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Thank you for the book, a real gem.
Michael mcLoughlin <>
Dublin, Ireland - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 18:44:28 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: My father,an avid horseplayer for over 65 years now, is beginning to lose his memory. He grew up in Baltimore and one of his favorite stories to recall is the day he bet on Seabiscuit in the Pimlico Special on All Saints Day. He bought your book before we could get it for him but he didn't like your description of the race. It is such a unique and powerful memory for him I don't think any description would do that wasn't his account, word for word. I loved the book and wept a lot while reading it. I hope you write another one on horse racing. Maybe the next one could raise the point that Citation (and I am sure my father would include Seabiscuit but he only saw him race once)would beat Secretariat 9 times out of 10. My father would love that. He raised us in Fairfax, VA. Good luck with everything.
Charles Wilkinson <>
Annandale, VA USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 01:21:02 (EST)
Wow! Now only do I LOVE horses (drawing from my parents' background riding & raising startng as children in Nevada & Arizona, respectively), but I LOVE reading about them starting with "Billy & Blaze" in kindergarten. Read the covers off everything of M.Henry, W.Farley, some of Zane Grey's. I only wish my dear late mother could have lived to read this superb depiction of the life of one of her favorite characters! I cut my teeth on Seabiscuit, Man O'War, Whirlaway and Secretarit! Fond memories are of going to the wee race track at the Humboldt County Fair, and leaning on the rails at the saddling area where my mother would look over the entries, and pick her selection. In 12 races, she picked 11 winners because she liked the way the horses carried themselves, particularly their heads! No, bets weren't placed, just admiring great horse flesh! This magnificent book had me once again at the stables, stalls and the track (the color and noise)! My journalism profs would definitely point out Laura Hillenbrand as a WRITER! And almost as good as the book were the great descriptions of the people encountered and interviewed in the years of work that went into writing this book. Can hardly wait to share my enthusiasm with my sisters! They'll love "Seabiscuit", too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A.W.Boster <>
Cassel, CA USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 18:44:23 (EST)
I am not the fastest reader of books, but this book was read in a track record (for me) in a week and a few days. I miss it already. One of, if not the best books I ever read! Sorry, Jim Bouton (BALL FOUR)
mike guthrie <>
simi valley, ca USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 18:18:01 (EST)
Laura, you have written one of the all-time classics! Your writing allowed me to become friends with Charles, Tom, Red, the Iceman... and to fall in love with the Biscuit. They were all geniuses, and your story did their lives justice. I've never more enjoyed reading a book... you've put me on a mission to obtain Seabiscuit photos and race day audio or (is it possible?) video tapes. THANK YOU!
Doc Fletcher <>
Northville, Mi USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 08:26:55 (EST)
What a masterpiece!!! I laughed, I cried and I fell in love again with horses and the people who love them! I grew up riding Thoroughbred jumpers, in particular one that was a retired racehorse and who had the heart and spirit of Seabiscuit, and died too young, also. I finished your book last night and cannot get those magnificent characters out of my mind. What struck me most was that this was truly a love story - between Charles and Marcella, Red and Angela, Tom and Seabiscuit and the whole world and Seabiscuit. I would give anything to be able to see that wonderful horse in action. Is there anywhere to get any video of his actual races? Can't wait until the movie. Congratulations on a magnificent piece of work!!
Stacy Norton <>
Cordova, TN USA - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 17:40:31 (EST)
I'm self taught in history over the last forty years, and a life long sports fan. I knew horse racing when I was eight. Your command of the English language as far as a story teller is the equal of my personal favorites, Barbara Tuchman, William Manchester and John Keegan. I knew the result of the great match race. Given that, it was the most riveting description of a sporting event I have ever read. I did not know about the results of the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap until I read the book. Each chapter a masterpiece. The build up to the match race worth the price of the book. I did not know about Red Pollard. I did know George Wolfe was up against War Admiral. What an incredible number of doors that must have been opened to you to be able to weave this story... all the vignettes were priceless. The absolute best of everything to you. I hope that there are many more as such to follow. John Rea
John Rea <>
Annandale, NJ USA - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 17:27:07 (EST)
I have just finished the chapter on the Seabisuit/War Admiral match. I'ts a tough book to read. On one hand you want to savour it...on the other you just have to keep going to find out what happens next! A great story and an excellent job of telling it. Am looking forward to the movie!
BenLeeuwestein <>
SaultSteMarie, Ont. Canada - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 14:25:11 (EST)
Dear Laura, Last year, after a long internet search, I found a hard cover copy of 'King of the Wind' by Marguerite Henry. I wanted the book with the original color paintings inside. It now stands facing out on my bookshelf and I will read the story, and look at the paintings, a few times a year. Last night I finished your book 'Seabiscuit' and I cried myself to sleep. So the story that began with the Godolphin Arabian now continues with his descendants. The book about Seabiscuit will sit next to Marguerite Henry's book and I will read it again. I am so grateful to your years of dedication to this story. You must have grown to love Seabiscuit through it all. I wish I could have seen him. Don't you? Judy Taylor-Atkinson
Judy Taylor-Atkinson <>
Port Coquitlam, BC Canada - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 13:56:21 (EST)
Dear mrs. Hillenbrand, this is one of the most exiting books I ever read in my life. The story of a horse with such a carectar is just amazing. And when I was reading the book it was if I was on the race track myself. The way how you put discribes the persons and horse is just great. I am looking forward to reading your next book.
Maddy van Houtum <>
Schijndel, Netherlands - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 09:42:45 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm am writing about the music for the movie they are planning about our mutual friend, and I am hoping to find some channel of communication to let those people know that a movie about a horse that was been pigeon-holed, trivialized and de-meaned needs a music theme, however loosely based, from a great classical music piece which was ALSO pigeon-holed, trivialized and demeaned, a piece of music that is closely enough related to the horse as to be a philosophical brother. You've probably heard this idea before, but it was probably presented as an idea that some strange outsider was trying to sell to get money. In my case, however, the general point is that there is no music copyright on earth under which my sugestion could be protected as such -- as a suggestion. The general theme here, put briefly (actually was going to rant on and on at this point) is for the composer to use the well-known notes of the William Tell Overture (C-C-C,C-C-C, C-C-F-G-A in the first phrase, and C-C-C,C-C-C,C-A-G-E-C in the second) in even the most subtlest of ways at important plot points to PREFIGURE this great and final triumphant run, all too artistically understated in your masterpiece. I say "understated" not as a criticism (in fact I was laughing and crying all through the last two chapters, earlier ones too), but because 12-year-olds at the multi-plex will not be able to restrain themselves at the sound of the music (William Tell Overture, revised standard version) that fits this horse so truthfully in its finest ultimate hour. P.S. It is so strange that when I think of Seabiscuit, I don't think so much of a horse as of a person who was a horse. It is as if he had a mind to think with, every bit as much as you or I. He was just weak in languages (English, French, etc.).
Bruce <>
Cape May, NJ USA - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 01:03:40 (EST)
In the acknowledgments of your wonderful book "Seabiscuit" you mentioned talking to numerous horseman. I was pleasantly surprised to read of one in particular, Leonard Dorfman. He was a wonderful trainer of our racehorses and a dear friend of my father and our family throughout the 1970's in California. I haven't seen or heard from him in years. Is he still around and how can he be contacted? Tina R. Paul
Tina Paul <>
Irvine, CA USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 19:34:32 (EST)
I have been a horseshoer in central Ky. for 20 yrs. and have been around horses all my life .I enjoyed your book immensely, especially your descriptions of the horses, tracks and people. I look forward to your next book.
Mike Kirby <>
Lancaster, KY USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 15:32:58 (EST)
I would like to know if there is any new information about the Seabiscuit movie. Will it really happen? When? The book was extremely entertaining. Thank you!
Neil Smith <>
Chardon, OH USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 14:59:15 (EST)
I con't wait to read your book
Austan, TX USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 14:15:16 (EST)
here are my predictions for the casting of the movie, if they have not already been cast... CHARLES HOWARD ~ Mel Gisbon RED POLLARD ~ ? TOM SMITH ~ Gene Hackman GEORGE WOOLF ~ Josh Hartnett (if he can pull of a "grown- up" roll) MARCELA HOWARD ~ Alyssa Milano AGNES ~ Julianna Marguiles Let me know what you think and your ideas!
Katy <>
Stockton, CA USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 17:00:52 (EST)
I loved the story of Seabiscuit. He was an amazing horse with lots of heart. I mostly enjoyed reading about the bond between Seabiscuit and the people who worked with him. How you wrote about the way horse and humans affected each other proved that the bond between horse and rider are everlasting. It almost reminded me of my horse, Spellbound. A few years ago he was a lanky looking five year old who's legs were too small for his body. He had been shuffled from owner to owner nearly all of his life. He started out at the track and ended up as a failed police horse. When I took ownership of him, I seemed to be the only one who believed in him. I was then twelve and from the first time I unloaded him from the trailer I knew that he had that certain spark. Along with Seabiscuit, he has only proved that horses are not just animals but incredible creatures who respond to good treatment and faith. Today, my horse has blossomed into a champion. Together we have reinvented our love for equestrian sports. He throws his entire heart into jumping just as Seabiscuit ran his heart out for the people that he cared about. After reading your book, I can honestly say that I look at my horse very differently. Although before I showered him with love and treats, I wasn't doing what your book taught me was most important. My horse is my best friend, my partner, and my very own Seabiscuit. Just like Tom Smith, I realized that I know my horse inside and out and respect him now not just because of his beautiful coat and eye catching moving, but because of his incredible spirit and personality....which reminds me of Seabiscuit. Thankyou for writing about the real Seabiscuit and reminding us what is most important in life. I have just started reading your book for the third time and am very very anxious for the movie. Thankyou.
