Laura - I am only 100 pages into Howard, Pollard, Smith and Seabiscut's lives, but I want to say a premature thank you for writing this book. I have just read your reenactment of Seabiscuit's first races under his new tutelage and had something wonderful happen to me. Your amazing account of the homestretch action brought about the same emotional response I have when I am physically watching a horse race - all I can say is, wow. It may seem trivial, but rarely am I so affected by the written word. You have an incredible talent. I'm trying to remain hopeful the screenwriter's ability to capture what you have in this book, but it doesn't seem possible. Thank you,
Farmington, CT USA

Comments by Philip Goh on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 02:18 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, Thank you for enriching my life with your amazing book. You have paced the book in the similar fashion that you described Seabiscuit's many races and indeed his extraordinary career as a whole. Not knowing much about Seabiscuit, I found my heart thumping as I read on and on, not wanting the book to end. I'm extremely touched by the tributes you made in acknowledging the people who helped you realise your vision and I'm glad you made the effort to immortalise the life of Seabiscuit and the lives of the people around him. As racing fan and an erstwhile racing writer here in Singapore, I salute you for your achievement. Perhaps someday you may wish to drop by Singapore where the racing scene is small but nonetheless quite exciting. We'll be running our only Group 1 race - the S$3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup - on May 11 this year. Last year, Richard Mandella brought Lazy Lode here to run in this race but was luckless. Perhaps next time an American horse runs in this big race, you can be here to cheer him on to victory. See you then!
Singapore, Singapore

Comments by Brianna on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 01:07 IP Logged
I am a small town girl who used to own and ride horses western style, I was never interested in the horse racing but because of my love for horses I decided to heed the critics choice and read your book. I have read probably thousands of books by now so I feel I am somewhat of an expert and I just have to say that your book brought back all my wonderful memories of horse back riding. This was the best book I have ever read, it was so exciting that when I read it at lunch time I could not contain myself and had to read some parts(race parts) out loud, I felt like pacing around until the end of the race. I am so glad I could contain myself and not skip to the end of the race to see who won, that would have been a BIG cheat. So I have never contacted an author before but I felt I had to this time. I will go see the movie when it comes out and all I could think of before I found out there was a movie was Anthony Hopkins would make a GREAT Smith. The ending of the book was bittersweet for I realized I would never meet Seabiscuit but he will be in my heart. Thanks again.

Comments by Jay Cunningham on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 09:02 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your creation was wonderfully written. The style was terrific; paced like a horserace itself. I am in the third year of writing my first novel. The constant, day to day discipline necessary to keep at it, to get to the 'finish line', suprises and challenges me every day as we struggle, paragraph by paragraph,page by page. It's the bromide, 'if you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write',that makes me reluctantly, sometimes, squander precious moments to write to pick a book. With yours, it quickly became a pleasure. Not only a wonderfully told story, but masterfully done. Your hard work was seamlessly displayed. But it wasn't until I finished and visited the web site to send you this note that I recalled your own challenge in writing the story. The daily grind of work, family, and all else that can keep one from the desire to write is most modest compared to yours. Congratulations. Sincerely, Jay Cunningham Birmingham, Michigan
Birmingham, Mi USA

Comments by Ginny Hutchins on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 07:29 IP Logged
This is truly one of the best books I've ever read. What a wonderful true story of the underdog winning despite numerous obstacles. I only wish I could cheer on Pollard and the Biscuit myself... I'm looking forward to the feature film - it may not, however, match up with the vivid story I now picture in my mind, thanks to your outstanding depiction.
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Comments by Pat on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 06:22 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,I greatly enjoyed "Seabiscuit." It was a fascinating inside view into the lives and health of the horses and jockeys and in general into the world of thoroughbred racing. I don't know if you will have the time to answer this question, but I was curious about a section on P. 287..."Seabiscuit leaned forward into the far turn. He switched lead legs, so that the left foreleg was bearing the greatest weight." (Then he suffers an injury.) I know horses naturally choose the correct (inside) lead to support themselves on turns/circles. Under saddle, the rider also makes sure the horse is on the correct lead for best stability. In racing though, how do leads work? Do the horses switch leads on their own on the straightaway to "even out" the stress on the lead leg? Does the rider attempt to get the horse on the corret lead on the turn or does the horse just do it automatically or does it matter? Perhaps the horse just stays on the left lead thru the whole race and stays on the right lead when going the opposite direction in workouts. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Sincerely, Pat

Comments by SANDY BUSINO on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 02:04 IP Logged

Comments by Brian J. Dorsey on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 09:15 IP Logged
Completed your book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish you would have went into more details on Biscuits early losses and posted some of the payouts(win, exactas etc.) that occured! Please fwd. me some winning advice for an 8/15-16 Saratoga trip. Brian J. Dorsey
Union City, NJ USA

Comments by Karen Griffith on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 07:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms' Hillenbrand, Your book is spell-binding!!! Our book club chose SEABISCUIT for our May selection. I was cringing every time Red flew around the track. And the weight loss techniques were torturous. I had no idea. Thank you for a wonderful story. K.G.
Ellicott City, MD. USA

Comments by DEB H on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 06:54 IP Logged
Excellent!, best book I have ever read.Couldnt put it down ,looking forward to the movie.Thank You!!!!!

