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dear ms. hillenbrand, words cannot describe how much i enjoyed "seabiscuit." i would be interested in hearing from you as i am friends with suzan stephenson and also am involved with the belair stable museum in bowie. i feel like a lot of the other readers who posted messages. i could not put the book down and finished it in a few days.i look forward to hopefully hearing from you. i also eagerly await your next project. karen koch
karen koch <>
bowie, md USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 20:37:30 (EDT)
Great reading! Couldn't put it down! I look forward to the film. How about also doing one on Swaps, Tenney and Ellsworth?! Sharon Tyree
sharon tyree <>
long beach , ca USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 17:10:23 (EDT)
For anyone who has an interest in the sport of kings, your book is a delight to read. The word "whether" should not be followed by "or not" as the word implies a choice or decision.
Mark D. Frankel <>
Tinton Falls, NJ USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 12:18:09 (EDT)
Hi, Laura, A member if my Zorro internet list recommended your book. I raise PASO FINO horses. After reading the other comments on this site from people who read your book, I am eager to read it. Ms. Randi Scott
Ms. Randi Scott <>
Northbrook, IL USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 09:59:13 (EDT)
Laura: Just finished. Bravo ! Any chance of a large format version with photos and charts, etc., that didn't make this edition ? I think many of us would pay just about any price...And is there film or video available of the Great Match Race...would love to buy a copy... Thanks again, from a Thoroughbred Owner-Lover Nick
nick ben-meir <>
los angeles, ca USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 04:39:54 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I heard you interviewed on the radio today. You were very good. I wanted to let you know that there is a great statue of Seabiscuit in front of the Tanforan shopping mall (the site of the old racetrack) in San Bruno CA., just south of SF.
Joe Kazarian
USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 22:58:02 (EST)
Just finished the book. Words fail me. Simply the BEST!
Bob Latimer <>
Jupiter, Fl USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 20:34:18 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: What a magnificent achievement. "Seabiscuit" has raised the bar for Truman Capote's "non-fiction fiction" to its highest level. The research obviously invested in your effort is only exceeded by your writing skills. Your book is the most, page-for-page, entertainingly and movingly written biography (of any genre) I have ever read. To read such an artful gem of a book that is centered on my life-long passion--horse racing--was absolutely exhilarating. I know it's an imposition, but could I send my copy to you to be signed?
Gene McCormick <>
Wayne, IL USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 17:48:39 (EST)
Got your book two days ago and have already finished it. My husband and I are fairly new to the sport, having gotten interested when Arlington Race Course reopened after the fire. We so love the horses and the sport. Just wanted you to know that of all the books I have read on the races, yours by far exceed all the others. Thank you for taking so much time to research the lives and the times. I see that you have been writing thoroughbred horse books since 1988. If you have the ability to e-mail me, I would appreciate your letting me know the names of other books you have written. Thank you so much.
Cheryl Thiel <>
Saint Louis, MO USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 17:35:21 (EST)
Just finished your wonderful book. I tried as hard as I could to read it slowly so I would not finish it. Not possible! My favorite part was The Second Civil War. Also, I loved how the distinct personality of each horse is brought to life. I bought the book after a co-worker, who knows of my love of horses, passed on to me the review in the New York Times. I've wanted to learn about Man O' War, since researching the pedigree of my 7 year old QH gelding, and discovering that he was decended from Man O' War. I did learn about Man O' War, but I also learned much about the world of horse racing for which I have a new-found appreciation. I will be passing my copy of your book on to my friends at the barn where my horse is boarded. I'm sure they will all love it as much as I did, especially those who own thoroughbreds who once raced, as it will give them a glimpse into their horses' previous lives. Thank you for an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to your future efforts.
JoAnn Blanchette <>
Wilbraham, MA USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 14:10:07 (EST)
MIDDLETOWN, NJ USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 11:21:49 (EST)
I just bought your book yesterday afternoon and could not put it down until I finished reading it. It was extremely interesting to read. I remember the article that she wrote several years ago about the horse killings. She is a very good writer.
Kelly S. George <>
Harrison, AR USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 09:30:58 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have spend most of last night reading, and thoroughly enjoying your book on Seabiscuit. Synnergistically, there was also a great horse race the same year of 1938, with one of Man 'O War's other get. The horse was named Battleship, the Race, The Grand National Steeplechase in Aintree, England. My grandfather, Louis Korn, owned a small butcher shop in the Village of Haverstraw, New York (located about 30 miles north of New York City). During the Depression, and not wanting to lose a customer selling Irish Sweepstakes Horse Race Tickets, he used the remaining $2.50 in pennies from his cash register to purchase this once in a million chance. As you might have guessed, he had the winning ticket on this 40-1 long shot. However, unlike most, he did not spend his money on frivolity, but used these monies to secure the passage, and needed visas, for 7 of his cousins, and 1 of their friends, to come to the United States from Sweedish and Italian refugee camps. Over the years, I have been able to compile enough information for a book to be published, and now seek help in obtaining a literary agent. I am a Physical Therapist, and have written many articles afor my national professional journals, but have little idea as to how to find the needed assistance to secure an publisher, editor, marketer and publicist. I have entitled the manuscript, "The Ticket," and it recounts the events before, during and after this particular race. Battleship was owned by Marion DuPont Scott, wife of actor Randolph Scott, and heiress to the DuPont fortune. She raised Battleship on her estate in Montpelier, Va., which happend to be the former home of James Madison. It was here that Madison, Jefferson, and Monroe framed the Constitution of the United States. Battleship is buried just to the left of the front portico. Similarily, I have been able to document related stories that now also allow my Family to be assciated with the formulation of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the beginning formulations of the Declaration of Independence, the capture of British General Major John Andre with the plans from West Point, New York hidden in his boot, and the re-uniting of 2 brothers with 2 of the afore-mentioned cousins, each having been interned with each other in Concentration Camps, and each thinking the other was dead. It would be my hope that with the publication of this manuscript, others' would be able to find their stories. You see, I also have the copies of the ships' manuscripts, not only when my great grandparents, grandparents, great uncles and aunts arrived at Ellis Island, but when they emmigrated 8 days prior from Germany. Thus, not only as a humanitarian or historical recount of these various related events, I know that with this publication, someone will be able to use the information contained to also re-create their own heritange and geneology. I would appreciate any help, or suggestions you might have in this matter, and please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Samuel Korn <>
Yorktown Heights, NY USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 07:42:58 (EST)
Dear Laura - I am only on page 65 of your stunning book but I feel as if I am reliving my youth. I am the stepson of the late NYRA starter George Cassidy who was the official starter of the match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit, an event long remembered in our family. Not too long ago I sent the program that George carried in his pocket that memorable day in 1938 to the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga, Springs, N. Y. Growing up around racing was an incredible experience for me. The cherished memories of all those wonderful racetrack characters, their love of the thoroughbred horse and the magnificient champions they produced I am savoring in the pages of your book like a five year old on Christmas morning and I don't want it to end. It was a New York friend who kindly brought me your book, which you inscribed to me. My only regret is that I wasn't there to meet you personally and congratulate you on an outstanding labor of love. Warmest regards - Donald Geddes
Donald G. Geddes III <>
New Orleans, LA USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 22:52:47 (EST)
I just finished one of the best books ever written. Pete Hamill once said, If you have a story, tell it; if you don't, write it. You did both. As a journalist, I can't praise you enough. I also fell in love with Seasbiscuit. After finishing the book, I felt like trading in my TBG for one with a better disposition. Can't understand all those who have written in to say they are awaiting the movie; it could never be as brilliant as the book, which I am going to read again.
Jane Biberman <>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 22:38:59 (EST)
I have literally just finished this wonderful book and hated to see it end. The story of this incredible animal and the unusual characters that helped turned him into the great thoroughbred he was is breathtaking and I have not read a description of a sporting event quite as exciting as the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race. Laura Hillenbrand is to be congratulated on giving her readers an unbelievably unique literary experience.
Roy Liberman <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 21:37:26 (EST)
The book was fantastic!!!! I started to read it on my flight down to the Carribbean for vacation and I couldn't put it down. I spent the first day of my vacation reading it. The beach, the pool, the sun...I didn't know they were there until I finished the book on the second day. THANK YOU.
Bob Werner <>
Trenton, NJ USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 19:01:23 (EST)
Hello Laura: I live just "up the street" from you--off of Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. Thanks for writing such a marvelous book. I read it in two sittings--the second time staying up late until I finished. I haven't done that since being a teenager. How wonderful to get lost in such an engrossing book. I've never been that gung-ho about horses--I'm more of a cat and dog person, even though I'm very fond of most animals. But the reason your book has so many fans outside the horse world is because you've written a romance. A romance between three man and a very fast horse. A romance about America's love affair with racing in the 1930's. A romance that most individuals feel about watching a creature run fast, be it a horse, a cheetah, or even the tabby cat as she races across the yard. The ending was a bitter-sweet. I wanted Seabiscuit's team to always be together. Thanks for a memorable book. I've come away from it with many "mind pictures" including the one where you described how Seabiscuit would sleep in his stall with the monkey at his head, the dog resting near his belly, and his horse friend snoozing beside him.
Judy F. <>
Kensington, , MD USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 17:40:11 (EST)
Well Done! In future word association games, the response to SEABISCUIT will not be Howard, Pollard or Smith it will be......HILLENBRAND.