Katy <>
Stockton, CA USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 16:30:36 (EST)
I have been involved with horses all my life and although I had not heard of your book, my mom gave it to me for Christmas, I, like many others I have heard of, could not put it down, yet was soooo reluctant to finish. It was without a doubt the best biography I have ever read. You took me back to a time I have often wished to experience. I was with them at every turn and at times had to stop reading until my eyes were cleared of tears. I currently volunteer at a local therapuetic riding center and share the joy of horses with people with various disabilities. It is the greatest joy of my life to watch a horse and rider find their special relationship. I experienced this with Seabiscuit and I thank you for sharing your knowledge and exquisite writing with the world. Unlike others, I'm not sure I could see the movie, (I am a wimp at movies!) but I will try to be brave and see it! I just can't thank you enough for this book! Wendy Reed
Wendy Caton Reed <>
Bath, ME USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 16:21:22 (EST)
One of the best books I have ever read in my 60 plus years. I am not a thoroughbred racing fan nor do I have much interest in horses. I do know how to recognise a great book and a great talent. I believe you could write about anything. Thank you so much for the enjoyment, please write more!
John Pargeter <>
Cold Spring, NJ USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 14:31:38 (EST)
I have always enjoyed horses and I have always followed the triple crown races since about 1960. Naturally, I had heard of Seabiscuit, but I knew very little about the horses of that era. After reading your book, I have been telling family and friends about Seabiscuit and the rest of the characters. I was especially impressed with Tom Smith and the way he got the best out of Seabiscuit and the other horses that he trained. I also respected his humility and enjoyed the way he fooled the press with his odd training times and with Grog, his stand in for Seabiscuit. It was such a heart-warming story of an underdog that beat all the odds. As I read the book, I thought about how wonderful the timing was for a horse like this to come along. With the country coming out of The Great Depression and needing a lift, as Joe Hernandez would say, "Here comes Seabiscuit". Your writing style was very easy to read and I liked learning about each character individually, before reading about their experiences together. It is one of the best books I've ever read and I can't wait to see the movie. I borrowed the book from the library, but I plan on buying it so my children and their children can read about "the Biscuit". Thanks for all your research, hard work, talent and the idea to write this book.
Thomas Olney <>
Spencerport, NY USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 11:15:34 (EST)
what awonderful book about a little horse with a big heart i couldnt believe i was at the end of this wonderful book so quickly. what a great story. I just wish i could have seen seabiscuit run. what an amazing story. thank you for this great piece of history geri freymann
geri freymann <>
rock island, il USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 00:45:02 (EST)
I too got to know Seabiscuit through Ralph Moody's book as a teenager back in the 60's. Just started your book last night and plan to live in it all weekend! My father saw Seabisbuit at Howard's farm in Willits when he first moved to California. Many years later (approx. 1962 or 63), he took our family by there on vacation, and we found that the stables were being torn down. We were able to salvage Seabiscuit's halter and bridle showcase. They hung in my father's barn until several years ago when he gave them to me. I treasure them so much that I told him that's the only thing I wanted to inherit from him!
Mollie <>
Middleton, ID USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 22:55:56 (EST)
An enchanting exciting book! So well written! I am listening to it on tape and I almost drove off the road laughing about the demise of the Tiajuana race track. I have a new appreciation of horseracing and will certainly enjoy the Kentucky Derby and the other races of the Triple Crown this Spring. Thanks so much for your wonderful book.
Lynn Tamms <>
Oshkosh, WI USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 20:37:51 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, thank you so very much for a lovely story of a horse and his people. I was saddened at that end at what seemed to be the end of an epoch. Where is Smith's son, and why did he die so alone? Is Ridgewood still there? Can you visit the farm? So many wrenching questions and moments in your book. Thank you.
Gina Ricketts <>
Medford, OR USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 14:29:14 (EST)
I only read one or two books each year for pleasure because I get so wrapped up in reading literature that pertains to my work. And... a person only has so much time! When I do read a book, it is usually about a horse or person involved with horses. Your book was recommended to me by a coworker who has the same passion for horses as I do. I am only part way through it and can't put it down! Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, but the elements of history added into it make it even more enjoyable. Your writing style is very journalistic which is my favorite style of writing, story-telling behind a real story. You are making my first book of the year *to-be-read* an wonderful experience! I had to be waitlisted at the library for your book because it is so popular. I am so glad I went to the trouble to find it! Can you recommend more books similar or about horses that are as captivating as yours? Or do you have other books you have written that I can explore? I may even read more than two books this year, you never know! Lastly, when is the movie scheduled to be in production> I can't wait!! Thanks!
Kathleen Goforth <>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 19:52:12 (EST)
MS.HILLENBRAND, I enjoyed your exceptional story of a great champion of the turf. Thank you for bringing the glorious days of this past racing hero to the present. I wanted the story to go on and on ... it was fabulous reading. The descriptions were so vivid, I felt like I was at the track rooting with all my might, for the "BISCUIT" to win. As a longtime racing fan, thank you for the wonderful insight into racing as it was surely meant to be.
FRANKFORT, KY USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 12:43:58 (EST)
Laura, I read many biographies, and this is one the VERY best I have ever read. Other than go to a few races in my lifetime, I have never paid attention to the intracacies of the sport. Now I know so much?, I probably will never bet again! A fabulous piece of research, and told in a thrilling manner. Thanks. Wint
Wint Mather <>
Orinda , ca USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 07:13:00 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand,just finished your marvellous book. A wonderful story and beautifully written. A measure of the horse's greatness was the fact that he could win although he always carried maximum weight-not unlike the famous Irish steeplechaser, Arkle. Well done, it was worth the huge effort
Billy Hannon <>
Tuam, eire - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 18:08:55 (EST)
An inspiration, one of the best reads in my life.
Tony Britain <>
Sunninghill, England, England - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 05:17:59 (EST)
Thank you for a great read! Though I knew the races occurred in the last century, I found the descriptions of the races riveting, as I rooted Seabiscuit down the stretch. How could you not love this horse? An exceptionally well written account of a story almost too good to be true!
John Sutton <>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 14:05:07 (EST)
I just finished reading your Seabiscuit--a wonderful story about an exceptional horse and his "people." I was born in 1938, so it was particularly meaningful to me to learn more of the culture of the day ... and the importance and enjoyment of the sport of horse racing before the onslaught of television in our lives. Thank you for this remarkable account.
Carol Bradac <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 11:34:45 (EST)
How about Sam Shepard as Charles Howard?
gary eagling <>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 10:16:47 (EST)
I fell in love with this book. What a hero at a time when our country was so lost. This past week my life revolved around Red Pollard, Tom Smith, The Howards and of course that magnificent horse. They were my friends and I wanted to be with them all the time. Thank you for sharing this story of hope, joy and love. Do you plan to make any visits in the Colorado Spgs, CO area as I'd love to have you autograph a book for me.
Lynn Miller <>
Colorado Sps, co USA - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 14:09:16 (EST)
Seabiscuit captured me from the moment I started it. Not since reading all the Black Stallion series when I was a child and Walter Farley was writing each book have I been so enthralled. Not only was the story so beautifully done but the quality of your writing made it an extraordinary book. I also, even though I am involved in horse racing, was not aware how wonderful a horse Seabiscuit was. We need more heroes like him today. Unfortunately, horses like Seabiscuit are few and far between and stories like his are also not often found. It is sad when I go to run a horse today, even in the allowance races, that there is no one in the grandstand any more. They are all watching on TVG (as I also do when not running my horses). We do need another Seabiscuit. Thank you for this superb book. I could not stop reading it for two days (trying to take care of horses and barn in between!)
Margo Kirn <>
N. Middletown, KY USA - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 12:26:52 (EST)
Hello Laura, I have my own Thoroughbred broodmares, and I worked at Belmont Park rubbing horses for many years, from late 60's thru the 70's....very good years! I was there for the ill fated Match Race between Ruffian & Foolish Pleasure. I was there to see Foolish Pleasure nose out Forego, and to see Forego win the Malboro Cup. I was there to see Secretariat and all the other great ones of that time. In fact, my little farm is named for Foolish Pleasure...I had been a fan of his on the race track, and visited him often after work in the mornings. He is buried here in Wyoming, and I visit him now at his grave site. It makes me cry, and that is what I did after finishing your book...I cried for the Biscuit (by the way, my riding horse is named Biscuit)...and I cried for his people. I cried that he is buried under a tree and that no one ever visits him there. His story is so incredible...thank you so much for bringing it to the people...all people, not just race fans! I look foward to the movie...and I hope they cast the right actors and do a great job with the story. I hope you'll write another book on another horse soon...there are so many great stories within the industry, they all need to be told! Does anyone know where that tree is? It would be a nice ending to the movie to show the tree within the forest and have a ghostly image of the Biscuit race across the screen. Thanks for the memories!
