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Comments by Michelle Bezek on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, Hello again. I have just finished reading your amazing novel and wanted to reiterate my enthusiasim for your writing as well as the story you've told. I was truly moved by the imagery and emotion you illicit in the recounting of such an incredible period of American and horse racing history! I have created a list in my mind of all the people I want to read this book and that is pretty much everyone I know. Thank you for creating an historical and biographical masterpiece and I look forward to reading your next labour of love. Sincerley, Michelle (aka Zeke).
Mpls, MN USA

Comments by Sam Elliott on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read your great book on a recent trip to Italy, it made a wonderful trip even better. Your ability to recreate the era of this legendary horse was incredible. His story is very compeling, and your story peels away the decades. Working in the thoroughbred industry I am very thankful for the positive attention your book is bringing to our business. Thank you again, I look forward to the movie. Sam Elliott
Salem, Ma USA

Comments by Peter Finch on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 04:08 IP Logged
Hear Laura Hillenbrand talk about her book on San Francisco radio. She'll be a guest on "At the Races" Saturday 3/31, 7-8 AM (Pacific Time) on KNBR 680. She'll also be part of a brief feature on racing on KFOG 104.5 FM airing Saturday 3/31, 6:30 AM (Pacific), re-airing Monday 4/2 at 5:15 AM and Thursday 4/5 at 8:40 AM. That piece can also be checked out on the web by going to www.kfog.com, scrolling down to the "Fogfiles" and clicking on "audio".
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by cortland free library on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:40 IP Logged
miss hillenbrand. thank you for your autographed copy of seabiscuit your grandparents are remembered, catalog card will identify you as granddaughter of john and olive dwyer will you also supply year of birth so book can be professionally cataloged, especially in view of local ties? regards and apreciation cortland free library (warren s eddy, library director)
cortland, n y USA

Comments by Doug Foley on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:33 IP Logged
Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read, or re-read, which I did on a number of passages, specifically an early paragraph describing the relationship between the horse and jockey and the race with War Admiral, which I read aloud to my wife. Brilliantly and powerfully written. Congratulations. This is a masterpiece.
Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Comments by Jerry Levine on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:23 IP Logged
Thanks for some wonderful evening readings about this great thoroughbred. Hope you continue to write about the "Sport of Kings".
Clifton, VA USA

Comments by Nicole "Nikki" Chalfant on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
Laura, As a child I remember you loving horses, it seems as though I remember you having a horse named Sea Buiscuit. You used to speak of your love for horses often. I was sitting in a waiting roon and picked up a magazine and saw your face and recognized you, you look so happy and have not changed much. I have just purchased the book on line and look forward to reading it. I wish you all the very best in your success and I will write again after I finish the book. Congratulations Laura. Nicole R. Chalfant
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Sue on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
It's been a very long time since I stayed up til 4:00am finishing a book. What a wonderful story. I'm a teacher, writer and horse owner and I will be using "Seabiscuit" in my classroom (middle school/high school kids, in a psychiatric facility). His enormous heart drives this story and the hearts of the people around him shine through in what can only be a very motivating way for my kids. I come from an eastern "horse family" and remember the stories of the great horses from my grandparents (huge race fans, long deceased). Thank you so much for bringing memories of them back to me and for bringing the story of Seabiscuit and his people to life in such an articulate and engaging way. I can think of about ten friends right off the bat that I want to encourage to read your book.
Parker, CO USA

Comments by John Abraytis on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
After reading your great book, it is quite obvious that Seabiscuit was a million times greater than Secretariat.
Melrose Park, IL USA

Comments by Carol Virr on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 02:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished reading "Seabiscuit", and want to thank you for a wonderfully eloquint book. My heroes have always been horses since I was a girl and read everything I could get my hands on about them - especially race horses. I have never lived anywhere near to a racetrack, so my visits were always literary, or via TV whenever possible. As a 14-year-old I remember reading David Alexander's weekly column in the Thoroughbred Record, and later his book "A Sound of Horses". I have never read anyone who wrote about horse racing the way he did - until now. Your "Seabiucuit" brings the horses to life as well as the people - and as David Alexander used to profess - it was the effect these great animals had on the humans around them that was the story. I loved your insights into the psyche of these great animals - to me thatis what places your book above most on racing. Facts and figures don't tell the tale - it's the emotions surrounding them we remember. Thank you for breathing life into the facts and figures that surround Seabiscuit, because of your book I have a new respect for this Great Horse. I hope you will continue to do the same for more of the Greats. I am looking forward to the movie - I hope you have enough input to keep it true to Seabiscuit. Again, I thank you. Great web site too!
Ottawa, Ont. Canada

