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Comments by Jim McCarthy on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 02:41 IP Logged
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit. The story is great and your writing style is super. I was only about 8 or 9 years old when Seabiscuit was around, but I can remember my brother and mother talking about him, and George Wolfe. Again, thanks for hard-to-put-down book, and insights into the life of a jockey back when. Jim McCarthy
Levittown, NY USA

Comments by Paul Pelon on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 02:19 IP Logged
In 1998 you wrote in Equus an article on the death of a Horse. Where can I get a copy? Equus does not keep back issues.
Meredith, NH USA

Comments by Dottie Conner on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 01:30 IP Logged
Thank you for writing such a first-rate, really entertaining book.
Cape Coral, FL USA

Comments by Bill Hayes on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 09:17 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I only wish my father were alive to read your wonderful book. He was an RPI educated civil engineer, a by-product of the Great Depression and a devoted fan of horse racing from Great Barrington to Hialeah. While home on leave from the Navy we went to the GB Fair and I made a comment to him about how everybody was having a nice time. I always remember his comment "Billy, we are not here to have a "NICE TIME". We are here to remove the money in that man's wallet and put it in our wallets by picking winners from this newspaper". And back to the Daily Racing Form he went. I know he would love your wonderful story and I wish you well in your battle with CFS. Bill Hayes Miami, Florida

Comments by RICK MUFFITT on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 03:15 IP Logged
I really enjoyed your book and as I grew up in Omaha ,Ne I was fortunate enough to work at AK-SAR-BEN race track and the old trainer I worked for always said after a big race- "Good Horse but he will never be another "SEABISQUIT"-i AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOVIE--IF IT EVER HAPPENS !! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments by Kerri Zeblisky on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 02:46 IP Logged
I'm happy that someone else is writing about Seabiscut. He is a great horse and athlete.He is my favorite horse and I think he was more game then his grandsire Man O' War. Seabiscut had a lot more to overcome but he never knew the word quit. He is my hero, most people don't have that much heart.
Long Branch, NJ USA

Comments by Cathy Quinn on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 02:11 IP Logged
I feel in love with your book and Seabiscuit upon first reading it in 2000. I just had another go-round and found it to be just as fascinating as the first time around. I went to my first horse race last summer at age 50, so I'm not much of a racing fan. However, I love reading about real people and events so Seabiscuit definitely peaked my interest. I feel like I personally known Tom Smith, Red Pollard and, of course, Seabiscuit. I wish there were more pictures so really looking forward to the movie. Thank you so much for a wonderful look at the racing world and Seabiscuit!!
Stockton, CA USA

Comments by Deborah Liebow on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 09:24 IP Logged
Laura, I am a manager of a large book store in Chicago and read this book early on when it was recommended by the publisher's rep. From the first chapter I was hooked and hung on for the best ride I have had in a long time. I hand sell this book all the time (I sold many as Christmas and Hanukak gifts) and cannot wait for it to come out in paperback so I can introduce it to a whole new audience. This book is just amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Douglas F. Benbow on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 06:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Loved your book! My Dad used to "call" the race between Seabiscuit & War Admiral in a rousing narrative that would leave listeners spellbound. He's gone now, but your book has brought back many wonderful memories of the horse racing era of his life. You've unknowingly touched my life and perhaps I may be of assistance to you. I'm a Clinical Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist outside of Chicago and I deal with CFS clients on a regular basis. Initially, eliminating the possibility of viral involvement(herpes, Epstein-Barr virus, and cytomegalovirus antibody activity)and Thyroid deficiency is important- which I'm sure you're Doctor has done. Secondly, as difficult as it may be, physical activity is essential and I've found resistance training to be most helpful. Protecting and enhancing the immune system via nutritional supplementation, key proteins, and hormones may aid in the return of more normal energy levels. These would include: alpha lipoic acid, CO Q10, NADH, L-carnitine & acetyl-L-carnitine, phenylalanine or tyrosine, DHEA, and vitamin C infusion treatment. Another product out of Europe called Adapton has been effective. For more information on dosages for these natural therapies, refer to the website (Life Extention Foundation)and search CFS. Finally, your outlook on life and ability to laugh is a tremendous boost to your immune system. I would add seeking a relationship with God (if you don't already have one) can place your focus on something much bigger than yourself who is also available to carry a portion of your burden if you will allow him. I hope some of this information is helpful and I thank you again for sharing your gift with me. Doug Benbow P.S. If you have any questions you may e-mail me at
Fox River Grove, IL. USA

