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Laura, I am on page 100 of your book and can't seem to put it down. It is an intuitive work and for a peson like me who didn't know a whole lot about racing before.... well I am now a fan. Thanks. Phil Skamser What is the next project you will be working on?
Phil Skamser <skams@ncn.net>
Alta, Ia USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 14:55:16 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I read your book and absoloutly loved it!!! The way you put thing's I'm there on Seabiscut ridding for all I'm worth. In the Great Match race between War Admiral and Seabiscut, although I was routing for Seabiscut the whole way through, I could'nt help but feel some pity for War Admiral when he lost. What about you? Thanks For the book and Keep up the good work.... Your Reader, D.B.
D.B. <dabfarm@iglide.net>
N.Y. USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 13:32:31 (EDT)
Hi, Laura. I absolutely love your book! I'm a single mom race horse owner and breeder. Thanks for a book I just couldn't put down.
Brenda DeJong <b.dejong@att.net>
Naples, FL USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 22:39:57 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Thanks for a great read. Your novel was as well assembled as and a page turning can't stop read. I was very sorry when it ended. I am anxious for the movie and you can be proud that your novel has helped racing and introduced many to the dream and the grandeur of the game. You have written the finest book on racing I can think of and your work will stand forever as a testament to a great horse and a great story teller. Thanks for battling your severe problems and giving us this uplifting story. Howard Dennis
Howard Dennis <hdennis@att.net>
Denham Springs, La USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 20:19:29 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am so glad this site exists so that I can thank you for one of the best reads I can remember in recent years. I am two-thirds of my way through the book and rationing my reading of it -- and as I am going through treatment for breast cancer, I have more time than usual for reading. I also want to say how much I admire you for taking on and completing the Seabiscuit project while you are dealing with Chronic Fatigue. That is truly inspirational. I have been a horse person all my life but am not an owner at this time. My first racing memory is of a family sweepstakes on Britain's Grand National in 1950 when I was 5. My bet on Freebooter, ridden by jockey Jimmy Powers, won for me the grand prize of about $2! From that time on I was hooked on horses. I rode throughout my pre-teen and teenaged years, mostly in small horse shows, combined training events, that sort of thing. I only ride occasionally now but have a "horse corner" in my house with photos of my horses of all those years ago, AND three racehorse portraits by R.H.Palenska, bought at auction 10 years ago, of Assault, Whirlaway, and... War Admiral. I am now looking for a portrait of Seabiscuit. Thanks again for a beautifully written and flawlessly researched book. If there is any way you could come to an author's evening at Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, one of the San Francsico Bay Area's finest independent bookstores, I am sure you would receive a very warm welcome! Best wishes.
Sarah Williamson <swilliamson@stanford.edu>
Menlo Park, CA USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 20:14:40 (EDT)
I loved your book eventhough i've never been to a horse race or even ridden one(though I've alwasy wanted to)I fell in love with this book and Seabiscult. You just brought this forgotton story to life. I jsut wnated to thank you for opening my eyes to the wonderful world of horses and horse racing. Catie
Catie <crazymusicdiva18@home.com>
Exeter, RI USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 17:13:54 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: As soon as I saw your book on Seabiscuit in the bookstore I bought it. I have always been a fan of Seabiscuit's even though he died a few years before I was born. I read the Ralph Moody book several times as a kid. I still have my copy and actually re-read it again just a few years ago. Seabuscuit's story just caught me. You've added a depth to it and actually made not only the horse, but the people and the time come alive. I truly enjoyed reading it and actually set aside time just for the reading which during the school year (I'm a teacher) is not easy to do. This morning, I was reading the notes and acknowlegements when I realized how you had handled the research. I've been toying with the idea of working on my father's memoirs and looking at your research helped me realize how I could do a biography about my father. I'm not sure about publishing it, but I did want to thank you helping me focus in on how I can do what I want to do. I was curious about the film you have on the War Admiral match race. Is there any way I could get a copy or see it?Is it available somewhere? I'm sure you're swamped, but if you get a chance, maybe you could let me know. Again thanks for the book! And for bringing a very special horse back alive, where he belongs. Do you have any plans for any other horses? My other favorite horse is Exterminator or "Old Bones." Sincerely, Ami Allen
Ami Allen <amiallen@aol.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 13:02:12 (EDT)
The best way for me to describe your masterpiece is virtual reading. I first thanked you months ago and I still think about Seabiscuit everyday. My only wish is that every school library has a copy of your book. Thanks again.