Comments by Rebecca McClarran on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 09:23 IP Logged
Laura, As you know, horseracing in America began in Annapolis. In celebration, an exhibition of the beginning is planned for the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis in May. We are planning this as a kick-off for a permanent Horse Racing Museum in Maryland. Would you be interested in participating in any way? If so, please contact me. Seabiscuit is a Pimlico hero and your book was tremendous /Congratulations on a wonderful book. Rebecca Mizak
LaVale, MD USA

Comments by Richard J Holland on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 09:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, On Sunday morning, before heading to my barn at Santa Anita, I detoured to Barn 38. I walked carefully past the stalls and tried to sense if the ghost of the courageous son of Hard Tack, or his connections might be lurking about. Perhaps not, but I felt warmth anyway. There's never a time when I'm in the SA walking ring and see that fine statue of Seabiscuit or up in the John Henry Room looking at the Kayak/ Seabiscuit blow-ups that I don't get that little subtle rush...of pondering their greatness. You have done a superb job of taking us back to those days. I have learned so much about those days of racing. Thank you for this fine gift you have given the racing world. Your book will be an additional gift to all on my 2001 Christmas list. Now, I have a gift for you. I have a 1951 copy of Turf magazine with a great shot of Seabiscuit and War Admiral on the cover and a 1951 magazine ad for PM whisky which uses the same scene. I'll send you color Xerox copies if you would provide an address. also, if you ever on the West Coast and like my personal barn tour, I'd be honored. I have a small string of runners...I tell them each about Seabiscuit whenever I give them their carrots. Richard Holland rjholland@west.raytheon.com
Studio City, CA USA

Comments by Kacia Cole on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 08:44 IP Logged
I just got this book yesterday. I am on page 45. This book already is wonderful. I can tell that I am going to love it. I LOVE Horses!!!!!!!!!! And I want to know anything I can about them. I have read about Man o' War, Seabiscuit's grandfather. He was a wonderful horse and I know that Seabiscuit was too. I am 13 years old and wish I was alive to see him and Man o' War.
Modesto, Ca USA

Comments by Howard Giordano on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 07:19 IP Logged
Laura-Just finished reading "Seabiscuit" and was stunned and thrilled by your comprehensive, fascinating and beautifully scribed biography of this wonderful thoroughbred and his connections. It is truly an amazing equine work of art. If you had the liberty and latitude to write it as a fictionalized account, it couldn't have been made better. Your stretch run descriptions were the best I've ever read-so real, so vivid. They provoked the same excitement and suspense I always felt in the past, whenever I watched horses in locked-step dueling to the wire; claiming race or stakes race, it didn't matter. My body always came alive with an electrified sensation during these stretch runs. And you recreated it with just your words. I could literally hear the crowd screaming and the pounding of hooves on the track surface. I could see the combatants stretched out, driving. I was again at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga. Congratuations. It made me wish I was back in the game and not retired. Howard Giordano, Former Executive Director, NYRA ('79-'87); Former President, NYC-OTB ('87-'90); Aspiring short story author ('90 to present)
Naples, FL USA

Comments by Jim Kachulis on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 06:06 IP Logged
Hello: I was deeply moved by an excerpt from your book on Seabiscuit that appeared in a local daily newspaper and thus these words. Although Seabiscuit ran in my father's day, his story remains an inspiration, especially to those of us in the thoroughbred industry. I am looking forward to the film. A story idea for your consideration: perhaps the next book can focus on Forego, the "mighty" racehorse of the 1970's. For inspiration, you may want to obtain the grainy videotape of his 1976 victory in the Marlboro Cup, to me the greatest race I ever witnessed. Good luck in all your ventures. You can reach me at the above e-mail or at Daily Racing Form in New York at the following: jkachulis@drf.com
NYC, NY USA