Comments by Bill Griffiths on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 01:45 IP Logged
Never thought much about horse racing before. Thanks for a great story, well-told!
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Margie Bell on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 01:01 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: So many of my co-workers loved your book, that we would like to give autographed copies away, at our "Day at the Races" on May 1, 2002 during DERBY week. As you can imagine, living in the shawdow of the Twin Spires creates horse lovers in most of us. Would you please contact me and tell me where I could purchase app. 125 autographed copies? Thanks again, for a wonderful book!
Louisville, KY USA

Comments by Douglas F. Benbow on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 00:05 IP Logged
Hi again Laura, I e-mailed you earlier today concerning CFS & your wonderful book. I noticed that your book is going to the big screen and was wondering if you will be involved in the development of the screenplay? Seabiscuit has the potential to be the "Rocky" of horseracing if it is developed properly and captures the passion & heart of your story. If I were Gary Ross I would take a long hard look at Director Carrol Ballard's work in "The Black Stallion". The sights, sounds,& emotions of the race scenes are awesome. The project also might necessitate a Frances Ford Coppela type to bring it together but there are not many of his style left. It truely could be an Acadamy Award winning project - "Larger Than Life" if you will. Food for thought. God's Blessings, Doug Benbow
Fox River Grove, IL. USA

Comments by Lee Kottke on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 09:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand Thanks for the ride. Your soft hands drew a most memorable picture of Thirties and the four characters who you chose to symbolize the era. One can long for a time when a racehorse reigned over the public imagination. Best, Lee Kottke
Lenapah, Ok USA

Comments by Mary B. Allen on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 02:47 IP Logged
Thank you for a "good read" in "Seabiscuit." I have recommended it all my friends as the most interesting and well-researched book I've read in a long time. We appreciate you and the pleasure you've given us. Mary Allen and Hank Heard
Sonora, CA USA

Comments by Gloria Fleming on Friday, March 08, 2002 at 02:19 IP Logged
Dear Laura, First of all--Congratulations on winning second place in the Barnes and Noble Award for non-fiction. When I scrolled down the list and saw that "Seabiscuit" was even there I jumped for joy. I loved your book! Sometimes I just pick it up and read the about the race with War Admiral and I am so uplifted for the rest of the day. As much as I love horseracing, I hate to see a great horse lose (War Admiral) but the finish line has got to come first for someone! I live in southern California and go to Santa Anita quite often. Now, I never go without stopping a moment at Seabiscuit's statue and that of George Woolf's. Recently I entered a writing contest and won a trip to the Breeders' Cup in New York this year. Had to write in 50 words or less why I should be considered the the Ultimate Female Fan of Horseracing--in 50 words or less. Not an easy assignment, but I did it and my husband and I had a great time in New York. Anyway, thank you for writing your book. It's the talk of the track! If you get the chance, please check out where my writings on the BC appear. You've done a great thing!
Woodland Hills, CA USA

Comments by Roseanne M Boykin on Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 07:35 IP Logged
Just loved it. So looking forward to the movie when released. My daughter works with racehorses and has since high school. She is 30yr now and Florida/Canada resident.My trips to Keeneland and Ocala,Fl. to sales with her are some of the most remembered. The horses and people you meet, just stay in your memory forever. You should be proud of this work. It has made so many of us smile and say , what a book. I recommend it to everyone I know that loves reading good books.!!!!!Kudos to you as an author and person!!!From a fellow Virginian!
Aroda, Va USA

