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Comments by Dave Pressler on Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 03:09 IP Logged
Although not knowledgeable of the sport of horse racing, I am a bit of a history buff and do enjoy biographies and social histories of the US, David Halberstam being a favorite. "Seabiscuit" was the most enjoyable book I've read in a long time. Within the first few pages I was connected to these people from a very different time in America, feeling much of the same excitement they must have felt when watching Seabiscuit run. I was also very impressed by Laura Hillendbrand's ability to provide details on horseracing (which I needed since I knew nothing about horseracing) in a manner that did not bog down the story. May times I've read biographies that become so bogged down in details, it is difficult to really connect to the subject matter. I look forward to Ms. Hillenbrand's next book and will likely be attending a race or two at our local track.
MN USA

Comments by Kwint Reed on Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 02:02 IP Logged
This all around good book, will be a great movie with Robert Duvall for Smith and Gene Hackman as Howard. Forget Bridges and Gibson.
Appaloosa, OR USA

Comments by Nancy Evans on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 04:36 IP Logged
The book was wonderful and I look forward to the movie. As NTRA is always looking at ways to increase interest in the sport, I hope they are actively involved in the movie's production and advertising. Many baseball fans (myself included)were born after watching films like The Natural, Field of Dreams and most recently 61*. Considering the impact of your book, the movie could definitely help fill the grandstands. If Gary Ross is as passionate about racing as Billy Crystal is about baseball (he directed and produced 61*), we are all in for a treat! Best of luck to you and all your future indevors. You certainly show the heart of a Champion!
Valley Lee, Md USA

Comments by Roger Stephens on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 04:13 IP Logged
I just finished your book "Seabiscuit" I was very impressed by the knowledge you bestowed about the care, love, and training that was given to such an amazing thoroughbred such as Seabiscuit. Only horse as worthy being Secretariat. That I had the pleasure's of see- ing in winning the Ky. Derby in '73. Your writing kept me spellbound from start to finish. I have never been so captivated by a book so well written! I am aware that there is to be a movie made of your endeavor. I hope it will be everything as good as the words that you have inspired. I also have told everyone I come in contact with that this book is a must read for all equestrians and horse racing fans. I wish you all the best for giving me such a heart warming story. Thank-you again, Mr. R. Stephens Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, oh USA

Comments by Frank G. Hernandez on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 03:01 IP Logged
As the son of the late race announcer Joe Hernandez mentioned in your book a number of times I especially enjoyed your wonderful work.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Dawn & Jessica Phillips on Monday, September 02, 2002 at 06:26 IP Logged
From someone who grew up with a love and admiration of horses (I showed reg. quarter horses throughout my teen years) I went out and bought your book for my 12 year old daughter to read. She shares my love of horses. I would probably still be in the horse business today had I not married someone who raced motorcycles. Even though I no longer own a horse, a part of me will always want one. Your book will probably make me cry but when Jess finishes it I am going to read it anyway and I wish we could be closer to Lexington to watch the filming there. Thanks for writing the book and we wish you continued success.
Evansville, IN USA

Comments by Gwen Benham on Monday, September 02, 2002 at 02:00 IP Logged
I ADMIRE YOU AND YOUR SUPERLATIVE EFFORT TO CREATE SUCH A SPELLBINDING BOOK. I AM A HORSE OWNER & FANATIC, AND THOUGHT I HAD READ ABOUT ALL THERE WAS OF QUALITY EQUINE LITERARY ART FROM BLACK BEAUTY TO NATIONAL VELVET TO THE BLACK STALLION (YES, ALL THE BLACK STALLION SEQUELS, TOO) I HAVE RIDDEN AT THE GRAND PRIX JUMPER LEVEL, SHOWN SEVERAL QUARTER HORSES AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND OWNED SEVERAL MEDIOCRE RACEHORSES. HOW WE WOULD ALL HAVE LOVED TO BE A PART OF THE SEABISCUIT STORY, OR JUST BE ALIVE WHEN IT HAPPENED. HOW YOU HAVE MESMERIZED EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN BEWITCHED BY HORSES IS TRULY AMAZING AND A CREDIT TO YOUR INTELLECT, ENDLESS RESEARCH, AND PENMANSHIP. IF YOU WERE A MARE, I WOULD SWEAR THAT YOU HAD SEABISCUIT IN YOUR PEDIGREE-HOW IRONIC THAT YOU HAVE OVERCOME ALL ODDS TO BE AS AWE-INSPIRING AS HE. THANKS, LAURA, FOR SHOWING THE WORLD WHAT SPORTSMANSHIP USED TO BE LIKE, AND FOR WARMING THE HEARTS OF HORSELOVERS (LIKE ME) EVERYWHERE.
Oklahoma City, OK USA