Joanie Davison <>
Deaver, WY USA - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 12:24:31 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand--thanks so much for a wonderful story. '
john harting <>
madison, wi USA - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 09:21:02 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand' As an avid amateur historian and equally dedicated fan of sporting events of great drama and consequence,I have been remarkably fortunate. As a young boy I shook the hand of future President Kennedy. As a seventeen year old I was the beneficiary of a administrative screw up at my father's bank and ended up at Ali /Frazier at the garden. I grew up in fact not more than five miles from Belmont and while my friends and I were anything but avid racing fans we always managed to be at Belmont when those incredible racing moments materialized in such a short time. We were there for Secreteriat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and sadly for Ruffian. To tell you the truth I had almost forgotten the extraordinary ,downright animalistic lust that overwhelms you when history collides with popular cotest. Somehow you know going in that something will soon transpire that will register in your highest form of memory forever. The fight was like that.So was Affirmed and Alydar. Twenty five years after the fight my father sent me a clipping from the NY Times commemorating the anniversary. He wrote " I knew that night for the first time that I had a heart because it nearly beat it's way out of my chest." I wanted to let you know that your book not only reminded me that I too have a heart but that it could just as nearly beat out my chest as struggled to consume the pages slowly enough to comprehend them as the match race finally unfolded. I think every literate human beings have room for only a handful of truly great books in their heart. Seabiscuit has made the cut. I think it's a pretty impressive short list by the way. Much thanks and much encouragement. A note to Stephen Ambrose...I wish most historians could write like that.
Jim Schwantner <>
Cohasset, Ma USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 23:31:18 (EST)
Seabisquit did not run in the Kentucky Derby. I wonder if you could tell me why not. I did read the book, but my husband keeps asking me if Seabisquit ran in the Derby or not and I couldn't find it.
Ann Morlan <>
Tigard, Or USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 22:01:05 (EST)
I fell in love with Seabiscuit in the early 60's when I was a horse-crazy little girl, and used to repetitively check out Ralph Moody's "Come On, Seabiscuit" from the local library. Now your book has brought back all those memories . . . and has brought to life not just Seabiscuit's story but the whole American culture from the turn-of-the century and the depression era. Thanks so much for writing this incredibly well-researched book about such a magnificent "person". Thanks. (If I ever find a man with Seabiscuit's personality, I'll marry him!)
Stephanie Vickers <>
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 20:15:59 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished "Seabiscuit", and yes, the tears are still running down my face as I write this. Thank you for having this site, because I don't want to feel my connection with Seabiscuit, Red Pollard, Charles Howard, Tom Smith and the other people who were part of this piece of history, with whom I lived for the last few days, to be over. Your ability to make them come alive; your detailed, loving, factual and exciting narrative style; your dedication to bringing these players in this amazing part of our history are a gift from you to all of us who have experience this book. The book was given to my husband and I just happened to start reading it, and couldn't put it down. I have loved horses from a distant, but I now want to go to Santa Anita, and even Forest Lawn to visit Tom Smith's grave. I wonder if Ridgewood is accessible to the public. Over 50 years ago, as a child, I read a book called "Old Bones", by Mildred Mastin Pace, the story of Exterminator, the unlikely 1918 Kentucky Derby winner, and it is the ONLY book I remember reading from my childhood. I have also seen the movie, "Phar Lap", which moved me tremendously, and I think about when I think about horses. It was so exciting to read that George Woolf used Phar Lap's saddle. I now want to find out about the descendents of Seabiscuit and if any of them are racing today. This story has added a bit of richness to my life, and will be the horse story I remember as an adult. I am excited to know you will be consulting on the movie, which has to be made so many more people will come to love this noble horse and company, and their awnsome story of achievement. Thank you very much for bring Seabiscuit to me. Prudence Graham, Ventura, CA
Prudence Graham <>
Ventura, CA USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 17:47:39 (EST)
I loved your book. It makes me wonder at how many other great stories are out there waiting to be told!
Peg Kinsman <>
Westboro, MA USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 16:32:29 (EST)
Just finished it 1 hour ago. It was a gripping book and definately not just for race lovers. Your site intro has a brief radio clip of one of seabiscuits races. Could i suggest that more material like that and newspaper cuttings be posted on the site and/or the links to the sites which may contain them. Slan leat.
Declan Hughes <>
Dublin, Ireland - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 15:47:53 (EST)
There is nothing I can add that hasn't been said already by others. Thank you for this book. Thank you
Chuck Magnuski <>
Staten Island, NY USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 13:03:54 (EST)
I received your book as a gift. Before I had a chance to even read it my roommates dog ate the slip cover. Do you know who I can contact to replace the cover? I tried the publisher and got no response from them. Maybe it's not possible to replace this but I would like to as it was a gift.
Denice Decker <>
Woodland Park, Co USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 10:02:16 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Thank you for bringing us one of the most memorable and exciting sports stories ever. I was only 6 years old when Seabiscuit raced and won for the last time so although I was aware of the story, most of my knowledge came from that, as you aptly put it, forgettable Shirley Temple movie. I live within walking distance of Arlington Park where I saw the great Secretariat win by an astonishing margin. Now I can only wish that I had been privileged to see perhaps the only horse who could have given him a challenge. Thanks for a mesmorizing story written by a true lover of the sport of kings. John Lee
John Lee <>
Arlington Heights, IL USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 02:41:55 (EST)
Laura, I started your marvelous book today at around noon. I intended to read a couple of chapters before the Olympics started. Well, I missed the Olympics! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! I just finished the book..I don't think I've ever read a book cover to cover like that with no breaks in between! Page after enticing page drew me in and caused me to feel a sort of connection to the greatest sportsman who's ever lived: Seabiscuit!!! Thank you so much! Larry.
Larry C. Daugherty <>
Caldwell, ID USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 02:41:39 (EST)
I just finished your marvelous book. It brought back many memories of other times and places. A heartfelt thank you.
Tom McKimmey <>
CA USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 22:13:11 (EST)
Seabiscuit is the greatest horseracing story I have ever read. I've been a racing fan for over 35 years. I have owned some ex racers that were used for showing, but have never had the opportunity to become familiar with the racetrack horses. Your book was outstanding!! I am currently researching Sam Riddle. I noticed that you referred to Dorothy Ours in your book. I have also read where she is an expert on the Riddle Family. I was wondering if you could tell me where I could reach her? Perhaps she could help me with some information I am looking for. I enjoyed your book and was sorry when the story ended. I hope you will write another book. You are a very gifted young woman. Thank you.
Staci Rank <>
Cumberland, MD USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 21:49:35 (EST)
I was never so upset to be finished with a book!! I was utterly consumed with the book for the two days it took me to read it. I just wanted to say thank you for a beautifully written book. Even my non-horsey friends are wanting to read it since I have talked endlessly about it!! Thanks!!
Jennifer Sharp <>
Blacksburg, VA USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 14:18:49 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand It has been YEARS since we sat down with a book and became so engrossed in it that we hated to have to put it down. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your superb writing skills do what many authors forget - tell a story and make it enjoyable. You have the ability to make a "word picture"; after reading only the first 2 or 3 pages, we felt we knew and could see Charles Howard. An outstanding book!
Don and Julie Zaro
USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 11:21:42 (EST)
I am enjoying every page of the book. My father grew up in Ozone Park, NY (5 blocks from Acqueduct) in the 20's and 30's and it is great to hear his persepctive on horse racing during the depression. He mentioned Jimmy Manning to me before I read it in the book. I saw Secretariat win the Belmont and Forego run his very last allowance race there in 1978. Question for all: If Secretariat and Forego met as 4 year olds in a match race at 1 1/4 miles at Belmont each carrying 132 lbs.who would win?
Mike Farrell <>
Exton, PA USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 09:29:29 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have just finished your wonderful book, "Seabiscuit". I have been an avid horseracing fan for over 35 years and a voracious reader for many more years. I want to congratulate you on creating a masterpiece. I cannot recall when a book held my interest, as yours did. You succeeded, not only in bring the characters, in this story, to life, but you also captured the flavor and excitement of horseracing during its golden age.
Robert L. Hilleary <>
Hacienda Heights, CA USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 00:40:44 (EST)
A little more than halfway through this great book, I felt myself reluctant to continue, although I found it an extremely interesting and enjoyable book. I read through the match race with War Admiral and luckily made it through without injury, but I knew Seabiscuit was going to get injured I just didn't know when. Last night I read how he finished 2nd with an injured left leg, Woolf up. I now realize that I am anticipating the injuries this great horse suffers and I ache for him. I am relieved that he is now laid up but fear for his future until he is retired and turned out in his own paddock. I have been a horseowner/rider for forty-five years and appreciate just how hard these animals work for us.
betty <>
princeton, nj USA - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 15:13:58 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for writing such a memorable account of the great racing legend, Seabiscuit. I've read many books and articles about real-life horses over the years, but this one is undoubtedly the best. I found myself actually reading slower because I did not want to say goodbye to the colorful characters by completing the book! I own a 28-year old gelding I have had for 21 years. He, too, was considered an unruley has-been when I purchased him. But he has been one of the greatest joys of my life, not to mention a faithful friend. Our many show ribbons and trail miles attest to our special relationship. Thanks for allowing me to relive the extraordinary life of a true American hero, Seabuscuit.
Jennifer Ball <>
Peyton, CO USA - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 12:31:09 (EST)
I'm in love with Seabiscuit...I'm in the Arabian Show World and spend a lot of time with horses...I'm only sorry I wasn't around in the '30s to meet Seabisbuit...looking forward to the movie!
