Boston, Massachusetts USA - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 18:50:50 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I was recently diagnosed with CFIDS/ME and have lost nearly everything I have built in my very active life. As a voracious reader, I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Seabiscuit." However, I didn't learn of your struggle with CFIDS until after I read Seabiscuit and logged onto the CFIDS website.
My life has been reduced to a limited existence from my bed (and present office). I am looking for inspiration to move on with my life as a writer. I am curious to know if you are still writing? If so, how is your health and how much time can you devote to writing each day? Warmest Regards, DR
David R Ripley <email@example.com>
Bismarck, ND United States - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 17:23:24 (EST)
I really enjoyed your book.
It didn't last long cause I read it so fast! You did a great job on the book I really enjoyed it!
Colton, ca USA - Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 16:33:42 (EST)
I read your book the minute I could get it. It brought back a lot of memories. I saw the movie and thought it was great. Seabuscuit was horse that just captured my imagination when I was young. It was after he passed away. I really don't know what got me interested in him but in the late forties and early fifties I couldn't get enoungh of him. Your book was the best I've read regarding him. I know he is in the hall-of-fame but people sort of forgot about him, unless they saw him race, until you book. Maybe it was because he didn't win a triple crown or because he started so late but whatever it was I'm glad you brought him back.
On another related subject, I'm trying to find out as much as I can about the Nashua/Swaps match race. I remember watching it on TV but I really can't find out much details. I know it was run on August 31st, 1955 at Washington park in Chicago. I also know that Nashua won by about 61/2 lenghts and Swaps had a sore foot. E Arcaro said later that he doubted that Nashua could have beaten a healthy Swaps. But I can't seem to find how long of a race it was or a blow by blow of it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
John Romano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Syracuse, Ny USA - Friday, November 26, 2004 at 16:58:00 (EST)
I saw the movie and love it. I was excited to see your book at the library and am enjoying it even more than the movie. I grew up overlooking Long Acres Race Track in Renton, WA. My brother was an early morning exercise boy. He would go and walk the horses before going to school. Your book is an excellent read. Thank you so much.
PS It's kinda scary going to your guestbook site and finding the type of web addresses listed that I hope I never hear from. Hardly representative of the inspiration found in your book.
Yakima, WA USA - Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 21:45:43 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Oh! I am so sorry, but I misspelled your name in my last message. Anyway, I just wanted to add: God Bless you for all the good you have done with your work and continue to do. By authoring such a wonderful book, you have touched the lives of many. Thank you for that! Hope you are feeling better every day. With kind regards, Jacqueline Cooper
Jacqueline Cooper <email@example.com>
Redwood Valley, Ca USA - Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 17:28:22 (EST)
Dear Ms. Laura Hildebrand, just as a point of interest, I wanted let her know that our Seabiscuit descendant, "Baby Biscuit" (6mo. old filly) is for sale. Since Seabiscuit had a strong personality our filly does also - very intelligent, very people oriented. If you would like I can send photos. I also thought that you may have people contacting you trying to find a Seabiscuit descendant. For more information, please, feel free to contact me. Thanks again for writing such a wonderful book. I have you to thank for inspiring me to go after my dream of breeding horses after the bloodline of Seabiscuit in the first place. Sincerely, Jacqueline Cooper American Legend Horse Farm
Jacqueline Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Redwood Valley , Ca USA - Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 16:39:37 (EST)
Dear Laura - I am so sorry your guestbook is such a mess
now. I have logged on to it since it began and remember
what a joy it used to be to read other people's comments
about Seabiscuit and your wonderful book, which I have read
so many times and learn something new every time I do. The
movie is just great also - never get tired of it. Sure
wish there was some way to keep these nuts off this site.
Thanks for all your hard work writing this book, and hope
your health only continues to improve.
Sincerely. A Fan.
USA - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 23:01:58 (EST)
Laura, I had not known about the story of this horse until the movie came out. I had been to two race tracks in my life, Santa Anita and Pimlico, 2 of the tracks previewed in this movie. So, it was dear to my heart. Then, I met a gentleman who said he was inside the track on November 1, 1938, for the legendary dual. This after I had seen the movie, the PBS video, and your commentaries. This is truly an amazing story of failure, success, and overcoming adversity........
Dave B <email@example.com>
Alexandria, va USA - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 15:23:17 (EST)
if anyone knows more about sea biscuit write me back please
i need to do an interview to a person who knows about it.
osmara martinez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
irving, tx. USA - Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 12:28:50 (EST)
I saw the movie "Seabiscuit" & thoroughly enjoyed it. However I took my daughter's paperback copy of the book home to pass the time. Never thought I'd get so engrossed in it but I certainly did and I want to thank you.
Sheila Torongeau <email@example.com>
Riverview, FL USA - Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 00:09:04 (EST)
Just finished reading the book and had to log onto your site. Now I can't wait to see the movie.
Candace Coughlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 19:53:40 (EST)
you might as well get rid of this guestbook. it is no longer for 'seabiscuit lovers'.
USA - Sunday, November 07, 2004 at 12:33:07 (EST)
Hi, my name is natale i am 11 years old.
My life does not evolve around horses but seabiscuit does,i have three copys of your book and 2 tapes of your movie.
Every morning before i go to school i get up at 5 o'clock and watch seabiscuit and then read the book and go to school.
I read the book and school during breaks even, I have done 4 projects on the history of seabicuit,and have never got bored.
After school i will watch your movie 3 times and read your book twice after tea i will watch your movie read your book and got to bed.I do this everyday i never get bored.
I am a huge fan of yours i hope you will reply.