Ted Colley <>
San Jose, Ca USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 14:59:10 (EST)
Laura: I just bought your book. I grew up in the 1950's and remember playing a game with the great racehorses who preceded me. Seabiscuit was one of them along with Whirlaway and Man o War and War Adrimal. Thanks for awakening that memory, although I can't recall the game's name. I'll post another note after I finish the book and I look forward to the movie. Regards, Steve Harlen.
steve harlen <>
Phila., pa USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 13:18:51 (EST)
Hello! I did the book cut on SEABISCUIT for the Daily News. I just want to thank you so much for your wonderful, BEAUTIFULLY written and realized and researched and thrilling book. I was so glad I was able to include paragraphs like the one where Red is experiencing the start of the race, with the dust and noise and rhythms and, in your writing, no commas, so as to give the breathlessness of it all and set up for the wonderful language about being alone with the horse and the moment. The DN also did a piece on you and CFS; your accomplishment is all the more impressive (personally, I find writing pretty demanding!). Anyway, I had a very good day reading and working with your book. Thanks, Susan Ferraro.
Susan Ferraro <>
NYC, NY USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 11:15:41 (EST)
My compliments on a terrific book. Very well written, good structure and great attention to detail. If one is not familiar with thoroughbred history, as I am not, it reads like a novel. On more than one kibitzing occasion about the greatest athlete of the last century I have touted Secretariat. I may have to re-evaluate that. The book was an impulse buy because of a family story. Along time ago, back in the 50's, Mom and Dad were driving across the country with 3 boys in the back seat. Games were stocked for obvious reasons. One of the games was a very simple racehorse board game. Six little horse figures in segmented colored lanes and a spinner on a numbered dial (1, 2, 3, 4). 'Jockeys' picked their mounts, spun the pointer in turn and moved their steeds accordingly. Much yelling and exhorting ensued - come on Man of War, go Native Dancer, giddyup Whirlaway, let's go Seezeebutt, etc. - until someone's horse was first across the finish line. 3 days and 7 states later a 'what's wrong with this picture' finally registered in the front seat. Mom asked for a spelling on "Seezeebutt." S E A B I S C U I T . Dad almost drove off the road.
J. Van Loon <>
AZ USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 03:36:01 (EST)
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
Nicole "Nikki" Chalfant <>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 22:46:46 (EST)
Congratulations on a fine effort. I was so pleased to see the book climbing the Los Angeles and New York best-seller lists last week because it means more people are being exposed to the great sport of horse racing through the eyes of a great journalist, and you've really captured the essence of what makes it so wonderful. I only hope the movie does the book justice. You may be right - Seabiscuit's match race victory over War Admiral could be the greatest duel of all time. I'd love to be able to see it in its entirety. Personally, I'll take Affirmed beating Alydar in the Belmont for the 1978 Triple Crown. Ah, but that's what makes a horse race! I can't wait for your next effort.
Jack Shinar <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 19:58:50 (EST)
rana rickert <>
somis, ca. USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 17:14:48 (EST)
There is not way to communicate how much I adored your book. But, I am curious to know WHY the photograph on the cover of the book, disturbingly, does not show Seabiscuit's head? What a strange and unfortunate choice for a book about a horse who's personality is so fascinating! It seems to imply that he's of lesser importance than the three men in the picture, and, of course, we all know that isn't true! Anyhow, can the photograph be viewed somewhere else in it's entirety? I'd love a chance to see it! Thanks so much for writing this terrific, engaging book! How fortunate for all of us!
Ann Penaz <>
Mineapolis, mn USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 16:53:58 (EST)
Hello one more time.... I wanted to apologize for misspelling your name and to hope that my error didn't dilute my emphatic praise of your work. Even though I can't spell, I still know a great story when I read one and your book is definitely a great story! Thanks again... Michelle. (hehehe)
Michelle Bezek <>
USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 15:27:55 (EST)
About a week ago, my best friend sent me an email telling me I *had* to go out and buy this book. Not "get it and read it", but "*buy* it." Since I don't read a lot of non-fiction, on my own I probably would've looked at the cover and passed by, but I trust her judgement, so that night I went by a local bookstore to acquire my copy. I went home and started reading. Do I ever owe my friend!!! This is one of the best books I've ever read. I must admit, though, that I almost couldn't finish it. It was extremely hard to read the last few pages. Even though, logically, I knew that these folks from sixty years ago were no longer with us, I felt as if I were losing friends, just as earlier in the book I felt as if I were there at each race and there at the training of this magnificent horse and there getting to know these folks personally. What a marvelous job you've done with this book. Thank you for hours of enjoyment and education!
Christine Reynolds <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 15:22:14 (EST)
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).
Michelle Bezek <>
Mpls, MN USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 15:22:04 (EST)
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
Sam Elliott <>
Salem, Ma USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 14:46:52 (EST)
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, scrolling down to the "Fogfiles" and clicking on "audio".
Peter Finch <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 14:08:26 (EST)
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 free library <>
cortland, n y USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 13:40:08 (EST)
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.
Doug Foley <>
Hamilton, Ontario Canada - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 13:33:14 (EST)
Thanks for some wonderful evening readings about this great thoroughbred. Hope you continue to write about the "Sport of Kings".
Jerry Levine <>
Clifton, VA USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 13:23:17 (EST)
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.
Sue <>
Parker, CO USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 10:43:37 (EST)
After reading your great book, it is quite obvious that Seabiscuit was a million times greater than Secretariat.
John Abraytis <>
Melrose Park, IL USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 14:44:49 (EST)
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!
Carol Virr <>
Ottawa, Ont. Canada - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 02:13:30 (EST)
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.
Martin Larrey <>
Joliet, IL USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 22:35:25 (EST)
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.
Paul Bobinsky <>
Pottstown, PA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 21:49:50 (EST)
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!
Joe Milam <>
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 21:41:38 (EST)
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
walter juliff <>
Irving, tx usa - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 21:29:32 (EST)
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
Richard J Holland <>
Studio City, CA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 19:05:23 (EST)
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.
Kacia Cole <>
Modesto, Ca USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 18:44:06 (EST)
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)
Howard Giordano <>
Naples, FL USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 17:19:07 (EST)
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:
Jim Kachulis <>
NYC, NY USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 16:06:47 (EST)
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
Tom Engelman
Romney, WVa. USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 14:54:59 (EST)
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.
Ted Sobo <>
Plantation, FL USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 13:31:18 (EST)
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
Rebecca McClarran <>
LaVale, MD USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 09:23:14 (EST)
Laura, thank you so much for simply one of the best stories I have read about horse racing in a long time. I am an avid horse racing fan and I love to read about these grand race horses who I've heard about but were before my time. You made Seabiscuit and all those involved with him come to life. I felt as if I knew them personally. Thank you for sharing their story and the story of a crooked legged horse who had immense amounts of heart. Being from New England and making it to Suffolk Downs on occasion, it was wonderful to read of the great racing that was once a part of the area. You can still see the flags inside the track with the names of the great horses who have won the Mass Cap. A million thanks again from this racing fan who is eagerly awaiting the movie.
Jennifer <>
Whitman, MA USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 20:13:51 (EST)
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.
Jill Farrell <>
Cypress, Ca USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 14:01:46 (EST)
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......
Adam Fels <>
New york, NY USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 13:49:11 (EST)
Because I'm an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, I purchased your book soon after it was published before reading any of its glowing reviews. Now you can add my personal rave to the others you've received. It's not just the best book about racing, it is the best sports biography I've ever read. Congratulations on your beautifully crafted tale!
Michael Martin <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 11:39:28 (EST)
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.
Tom Simon <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 02:39:20 (EST)
Dear Laura, One of the great biographies of out time! I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't bear to put it away when I hit the last precious pages, so I continued on and read it AGAIN! That's a FIRST! My congratulations to you for bringing Seabiscuit, et. al, back to life for us all. What a surprise that so much of your story actually took place just up the road from Santa Rosa in Willets? Thank you for the truly great piece of writing. Alden W. Foote, Santa Rosa, Ca.
Alden W. Foote <>
Santa Rosa, Ca USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 20:43:03 (EST)
Hi Laura. I just finished your book, and though I don't know how the Pulitzer Prize thing works, I'd be the first to nominate you. The tale you told simply came to life. As a longtime horse racing fan I just can't think of another horse racing book that compares to your tale of Seabiscuit. Until I had finished your book, I always thought Canadian sportswriter Jim Coleman's piece, Hoofbeats On My heart, was the pinnacle of track writing, but you have surpassed even him. As a former sports Editor with The Lethbridge Herald I have covered many race meets. Lethbridge, Alberta is about 300 miles south of Edmonton, 30 miles to the south of us is Cardston, George Woolf's home, and 30 miles to the east is Taber, where Johnny Longden grew up. I have been fortunate enough to be able to be around Longden a time or two, and I am, through marriage, a shirttail relative of George Woolf - maybe just a stitch on that shirttail. I talked to an old fellow from Cardston, in his late 90s, Joe Bengry, shortly before his death about 15 years back. He was a nephew of Frank Woolf, George's father. He said Frank used to drive stagecoach, for the OK Livery Stable at Cardston, about 25 miles to Spring Coulee. George grew up on the farm, was always riding horses and came by his size honestly. His father wore a size four shoe. Frank also used to operate the Woolf Hotel on Cardston's main street. Woolf's first race was at age 10, a winning outing on his father's horse, called Bud. His first race on an organized track was in 1925 at Calgary, during Stampede week. Just thought you might be interested in these few second-hand facts. Longden began his racing career at Taber, when he was 14, and he and Woolf raced against each other on the bush tracks of southern Alberta and into Montana, and then on the big tracks in the U.S. Longden says he had a match race once with Woolf and as they turned for home George said, ``Let's make a race of this." Longden says he replied, ``To heck with you, I'm not going to let you get close to me." He added: ``George could be tricky . . . but I beat him by half a length." The two rode against each other on tracks in Lethbridge, Raymond, Magrath, Taber and Cardston, Alberta, Canada. I hope this is of some interest to you, and once again thank you for a simply superb book. If the movie is even half as good, it will be a hit. Garry Allison, Coalhurst, Alberta, Canada.