Debbie Brinkley <>
Suffolk, VA USA - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 07:57:02 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finishe reading your wonderful account of Seabiscuit's trials and tribulations. I am 66 years old and have been a voracious reader of non-fiction books for the past 35 years, and in all that time I have never written to an author to express how I felt about his or her work. Your book, however, was so overwhelming that I just had to let you know that you entranced me by the story and the way that you wrote it. Your book lifted me up and transported me to an era of American history that held me in fascination. Through your prose, your charcters came alive. As I read your book I felt that I was participating in the events that were being portrayed. I felt that I was there in the locales and scenes of which you so ably wrote. I expirienced being in the saddle along with Woolf and Pollard. And, there were a few times when I couldn't stop the tears from flowing or the lump in my throat from forming. My interest in the book was aroused when I heard you on the radio taking calls from listeners. Thank God that I had tuned in that day, for you have given me (and thousands of others, I am sure) pleasure beyond my ability to express. I look forward to the movie version of your book, and I eagerly await the publication of your next book. Sincerely, Saul Levine
Saul Levine <>
Shaker Hts, oh USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 20:22:57 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I loved your book and wonder if I could interview you for an article I'm writing for Smithsonian Magazine on chronic fatigue syndrome. (Smithsonian's editor, Carey Winfrey, is the son of W.C. "Bill" Winfrey, who trained Native Dancer. According to Carey, Native Dancer failed to win the Triple Crown because the horse took a turn too wide at the Belmont.) Carey has asked me to write the article in a narrative style: conveying what's new in diagnosing and treating CFS while focusing on someone who has been afflicted by the illness and yet has managed to prevail over its disabling symptoms. I think you would be the perfect person to include in the article. This will be my third article on CFS. The first was in 1990, when I was on staff at Consumer Reports Magazine; the 2nd was for American Health in 1992, when Carey was the editor there. I would be glad to send copies of both articles to you. (Carey can be reached at Smithsonian by calling toll free, 877-240-1183.) I very much hope that you'll be willing to chat with me, in whatever forum you're most comfortable with--in person, over the phone or by email. (My phone number is 718-548-0083.) Thanks very much for considering my request for an interview, and thanks for writing such a great read. Sincerely, Larry Katzenstein
Larry Katzenstein <>
NY, NY USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 15:36:42 (EST)
Best Wishes Charles Baltimorean
Charles W. Swan:Starpages <>
Beverly Hills, CA USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 01:17:39 (EST)
Well done! Having grown up watching those magnificient beasts run at Arlington, I only wish I was around for the Biscuit's July 4th visit some 60 years ago. But then again, I might not have lived long enough to read your superb book! Sincerely, A Guy Who Goes Just To Look At The Horses
Bill T. <>
Arlington Heights, Il USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 00:59:35 (EST)
Laura, Our book club is reading your book this month. I am almost halfway thru and enjoying it tremendously! Seabiscuit really had quite a personality! I thought it would be fun to have some comment from you in regard to Seabiscuit, perhaps some little known fact about your research and interest in writing about a famous racehorse. Wish you well - thanks, Pam Wessel
Pam Wessel <>
Lincoln, NE USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 22:45:07 (EST)
Hello Laura, Is there a way to contact you through your publisher? I remember as a kid we used to write letters to our favorite authors via the publisher. If you have a contact address I sure would appreciate it. Sincerely, Maureen
Maureen <>
Reno, NV USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 20:33:16 (EST)
Dear Laura, I feel that your book was one of the best that I have ever written, and I read a lot of books! I really want to thankyou for this beautifully crafted and hearttouching story. Seabiscuit rocks! Molly Iris
Molly Iris
USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 14:45:53 (EST)
Dear Laura, I am sure I cannot adequately put into words the impact your book had on me. I have been in love with horses since I started to breathe. I barrel race in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association and have recently started working two year old race horses for a farm close to me. What a thrill it is to be on the back of these magnificent animals that can cover the ground at such great speeds. Seabiscuit is the kind of story that brings out so many emotions, and your fantastic ability to bring the story to life makes it that much better. I felt like it was happening right now and couldn't stop reading each night because I wanted to know how it would all turn out. When I finished I felt like I had been slighted because it happened so long ago. I wish I could go watch him run or see him in his retirement. He was a phenomenal horse! You did a superb job in portraying his life and those that were touched by him. Please write another!
Hinkley, CA USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 23:32:42 (EST)
Dear M/S Hillenbrand: What a fantastic book!! Could not putit down. Only if my father could have read it. My Dad did not drink, smoke, chew or swear,but loved the horses. Not that racing is a vice, but to him a hobby. We lived in Chicago and as a ten year old, I would accompany my Dad to Arlington,to clock the horses in the very early hours. Although it was during the depression and my folks got hit very hard, we always lived in comfort. My folks frequently entertained racing folks in our home, Trainers, Owners and Jockeys. It was the best times during bad times. Your source material was very interesting. I kept wondering when reading the book,how you garnered so much information. My wife and I will be going to Santa Anita in the near future (Her ladies guild have a fund raising event there), and I will now know the story about George Woolf when I pass his statue. Looking foreward to the movie, Good luck. Sincerely, Glenn Kline
Glenn Kline <>
La Canada, CA USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 16:11:47 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, Absolutely loved your book, SEABISCUIT. I bought it for my brother's 60th birthday (he is a horse race enthusiast), but decided to read it first. I rooted for everyone and especially Seabiscuit--what a personality! I cried too. Now I have to get my own copy, re-read it, and keep it among my favorite books. Thanks for a glimpse into the world of owners, trainers, jockeys, and horses, especially Seabiscuit. Oh--the fact that a lot of the book centers on the West Coast (where I live) made it even more appealing to me. Thanks again for a GREAT READ! SANDRA MONAHAN
Sandra <>
san jose, ca USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 15:04:38 (EST)
Hi Laura, I just finished reading a well written story about you in the February, issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred by Vinnie Perrone. I hope your fans get a chance to read it. Did Vinnie make arrangements to send you a copy? If not you can have mine. Just tell me where to send it. Oh yeh!!! Congratulations on your Eclispe Award!!! Bobby Lillis
Bobby Lillis <>
baltimore, MD USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 05:44:17 (EST)
Dear Laura, I am giving a book review on "Seabiscuit" on March 14, to The Fortnightly Club in Durant Oklahoma and cannot read the book without crying so I know that giving a report is going to be near impossible. I grew up with horses, my Grandfather had horses and I learned very young how fortunate and privileged I was to ride, care for and love an animal with such power yet such vulnerability. My husband and I now own a race horse. His name is "Lord of the Storm" and he is awesome. That makes this book even more touching and difficult to talk about. I am e-mailing to Oprah about your book and hope she will give you the opportunity to be on her show and of course add to the already popular story. Also I would like to know if there is a web site that has posters or the slideshow for sale. I would love to have a large poster to display or that incredible slideshow the day of my review. Better yet it would be the greatest thing in the world to have you interviewed on our radio station KSEO-KLBC and then come to the meeting or give the story in YOUR OWN WORDS! Please let me hear from you. I pray for your battle with CFS. Good luck with your next book and the movie! Sincerely, Donna
Donna Tyler <>
Durant, OK USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 22:40:42 (EST)
Dear Laura,every year when I go to Saratoga,I stop at the Racing Museum and say hello to Seabiscuit.I never knew the history of the people behind him.Thank you for opening a wonderful world of information to me.What a great and at the same time such a sad story.In your acknowledgement section I think that Sonny Greenberg's line of being "on the 'also eligible' list-I could draw in at any time" is one of the best lines I've ever heard.Thank you for this book.
Ed McDonnell <>
Rochester, N.Y. USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 20:27:07 (EST)
Wow! Laura, You have done a beautiful job of telling the story of one of our greatest American Sports Heroes and a forgotten time in our history. The background that you did on each character told so much about the people and the times and layed the foundation for what was to follow. As I read I felt a little slow out of the gate but could not put the book down as I raced to the next chapter. Your story will do so much for horse racing by teaching so many to have an apprecatiom for a great sport. Looking forward to the movie and hope it can paint the same beautiful images that you did.
Jeff Mitchell <>
Dyer, IN USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 19:15:35 (EST)
What a great story about a great animal and the beautiful people in his life!
Karen Querceto <>
Bristol, R.I. USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 11:10:17 (EST)
Congratulations on your Great Book! I am a big fan of race horses. And I am thrilled your book is a HIT. I can't wait to see the move. I am also a very big fan of MAN O' WAR. I wish they would do a quality movie about his life. Well maybe someday. I hope the movie is as big a hit as your book. GREAT JOB!
Brenda Terry <>
Weiser, ID USA - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 05:40:35 (EST)
The chapter on the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral was one of the most riveting of any book i have ever read and want to congradulate you on capturing the excitement of the event. I would also like you to know that your book brought back many memories of my family's own exciting yet ultimately sad experience with the world of horse racing. Back in 1969 my parents bought a horse for $1800 at a Fasig-tipton sale which they named Our Cheri Amour. This horse, much like Seabiscuit, was not an impressive physical speciman, namely she was on the small side, had crooked legs and had a bit of a sway back, but my brother who was probably as eccentric as Mr. Smith was good at tracing the bloodlines of the horse and urged my parents to buy her. Well to makee a long story short she went was trained by John Friedman, ridden by Jack Kurtz and ultimately won the Coaching Club American Oaks in 1972. That was her ultimate victory. Unfortunately her career took a down turn from there with a series of misfortunes, some of which had been orchestrated by racing's elite and some of which were the result of bad luck. In any event, Our Cheri Amour gave my parents the thrill of their lives and I made a point of having a portrait of the horse (taken from an actual picture of her being led to be saddled in the Coaching Club American Oaks)engraved on my parents' headstone. In any event, I enjoyed your book and look foward to the movie.