Oh abnd one more thing i have always loved horses and seabiscuit too, everyday i have one minute silence for him
Burnie, Tas Australia - Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 05:23:32 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
I was so impressed by the recent movie "Seabiscuit" that I picked up your book the next day. I've just put it down, sorry that I'd come to the end. Thank you for creating such a readable and moving work on what I would never have suspected to be such a fascinating subject. I've always loved horses, and had heard of Seabiscuit (I was born after his era, in the time of Canada's Northern Dancer), but had never been interested in horseracing. Thank-you for showing me the world and time of Seabiscuit so beautifully. I look forward eagerly to your next book.
Linda J. Boodanoff <email@example.com>
Montreal, Quebec Canada - Friday, November 05, 2004 at 18:39:13 (EST)
Great Book,The perfect American Story. Life is all about
Dennis Gurka <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pasadena, california USA - Friday, November 05, 2004 at 16:40:06 (EST)
Laura, I started to read Seabiscuit when it first came out, primarily because I read about your story of CFIDS and related to it so much. Although I started to read Seabiscuit out of solidarity with you, it grabbed me and wouldn't let me go till I finished it. What a page-turner. I thought about writing you then but didn't get around to it. Since then I have celebrated the success of the book and movie and have so appreciated all that you have done to articulate what it's like to live with CFIDS and to raise money for the CFIDS organization. Some day I hope we can meet and share our stories - we have a lot in common, including getting CFIDS at about the same age. Sara
Sara Perry <SaraPer@msn.com>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Wednesday, November 03, 2004 at 22:40:58 (EST)
FROM THE AUTHOR: To David, who posted a note about Phar Lap. I agree with you wholeheartedly about Phar Lap's greatness. I'm afraid that you are mistaken if you believe that I have ever called him overrated in a general sense. I have written of him many times, always praising his amazing accomplishments, and I believe that he was one of the very best racehorses that the world has ever produced.
In the article to which you are referring, I was asked to write about specifically American horses who I thought were overrated and underrated. The purpose of my article was not to denigrate Phar Lap, whom I praised highly, but to take issue with a racing magazine that placed him near the top of the list of greatest horses in American history. I objected to his inclusion on this list because he was not an American horse, never raced in the United States, and never faced top American horses. The magazine's list excluded all other great non-American horses, but included him. To me, his inclusion was as strange as it would have been had Man o' War been listed among Australia's greatest horses.
Phar Lap's inclusion on the American list was based solely on his single start in Mexico, which was, as I wrote, a terrific performance, but against third-rate American horses. I was clear in stating that he was a brilliant racehorse, and may well have been as good or better than the best Americans, but he never got to prove it. I hope that clears up the misunderstanding.
USA - Wednesday, November 03, 2004 at 17:23:16 (EST)
Laura. I recently finished reading your book, Seabiscuit. Since being retired and doing lots of reading, I am constantly surprised by the high quality of books and the entertaining reading. I thoroughly enjoyed your book. It is a book that you want to read and hate to finish. The statement on the back of the book, "does for the world of horses what "Into Thin Air" did for mountain climbing, is a very accurate statement. Thank you for writing this book.
Reed Schulze <email@example.com>
Davis, , CA USA - Tuesday, November 02, 2004 at 19:38:11 (EST)
One of the great story of all time of the man and horse they
bind to each other to keep their goal only by a horse (seabiscuit)
Fernando F. Mediavillo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manila, Philippines - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 04:14:46
How can you call
one of the greatest horses ever overated. How dare you make these
comments without looking at all the facts. You say pharlap's legend
was based on one race. Try looking back in history for the records
he holds. How many races did seabiscit win overseas, None. Seabiscuit
was a great horse in its own right but for you to say pharlap
was overated, shame on you.
brisbane, QLD aus - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 06:27:43 (EDT)
i just always loved hearing the story about this legendary
horse race and when the movie came out i fell even more in love
houston, tx USA - Monday, October 25, 2004 at 20:19:53 (EDT)
Ms Hillenbrand I have been involved in Horse Racing in Australia
for the past 60 years and enjoyed very much reading your Book
"Sea Biscuit" You mentioned a son of Sea Biscuit called Sea Sovereign
which I think may have come to Australia as a Sire in the 1950's.
Iwas also interested at the horror expressed by Sea Biscuit's
connections at the weight he was allotted on a few occasions eg
130 and 134 lbs. While big weights are not so prevalent in Handicap
races here these days,back in the 1940's there was a champion
Racehorse in Australia by the name of BERNBOROUGH who won 15 consecutive
starts.He carried 145 lbs to win a group 1 race over 7 furlongs
and a week later carried 151 lbs to win a group 1 race over 11
furlongs against top horses. By the way BERNBOROUGH was an entire
and after he broke down here he was sent to the United States
where he became a reasonably successful Sire. Your book also mentions
George Woolf's Kangaroo skin saddle used on PHAR LAP. PHAR LAP
carried 138 lbs to win the 1930 Melbourne Cup over two miles.The
Melbourne Cup is Australia's most prestigious handicap race. You
may be aware that PHAR LAP went to America in 1932 and won at
his only start there in the Agua Caliente Handicap. He died there
2 weeks later. Kind Regards Peter Dalton
Peter Dalton <email@example.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, October 25, 2004 at 06:25:39 (EDT)
Very nice site. Would like more info. on Redd Pollard and Mr.Howard,
and of course "Seabisquit". Thank You.
Osakis, MN USA - Monday, October 25, 2004 at 01:44:15 (EDT)
Love your book...Is it possible that Tom Smith's son James
W. Smith, also trained a horse in the 1940 Kentucky Derby along
with his dad??
Kansas City, MO USA - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 21:40:44 (EDT)