Garry Alllison <>
Coalhurst, Ab Canada - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 17:20:59 (EST)
I could not put this book down. I feel like we had a chance to look into the past just before the door closes forever.Thank you for writing it.
Frank Slater <>
Danbury, CT USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 14:59:47 (EST)
Laura, Your book has clearly inspired many, many folks....longtime fans of Seabisquit and new fans alike. John Pollard (Red's nephew, see entry below) and I have emailed back and forth about the prospects of starting a Seabisquit Fan Club...maybe meeting at Santa Anita Race Track. Are you aware of any existing fan clubs, and would this be of interest to you in conjunction with the production/release of the upcoming movie? We are even discussing making it a fundraiser for CFS. Any thoughts from you would be appreciated. Joe Milam
Joe Milam <>
Granite Bay, CA USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 12:47:26 (EST)
Dear Laura, Although my links are to standardbreds, I plain loved your prose, your narrative skills, and the story. On page 68, Pluto was a commercial mineral water bottled from a spring in French Lick Indiana. The nickname Sunny Jim was once widely used, the most notable of the Sunny Jims being perhaps William Howard Taft's vice president James Sherman. There were also cartoon characters named Sunny Jim, some of which I have on picture postcards. Best wishes, Mike
Michael Price <>
Michigan Center, MI USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 10:15:43 (EST)
to Seabiscuit and Laura: as a kid, i use to sit in the clubhouse watching my grandfather and three or four of his friends as they talked, listening to a group of black radios call out the races, the baseball games, just sports in general and Seabiscuit had more than his fair share of their conversational memories. Seabiscuit always brought hearfelt glimmers and glows from all who joined the talk. Talk of the depression, the various races and how one horse kept people alive in a certain sense, full of hope and full of caring. The nation then and and all of us now owe Seabiscuit a debt for providing a simple example to bring out the best in ourselves. And to you, Ms. Hillenbrand, I owe you thanks for filling my life with the stamina of that Seabiscuit is the embodiment of greatness of the inner soul. Best, Michael Foley
Michael Foley <>
chicago, il USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 09:13:12 (EST)
LAURA: HI! Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing the finest sports-related book I've ever read. I only thought I knew about horse races and the sport's history before I read your book. Not only do you write like a dream, you brought back an era in racing that will never be repeated. I also had no idea that the Seabiscuit saga had New England ties. To me, your story is as fascinating and inspiring as the horse's. Like you, I suffer from a neurological disorder that has long prevented me from full-time work and, until recently, an active social life. It's in the autism family- hyperlexic/Asperger's syndrome. Your yeoman effort in writing this marvelous book and spreading the word about it is truly remarkable. I'd like very much to write you directly so I can share some of my experiences- and long interest in the Sport of Kings- with you. One of my new dreams is to meet you and have you sign the book for me- perhaps if I ever get to DC. Again, many, many thanks for giving us this fantastic book and sharing Seabiscuit's great story- and yours- with the world. If you're interested in more, please e-mail me at with information on how to write you directly. I look forward to hearing from you. Warmly, Jonathan Cohen- Brookline, MA NB- My oldest and dearest friend, Daryl Wells, was a great race announcer in Canada (Woodbine/Fort Erie) for 30 years. He is a native of British Columbia and very likely knew Red Pollard, George Woolf, and other riders who came through there. I think you'd be interested in contacting Daryl- he's the finest guy I know.
Jonathan Cohen <>
Brookline, MA USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 22:33:40 (EST)
thanks for the anticipation,and pure joy of your masterpiece. not only from me, but the 35 4th grade students in my class who were a part of my experience, with reading to them as well. listening, so many times, to mickey rooney in the incomparable film 'Black Stallion' talk of george woolf and then learning of him through you was fascinating. of all the crafts i teach in my writers workshop, leads get most of the attention. and your leads are simply fabulous. would you please send an autographed photo, 'to the writers in 4C' at Stevenson Elem. 515 lime ave. long beach, ca 90802? it would mean a great deal to me, the students, and perhaps yourself knowing that you and work is in the room. thank you again. you have enriched my life and the lives of the kids i teach. frank govern. ps: i know that jim murray, the great one, is smiling down on you and your work.
frank govern <>
fountain valley, ca USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 19:40:52 (EST)
Gary Ross (Big, pleasantville)to be in charge of a movie about one of the, if not THE, greatest racehorse that ever lived? Give me a break!! I guess it good that a fairly high powered guy like Ross would be interested in making the film but I'm dubious as to how its going to turn out. Also, I think that the book dust jacket is dreadful. Isd this book about Seabiscuit or about the geezers on the cover (the bored look on the jockey's face is priceless)? Is the book focused on Seabiscuit or the geezers who owned and promoted him? Both I guess but I think the horse if the story; so why didnt the dj feature a greast photo of the horse, not part of the horse? Somebody at Random House made the conscious decision to put that photo on the cover. Obviously clueless. If the Hollywood types who are in charge of the movie are just as clueless, I shudder to think what kind of film we will get. Seabiscuit was a winner in every sense of the word and one of the greatest competitors to ever grace the sport of horse racing. Any attempt to perserve his legacy in print or on film should strive to capture his magnificence and greatness. Lets hope Hollywood get a clue.
Ray Lester
USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 15:51:51 (EST)
I was so happy to see my neighbor Jimmy Jones in your book I understand it all better
Bal Harbour, Fla USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 13:04:32 (EST)
What a magnificient book. Thank you for writing it. It is a superbly told story laced with golden nuggets of horse handling "tips". We work with horses and mules every day and could truly relate to the horse/person relationships you so wonderfully describe. We would love to have a fraction Tom Smith's horsemanhip and would love to know more about him. Our hope is that the underlying essence of your book will come through in the movie. The best of luck to you in making that happen.
Frank Kline <>
Mazama, WA USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 10:27:58 (EST)
Laura, Truly loved your book. Would have thrown it away if it was fiction because, of course, it couldn't have happened in real life. One question, please: is the match race with War Admiral available on video to view? I'd love to see it. Thanks for the great read...Dave Wehling
dave wehling <>
USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 23:37:10 (EST)
I was thrilled to hear of this new book on 1 Union Station, an NPR Program... Just as the simulcast of Seabiscuit & War Admiral finished I conveniently arrived at Borders Books where I caught the last copy of Seabiscuit!! Thanks Again!
Bleu Grijalva <>
Providence, RI USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 23:30:21 (EST)
What a wonderful book. I fell in love with Seabiscuit while reading it, and cried at the end. Thank you very much.
Dave Herrmann <>
Warriors Mark, Pa. USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 21:50:23 (EST)
I heard a review of your book on NPR's "Fresh Air" the other day and stopped at a bookstore to buy it. They had just sold out. Went to another store. Same thing. Tried one last place. Last copy went out the door 10 minutes ago. The clerk said, "Was there an NPR program about this or something?" I'm on the waiting list for my copy and can't wait to get it. Thanks from a horse lover and owner.
Kathryn Page <>
TX USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 17:15:13 (EST)
I had never even heard of Seabiscuit before reading the article on you in the Washngton Post a week or two ago. While only having a passing interest in horse racing the only time other than Triple Crown possibilities I have been excited about horses is when ESPN named Secretariat one of the century's greatest athletes. But i became intrigued after the article and bought the book, at full price I might add, as just today I saw it 20% off at Borders. Well, it was well worth the price and then some. I just literally finished it (a long lunch) and I am inspired to say the least, by the story, by the horse and by you. It is beyond wonderful. My greatest hope is that Hollywood will not screw it up. Good Luck to you. You should be proud of yourself. I'll be waiting for the next book.