Taras A. Vizzi <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 23:07:22 (EST)
Thank you for writing such a great book! We are alpaca farmers but also have experience with horses and were witness to a thoroughbred colt's birth a few years ago. I hated to have the account of SEABISCUIT end There were many heros...Agnes, for one, unsung but important. All of the guys who participated plus Pumpkin. What a team! We picture Harrison Ford as Smith and Gene Hackman as Howard. I think that real life jockies will have to play Red and Woolf. Hope a couple can be found who can step up to the plate.....maybe Jerry Bailey for one. Best wishes in whatever your next project may be from Joyce.
Joyce Lundquist <>
Radnor,, Pa USA - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 21:37:10 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I congratulate you on a truly remarkable book. Rarely does non-fiction read with the intrigue and color of "Seabiscuit". I was also captivated by the grace and edge of your writing style. The fiction of Steinbeck or Faulkner couldn't improve on that eccentric ensemble of characters! You transported thoroughbreds into the world of real human drama, pathos and all. Thanks for the experience. I also forward good wishes from your cousin Bill, who is a colleague of mine in the English Department at The Bolles School here in Jacksonville. If your book tours ever bring you to north Florida we would both be delighted to see you. Best regards, Rich Mischinski
Richard C. Mischinski <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 08:51:41 (EST)
My father has your book on Seabiscuit. He has been raced horses for a number of years. And now is one of oldest members of Washington horse breeders . He would like to get chance to talk to you. thankyou
Connie Gable <>
Hayden, Id USA - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 02:25:43 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just now finished your amazing book "Seabiscuit" and feel I have to tell you how terrific I think it is. I read it in two days and had to force myself to read slowly to make it last as long as possible! As I was reading i could picture all the events and people you wrote about, and found myself laughing out loud at some parts, and crying at others. What a magnificent tale, all the better since it's true. I live about 40 miles from the grave of Exterminator, another great racehorse, and I once spent an hour looking for his resting place and eventually found it in a wooded area off a little back road near Binghamton NY. I wonder if you would ever consider writing a book on Exterminatorm and what you're working on now? Thanks for an unforgettable read !
Beth Ann Waltman <>
Athens, PA USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 19:25:48 (EST)
What a fantastic book and adventure into an American Hero. I found myself unable to put the book down until I was finished. Growing up in a family surrounded by thoroughbred racing, I had a great time reading about vintage Santa Anita and Del Mar. Seabiscuit was and still is an American Classic.
aa fermin <>
Mojave Desert, ca USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 16:15:06 (EST)
What an extraordinary book! Thanks for writing it!
Doug Hagan <>
Weaverville, NC USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 16:02:46 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Your book was a Christmas present from one of my daughters (the book editor for a major Colorado newpaper) who said it was a "must" read. She was absolutely right. Your use of words and descriptive ability is exceptional. Hope to hear about your next work soon. You should read the article in today's New York Times Sports page (page 2) "On Horse Racing" by Joe Drape entitled "Recent Spills Underline Dangers of the Sport.
Bruce F. Henderson <>
Rye, NY USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 15:14:53 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I had a wonderful time reading your book. It is one of those that you just don't really want to finish it because you are so into it. I think your ability to write a book so detailed about something long ago is outstanding. Keep up the good work and keep writing. I wish to be a writer and you are another inspiration for me! Sincerely, Marc Fishman
Marc Fishman <>
Carmel, IN USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 13:26:44 (EST)
Dear Laura, Thank you for making a time in history I thought I knew a lot about come alive in a new way for me! I also admire your fortitude to write despite your health issues. Keep on writing - you have a wonderful gift!
Mary Nelson
USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 12:40:15 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I know quite a few of the racetrackers you mention in SEABISCUIT, which I read this week with the most extraordinary pleasure. Wad Studley, for example, is such a serviceable name that use of either word identifies him immediately in California racing circles -- and he's exceptional for his wit, as well. When my brother and I were part-owners of a horse that won its first stakes race, Wad turned to us and said, "I knew at the quarter pole you had just become Republicans." But my intention here is to give you a comment I received from veterinarian Jack Robbins after he had read a story I'd written on Your Host, sire of Kelso. Jack said it was accurate. That is about the best compliment a horseman can give -- comparable to the understatement of a horse being a "good" or "nice" horse -- and that is the compliment I offer you. I was not familiar with the historical material you presented in such compelling depth on Seabiscuit, Smith, Howard and Pollard, but having done everything on the track from mucking out stalls to working as a racing official, I was very much impressed with your depiction of racing in all its ravishing complexity. It was accurate. Thanks and best wishes for continued success, Donald Walters
Donald Walters <>
Barstow, CA USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 12:39:09 (EST)
The greatest!!! I was raised near a quarterhorse track in Tucson,Arizona. Worked in a drugstore that sold supplied to the trainers, owners and jockies. Love racing but love this book about a horse that thought and acted human. What a book! Congrats to you and your incredible research. Jerry
Jerry Bell <>
Potomac Falls, Va USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 12:01:01 (EST)
Dear Laura, Thank you for bringing this history to my attention.I am the owner of my own horse's and compete at a high level in show jumping and carriage driving with a great passion.Your book has to be one of the greatest books i have read in my life, I went through all the emotion's of the book page by page.I was totally fascinated by the horse and the three men involved, it's just a shame that they all worked so hard to achieve such great success, that it ended the way it did. I wish I could have lived in that era to have witnessed it, I'm even going to the actual race track where Seabiscuit and the three men were so well known Santa anita all the way from my home country, just so I will be able to experience the history.Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing this book into my life, it truly is a magnificent and a fantastic book and i have been recommending it to everybody I know.I can not wait for the film to be released I will be one of the first people in the uk to be watching it. Do you know where I could get a Seabiscuit offspring???.I hope you understand my passion and enthusiasm. Thank you once again Miss Kelly Evans (age 22).
Miss KellyEvans <>
N/Wales, uk - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 19:14:37 (EST)
Thanks, Laura, I loved your story. I was particularly taken with the empathetic portrayals of the stumblebums that lived in the stables and of their love for their brethren beasts of burden. The bronze semblance of Seabiscuit and rider in Tanforan Shopping Center will finally have meaning for me when I see it next.
Tony <>
San Mateo, CA USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 16:24:43 (EST)
Laura, I am currently reading your book on "Seabiscuit" and I just wanted to tell you that I think it's magnificent. I was never more than a casual racing fan, but you have told a story that has me gotten me hooked! I had no idea about your CFS until i visited the "Seabiscuit" website, but I now also admire your talent that much more because of the tremendous battle you must overcome to produce such fine writing. Please keep up the great work. I know you must be building quite a fan base to go along with that tremendous reputation as a writer. -- Frank Nigro
Frank Nigro <>
Darien,, CT USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 14:50:56 (EST)
I saw a blurb about you in BOOK magazine. I too have chronic fatigue, along with fibromyalgia. You've done a wonderful job with this book. Keep it going! hugs... Pat
Patricia Hauldren <>
Grand Prairie, Tx USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 12:26:55 (EST)
Loved your book! I go thru Willits a lot these days and wonder if the Ridgeview Ranch is still there or if they have a museum for "the bisquit" or anything.
Fred Doores <>
San Rafael, CA USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 11:05:05 (EST)
My husband's uncle was a jockey in the 1920's. His name was Lloyd Geving. You have given us great insight to what his life must have been like. There are many pictures of him in the winning circle spread out among the relatives. Do you have any suggestions how to research more about him. He had no children so we are trying to compile more information for the family on him.
USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 09:31:29 (EST)
Laura~ I just finished reading a second article about you that my grandmother sent me. I became sick when I was 9 years old and was diagnosed with CFS when I was 10. I missed most of 4th and 5th grade because of it and, like you, I had the greatest difficulties finding a doctor who believed that my symptoms existed, especially since they were coming from a child. Finally, I found a doctor who believed me and was willing to treat me. So many people said that I was either faking the illness, or I would never get better. After two years of intense vitamin type therapy, I began to recover. It has been a slow road to recovery, but I can say now that I am healthy. I am 18 years old now and a student at Cornell University. I am also a varsity gymnast. Though I still remember the feeling of not having the strength to support my own body, that is a memory now. The closest I have had to a relapse was a severe bout with vertigo this past summer. A doctor that saw me said that it was the worst vertigo he had ever seen. My eyes were literally bouncing back and forth in there sockets and it was impossible to do anything more than lay down and close my eyes. Although I have had a few lesser incidents since then, I consider myself healthy and I thank God for every day that I am allowed to live like this. I am studying currently studying medicine and I hope to someday help people with CFS. For now, I can offer no more than my belief and words of encouragement. People really do get better, but in the mean time you seem to be doing well. I can relate to what you are going through and I wish you the very best in fighting this. You sound like fighter and I admire that. I know that my experience with CFS has taught me to fight for everything that I want to get from life. I can't give up because of what I've been given. I never know how long this blessing wil last, so I take advantage of every moment and that makes my life so much more meaningful. Good luck with everything that you do and never, ever lose hope!