Comments by Edward Gray on Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 07:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura, There are five of us elderly men who have a bookclub that selected "Seabiscuit" for review. A question has arisen: Is this book truly a "biography" or is it an historical novel.For example, there is dialogue that is in quotes which would indicate that a person actually said those matters that are quoted. Obviously, some of those quotes are literally accurate and are taken from newspaper articles, interviews with the individuals, etc. But are all of the substantiated as statements that were actually made, or do some of them represent your best guess as to what was said. I would appreciate your answer, because I believe the book to be a biography, but some of our members think that it is a novel. Only a technical point, but one of interest to us. Thanks. It was a great read. Sincerely, Ed Gray
Harbor Springs, mi USA

Comments by Sam on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 09:16 IP Logged
3 questions: Did Howard ever find out about Pollard's blindness? What ever happened to Pumpkin and why did he not join Seabiscuit upon his retirement, instead of Kayak? What happened to the horse that almost cost Pollard his leg? Did that horse have to be put down or was he ok? Thank you for sharing such an incredible story. I am a voracious reader and very few books have touched me so.
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Donna HInkle on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 03:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for such a great book about Seabiscuit! I live about 12 miles from the Ridgewood Ranch and I grew up hearing stories about Seabiscuit. My Grandfather and Father used to sell hay to the Howards and deliver it to the ranch. Not the Timothy hay that Seabiscuit raced on but other hay. I really appreciated reading such a detailed, interesting account, a great book!
Ukiah, Ca USA

Comments by Beverly K. Johnson on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 02:19 IP Logged
Thank you for the wonderful book, Seabiscuit! I had been wanting to read it since the beginning of last summer, but wasn't able to until I received it for Christmas from my sister-in-law who knows that I am an avid reader and belong to a book club. Right after Christmas, we chose Seabiscuit as our book for March. I am moderating the meeting, and was wondering if you have any good discussion questions. Thank you so much for your help with the questions and your book. It was worth the wait. I truly loved every minute I read it and didn't want the story to end!
Atlanta, ga USA

Comments by Lonnie Stewardson on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 02:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura, After having seen your book title on all of the top ten lists this past year, I simply had to read it. As a child, I dreamed of owning a horse of my own. Between the ages of 6 and 12, i read every scrap of paper I could find that had anything to do with horses. Seabiscuit's name and his exploits appeared in many of the books that fed my fantasies. As I grew older, I came to the realization that a horse of my own was not in the works. After reading your masterful tale of the Howards, the "Lone Plainsman", Red Pollard, George Woolf, and the magnificent Seabiscuit, my dreams of horse ownership are revisiting me. While I doubt my wife will thank you for helping me regain some of my lost childhood, please accespt my sincerest thanks for the tremendous reading experience.
Stony Plain, AB Canada

Comments by Donna Hinkle on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 02:18 IP Logged
Thank you Laura for the wonderful book on Seabiscuit! I live about 12 miles from the Ridgewood Ranch and have heard about Seabiscuit all my life. My Grandfather and Father used to deliver hay to the ranch every year. It wasn't the Timothy hay he was raced on but other hay. It was so neat to read such a detailed account of his life. I look forward to the movie and I hope it is well done and does credit to Seabiscuit and your book.
Ukiah, Ca USA

Comments by Bill Davis on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 00:37 IP Logged
Your book is my selection for our Readers' Group for this month. (Our group has been in existence since early 1983, a rarity for such gathering of minds, I'm sure you would agree.) I chose it months ago after seeing you interviewed on THE LEHRER NEWS HOUR. You immediately captivated my attention then. And the book did not disappoint. On the contrary, it is a remarkably lively, literate, often lyrical look at a compelling cast of characters living in interesting times. Wish you could be among us on the evening of March 17 when we meet to talk about your most satisfying work. Oh, but then you will be there! I predict unanimous approval, another rarity. Thanks so much for keeping some brain cells alive out here.
Alamogordo, NM USA

Comments by Murray Baumal on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Congratulations on the book's success and your triumph over chronic fatigue in writing it. I have a question about the picture on the cover. The jacket says it was taken May 5, 1940. The Santa Anita victory was on May 2nd, Seabiscuit's final race. Is this an oversight, or was there another event not mentioned in the book? I'm not much of a reader, but I truly enjoyed your book. I wish you continued success on the development of the movie.
Cambridge, MA USA

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