Comments by Sherrie on Monday, September 02, 2002 at 01:21 IP Logged
Your book is one of the finest I've ever read. You kept me on the edge of my seat for much of it -- your descriptions of the events, the people, the horses, are incomparable. How you researched this subject is as equally intriguing as how you put the words together. It is a remarkable work. Thank you for writing.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Donald Lefton on Monday, September 02, 2002 at 01:02 IP Logged
Laura, I read your book twice! As a Horse owner & rider I think your book is a work of art !!!!Don
Bell Canyon, ca. USA

Comments by Colleen on Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 07:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank You for dedicating your time and efforts to such a wonderful horse "Seabiscuit" your talented expression captured the essance and joy of expierencing the "Thoroughbred Spirit", I know I own a beautiful Thoroughbred Mare!! She comes from an impressive line of racehorses. If it is not too much to ask, I would appreciate your help in pointing me in the direction of getting her valued as a broodmare. Any information that you can pass on I would be greatful for. Sincerely, Colleen
Belmont, MA USA

Comments by J.R. Mihocik on Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 03:02 IP Logged
Laura: You took us back in time, before ESPN and constant replays, to make a group of real people (and one of the greatest horses) come alive. Your book is wonderful, and I am recommending it to true friends. John
Bradenton, FL USA

Comments by April Stonegate on Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 00:30 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Great book, and great work of art!! Looking forward to your next book. Who is these new comers in the movie? Emerson St.John and Toby Mcguire?? I know who Jeff & Bo Bridges are, but not the ones playing horse jockeys? Thanks April Stonegate
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Richard Snyder on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 08:09 IP Logged
I just finished reading your great book about Seabiscuit. It moved me to laughter and tears, happiness and sorrow. I look forward to seeing the movie.
Jamestown, CA USA

Comments by sethatwood on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 06:59 IP Logged
My name is Seth, and I love your book! I can not wait for the movie to come out. I am looking forward to seeing all your hard work turned into a film. The cast is going to be great and the director is a wonderful film maker. I can't wait to see Spiderman's Tobey Mcguire playing Seabiscuit's jockey and Emerson St.John as a jockey again too. Not to mention Jeff Bridges as the trainer. This will help the horse industry and racing. Yours truely...Seth in NY
new york, ny USA

Comments by Suzie Birks on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 06:55 IP Logged
I recenty spent a day a Saratoga, and it was a thrill to see the SEABISCUIT Exhibit at the Museum. I do not know how long it will be there, but if anyone is in the area go and it see. It's worth the trip!
Madison, CT USA

Comments by C Hickman on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 05:02 IP Logged
In the six years since meeting my husband, I have been virtually dragged to two Breeders Cup races, Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, Bay Meadows, Arlington Race Track and Hollywood Park, plus watched numerous on-screen races, of course. Only after reading your book on the awe-inspiring Seabiscuit do I truly appreciate the sport my husband has loved for so long.
Crown Point, IN USA