Harriet Layfield <calayfield@home.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, October 19, 2001 at 19:00:20 (EDT)
WOWWWW!!!! I listened to your book on tape that was given to me by a good friend of mine that is one of the top breeders in the state of Washingon. I am 37 years old and have been involved in the racing game my entire life. My father has bred and raced horses since I was a child. It is truly the most magnificent sport on earth. The beauty of these animals is undescribable. You, though, have been able to capture the beauty and thrill of this sport in written form like no other. I have listened to your tape 3 times now, and can't get enough. If you are ever on the west coast, please let me know. I would love to meet you in person. It is very refreshing for a man to see a woman that knows this much about horses and the racing industry. I am not sure what health problems that you are having, but I hope all is well and getting better. Please email me back with any information on how I could meet you or talk with you. I haven't been able to get your book, your horse, and you off my mind. Tim in Spokane
Tim Floyd <tfloyd42@aol.com>
spokane, wa USA - Friday, October 19, 2001 at 17:18:35 (EDT)
Dear Miss Hillenbrand, Thank you for telling such a wonderful story so well. You brought me to tears. D. Murphy, Atlanta, Ga.
D. urphy
Atlanta, Ga USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 13:16:58 (EDT)
Wow, I am stumped. As an avid horse lover and essentially, a player, I am absolutely taken aback by your lyrical prose. And afterward, to learn of your chronic fatigue syndrome, I am even more drawn. As a former professional athelete turned attorney ( the horror) I must convey w/ utmost sincerity the appreciation I have for you and your book. It is captivating, and, if not for the fact that it is true, magical. Many kudos to you Miss Hillenbrand for splendid writing and my only regret is that I was not able to contact you personally to extol your writing since I find you extremely attractive.. Wait, not only did that make zero sense but that sounded so much like a stalker I am even scaring myself....Good job...
John Herzel <Nez54@hotmail.com>
Fairfax station , Va USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 02:08:43 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I just finished your wonderful book. It was so well written; I couldn't put it down. My favorite books from childhood are Misty of Chincoteague and a book called And Miles To Go, about the great Arabian stallion Witez II. I have always dreamed about horses, having to wait until I was over 40 to own some. The horse world is so varied, and I was fascinated to learn about the racing world, and the three very different people whose lives converged around a truly great little horse. Thank you for a great read at a difficult time in my life. Sincerely, Brenda Guernsey
Brenda Guernsey <moomail@cleanweb.net>
Prospect, OH USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 20:11:14 (EDT)
Hello, Laura -- I read the excerpt of Seabiscuit in the Feb., 2001 Talk magazine. I was riveted! I wept. I wanted more, and could hardly wait 'till the book came out. Now, I'm not one to rush out and lay down money on a hard-cover book, but there was no question in my mind that I would do so with Seabiscuit. I'm a frustrated "horse-girl" from way back. Now going menopausal, I can still remember trying (quite sincerely) to convince my single-parent mother to put her Corvair outside so I could turn the garage into a stable for my Shetland pony, which would of course, be named Merrylegs, after the pony in Black Beauty. Sigh. The closest I got was a Breyer Shetland. Well, now I have two of what I call "poor woman's Arabs", retired N.G.A. greyhounds! Still, horses, oh I can't say what it is about how they lift us up out of our conditions, but I can say your book brought back all the best of what I loved about them as a girl, and MORE! I tell you, I haven't cried so much in one books reading SINCE Black Beauty. Thank you so much for what you managed to pull together in that one book -- the feel of the times, the hopes and aspirations of the people, how hard life was, but how sweet. It was like you brought the Depression to those of us who weren't even born then, and all through the spirit of that one wonderful unequalled horse! I hope you always, always know you have done something truly wonderful!
Dawn Killen-Courtney <feyfriend@mn.rr.com>
St. Louis Park, MN USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 19:09:49 (EDT)
Your book was very enjoyable reading. Thank you for a great insight into an "American Personality".
Frank H.
USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 17:28:36 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I read the article in Ladies Home Journal this month and your story was an inspiration. I too was diagnosed with CFS in 1995. I was off work for 10 months and then reurned part time. Your courage in managing your life with CFS is wonderful to hear. I stopped by Barnes and Noble yesterday for your book. It sounds like you've been surrounded by very supportive friends and family. I work from my home now and like you enjoy each day. I was so relieved to have a solid diagnosis after living in limbo for weeks and weeks. Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate having an individual who can speak for others afflicted with CFS. I congratulate you on your success and all the future holds. Judy Kennedy
Judy Kennedy <JudyKen1@aol.com>
Oxnard, CA USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 12:01:26 (EDT)
Dear Laura: After reading the range of emotions from all the other guests, it does my heart good to know I am not alone in how I feel. My daughter, Kim, works as a Librarian. Just knowing of my love of horses, she ordered me a copy of "Seabiscuit." I was not aware of this magnificent horse and his life. Being among the "baby boomer generation," my fondest memory is of Secretariat. I will never, ever forget that day when he won at Belmont. It will stay in my heart forever. Then, along came Seabiscuit. All your other guests have put all the emotions so succinctly in writing that I could not possibly say any more that would enhance your great achievement! My heart is filled with joy, sorrow, longing and faith that even the most despairing can achieve and succeed as long as they hold on to their dream, never let go and believe there is something great for them! It breaks my heart to have to return this book to the library. As soon as I can afford to get a copy, I will purchase it and keep it close to my heart always! This is a story which can be read over and over to give the soul nourishment and strength and faith and courage beyond all imagination! God bless and keep you safe, Laura. Gwen Spangler, Gequine@aol.com Garden City, SC 29576 (Raised, lived in New York entire life until 1998.) Always went to Belmont! My greatest dream before I die is to attend the Kentucky Derby!! P.S. - Where can I obtain a full blown photo of Seabiscuit?
Gwen Spangler <gequine@aol.com>
Garden City, SC USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 11:00:53 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Both my daughter (who is an accomplished rider) and myself have read your book recently and absolutely loved it. I am telling everyone I know how good it is and am recommending it to my Book Club also. We are anxiously awaiting details on the movie. I wish we could see the exhibit at the museum in Saratoga also...maybe it will become a traveling one. We live quite near Arlington International Racecourse and frequently attend races there. I remember as a child having a horserace game with five famous horses "competing" by a spin of a dial and Seabiscuit was one of them. Thank you for such a great reading experience. "Heartwarming, inspirational and at times unbelievable" are words that come to mind to describe your book.
Susan D. Johnson <susanjohnson@ameritech.net>
Winfield, IL USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 23:32:31 (EDT)
Laura, I had hoped to tell you in person at the bookstore this past saturday afternoon just how much i have enjoyed your work, the book, and the amazing story you have so captured so well. Your health, I understand prevented that from happening and I am so sorry. congratulations on the huge success you have enjoyed and i will keep my eyes out should you reschedule a reading in the DC area...thank you again...zachary
zachary wyatt <ZacharyWyatt@aol.comZA>
USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 23:07:36 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Your book has inspired one of my best friends to keep reaching for her dream. Thank you! I also feel compelled to tell you that I work with a natural product that modulates the immune system, raising the natural killer cell activity so that conditions such as CFS can be addressed through one's own immune system. I would be glad to share this information with you.
Mary Helen Kuehner <kuehners@juno.com>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 14:44:18 (EDT)
Amazing book. Non stop reading. I was not aware of he significance of this horse and the story surounding him. Thank you.
bill joslin <wjoslin@fs.fed.us>
la jara, co USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 11:02:38 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I saw your interview on Good Morning America, and felt compelled to buy your book. It was excellent and I loved every page of it. I have had a love affair with horses all my life, and owned a former Maryland bred gelding (raced at Plimlico) many years ago. He, like Seabiscuit, was an inspiration to me and helped me through a very tough 8 yr. period in my life. A wonderful and unforgettable companion and soulmate. I hope that you are feeling stronger, and I thank you for your gift of such a beautiful story. May God bless and keep you.
Judy Souza <JSOUZA8821@AOL.COM>
Newport, RI USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 07:26:11 (EDT)
Cool Site. Wish there were more like this one on the Net.
Ron Reisebericht
- Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 08:54:07 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I had called Olsen's earlier in the day and you were still on, then my husband, my ywo children and I drove down to meet you! I was so very sorry that you were not feeling well, and had to cancel. ( I was able to add your signed book plate to my copy of Seabiscuit, Thank You for doing them.) Anyway, perhaps you would be able to do a live on line chat at some point, as there are many of us out there that would love to speak with you. Perhaps that format would be less taxing for you. Do you have a bibliography of your other published works? I know that I would enjoy reading whatever else you have penned. I have also been spreading the word about "Seabiscuit", as the best piece of non fiction published to date, and I would love to see some clothing items with his picture proudly displayed. I do hope that you have better health days ahead of you, and I look forward to reading more of your work. Take care and God bless. Sincerely, Claudia Harbourt
Claudia Harbourt <pcj14700@aol.com>
North Potomac, Md USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 23:10:26 (EDT)
Please be advised that I have information about the greatest trotting horse, Messenger, from 1851, just like Seabiscuit. It would be a great follow up for you. Please contact me. Your old friend, James Lehr.