Shane <>
Arlinton, VA USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 16:07:22 (EST)
BALTIMORE, MD USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 15:50:19 (EST)
as a fellow horse owner, i truly enjoyed your book. it's about time a book was written on the beauty of horse racing and not just the handicapping aspect. there are thousands of stories to be told on the backside and you have written a great one. thank you
peter raskin <>
red bank, nj USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 07:44:05 (EST)
Thank you so much for writing a wonderfully engrossing book! A few weeks ago I had a 12 hour flight delay at the Las Vegas Airport and the good news is I had your book to read! I couldn't keep my nose out of it. You have a talent for weaving an intricate story and I hope you will pick another racehorse to write a book about soon. I am looking forward to your movie about Seabiscuit being released. Regards, Fran
Fran V Beutler <>
San Jose, CA USA - Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 18:59:51 (EST)
Laura -- I haven't read your book yet but can't wait to get my hands on it. Too bad my birthday is still two months away and the paperback probably won't be out for a year or so! I wanted to tell you that I've read several newspaper articles describing your health problems, and you are an absolute inspiration to me. I don't have CFS, but suffer from periodic bouts of vertigo due to Meniere's disease (a chronic and incurable inner ear disorder). The vertigo and other physical symptoms associated with the disease sometimes make it very difficult to carry on a normal, fully functional life. Unlike many Meniere's sufferers, I'm lucky that I can (so far) hold down a full-time job and do most of the day-to-day things I need to do. The "bad days" (or weeks/months) feel like a never-ending physical endurance test, and it's a struggle just to accomplish the most basic requirements of daily life. I'm astounded by your towering achievement in the face of ever-present and severely debilitating illness. Without getting too melodramatic about it, you will henceforth be a positive example to me of courage, tenacity and the refusal to let our bodies gain the advantage over our hearts and minds in our quest to lead meaningful lives. The acclaim you're receiving for your book is your reward for hanging in there day after day, pushing the limits of your physical capabilities and refusing to quit. Thanks for setting up this Web site and making it possible to convey these comments to you. I look forward to writing in again after I've read your book!
Edie Sachs <>
Staten Island, NY USA - Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 17:48:56 (EST)
Hi, A wonderful book. I was amazed at the range of emotions I experienced while reading this book. The descriptions of Seabiscuit, his owner, trainers, and jockeys, were so clear I felt as though I knew them. One of the best books, fiction or non-fiction, I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I slowed my reading a great deal as the book drew to a close. I just didn't want it to end. Thank you for this great tribute to an amazing animal and his handlers.
Bob Gagne <>
Maplewood, MN USA - Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 15:33:13 (EST)
Dear Laura: What a surprise it was to open the Washington Post and see a picture of someone you went to school with. I was touched by the story of your dream and all the challenges you had to face in achieving it. You seem to be BCC's Class of 1985's most famous person! I hope you have been able to overcome your CFS and are feeling better. Sincerely, Clark Oliver
Clark Oliver <>
Severn, MD USA - Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 14:13:19 (EST)
A great story. Beautifully told.
David Plavin <>
- Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 20:58:45 (EST)
Although an avid sports fan for all of my 70 years, I only attended the "flats" on one occasion and that was 50 years ago. Your wonderful tribute to Seabiscuit and his family was a pleasure to read. And, your comments and descriptions of the depression period were clearly prodigiously researched. Thanks for a perfect ride around the oval. I enjoyed it from wire to wire. Perhaps I will visit Belmont Park this Spring to complete the story. Coincidentally, your profile appeared in NEWSDAY today and I read it with much interest and admiration. Thank you and God Speed. Bruce L. Mayers
Bruce L. Mayers <>
Sands Point, NY USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 14:46:52 (EST)
I just finished reading Seabiscuit and have fallen in love. I have no previous knowledge of horse-racing, horses or anything related to the field. My background is in biology, ecology and conservation. When I showed the book to my partner and told him that it would be my next purchase, he laughed because it was so atypical of what I usually read--nonfiction, but usually political, histories of countries, current events (events in Kosovo, Bosnia, Africa, etc.). I write this only to let you know what wide appeal your book has. Like so many others who have written, once I began, I couldn't stop reading--every spare minute immersing myself in the story. Your prose made that story come alive. I felt as if I was there watching every event that happened, every race, every triumph, every tragedy. I felt as if I came to know the Howards, Red Pollard, Tom Smith and, of course, Seabiscuit. And I cried at the end. I didn't want to say goodbye to "the greatest horse that ever lived." What a remarkable achievement and what a gift. Thank You.
Cecilia R Bishop <>
Poway, Ca USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 02:20:20 (EST)
This book touched me in a way not many have. An incredible story, so well told. One question - why isn't Seabiscuit's head on the cover?
Lucy Mondale <>
Reston, VA USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 21:32:18 (EST)
I'm a bookseller at an indie bookstore in MA. I have been anxiously waiting for Seabiscuit to be published since I first got hold of a galley in September. You've written a wonderfully compelling, universally appealling book. I will take great pleasure in putting it into my customer's hands
Laura Hudson <>
Stockbridge, MA USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 20:23:23 (EST)
Hi, I am very excited to read your book, after reading the profile about you inb the Post and all the excellent reviews your book has received. But I continue to be very puzzled by the fact that on the cover of the book, the photo cuts off the picture of the title character!! Why did you select a cover photo without the horse? It seems like a very odd choice. Thank you and good luck with the movie, etc. Chrisanna Waldrop
chrisanna waldrop <>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 15:49:08 (EST)
What a fantastic book! While I have never been a fan of Throughbred racing, I have always been an avid lover of horses. Your book gave a very vivid picture of the abuse that horses as well as young children and adults endured in this country at the hands of some very sick minded people. It was a great history lesson as well as an interesting look at a sport that I have not held in the highest esteem. I will however, be the first to stand in line for tickets to the movie! Let's hope you are a part of the screen writing. Excellent job!
SueAnn Germani <>
Elkridge, MD USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 15:15:21 (EST)
What a fabulous read--and so much more than a book about a horse! This one is for those who love thrills conjured up by the written word, a vivid portrait of America during the late 30's and what real heroes are all about. Are there any plans for racetrack events honoring "Seabiscuit"? Is there any way that I could see newsreels of this wonderful horse in action? I want to read more of your work...are you still writing for Equus? Thanks for a truly marvelous reading experience. I'm spreading the word.
Lynda Sheldon <>
Berkeley, CA USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 13:19:28 (EST)
I have been looking for 'Come on Seabisquit' for years for my kids to enjoy. Finding your book, I read it in an evening, and it was better than my memories of 'Come on Seabisquit'.
Joe Milam <>
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 13:17:03 (EST)
Have ordered the book. but your website colors: blue/black - this old "seabiscuit" had trouble reading the various sites. too late to change?
Steve Loring <>
Duxbury, ma USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 12:37:34 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: I was fortunate enough to have come across a copy of the bound galleys for your book Seabiscuit: An American Legend just before I took a trip to Rio de Janiero. I can't think of a better setting in which to read your fascinating book. You are to be commended for writing a book about horseracing that transcends the usual cliched pap. I sat on the terrace of a high-rise building in Ipanema, with the Atlantic ocean in front of me and a view of the Rio de Janiero Jockey Club off to my right while I read your book. Paradise, on many levels. I have recommended your book to about a dozen people, both in New York and Kentucky, and all of them have agreed to buy a copy. Your book deserves as wide an audience as possible. Toward that end, why not make the book into an ebook? If Random House is willing, converting your files into any of the fledgling ebook formats would be a simple process. There are precious few sports ebooks on the market and yours would be a welcome addition, since it is a well-written tale that just happens to feature a horse. All the best, and thanks for a timeless book about a timeless horse.
John Day <>
Forest Hills, NY USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:58:18 (EST)
Seabiscuit is very entertaining. I do have a question though. In the description of Man o'War's sole loss, it is noted that it was coincidentally accomplished by "Upset" (p 35). I was under the impression that the sports term "upset" originated from that defeat. Is that not true? In any event, congratulations on this fine work.
David R. Kruger <>
Boston, MA USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:51:23 (EST)
i'm enjoying reading seabiscuit, but i think the book would have been much more meaningful if you could have put seabiscuit's past performance charts in the notes. each race you describe would have then come alive with the chart,and a true appreciation for his accomplishments.
morris rosen <>
plymouth meeting, pa.,19426 USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 08:46:34 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I discovered your book in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Miami Herald. I called our local bookstore immediately and was told it was jumping off the shelves. Congratulations. I started it yesterday and can't put it down. Beautifully written and because Red Pollard was my uncle, it has great historic interest for me and my children. I recall my visits to their "little" house in Pawtucket and the "scrawney" little man we called Uncle Red.Most of all I remember the wonderful stories my cousin (we knew her as Patty) would tell us while trying to fall asleep. Their little black cocker spaniel "Couger" taking up a vigil next to the bed where my sister lay ill with pneumonia. Since my daughter owned "Top of the News", great-grandaughter of Round Table we are most interested in learning more about the upcoming movie and will keep checking in with you. My mother Alice Conlon, Agnes' sister just passed away this past January. How I wish she had lived to read this wonderful chronicle of her sister and brother-in-law. Could you please provide me with some information on Norah (Patty) Christianson? Your book says she is a writer and our son Andrew is a writer currently working on his Phd in Scottish, Irish and English literature. Have to return to my book now. Can't put it down for long. Janet G. McFeaters
Janet G. McFeaters <>
Vero Beach, FL USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 07:05:07 (EST)
I was born in March 1939. I can remember as a youth during the forties hearing about Seabiscuit. I only knew him a a name of a racehorse. Now as an owner of Stakeswinning filly, and a person who owns horses, I have found out how great he was. Your description of the match race sent chills up my back along with tears in my eyes. There is nothing grander then watching two magnificant racehorses going eyeball to eyeball. Great Book. Can't wait for the movie.- Gil Hallenbeck
gil hallenbeck <>
wellington, fl USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 20:18:29 (EST)
Congratulations on your work, which will undoubtedly bring non-horse fans to the raw pure wonderful world of horseracing. Too many folks haven't experienced falling in love with the heart and spirit of certain of these animal/athletes. Thanks for transporting this late blooming aficionado back to the mythic world of an unlikely hero.
john lacy <>
Kerrville, tx USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 19:46:48 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I was very excited to read your article in todays Daily News. I am certainly going to buy your book. I am an ex-jockey due to mothernature, and since an accomplished actor on the silver screen, tv, and broadway muscials. I was also invited by the tv program 20/20 Downtown last year along with the late Chris Antely to discuss weight problems among jockey's. I use to ride at Aqueduct, Belmont, with Angel Cordero Jr., Stevie Cauthen, and other wonderful riders across the nation. I so look forward to your book becoming a movie, and I know this sounds very forward of me, but I would love to be apart of the film. Purely because it deals with such a great horse and because I know that language. I started on the track when I was ten at Belmont. I had two cousins that were jockeys and both were killed in races. If you'd like to get in touch with me sooner you can reach me at # 212-787-3513 or you can call my agent at Cornerstone Talent # 212-807-8344. Thank you and I look forward to reading your words.