Brigit <>
Ithaca , NY USA - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 22:17:02 (EST)
enjoyed your master piece of literature. would it be possible to send me a picture of seabiscuit to add to my favorite race horse horse art gallery. thank you. keep up the great work.
nancy campbell <>
tulsa, oklahoma USA - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 19:01:26 (EST)
For anyone who was a Abbott & Costello fan (like me)! In 1941 at Saratoga, was a movie called "It Aint Hay"...filmed entirely at SPA & the Gideon Putnam Hotel (now gone). The star horse of the flick was "Teabiscuit" !! Heck even Abbott & Costello knew the magnitude of Seabiscuit!!! A must see flick!!
Laura <>
Cranston, RIri USA - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 03:01:52 (EST)
I just finished reading your wonderful book, which I had gotten on the recommendation of my brother. Our father, who grew up during the Depression, always loved horses and horseracing, and had his own stable of racing thoroughbreds in later years in Texas, which he raced mostly in New Mexico. I'm sure he was a Seabiscuit fan, as his life and personality were much like I pictured Seabiscuit himself in your book. I was saddened by the fact that he never got to read your book, but I was also grateful to you for giving us all a view of life among the horse people during those years. I look forward to the movie, but I know it won't match your wonderful words. Best of luck with with the CFS.
John Meyer <>
Hondo, TX USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 23:31:51 (EST)
Seabiscuit, was the best horse racing book I have ever read. I am recomeneding it to everyone and it is know my favorite book. Very good!! Kim
Kim Pickel <>
Carson , NV USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 19:32:25 (EST)
really cool book.i really loved it.
rahul <>
alexandria, va USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 19:23:59 (EST)
I love this book. I am recommending it to everyone. Please hurry with the movie!
deb herrin
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 18:12:01 (EST)
Thank you for a wonderful book. I have never had any interest in racing or horses and was not sure I would enjoy the book when I received it as a present. Much to my surprise, I loved your book and was so sad when it was over that I decided to start at the beginning and read it again. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you.
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 15:09:33 (EST)
Dear Laura, I was thrilled by this book. I own an eight year old thoroughbred that I trained myself for eventing. i was captured by this book and would love to see the movie. I would love to read more and find out more about Seabiscuit and his adventures. I almost cried at the end of the book from the phrase "died at 14." He was too young to die. Love to hear more. Good luck in writing books.
Aelin Johnson <>
Irasburg, VT USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 14:09:44 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am so impressed by your achievement in writing 'Seabiscuit' while struggling with Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. I too have CFS, and reading an article about you in USA Today made me want to share a few approaches I have found helpful, although I am not better yet. 1. I was tested for heavy metal toxicity, after being sick for some time, and my doctor found that I had highly toxic levels of mercury and lead in my body. We do not know why, since I do not even have dental fillings, a common cause of mercury toxicity. I am now taking medicine to remove the metals. Since you first became ill after a severe case of food poisoning, I wondered if you had ever been tested for mercury or other heavy metals, especially if it was fish that caused the food poisoning. 2. The article mentioned that you had edema. Have you ever tried lymphatic massage? I'm not sure, but I thought maybe that could provide some relief. 3. The article also mentioned that for the edema, you must take antibiotics. I had to take antibiotics for several months when I first got sick, and I think they, in turn, caused other problems that I am still dealing with. I did not know at the time that antibiotics kill the "good" bacteria in one's intestines, which keep other harmful bacteria under control, among other things. Now I take acidophilus and probiotic supplements to replenish the good bacteria. My doctor also treated me for Candidiasis, a condition that results from an excess of Candida yeast in one's intestines, which causes food allergies and contributes to fatigue. This condition is not recognized by all doctors, though; it is in the alternative medicine side of things. -- I know you have tried so many things to help your CFS and have received many suggestions from fans, so you probably are already aware of these potential treatments. I wanted to share them just in case, though. Sincerely, Amy Falcone
Amy Falcone <>
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 13:58:15 (EST)
Dear Laura I received a copy of your book for christmas and I would to tell you what enjoyment and pleasure I had reading it. The research for the book must have been a lot of fun and hard work but really worth the effort. Being an avid racing fan the insight into the old days was really interesting and the story itself was engrossing. Keep up the good work and be sure to let us know about your next book. Neil
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 12:06:29 (EST)
Laura, I had a love/hate relationship with your book, which means that I loved it because it was such a fantastic well written story and I hated it because I am still recovering from the sleep deficit from staying up so late reading it. Thank you for recapturing such a wonderfully inspiring story. You brought something to life that, for me, was only history. Now it is so much more than that! You mentioned that you have some of the newsreel footage of his races. I would love to see those. Are they planning to include any of that footage in the movie, or would it ever be available on video? I would really enjoy the opportunity to actually see him run! Thank you again for a great book. Best wishes to you.
Daun Lutz <>
Eustis, FL USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 12:00:19 (EST)
Dear Laura, I was lucky enough to receive not just one but two copies of your wonderful book as Christmas presents.I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. As an avid horse racing fan I always take in one or two days at either Hoolywood Park or Santa Anita during my twice yearly trips to California , where my son and his family live. your excellent book will certainly add interest to these visits in the future, bringing to mind Seabiscuits exploits at both tracks. Thankyou for a wonderful read. Best Wishes John Deakin
John Deakin <>
U K - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 11:36:40 (EST)
Dear Laura, I thought only Jesus could resurrect the dead but you have raised Tom, Charles, Red, and George and others but most especially-Seabiscuit- to live again in our hearts in these times. I had- with great pain and sorrow- to let them all go again. Such is Life and Death. In the Sport of Kings you are the Goddess! Such emotion and joy and love you have shared with us. Thank YOU!
Ed Lynch <>
Madison, Ct USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 10:27:18 (EST)
Dear Laura, I had read the review in Time magazine and finally got your book. It was simply wonderful. I felt as if I were there riding The Biscuit. Your painting of the events and breathtaking action is, well, breathtaking.
Rick Sherburne <>
Ft Lauderdale, FL USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 06:40:08 (EST)
Really enjoyed the book! I'm not (nor will I be) a gambler on horse racing but the story was engrossing. I recently plugged the book on a local radio talk show. I believe the host would enjoy interviewing you. Our community is considering building a race track in cooperation with North Dakota State University and a potential equestrian program at the university. Your insights to horse racing would likely be welcome to listeners of this radio program. The host can be reached at Steve Poitras is the gentleman's name. The show is on from 3:00PM to 4:15PM CST Monday thru Friday KFGO-AM is the most listened to station in our area.
wes hagensen <>
Moorhead, MN USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 19:01:39 (EST)
As a fan of thoroughbred racing, I asked my wife to buy me your book for Christmas. It grabbed me from the first paragraph! I am 62 yrs. old, too young to remember Seabiscuit in his heyday but of course I had heard of him over the years. I am so enthralled by this book, that I get tears in my eyes every time I pick it up, it really brings out the emotions in me. You have done a phenominal job telling his story, how I wish I could have seen this horse run! I am not even done reading the book yet, I can't wait to pick it up again. I was going to send it to my son-in-law who was a jockey in the 70's, but even when I am done, this book will never leave my possesion. I am going to buy another one and send it to him. I can't wait until the movie comes out! Thank you Laura, for bringing this horse back to life.
Mike Tagart <>
Snohomish, WA USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 16:11:27 (EST)
Dear Laura; I finally completed your wonderful book. It deadheats with Right From the Horse's Mouth as my favorite book. Congratulations on a masterpiece. However, I have a few simple questions that confused me. I don't have your e-mail address. Shall I post them here or can you e-mail me? Thanx, Vince Piscitelli
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Benicia, CA USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 14:31:58 (EST)
Thank you, thank you so much for this moving, heartskipping, breathtaking piece of American history. You have given us such insight into this sport that many people today have never given a thought to and to the handiwork and toils of the jockeys. Anyone who loves this book will love "THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES", a man after Tom Smith's heart. Where did you learn to write and tell a story the way you did so magnificently!!
sandyguillory <>
lake charles, la USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 03:13:09 (EST)
What can I was the best book I've read (if not THE best) in a very long time! I had quit reading contemporary authors because so few can really write. You made me want to read again! I was 7 when Seabiscuit died and you brought him back with his great heart and had me hollering "Come on Seabiscuit!", for a race that happened over 60 years ago! I cried for his wins and at losing him again, but we all can have him back by reading your wonderful book. Thank you! I sure hope Hollywood doesn't screw it up! By the way - RE: CFS. If you have ANY so-called "silver" fillings in your teeth, and/or root canals, PLEASE check out the possibility of being poisoned by these. They also have been known to cause MS and other neurological illnesses for people, because those amalgam fillings are actually over 50% MERCURY. Please don't listen to doctors who tell you they aren't poisonous or that they can't affect you. Find out for yourself! Check out Dr. Huggins website ( find out about mercury poisoning for yourself. There are tests to find out if you are poisoned, but they have to be done right. It just may be the key to open the lock. Good luck with it and thanks again for your wonderful book!