Comments by Josh Orlean on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 03:29 IP Logged
I am glad to have finished this wonderful book. Now I could get back to things that need to be done. I found myself racing to the finish. It's a wonderfully written book. At times I have felt like I was sharing the saddle with Red Pollard and George Woolf. What an amazing story. What an amazing horse. I now have a better understanding of the love my friend has for the sport.
Deer Park, NY USA

Comments by nick on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 01:32 IP Logged
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you..........I use Exbourne's name because I believe he had heart. He was never as good as Seabiscuit was but he tried every time. Horses like that are rare.......I'm going out on a limb here with my top Derby choice...Saarland...Shug is long over due.
phoenix, az USA

Comments by Tom Kelly on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 08:01 IP Logged
Laura, thank you so much for such a delightful book and wonderful insight into the sport of kings. I have been to the Preakness Stakes a few times, but never realized that the greatest horserace ever run was at Pimlico during the Pimlico Special between Seabicuit and War Admiral. The Seabiscuit story is simply incredible and captures the essence of humanity in its desire to overcome any and all obstacles in life and its overwhelming love for those, human or horse, that do. I look forward to the Seabiscuit movie and hopefully your books on Secretariat, and the Affirmed and Alydar rivalry. Virginia bred's sure can write! Tom Kelly
Yorktown, VA USA

Comments by Georgia Nelson on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 05:42 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: While waiting for a hair appointment, April 19, 2002, I read with interest your story in The Ladies Home Journal issue from November 2001, regarding your experiences with chronic fatigue syndrome. I was hoping to find at the end of the story a “happy ending,” although that wasn’t the case. It saddens me to think of all the people that go through life suffering from illnesses who may not have to. However, I am associated with a product that I have witnessed true health results with. Of all people that are skeptical of “health” products, I am at the top of that list. When I was introduced to this product several months ago, I suffered from chronic migraines for 30 years, starting in junior high school. A friend introduced me to this product, and although I thought it was a bunch of nonsense and too good to be true, I agreed to try it because she had caught me at a bad time. I had been suffering with a severe migraine for a few days, and none of my medications seemed to work. I was at a point where I hurt so badly, I would try anything. At that time, I was getting migraines a few times a week, consuming a bottle of Excedrin each week and 4-5 Imitrex a week (migraine medication), with some relief at times, but always knowing they would come back and ruin my life. I started on the product a few months ago, and I have noticed extreme results. In a nutshell, my migraines and other health ailments have disappeared including arthritis, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems. I have become very involved in promoting this product, because I have seen so many wonderful results and heard so many inspiring testimonies, including reversal of cancers, asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, gastrointestinal diseases, to names a few; and yes, chronic fatigue syndrome! I hope you will contact me so I can give you more information. There are no drugs involved and it just works on the concept of giving our bodies the natural products that they need to be healthy. Because of our environment, toxins, and the way our foods are processed our bodies are not getting what they need to maintain healthy cells and therefore good health. I am confident you will be one of those “skeptical” people that within a few months will be able to give testimony to a new life.
Lincoln, NE USA

Comments by Marilyn Hanna on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 03:48 IP Logged
I am an elementary librarian. I can't wait for the children's book.
Pleasant Hill, MO. USA

Comments by Geoffrey J. Offermann on Friday, April 19, 2002 at 01:22 IP Logged
The descriptions of the races had me on the edge of my seat! Go Pops, go!
Marietta, GA United States

Comments by rcraig on Friday, April 19, 2002 at 01:21 IP Logged
I hate horses and they hate me me. After reading your book I'm willing to try again. Also I loved your metaphor comparing the flight of birds and the converging horses in Seabiscuit's Santa Anita race. Cheers, oh yeah you're also a cracker.
victoria, BC Canada

Comments by Ryan Reed on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 08:49 IP Logged
walking around the library and looking for a good book to read.I found one. It was called SEABISCUIT,AN AMERICAN LEGEND. THANK-YOU.
sidney, mt USA

Comments by joe on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 07:37 IP Logged
1 word "outstanding"
gilbert, az USA

Comments by Mark Miles on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 02:05 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, Just finished reading Seabiscuit, and there are not enough superlatives to describe this wonderful book. I fell in love with the "Biscuit". Thank you so much.
Bound Brook, NJ USA

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