Robert Montano <>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 18:39:38 (EST)
Please let me know if your book is coming out on tape.
Christian M. Rastetter <>
Mahopac, NY USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 16:12:10 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Today I acquired your new book on Seabiscuit. I am 77 and remember some of the publicity about this horse in the 1930's. My interest and appreciation for this excellent book is primarily one, my mother's cousin, Judith Barrett,an actress during this period, was married to Chas Howard, Jr., and two, my father had owned some pacers and loved to follow Seabiscuit,s carrer. You made reference to Chas. Jr. on page 10 in the book but none to Ms. Barrett. I realize this book is about Seabiscuit and rightly so. However if in your research you found any info about this couple that would be of interest to a distant relative I would greatly appreciate knowing of it. I plan to obtain copies of the book for each of my children and would like to pass on any tidbits you might have regarding these people. Congratulations for recording this great bit of American history. I am enjoying the book immensely and am looking forward to the movie. Robert Neely NBobJen@AOL.COM
Robert Neely <NBobJen@AOL.COM>
Houston , Tx. USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 15:59:34 (EST)
I am a 44 year old man and remember reading about Seabiscuit in my younger days. I boughtyou book and am reading it.I seem to remember a horse witn the nickname oldbones or olebones and was wondering if it was Seabiscuit or another horse.Just getting to where the three main characters get together so wil work on finishing it. Thanks for bringing back memories. TOM
tom ernhart <>
osceola, ar USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 15:09:37 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Happened upon your book while browsing for something to read on my trip to Switzerland next week. Made the mistake of taking it out of the bag to skim through the overleaves this morning at breakfast. Was totally sucked in and now will have to find something else to read on the long boring flight. Am trying to think of something appropriately literary, gushy or horsey to say to express my pleasure. Enjoyed your command of arrested time sequences and prose during the races. Enjoyed feeling intimately involved with the inner circle of characters surrounding this horse's life. Thank you for having the passion and tenacity to complete this project for my reading enjoyment. Nice horse. Sincerely, Sue McMurray
Sue McMurray <>
Hillsborough, CA USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 04:54:05 (EST)
i am an avid racing fan and this is a great tribute to a great horse..i also heard your interview on sat march 17th an wfan in ny..great job..thanks ..bruce
bruce <>
new york, ny USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 02:31:22 (EST)
Hi Laura, I read your article in the Postand I am very impressed. Where can I get the book? I used to ride horses until I had an injury in 1996. I work with wellness technologies. After reading your story on CFS, I may be able to help you because I have known many people with your condition have had dramatic success using these technologies. I would like to share this with you. Please contact me at my or my phone: 301-606-6978. Sincerely, John Burket
John Burket <>
Middletown, MD USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 23:49:58 (EST)
Your book was wonderful. My only regret is that I could not stop reading it and finished it in one sitting. If we could make your book required reading for highschoolers, there would surely be a future for racing.
Steve Croat <>
Aiken, SC USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 17:02:55 (EST)
I was born in 1945, but during my childhood in Southern Maryland heard a lot about Seabiscuit. My grandfather E.T. Chewning was a Maryland Racing Commisioner during the 50s and 60s and had a large thoroughbred farm named Tacaro 20 miles south of Annapolis. He looked a lot like Charles Howard and probably knew him. I grew up on that place and remember there was a great deal of Seabiscuit memorabilia around the farm, glasses, pictures newspaper clippings and other items with Seabiscuit's name on them. I was always fascinated with his name and heard some of my grandfather's trainers and jockeys talk about Seabiscuit with such awe. His best horse was Weepers Boy who was Maryland leading money winner one year and won many races at Maryland, Delaware and NJ tracks during the 50s and 60s. Also there was King Challa who did very well during those years. There were about 50 more that had mixed success but usually kept my grandfather happy. I rode steeplechase horses in this area from the 60s-80s. I worked with Tom Voss mostly and my cousin William Chewning. We had a horse named Blue Nearco who won the Bolla in 1979 when it was the richest steeplechase race in America. I was born in D.C. not far from where you live. I am a writer of poetry with four books published and I teach writing, but I wish I had done what you did. Your book is wonderful and I truly admire your research efforts. I spent the better part of a year at the Agricultural Library in Beltsville researching a paper for G.W. University. I wish I had been looking for stuff about Seabiscuit. I hope you are enjoying your work on the movie. I read the great Post article about you and the book. I was sorry to hear about your condition. You are one inspiring writer. I hope you enjoy every bit of your well-earned success.
Donald Richardson,Jr <>
Annapolis, MD USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:57:34 (EST)
Wonderful book! I've read some of the sections over and over. Congratulations
Karen Soupcoff <>
Toronto, on Canada - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:27:35 (EST)
Dear Laura, What a terrific book! The racing world owes you a big vote of thanks. It was like being a member of the Seabiscuit family every fleeting step of the way. Good luck with your movie. I hope Hollywood isn't up to its old sandbaging tricks. Are you going to be doing any booksignings?
gary eagling <>
Ocean City , Md USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 15:35:15 (EST)
Laura, after reading your article in the Post last week, I knew yours would be the next book I read. Sold out at Daltons, sold out at Olsons... I finally found it yesterday and will probably have it done by the weekend. I was too young to remember the horses in Bowie, though it's a lovely sight in the early morning on the way to the train, to see them up and about; in full stride before the sun is up. I work in DC and am wondering if you'll be doing any book signings down here? One last question - why isn't Seabiscuit's face on the cover? Hope to hear from you.. and look forward to your next work; Man-o-War, perhaps? Affirmed??
Dave <>
Bowie, MD USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 08:24:49 (EST)
An incredible story by a wonderful writer. It got to be too hard to tell whether the tears were from the gut-wrenching tales of heartbreaking human drama juxtaposed with the glorious courage and strength of the thoroughbred or the raucus humor of the descriptions of the Molino Rojo and the manure hill (what possessed you to invent a phrase like "a mighty shit Godzilla sliding out to sea and vanishing" to describe a manure pile washed away by a downpour?) I'm a writer who loves a craft but you're an artist. I used to think that reading writing this good was my second favorite activity but your stuff might have gotten elevated to number one, so don't stop now.
John Rogitz <>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 00:16:56 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you for your wonderful book and your perserverance. And your courage to bring into the spotlight how this disease changes lives. My retired racehorse Artie sends his thanks for reminding people how horses are still a vibrant part of our collective consciousness (well, he probably wouldn't say it that way, he'd just lean close to you and exchange breaths).
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 17:31:33 (EST)
Laura, we are extremely interested in hosting a book signing with you at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 12 -- the date of the 36th running of the Pimlico Special. Please contact me regarding this possibility.
Carrie Everly <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 16:15:55 (EST)
I ride horses. Your book is terrific. You have really captured the eccentric side of the horse world. Please write more.
W. Hoffman
USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 17:53:38 (EST)
drew mollica <>
garden city, ny USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 16:15:01 (EST)
Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful story. It made me feel as if I was there for each race. What a marvelous, gallant hereo horse. Thank you again for "The Buscuit" - I know I will think of him many more times, and I'm glad his proud heart rests easy.
Sharon Petrello <>
Waterbury, CT USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 10:57:46 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Your wonderful book is an inspiration not only to horse lovers and to people who face obstacles, but also to writers. Thank you so much for bringing Seabiscuit's story to the world, and for showing those of us who live by the written word that muses can be found in very unusual places.
Susan McCullough <>
Vienna, VA USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 10:28:38 (EST)
i would love to have the book signed and would appreciate you responding to me..........thanks
stanley davis <>
washington , d/c USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 17:07:05 (EST)
I was a Seabiscuit fan as a young boy in Indiana. Now I'm an architect and designer of sports museums. I am looking forward to getting the book. Do you only write about horse racing? Have you written anything about events and /or persons in the history of New England horse racing?
Paul Dietrich <pdietrich@c7a.c0m>
Cambridge, MA USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 18:45:22 (EST)
I have a filly (Am. Saddlebred) that I name Rosie's C-Biscuit last year--story behind it. I loved your book! When if the movie coming out?