Marcia Winborne-Graven <>
Arroyo Grande, CA USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 02:08:53 (EST)
Dear Laura, I'm an avid barrelracer and lifelong horse fanatic. My friend sent me your book. It took me 3 days to read it. I couldn't put it down and read until my eyes were so tired my vision was blurry and I'd have to put it down. I love to read and my dad was an author. I know a good one when I read one and you are the best I've ever run into. Absolutely the best book I have ever read. It captivated me from the very first page and I'm sad to be finished with it. I've recommended it to everyone even if they are not a horse fan. The homework that you must have had to do was amazing and very detailed. It really brought everything to life and drew you into thier world. Reading thru some of these guestbook comments has brought tears to my eyes. You should be so proud of the book. Thank you for writing such an incredible book about Seabiscuit and the three men who were so instrumental in his life. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed the book. What an incredible horse Seabiscuit was. Thank you so much. Haidee Padgett
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Wasilla, Ak. USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 21:16:47 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I am 54 years old, but remember a game I played as a child. It was a horse racing game, and one of the horses was named Seabiscuit. I really enjoyed your book, couldn't put it down, and finished it in about three days. You have a remarkable gift for making us see into the thoughts of the owner, trainer, and jockeys. I learned a lot about the jockeys (going through holes made by the horses, etc.) and just love Seabiscuit. Please write more stories. I can't wait to see the movie. This book was one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Thank you. Marjorie Hass Hartshorne, Oklahoma 74547
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Hartshorne , Oklahoma USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 20:53:01 (EST)
Enjoyed the book. An old friend of mine,Roy O'Neil who has since passed away, "rubbed" Ligarotti. Roy went to his grave swearing that Ligarotti was robbed ,in his match race with Seabiscuit. Roy had several colorful stories about Sonny Greenberg. In your interviews,did it ever come up that it was often rummored that Kayak II did not try his best to beat Seabiscuit in S.A. Handicap ?
Bob Croft <>
orland , ca USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 18:39:22 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, I saw you on Good Morning America and thought your book sounded interesting. I normally would not buy a horse biography. I asked my husband to get it for me for Christmas and he did. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I recommend it to everyone I talk to. Scioto Downs and Beulah Park are close to home and I can't wait to go again. I have a whole new love and respect for those horses and understand so much more about the sport. I'll write again if I win big based on the new strategies I've put together while reading about the placement of the horse and the weight of the jockey!!!! :) My grandma is 86 years old and I asked her one day if she knew who Seabiscuit was and her answer was, "The racehorse"? I couldn't believe it. I guess EVERYONE alive during that time period knows who Seabiscuit was!!! I've let her borrow my copy of the book!! Thank you for a great read.
Thada Larimer <>
Gahanna, oh USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 14:58:47 (EST)
what a great book - unfortunately finished it in two days - couldn't put it down !
Hannes von Stefenelli <>
Vanvouver, BC Canada - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 11:22:01 (EST)
Loved the book, read it to my husband, who is 80 years old and is blind, macular degeneration, and it gave him great pleasure.
Ms. Lee Young <>
Sherman Oaks, CA USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 02:42:11 (EST)
I was a late coming to horse racing in 1982. I was 11 years old in 1938 and more involved in my sports than horse racing. After Reading "Seabiscuit" I regret that I missed his performances. I sincerely enjoyed the book and anoth regret is that the great friend who turned me on to racing died in December 2000. How he would have enjoyed "Seabiscuit" is appreciated by self and his family. I hope that Ms Hillenbrand writes many books because she has a gift to entertain as well as enlighten.
William Bolton <>
Dade City, FL USA - Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 13:46:19 (EST)
Great book, just about finished. I am a draft horse owner and have never been especially fond of thoroughbred horse racing due to the physical demands, accidents, and oftentimes tragic end of the competitors. Your book, however, has allowed me to view the sport a little differently. Although I may never change my opinion, the book is written beautifully and I have enjoyed ever page of it. What became of Seabiscuits foals?
Richard D. Perry <>
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 23:14:24 (EST)
What is going on with the movie version? Are they in production yet?
Laura Frantzen <>
Chatsworth, ca USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 23:00:46 (EST)
Laura, Having grown up right next to Arlington Park in Arlington Hts., IL I gave a great love of horses and the race track. My dad saw "Woolf" ride Whirlaway in the Derby and the tradition has continued down to me. I want to thank you for writing this book. My favorite part of the book was your ability to describe the details of each race. I felt I was on the back of Seabiscuit. Very descriptive. I do have a question for you inregards to my home track. In th book you mentioned Arlington park a few times. What was the reputation of Arlington Park among the owners trainers and jocky's during the 30's and early 40's. I have also been told Washington Park was the premier track in Chicago. If you could let me know any details about the arly history of Arlington I would be appreciative. Sincerely, Jerry McCullough
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Arlington Hts, IL USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 06:37:35 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I would like to start off by congratulating you on a job well done. I has always felt that the people involved in racing were colorful enough, and the horses magnificent enough, to eliminate the need to fictionalize. Bravo! Normally when I read a book, or watch a movie about racing, I find myself squirming uncomfortably, more often than not, when something happens in the story that i know either would not, or could not, happen in the racing industry. (there were only a couple of spots where I squirmed slightly in your book). I estimate that i have ridden about 9000 races, and i must say that your descriptions of what goes on in the room, the backside and on the track, were right on. I know why i love racing. It's in my blood forever. What comes through in your book, I believe, is your love for the industry. I am curious about that. I only hope that your book will inspire others to bring horse racing back, and make it the sport of kings again. Perhaps it will take another Seabiscuit. I hope not. We could be a long time waiting. Thank you very much. You've allowed me, vicariously through your book, to ride again. jack
Jack Allen <>
Irvine, CA USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 00:43:44 (EST)
Dear Laura, I enjoyed the Q & A with LIR last year. Your book was terrific! I read it in 3 days! What memories it brought back! I remember Seabiscuit & Red Pollard, Kayak II, and Tom Smith as well as Chas. Howard in my 4th grade reading program. You are an inspiration : ) Thanks to you & your fabulous story on Seabiscuit, you inspired me to start collecting artifacts for a future website on Narragansett Park Racetrack, Pawtucket RI, where he raced many a time. Sincerely, Laura (formerly Tuerta61)
Laura <>
Cranston, RI USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 23:36:04 (EST)
Ms. Hillebrand - As a kid in the early '70s, I watched a LOT of Looney Toons cartoons. There was one called "Porky & Teabiscuit" (WB - 1939) that featured Porky Pig buying a broken down racehorse. Don't ask me why... maybe because I loved horses as a girl and never had one of my own... but to this day, I remember that swaybacked, knock-kneed, slew-footed cartoon horse and a smile crosses my face. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book about the real Seabiscuit. No wonder Warner Bros. decided to create a cartoon with him as the star. I can't imagine an animal with more heart. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit and the people who loved him back to life for us.
Jennifer <>
USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 22:27:12 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I grew up reading year after year a book written in 1963 by Ralph Moody called "Come on Seabiscuit"(Houghton Mifflin Company.) This remarkable story of Seabiscuit and his racing family has been a constant presence in my life with horses especially when it comes to the old saying about "not judging a book by its cover." It is amazing to think how easy it would have been for Seabiscuit to never make it and I wonder how many other Seabiscuits there are out there. In any case, I loved that book as a child and have even re-read it as an adult several times, and was thrilled to read your book about Seabiscuit that gave even more detail to than I would have imagined it possible to find. However, I was suprised that you did not reference Ralph Moody's book at any point. Even though it is considered a work of "fiction" it stays on track with the Seabiscuit legend as you tell it as well. I would love to hear back from you and also to hear more about how the movie is coming movies for horse lovers are a chance to pretend we are 12 years old again without a care in the world except how quickly the school bell will ring so we can get to barn. Looking forward to hearing from you, Best Wishes, Tracy Farnham
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Pelham, MA USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 21:50:02 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I think you should know that "Seabiscuit, and American Legend" will always be a book I deeply cherish. Your writing is so powerful and vivid, makes me feel as if I was the one riding him in the races. I can't wait to see the movie. I hope you plan on continuing writing about horses, because it obviously suits you perfectly well.
Mary Phipps <>
Dumont, NJ USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 20:59:40 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hildebrand: "Seabiscuit" is a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope that you will be able to make your book into a movie. My choice for actors would be Gene Hackman as the owner, Robert Duval as the trainer, and Sean Penn as Red, the jockey. If the script is close to your book, it will be a blockbuster. Regards, Arthur Epley
Arthur Epley <>
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 20:53:10 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hilllenbrand: Seabiscuit is one of the most remarkable "reads" that I've ever enjoyed. Besides a great story about 1 horse and 5 remarkable people intimately associated with this tale, you re-create a time in history that reminds me of grandparents I never knew that died before I was born, yet surely flooowed Seabiscuit's heroics in the papers and on the radio. It made me feel closer to them ! It made me think of my mother at our local track reaching through the fence to toush a throughbred on is way to the starting gate - a 60 year old woman it helped me see her as a youg girl in her 30's who probably followed this story. This summer I'm going to spend more time at our local track in upstate NY and "soak up " the atmosphere I enjoyed form Seabiscuit. All I can say is THANKS !