Comments by john haupert on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 04:56 IP Logged
What a book. Iwould not have believed a book about a horse could be so interesting and exciting. i'm so glad my book club chose it. My father was a great fan of horseracing and worked at N.Y. tracks for thirty years as a waiter and captain. Much of what you wrote about brought alive for me the thrill he got from the ponies. As for your writing it is simply terrific. I felt like I knew each of the characters and as for the racing sequences, I felt like I was on Seabiscuit. Thanks for a great, great book.
aiken, sc USA

Comments by Carol Thibodeau on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 04:32 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I just finished your book and I was completely captivated. I must admit that the reason I decided to read it was not for a love of horse racing, but because I know of you through your family - (your Uncle P.is married to my sister S.!) After visiting with your delightful mother once again on Lake Champlain a few weeks ago, I decided to borrow the book. I think you have created a masterpiece and I am totally impressed. Your caring and compassion for the characters (and horses) comes through via your dedicated research and artistic but accurate storytelling. During the races I had to omit any and all stimulation around me - I might as well have been riding that horse! And I found myself totally immersed in the details of a subculture that I never imagined taking an interest in. Congrats on an undertaking that I know was huge for you. I hope it's ok as a very extended family member to feel proud of you! Carol Thibodeau, So. China, Me.
So. China, Me USA

Comments by Nancy Bickford on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 03:21 IP Logged
I haven't even picked up the book yet, but as soon as I finish here, I'm heading out to my local bookstore and buying it. Having been a horse racing fan since the Nashua v. Swaps days, and also having moved to Lexington, KY to fulfill my childhood dream of being near horses, I'm anxiously awaiting the movie. To top it off, I'm going to audition for it next Saturday, Sept. 7. When my family and I took a vacation to Kentucky in 1958, I remember seeing War Admiral at Faraway Farm, which was the thrill of a lifetime. That was also when Man O' War's grave was still at Faraway Farm. That's about the closest I ever came to The Biscuit! I'm looking forward to reading your book and being in/seeing the movie! Thanks for drawing the American public to the wonderful world of horse racing and to prove that not everybody starts out with a silver spoon in his mouth.
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by Janet Collins on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 02:47 IP Logged
Hello, I just found out that Tobey McGuire,Jeff Bridges, and new comer Emerson St.John are slated to star in your book adaptation of Seasbiscuit. I am so happy it is being turned into a movie. I proud for you and the new movie. Thank you
Hollywood , CA USA

Comments by willie on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 02:16 IP Logged
Dear Miss Hillenbrand, I LLLOOOVVVEEEDDD your book and those crazy true characters, especially Old Seabiscuit. I lllooovvveeeddd him so much I tattooed his name in script along my right forearm. People keep asking me " whats Seabiscuit?" I tell them to read the book. Yours Truly Will Steel
centerport, n.y. USA

Comments by salvatore monaco on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 01:09 IP Logged
dear laura , great book im a horsemen in new york, i run at belmont and aqueduct , fingerlakes saratoga, i heard seabisket will become a movie.i have too be in the movie, i dont care in what respect!as a person in the stands ....hot walker.., anything at no charge. i will pay my own expences. this is a personal reason ,why im asking( has too do with my father dying) can you please help me? or point me in the direction, for whom i must contact,iam friends with alot of famous jockeys like angel cordaro and heledero gustines if i can help you out at all please contact me. my thanks again salvatore monaco sr.
new york, ny USA

Comments by L. Wayne Keller on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 09:48 IP Logged
I have some valuable information about Red Pollard and how he changed my family's life. Please contact me as soon as possible. Red Pollard taught my brother Mike Keller to ride in 1959 at Sullfic Downs in Boston. Your Friend In Jesus Christ L. Wayne Keller former horse trainer
St. Amant, LA USA

Comments by L. Wayne Keller on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 09:31 IP Logged
I have some valuable information about Red Pollard and how he changed my family's life. Please contact me as soon as possible. Your Friend In Jesus Christ L. Wayne Keller former horse trainer
St. Amant, LA USA

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