Rose Mccune <>
East Bank, wV USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 16:32:10 (EST)
Hi. I bought the book last week and like some others who have written, I'm trying to "pace" myself and not finish reading the book too quickly. I am thoroughly enjoying the book so far. I do have one question - why is the horse's head cut off in the photograph on the jacket cover? After all, he is the title character. After the blurbs about his poor conformation, small stature and wispy tail, I wanted to see Seabiscuit on the dust cover so I could judge for myself. I will have to be content with the pictures in the book. Congratulations on your achievement. I hope it gets the general public interested in the sport again. When will the movie be released? Marilyn Maracic
Marilyn Maracic <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 15:33:33 (EST)
My sister passed the novel to me and, now, my father-in-law is reading it. A revelation and a rousing epic of heroes. The section on the flooding of Agua Caliente is some of the finest comic writing I have ever read. I still chuckle when I think of your priceless phrase, " a s**t Godzilla..." I am a better handicapper for having been transported. Thank you.
Donald Fenton <>
Dallas, Tx USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 15:08:24 (EST)
Well, I read it in two days and am sick that I have finished! A wonderful book for anyone, whether interested in horseracing or not. Well researched, beautifully written. And I fell in love with Pumpkin!
Anne Macdonald <>
Old Greenwich, CT USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 08:36:18 (EST)
My buttons are popping with pride...and I'm not even a blood relative! It is superb. Though I would love to race through to see what happens, I am making myself savor each page. NOt hard to savor, but I am so anxious to read on. Laura, you write so well. I will send a note soon. Love, Jean
Jean Dwyer <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 22:24:27 (EST)
Well, now I have the book in my hands - and am trying to restrain myself from reading too fast. It is one of the best racing books I've read in a long time, and makes history immediate.In the race accounts, I find myself covering up the part of the page I haven't read so that I won't skip ahead.... it really captures the excitement of racing; and strikes a truly authentic note. An interesting aside: a local candy company, Harbor Sweets, Salem,MA has put out a great line of chocolates, "Seabiscuits." They're as good as this book.
Susan Walsh
North Andover, MA USA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 19:12:13 (EST)
Laura: You have written the best sports book ever. I congratulate you on finding a piece of our history and bringing it to life with your rapturous writing. Here in the Derby City, we know what heroes our thoroughbreds can be, and Seabiscuit was second to none.
Arthur Beeman <>
Louisville, ky USA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 16:04:40 (EST)
Dear Laura: What a gift your new book is to me! Thank you for providing me with a new hero in Seabiscuit and heroine in you. I love every page --- you are a very gifted writer.
Margaret Lee Hall <>
Richmond, VA USA - Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 19:03:44 (EST)
Robert A. Barbuto <>
POTOMAC, MD USA - Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 16:46:51 (EST)
Just finished reading your extraordinary book. I have never cried reading a non-fiction, but your narrative of the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap was truly spell binding. A few years ago I moved to within walking distance of the Del Mar Race track and enjoy meeting all the trainers, handicappers and horse owners with their families. It occured to me last season that few people outside of the race world understood the sacrifices made by everyone involved, for the love of the sport. Your marvellous book captured the spirit I have witnessed. I hope you write another one soon.
Jean Rowe <>
Solana Beach, CA USA - Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 12:52:32 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand - I have been enamored of Seabiscuit and his family since 1975, when I was in the fifth grade and read "Come On, Seabiscuit!" by Ralph Moody. I believe I spent most of that fifth-grade year reading and rereading about Seabiscuit and his life. Over the intervening years, I have tried to educate my family and friends about Seabiscuit, but I know they often thought I was a little silly about the whole story. It is a relief to be able to point to such a wonderful book and say, "See, I wasn't crazy!" I have a cat named Seabiscuit and a fish named War Admiral. I recently acquired copies of Ralph Moody's book and thought that was all I would ever be able to find on Seabiscuit. Thank you for your hard work and wonderful book. Seabiscuit's story is one for every generation - the true underdog who overcame incredible odds to succeed in grand fashion. May it inspire generations to come - I know I've already started telling my children about Seabiscuit and his indomitable heart.
Libby Flanagan <ryan.>
Wayne, NJ USA - Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 02:47:39 (EST)
Dear Laura: Well I'm back again. Another thing that I wanted to mention is the fact that my grandfather John A. Pollard was not actually born in Ireland but instead was born in Grundy Center, Iowa in 1875. My great grandfather Michael Pollard was born in County Westmeath, Ireland in 1833. He came to the US in 1850 during the potato famine. He was a cavalryman during the Civil War serving with A Company, 9th Illinois Cavalry. He settled in Iowa after the war. His sons all went to Canada. Michael had many interesting descendants some of them living as far afield as Hong Kong, Guam, New England and all over Canada. Once again I really enjoyed your book. I learned alot about Uncle Red and Seabiscuit and others. I always thought that people of that generation had more interesting lives than people of my generation. I agree with Tom Brokaw. They are the greatest generation.
John C. Pollard <>
San Diego, Ca USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 17:59:32 (EST)
Dear Laura: I really enjoyed your book "Seabiscuit,an American Legend". I especially enjoyed the parts about my Uncle Red Pollard. There are a couple of small errors in the Pollard family history. My father Bill was born in November 1911. Red was born in 1909. Therefore Red was the oldest son. In between them was James and after Dad came the four sisters. My Dad used the same pattern in naming his sons. I'm the oldest followed by my brothers James and William.
John C. Pollard <>
San Diego, Ca USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 17:36:42 (EST)
Hi Laura--Don't know if you remember me from my days at EQUUS, but I was so glad to read all the great reviews. Your superb research abilities and from-the-heart writing really paid off. I'm running out now to pick up a copy, but just wanted to congratulate you on your home run! Take care...
karen duteil <>
bristow, va USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 16:23:12 (EST)
Laura-What a fabulous book written about a fabulous horse. It gave me a vision of what horseracing was like in the "glory" days. What an exciting time it must have been. I hope your book will inspire todays generation and recognize horses and jockeys for the athletes they truly are. Thanks for a wonderful book.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 12:53:14 (EST)
Dear Laura, YOU are the Seabiscuit of us invalids!As someone who also got foodpoisoning from oysters in 1987, and who has been bedridden in excruciating nerve and muscle pain for the past 14 years, i can not imagine dragging myself to the bathroom a couple of times a day, let alone researching, writing, and getting published such a magnificent and timeless piece of ART! YOU, my dear, must have the tenacity of Seabiscuit, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job. I live in Potomac. We have to meet. i am going for oxygen treatments today in addition to a cpap machine to help with severe obstructive sleep apnea in addition to severe ME/CFS/GWS/MCSS/FMS and possible septicemia. If i have any luck with these options, i will be in touch. We would like to put a link at our website to let others know that with perseverance and true grit, that very sick people can accomplish great things. OUR heroine, Florence Nightingale, helped start the first ever school of nursing and inspired the founding of the International Red Cross while being bedridden for 50 years with an illness that closely resembles our own. YOU are an inspiration to us all, sick or well, rich or poor, gifted or giftless, to run that race. It is said that Quitters never win, and Winners never Quit! Congratulations to YOU!!!!! all the Best Tom Hennessy, jr. President RESCIND, Inc. Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases
Thomas M. Hennessy, jr <>
Potomac, MD USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 12:25:53 (EST)
Dear Laura, Congratulations on a lovely book about a lovely horse. I had the honor of knowing Seabiscuit personally. My family and I visited him from time-to-time at Ridgewood Ranch. I grew up on a remote ranch north of there. As I was going through family pictures recently I ran across several photos of Seabiscuit taken in the mid-to-late 1940s. I remember visiting Charlie Howard's Buick dealership in San Francisco about that time as well. What a delight to see your book and to know it will be a great success for you.
Joe Erwin <>
Needmore, PA USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 10:58:35 (EST)
As a 11 year old I found a little book called "Come On Seabiscuit" by Ralph Moody. From that day on Seabiscuit was my hero! Of course none of my friends had a clue who my horsey hero was but I was fascinated with his indomitable spirit despite his rocky start in racing.When I read the review in the San Diego Union I was thrilled.Seabiscuit An American Legend is a beautifully written book- a gift from Laura Hillenbrand. I'm half way through the book and can't put it down.... I don't want it to end!
Gina Ward <>
Rancho Santa Fe, Ca USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 10:38:25 (EST)
Your briefest exposition of horses and horse people points to a reality I immediately recognize without having been able to articulate. That, in itself, is remarkable. But to place them in a greater historical perspective as deftly as you have while widening the scope to international proportions is a great achievement. Thank you
W Reed <>
mi USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 01:20:15 (EST)
The essence, spirit and romance of the Great Sport of thoroughbred horse racing..... enhanced by lore of America's Most Gutsy Racehorse, THE LEGENDARY SEABISCUIT", is brilliantly captured by Laura Hillenbrand in this amazing new book, which will become a Standard on the subject!
Frank A. Sanchione <>
Bridgeport, CT USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 23:42:20 (EST)
How wonderful to finally see a horse like Seabiscuit getting his day in the sun. I loved the book and the style and spirit in which it was written. It takes a special voice to weave words into images that the mind can savor. I look forward to the movie with great anticipation.