Charley Monahan <>
Rochester, ny USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 20:47:34 (EST)
Laura, I bought your book for my mom on her birthday last Oct. that way when she finished she would say her usual "Jim, would you like to read this book?" and I say, "sure." So we both enjoyed it and we both like horseracing, too. I finished last night, but I read slower than Seabiscuit's offspring could run. The picture of Mr. Howard on Seabiscuit looks amazingly like my grandpa Oscar Peterson on his horse, Red, circa 1965. They were a team for almost 30 years. A big, mean sorrel gelding that only grandpa could ride. Anyway, I still don't understand the weight assignment in racing. Why do they do that? If you have time, thanks, Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson <>
Lincoln , NE USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 20:33:40 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I finished Seabiscuit last night. I am still filled with the story and cannot yet give my attention to another book or story. I flip through the pages, look at the pictures, and savor it again and again. I know little about racing, but I am a lover of animals, and when I heard you interviewed on the radio, I vowed to find your book and read it. I cannot believe that I was literally on the edge of my seat as I read about the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral and about the Santa Anita Handicap. Even now my eyes fill as I recall this amazing, incredible story. Thank you for all your research and for so beautifully putting Seabiscuit's story on paper! Janice Winokur Deering, New Hampshire
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Deering, NH USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 19:42:40 (EST)
Dear Laura, I just finished your book and feel as if I ran the race at Santa Anita with Red and Biscuit--very well written! Thanks and I hope to hear more from you. I have always been a horse lover and am fortunate to live close to Churchill Downs; there is nothing to compare to live racing but your book comes close! Thanks again.
Goshen, KY USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 15:53:27 (EST)
Dear Laura, Thank you so much for uncovering and bringing forth this incredible story. I am sharing this book with my sister who has ridden and loved retired Thoroughbred race horses for over forty years - she trains them to jump and perform dressage. I will also share it with my mother who first visited a race track as a young girl in the 1920s. I only wish my father could have read your book before his death in 1996. He had a profound love for the spirit of horses and raced as an owner at tracks in New Mexico and Arizona for many years. I intend to buy a second copy to have on hand to lend to friends. Please continue to write. You have a beautiful gift to share in bringing history to life. Warmest regards, George Hall
George E. Hall <>
Ogden, UT USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 13:40:03 (EST)
Dear Laura: What A great book about such a fabulous race horse. As a kid growing up I remember seeing an episode of the 3 stooges where they somehow bought Seasbuscuit and he ran like crazy but they had to give him carrots to run faster. I never knew he was so talented. The book was very good and I am not ashamed to admit that even thought I am 45 years old I had tears in my eyes in various parts. I first learned of your book on a radio talk show out of Miami by an avid race fan Ed Kaplan on WQAM. He was marveled with the book. I have not read many books in my lifetime but this one was truly one I could not put down once I started reading. Is there anywhere that you know of that I could purchase Seabuscuit items? I always thought that when I saw Secretariat win the Belmont that he was the greatest race horse of all time but I think I may have missed the greatest ever. Thank you for bringing this story to the world. Maybe it will bring back interest in racing which has waned in recent years. I have always thought of race horses as athletes and jockeys as probably the most punished of all atheletes. It seems they never get the proper recognition they should. I will look forward to seeing the movie when it comes out.
Jim Massolio <>
Port Charlotte , Fl USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 08:48:15 (EST)
Dear Laura; I just now finished your wonderful book about a wonderful horse! I haven't enjoyed such a good read in a long time. We live in an area which was developed on land formerly owned by a racing stable. The streets are all named after famous race horses, and yes, I lived on Seabiscuit Trail..(now live on Swaps Trail,(the'55 Derby winner). Man-O-War intersects with War Admiral, etc. etc. Your book brought to life what it was like in those days when these beautiful and talented animals were like our modern day super stars. Many thanks for a fine book.
Al. Van Horne <>
Evergreen, CO USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 00:30:43 (EST)
Dear Laura: Thank you for writing an amazing book. I found myself getting completely attached to that horse and was sorry when his story came to an end. You might be interested to know that my attorney boss, Raymond Pulverman (I am his paralegal, worked painting houses in Santa Barbara, California after graduating from UC Santa Barbara and before going to law school. In 1975, Marcella was living in Santa Barbara on Bellavista Drive. She hired Raymond to paint her house. She requested that the ceiling in the library be painted the color of Seabiscuit's eyes and so, it was. Thank you again for a wonderful story.
Kim E. Simkins <>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 18:13:15 (EST)
Laura, Thank you for waking up the passion I have always had for thoroughbred horse racing. In 1967, for the Belmont, I made my first bet on Stage Door Johnny. It was only natural since my dad was the President of the Stagehand Union in New York and was with my grandfather and uncle, both stagehands. Both have since passed but you brought wonderful memories alive again. Your call of the races were sensational. You made every character so ALIVE for me. You showed the beauty and the beasts of horse racing. Thank you again
Charles De Verna <>
Garden City, NY USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 13:05:13 (EST)
Dear Laura, Thank you for writing such an incredibly powerful story - totally and positively enchanting! I now feel, that I know Seabiscuit and his crew on a personal level. I also enjoyed the book on tape, and am looking forward to the PBS documentary and the movie. Any idea when these will be released? I too, would like to visit the Biscuit's grave. Sounds like they may be opening that up for visitors? Thanks once again for your wonderful book - my favorite read this century! You are a gifted and caring writer. Good luck in all of your pursuits.
Katy Panyard <>
New Baltimore, MI USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 11:06:47 (EST)
Sure enjoyed your book, what a masterpiece. Are the statues of Woolf and Seabiscuit still at Santa Anita, can you still eat and drink at The Derby and is it possible to visit Seaciscuit's grave at Ridgewood? Thanks for the wonderful trip to the past.
Ernest Johnson <>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 08:58:56 (EST)
What a terrific book! What an incredible story. How beautifully told. You were truly inspired and I am very grateful.
Judy Sawyer <>
NewCastle, NH USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 22:01:51 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: Great book! I was very interested in the connection between Seabiscuit and a great Australian horse named Phar Lap. I did not realise that Mr Woolf used the kangaroo saddle that was used on Phar Lap. Thanks for a terrific read.
Ruth Hallmark
Sydney NSW, Australia - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 19:24:48 (EST)
Dear Laura, I am enjoying your book so much that I read only one or two chapters at a time, reveling in every word and the magic you created on the pages. I am a horse lover, a rider, a horse owner, and a long-time horse racing fan from a family of racing afficianados (sp). My mother, as a little girl, loved Seabiscuit and called her "Sea-bi-kit." I am recommending your book to everyone I know, horse-lovers or not. Thank you for working so hard on such a wonderful, touching and marvelous book! Cheers, Jean McKnight Guymon Tucson, Arizona
Jean McKnight Guymon <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 17:14:40 (EST)
I am so glad to see the numerous other fans of your amazing book Seabiscuit. I stayed up till 1am this morning to finish it. With tears in my eyes I closed the book...easily one of the best books I have ever read. Your writing has re-kindled my childhood love of horses. This book has changed my life; what a beautiful spirit Seabiscuit had and what a breathtaking way you have of bringing it to book form. I can't say enough about your book...I wanted it to go on and on... It made me laugh and cry. I have recommended it to everyone I talk to. It sits in a prominent place of honor in my library; just looking at the cover photo brings tears to my eyes. I wish I had been alive to see Seabiscuit run. Thank you, Ms. Hilldebrand.
Jennifer Berkemeier <>
Farmington Hills, MI USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 11:12:26 (EST)
Laura, An amazing story told in an amazing way. Definately a story to share with the world and I'm glad you took the time and spent the energy to do so. Thanks for the read, Dianne Charles
Dianne Charles <>
Galesburg, MI USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:30:17 (EST)
Dear Laura, Your writing is magical. It's like you've captured us readers of Seabiscuit in a timeless spell. The story is so engaging and alive and intimate I feel like Seabiscuit is my very own and I can simply walk out my backdoor and see him standing there waiting for little ol' me to race him to another easy win! I'm 30 years old, but the story paints the past so vividly that I miss it...and I wasn't even alive back then! I've only ridden a horse 3 times in my life. I grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. But I've always felt like I should've been born into the horse world. One of my early childhood ambitions was to be a mucker of stalls just so I could breathe the same air molecules as a horse...a lofty career goal, I know! But I only grew up to be a teacher. I jokingly tell people that in my past lives I used to be a jockey, a pony express rider, a cowboy, and an Indian horse whisperer. A couple of years ago I spent some time at a lodge in Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado near Creede. Trail rides were offered. I only got to go once, but I would spend hours in the pasture with the 13 horses. I'd just lie on my back on the ground or sit on a rock and within minutes all 13 horses were standing in a circle around me. They would graze, chew my hair, and let me pet them and talk with them until I either got too hungry, too tired, or too cold. My favorite horse was Archie. He was red with black feet, black tail, and a black spikey mane. He liked to use my head as a head rest while he dozed. If I had the opportunity to make one impossible dream come true it would be this: to take one wild gallop on a jet black stallion across a seamless stretch of early morning fog-kissed track. I don't know why I typed all this. It isn't very book related, just some shared memories from a stranger. I suppose my point is even though I've only had one incredible experience with horses...though it was only with old and tired trail horses and I was sitting on cold, rocky ground behind some cabins watching them eat, your magical telling of Seabiscuit's story resonates with the horsewoman locked inside me. It's a simple thing, but thank you.
Stacy McCright <>
Terrell, TX USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 01:14:43 (EST)
Decent folks with a 'great horse'....the pleasure was all mine.Thank you for a wonderful read.
Chandradat Jairam <>
Queens, NY USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 00:49:00 (EST)