Comments by Tom Engelman on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 04:54 IP Logged
Ms. hillenbrand,greetings.I grew up around the racetrack in the late 1940s and 1950s and early 1960s.My father Tommy Engelman was in those years and until his death in 1969 a publicity director,racing official,and racing secretary.We lived in Coconut Grove,Florida and my father raced in south Florida winters and all over the east the rest of the years.My life trails since college have taken me far away from the races.Until now,with the reading of your wonderful book given to me by a friend who knew my background.So magically thanks to you I am mulling over my long forgotten racetrack memories...the endless cast of extraordinary characters and remarkable events that thoroughbred racing was then and probably still is today.This racetrack brat thanks you for bringing the Seabiscuit saga to the world with so much affection.I am sure that my father who was a wordsmith would have also admired your work.Write on sister. Tom Engelman
Romney, WVa. USA

Comments by Ted Sobo on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 03:31 IP Logged
I enjoyed reading your intesting and informative book about Seabiscuit and his owner, tainer and jockeys. I am currently reading "Dr. Fager" written by Steve Haskin and published in 2000 by Eclipse Press, a division of The Blood-Horse, Inc. The Dr. Fager book includes pages relating to the horse's pedigree and his race record. Can you provide me with the same information about Seabiscuit? If not, where can I obtain this information? Thank you.
Plantation, FL USA

Comments by Martin Larrey on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 02:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura: In spite of this rather formidable and somewhat condescending invitation to write in your "guest book", I want to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Seabiscuit as an exemplary piece of historical writing. The storywas well managed, the characters were well drawn, and the sense of drama was impeccable in its timing. I trust you will continue to add to the store of lively historical narration.
Joliet, IL USA

Comments by Paul Bobinsky on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
I would like to thank you for having provided the pleasure I had reading your book. I cannot think of a book I have enjoyed as much as yours. It is easily deserving of all the awards it must surely receive. I am already awaiting your next offering.
Pottstown, PA USA

Comments by Joe Milam on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 01:41 IP Logged
Seabiscuit Fans! Laura's book has inspired many folks to form a Seabiscuit Fan Club. Those of you interested, contact me at the email address below. Laura likes the idea, and we hope to maybe do something at Santa Anita. Although it is too late to make this year's Santa Anita Handicap, we can get started for next year, and maybe the release of the film. What an amazing story, group of people, and fans!
Roseville, CA USA

Comments by walter juliff on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 01:29 IP Logged
Laura--great book!!Being involved in the NFL for the past 20 years i have read a lot of sports books and have been in a couple but yours is at the top! I would like to know about the movie if you could contact me at your convenience--thanks and good luck--Walter Juliff-asst. director of scouting-Dallas Cowboys
Irving, tx usa

Comments by Jill Farrell on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 04:01 IP Logged
Laura, I couldn't wait for the book to come out and when the gift shop at Santa Anita had it I bought it as fast as I could get out the cash! The Store Manager (Christine Crocker) told me as fast as she could put the book out it was sold! I work for Santa Anita and the history of "The Great Race Place" and Seabiscuit took my breath away! The Handicap is coming up on the 7th of April, Maybe we should have his statue covered in a blanket of flowers to commemorate the day. He still stands proudly in the beautiful walking ring watching the horses go to the track. George Woolf stands at the South Battery watching the fans come in each and everyday. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Your writing and love for the industry is an inspirtation to us all.
Cypress, Ca USA

Comments by Adam Fels on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 03:49 IP Logged
So far I have been late for work 5 times, missed at least 20 hours of sleep, canceled two dates, ignored 57 phone calls, 3 dinners, and countless T.V. shows. All because I was wrapped up in this elegant little masterpiece. As a horseracing fan, a writer, and just as someone who cares. I am in awe. Congratulations and all the success......
New york, NY USA

Comments by Tom Simon on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 02:39 IP Logged
Although I am at the end of a long list at my local library to borrow this book, I am very much looking forward to it. I have heard a lot of good things about Seabiscuit, both the horse and the book. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit to us.
St. Louis, MO USA

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