Scott Fowler <>
Plano, IL USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 16:26:32 (EST)
This is a wonderful book, it captures the essence of all that is good about horseracing without being saccharine. I hope she writes more books.
John Kelly <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 09:26:08 (EST)
G'day, well I have of course heard of seabiscuit,but have never seen him in the flesh untill now,I of course was a huge fan of our famous race horse PHARLAP,who was a tad earlier than seabiscuit.I do not know of the book,as I do not think it's down under yet,however I will ask my book shop about it.Any way thanks so much for the chance to see this magic horse,he is as I imagened him to be.regards lesley.
lesley <>
perth, Western Australia australia. - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 03:53:06 (EST)
I recieved a subscription to talk magazine christmas before last from my mother in law and have not enjoyed the magazine at all until i read the article on seabiscuit it was the best article ive ever read i was crying while reading just picked up the book cant wait for the movie
leslie scarborough <>
augusta, ga USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 22:52:15 (EST)
LAURA: HI! I eagerly look forward to reading "Seabiscuit". I was a great race fan when younger and loved Secretariat. My oldest friend was a great race announcer in Canada- I'm sure he remembers this horse. Will write you directly after I read it. Meanwhile, this is a great cyber-preview!
Jonathan Cohen <>
Brookline, MA USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 21:23:44 (EST)
Just read Andys column in the Washington Post, and I can't wait to get a copy of your book! Maybe you could do a book signing at Laurel or Pimlico.
Pam Johnson <>
Kensington, MD USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 19:07:41 (EST)
It was surely my lucky day when I stumbled across the NYTimes Online Book Review of SEABISCUIT. Even luckier when I picked up the only copy at the bookstore. A fascinating story of a horse and a place in time which brings to new life the notion that "God made the horse, but Man made the thoroughbred." All told beautifully, passionately by a truly gifted writer.
Alan Alcott <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 12:59:02 (EST)
While awaiting my haircut today, I picked up TALK magazine (never heard of it), and saw the article on Seabiscuit in the table of contents. What a treat! I am a huge racing fan and go to the Derby every year, but had not known the story of Seabiscuit. Is the movie REALLY going to be made or is it just in consideration? I REALLY hope it will be made, because if it's half as good as the article, you will have a real winner on your hands (pardon the pun)! Can't wait to read the book!
Chris Rentzel <>
Dallas, TX USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 21:16:46 (EST)
What a wonderful book. I can't wait for the movie. I hope they do your book justice. Bill
Bill Lathrop <>
Mountlake Terrace, WA USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 19:28:41 (EST)
Laura, I picked the book up last night and can't put it down. I was wondering if you plan to do any book signings in the Baltimore area? I hope the movie is half as good as your book. Thanks
Mark Goldacker <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 11:16:42 (EST)
Dear Laura, I have been a fan of your wonderful, poetic writing for quite some time. I can't wait to read the book! Your web site is awesome and I brought the whole Dogwood office staff up to see it. I think everyone had chill bumps!! This whole experience must be a dream come true for you. Hope you're having fun with the movie. What's next? Mary Jane
Mary Jane Howell <>
Aiken, SC USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 11:06:27 (EST)
Ms Hillerbrand, I have heard such wonderful news about you and your work from your very proud father that I think I know Laura even though we have never met. Immediatedly after reading the article on SEABISCUIT in the WASHINGTON POST, I ordered your book so I would get a copy as soon as the books come off the press. I look forward to meeting you in person in order to get your 'John Henry'. Keep up the great work.
Chuck Masten <>
Stafford, Va USA - Sunday, March 04, 2001 at 15:23:39 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Looking forward to reading your book as soon as it becomes available. I am a great fan of horseracing and also an historian. About six years ago, I completed a manuscript for a biography of Ruth Etting. I don't know if you've ever heard of her, but she was a very popular singer/actress in the 1920's and 1930's. She is a very neglected figure in American music. Since at least 1995, I have been trying to find a publisher for this book to no avail. I have had several small articles about Ruth Etting published in various publications, but it doesn't seem to help. Do you have any advice or information that might help me?
Ken Irwin <Ken.Irwin@IRS.Gov>
Bolingbrook, IL USA - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 16:12:43 (EST)
My second cousin, Noel (Spec) Richardson, rode Seabiscuit, to win the Agau Caliente Handicap at the now closed caliente racetrack. I plan on reading the book, but was wondering if this was in the book. I also remember, Spec riding in a match race on Ligaroti against Seabiscuit.
martha higgins <>
pocatello, id USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 20:04:28 (EST)
I inherited a very nice old color drawing from the early 60's of Seabiscuit by an artist named Wallace and was looking for more info on the artist or the horse. When your site came up in my search I found it very interesting. At least I know more about this famous horse now, if not the artist and appreciate the drawing even more.
sam smith <>
guyton, ga USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 13:25:57 (EST)
My husband and I got Talk Magazine, here in Kosovo, where we are living temporarily. We read your excerpt from the book and cannot wait to read the whole book. I have ordered it from Amazon. My husband is so anxious to receive the book, he almost cannot understand that it has yet to be released. He is like a kid over this! We are new fans of Seabiscuit's and fans of yours from Equus. We have an Arabian horse business in Tennessee and will recommend your book to all horse lovers that we know. Thank you so much for writing this book and for making Seabiscuit a legend again for the current generation of horse lover. Deidre Butte`
Deidre Butte <>
Pristina, Kosovo - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 09:19:54 (EST)
Laura, I just read your book article in Talk Magazine on the plane ride from Oakland to L A. I have to tell you that you made the reader an actual participant in that famous race at Pimlico in 1938.You have a wonderful style that grips at the reader. I have ordered the book thru Amazon which is waiting for their first shipment. Thank you for providing this reader with such intense involvement.
Paul A. Davis <>
Danville , Ca USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 00:00:29 (EST)
I've been a fan of Seabiscuit since reading "Come On Seabiscuit" and got the book for my son off of e-bay this year. I was given your article and loved it, can't wait to read the book. Had to research famous horses at Coney Island Racetrack (now River Downs) and stumbled two starts in two stakes races 10/3/36 Western Hills Handicap and 10/17/36 Eastern Hills Handicap - he ran 3rd in both and then went on to set a track record at Empire in New York. I'd love to get more photos of him for the track - are there any in public domain? I loved the workout ground level shot on your web site. Can't wait to get the book and pray the movie will become a reality!
John "The Regular Guy" Engelhardt <>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 18:49:51 (EST)
Laura-Can't wait to get your book and really looking forward to the film. The film "Pharlap" was superb and I can only hope that "Seabiscuit" will be as good or even better and draw young and old to theatres to see a true fairytale come to life. Hopefully, horse racing will gain some popularity from your book and the film and make people realize that horse racing is not just another form of gambling but a sport where miracles can happen and legends can be born.
Jay Kessler <>
Fremont, CA USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 00:23:18 (EST)
Laura- Tommy Luther passed away January 27th. I would like to talk to you. Please call me at (518) 584-7811. Best regards.
Helen Luther <>
saratoga springs, ny USA - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 18:36:34 (EST)
Seabiscuit has been my favorite race horse since I was a little girl. The book "Come On Seabiscuit!" was my favorite and from that story, I fell in love with the courageous, knobby-kneed champion. He was truly a heroic athlete with heart never known before or since. I haven't read the book but am planning to, soon. It warms my heart to see such wonderful reviews about a book about a race horse, by all kinds of people, not just horse lovers. A job well done!
Lisa Barnes <>
Anchorage, AK USA - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 17:15:19 (EST)
Laura, I am reviewing you book for the Economist. It is quite superb. You deserve every success. Well done.
dominic prince <>
U.K. - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 05:54:21 (EST)
Just completed reading an advance copy of the book. The writing is as gripping as any novel. Any reader is pulled along through the life of a horse, the lives of the jockeys, trainers and owners, and the fabric of this country at a critical period of our history. You have done an excellent job in weaving them all into a story that brings a small part of our national growth into an exciting spotlight.
Joe Monroe <>
Pinehurst, NC USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 21:14:18 (EST)
Just read an advanced copy of your book"seabiscuit,an american legend and it is one of the best books i've read in years. congrats !!
ira highley <>
tampa, fl USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 11:41:57 (EST)
I read the excerpt in Talk magazine. It was superb. I liked it so much I read it to the whole family. Congratuations. I think you have a blockbuster bestseller. I'm recommending it to all my friends. Can't wait to read the whole book! Lisa J
Lisa Jatho
USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 16:16:59 (EST)
Laura, Just read the excerpt in TALK. Outstanding writing! Was directed to the TALK piece by a column on by Kenny Mayne. Can't wait to get the book!!
Steve Laurencell <>
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 23:52:12 (EST)
The excerpt in TALK was magnificent and I am looking forward to making all my friends watch the movie, and thus experience the beauty and passion of the sport of horse racing and the story of Seabiscuit
sara <>
MA USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 22:29:43 (EST)
We haven't gotten your book yet. But our oldest broodmare goes back to Seabiscuit. We bred and race Thoroughbreds and enjoy randing about the old timers. Good luck with the bood and the movie. 4/P Thoroughbreds
Victoria Pugsley <>
Vale, OR USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 22:10:31 (EST)
I can't wait to see the movie or read the book! WE need more movies like this!!! Laura in Texas
Houston, TX USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 10:50:11 (EST)
There is never enough horse movies.Seabiscuit is my favorite horse of all time.
amberlynn cooper <>
cincy, oh USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 07:55:09 (EST)
I was lucky enough to stumble upon Laura's piece on Seabiscuit while flying home. I read it once, drymouthed, heart pounding. I read it again, to my wife and daughters, tears rolling down my cheeks. What a compelling story, beautifully told, full of drama, pathos and humanity. It was, simply put, the best sports story I've read in years and years. Thank you. Thank you.
USA - Thursday, February 01, 2001 at 12:51:33 (EST)
Absolutley fantastic website and presentation. I can't wait to read the book! Valerie
Valerie Harris <>
Mountain view, CA USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 16:21:05 (EST)
Hello Laura! I've been anxiously awaiting the book and now the movie. I will buy the book ASAP. Wonderful website--great job! Tina
Tina <>
USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 01:03:16 (EST)
Hi Laura, I have not read the book yet but and chomping at the bit to get hold of it. I have always loved Seabiscuit as a kid growing up. I am sure we can put him on the same top shelf with a horse that I was fortunate to ride named Secretariat. Sounds like it is a heart warming story and thank you for bringing this long awaited story to us. Jim Gaffney,
Jim Gaffney <>
Long Island, NY USA - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 07:14:23 (EST)
Dear Laura, Outstanding job! "Auntie Mar" would have loved both it and meeting you. On behalf of the Howard Family, THANK YOU for a highly professional "labor of love". Enjoy the rest and remember "Mrs Miniver"! Vaya Con Dios Amiga. MH
Michael C. Howard <>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 16:36:53 (EST)
We recently received our last issue of Talk magazine and your article was by far the best I've read in the history of all the Talk Magazines we've ever received. I don't consider myself a strong reader but this article was absoultely captivating and had me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing the excerpt and I'm in line at for a copy as soon as they arrive.
Michelle <>
Mpls, MN USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 13:11:57 (EST)
We have a highly intelligent gelding. To understand his unique mind and spirit, you need only think, "Seabisquit."
Beth Scantlebury <>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 18:20:46 (EST)
Laura, what great writing, you made me feel like I was there. Seabiscuit is my all time sports hero and to read about it was fantastic. I want the book and will cherish it for years to come. Thanks.
Robert Leslie <>
Exeter, Ca USA - Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 16:58:15 (EST)
Wonderful excerpt in TALK. Thanks for the pleasure of reading it.
jan herman <>
new york city, ny USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 19:59:07 (EST)
KUDOS laura--I found this website on a search and am most impressed. I can't wait to read the book! I'm back to work now so hard to get as ever, but hope to talk to you soon. All the best, Ann
Ann Dwyer <>
Scottsville, NY USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 18:34:35 (EST)
My dear friend Laura has written a great book about a great horse. I have been following this work since its inception - what a privilege! - and I will be the first to buy multiple copies for myself, all of my horse-y frineds, and everyone I know who appreciates good writing! Congratulations, Laura!
shthomas <>
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Friday, January 12, 2001 at 19:54:11 (EST)
Laura - I grew up hearing alot about Seabiscuit (& Phar Lap, et. al.) from my grandfather Gene Normile (who ran Caliente with Coffroth in the 20s & 30s & ran Seabiscuit several times)...was just visiting my 95 year "young" aunt Madeline Normile McDowell over Christmas & she related how Charlie & 2d wife Marcella were "talked into" taking up horses during a dinner at the Howard's Atherton home which she attended with grandfather Gene & wife Lillian (shortly after the Howard's had returned from one of their African Safari trips after getting out of the Buick business...I have this and many more interesting stories, most I heard firsthand from grandfather Gene but more retold by my Aunt from her wonderful memory (Seabiscuit's saddleblanket "goodluck charm", Marcella's present from Charlie, why Marcella didn't like to see Seabiscuit race, & others)...looking forward to reading your book. Pat
Patrick Elliott <>
Clifton, VA USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 13:39:11 (EST)
Really enjoyed your website. I look forward to the book and the movie, there are so few movies on our racing heroes anymore, but i digress. One question that I did have, the one photo in the slideshow has Barbara Livingston credited, um, she isn't that old and was hardly around to take that picture. Isn't this a mistake? We used to be penpals and I know I'm not that old-haha. Just wondering. Glad to see others still see thoroughbreds as heroes. Wonderful work!
Jennifer <>
Georgetown, KY USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 13:18:12 (EST)
being the son of the greatest starter of all time (George Cassidy), I guess I am a bit biased, I found this book absolutely captivating. I can remember some of the names although I never got to see Seabiscuit because I was born in 1947. Just imagine how racing would benefit from a modern day seabiscuit.
noel cassidy <>
walpole, nh USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 20:16:21 (EST)
Hey my name is Nicole I am only 14 years old but I love Seabicuit. I have the book Seabicuit and I read it in one day. There was no way I could put it down. I must have read it a thousand times. No joke. How can I explain how I feel. I wish so hard that I can touch his mane and tell him that there was nothing he couldnt do. I cant wait for the book that you are writing to come out. Also I cant wait to see the movie. I can all ready see what he looks like but I want to see him every day. I use to have a horse that was a chestnut Quarter horse. When I use to bring her out for a run I would pretent that I was red and I was racing his last race. Boy was that fun.
Nicole Buckley <horseshoe_99_2000>
baldwin, maine USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 11:25:26 (EST)
Laura, as I told you several months ago, Seabiscuit has been one of my favorite racehorses (next to Ruffian) since I was a kid. I am so thrilled that you have written this book about one of the greatest horses of all time. I can't wait to read the book. As a member of the horseracing community, I think I speak for a lot of people on the backside of racetracks all over the country, it's about time someone gave this little horse the respect and recognition he derves. I only hope that one, or all, of my "girls" can enjoy the success that Seabiscuit had. No matter how my fillies run, I know that they share one aspect with Seabiscuit, a big heart. Thanks again Laura!
Shannon <>
Louiville, KY USA - Friday, December 29, 2000 at 16:56:33 (EST)
i am totally mezmerized by the legend of seabiscuit. his legend breaths the dreams of what is lost in the modern racehorse world. i eagerly anticipate the arrival of this book.can it do the legend justice
- Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 22:30:15 (EST)
Hi Laura, haven't read the book yet, but I will, Seabiscuit has been one of my favorite racehorses since I was kid. I have an original signed and dated picture of Seabiscuit. It is one of my favorites in my collection. Glad to see he is getting the recognition he deserves.
Roberta Morrison <>
Ocala, fl USA - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 16:10:58 (EST)
The best horse I have ever come across was a horse that we believed to be a son of SeaBiscuit. He was in his 20's when I asked a friend at a bloodstocking agency to see if any gelding matching his description and markings showed up. The closest match, without knowing the tatoo number of the horse in the computer was a son of SeaBiscuit. I have heard he was a great horse, which would explain why my gelding was so wonderful. I will read the book and hopefully learn more about my guy's heritage. Unfortunately he passed away a year and a half ago at the estimated age of 27. I miss him daily.
Erin Woodcock <>
Lexington, KY USA - Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 21:53:22 (EST)
Hi Laura: Allow me to get the gushing out of the way. "Seabiscuit-An American Legend" is the finest book about thoroughbred racing in the last decade. Your blend of history and sport brings the horse and the people who worked with him to an immediacy that makes the book difficult to put down. This will be the rare racing book that will find a wide market beyond the world of the thoroughbred. Thanks for this gripping labor of love. John Angelo, racing writer for the Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star.
John Angelo <>
Manchester, NH USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 20:42:45 (EST)
Laura: I absolutley loved this book. I cannot say enough about it to my friends and co-workers. For a person who has never gone to a racetrack, has never been interested in watching racehorses on TV, has never met a jockey or felt any interest in horsetrainers/owners, this held me rapt every night. Foremost in my mind was the description of the match race with War Admiral - I get butterflies in my stomach recalling your vivid description of the strain of the horses at start. Thank you for describing such a wonderful slice of Americana and such a interesting animal.
Ray George <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 12:55:32 (EST)
Laura, Thank You for doing what can only be described as a labour of love. I grew up in Arcadia. As a kid I spent hours silently sitting and staring at that magnificent statue of Seabiscuit at Santa Anita. It's amazing how this horse's life can inspire a kid who felt different or less than. Your book will be a godsend for a whole new generation of equinophiles. I look forward to many a good reading of what promises to be, surely, the definitive telling of of a unique American success story.Best Regards, cw
Craig Wheeler <>
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, December 09, 2000 at 16:45:47 (EST)
I came upon you website by luck and it looks great!! Can't wait to see the movie!!
Anne <>
New Milford, Ct USA - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 18:39:34 (EST)
I can't wait to read this book - or see the movie. The Story of Seabiscuit, with Barry Fitzgerald & Shirley Temple, is one of my favorites; I hope the new movie is as good.
Susan Walsh
USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 12:57:34 (EST)
What a fantastic brought tears to my eyes.Thank you for sharing Seabiscuit's story with the world.
LB <>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 16:04:38 (EST)
Great site - I have been a Seaiscuit fan since I was a child. Love all of the great photographs! Looking forward to the new book!
Jeri Miller <>
Hershey, PA USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 11:55:16 (EST)