James E. Lehr <impala858@aol.com>
E.Rockaway, ny USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 20:28:58 (EDT)
TO THOSE PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE OLSSEN'S Q & A SESSION: I regret that because of illness, I have had to postpone my appearance. My apologies to anyone who planned on attending. Thanks.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 15:15:39 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: Come meet me at a question and answer session at Olsson's Books and Records on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland on October 13 at 5:00 PM. Signed bookplates will be available. This is my first public appearance since my book debuted in March. Olsson's can be reached at 301-652-3336. Just in case I have to cancel, call before you go to confirm. I look forward to seeing you there.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 19:33:19 (EDT)
I just finished your book and was sorry to see it end. This is another chapter to my lifelong obsession with horses. At the ripe old age of 44 I have fulfilled my dream of owning a horse and am the proud owner of 3. Two Quarter Horses and an Appaloosa. The story of Seabiscuit was inspiring and a lovely excursion down memory lane. When I was a little girl, I used to pretend I was a horse and longed to be a jockey. At 5 feet, 8 inches I knew that would never happen. When I was in grade school I knew every racing stat known and completely enthralled with horses and the world of racing. I know I will read Seabiscuit again and again and again. I could almost smell the inside of the barn while reading your book and could definately inhale the most sweetest fragrances known to man. A Horse! Thank you for a wonderful story. Take care.
Marie DiAlesandro <Hobbes9031@ztrian.com>
New Castle, PA USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 17:34:33 (EDT)
Loved the wealth of detail in your book! Just one question.. is/was there a motel at the Ridgewood Ranch? It seems to me that I stayed at a motel by this name with my Mom & Dad, around 1966-67, and that Mom mentioned something about a famous horse living there. All I remember is hoping that I might get to ride A horse...any horse! But what do you expect from a 6 year old! Please do write more on famous horses..Exterminator,perhaps?
Gail Nichols <deerskin@oct.net>
St. Marys, Ks USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 17:27:30 (EDT)
I LOVE your book! It's right on the mark. Such good writing ("...the earliest stages of progressive invisibility..." - terrific image!). When I was a teen-ager I walked hots & groomed at Longacres near Seattle & loved that whole environment. The atmosphere you evoke in the book, the terminology, the entire thing is right on. I close my eyes & can see this horse running, I can smell the shed row, I can hear the talk. Good research! Very immediate experience! Thanks for writing it.
Diana Smith <monet7936@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 14:46:47 (EDT)
I am unable to find how tall Seabiscuit was. I am doing a full-size poster of him for a school report. Thank-you, Allie
Allie Pettigrew <aaaa-pettigrew@cavtel.net>
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 10:20:37 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have not yet read your book. (I will!) I didn't see your interviews. I didn't see the article. So how did I find out about you and your book? I was praying. That's right! I was praying about the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11. I heard the word, "Sea Bisquit." I thought that sounded familiar and asked my husband and he said, "That's a race horse." I went online and typed in Sea Biscuit. I found out there is a rock group, a sea shell and a cracker for starving sailors, all called sea biscuits. They didn't interest me. I then found your web site. It is remarkable. Tell me this -- is there some spiritual lesson that our nation can learn from Seabiscuit? What color was he? There are four horses in Revelations - white, red, black and pale. Well, I'll order your book; I'm certain I am supposed to read it. I read much of the mail from your readers and it sounds like you are a marvelous writer and the better, no doubt, for having suffered. God bless and keep you. P.S. I wish I could have been at the book store to meet you today. Who knows? Maybe sometime our paths will cross. To find out more about me, see my web site at http://hometown.aol.com/dcummingaz/Dailydevotion.html Pat Cummings, Arizona
Pat Cummings <dcummingaz@aol.com>
Goodyear, AZ USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 21:08:16 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: Come meet me at a question and answer session at Olsson's Books and Records on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland on October 13 at 5:00 PM. Signed bookplates will be available. This is my first public appearance since my book debuted in March. Olsson's can be reached at 301-652-3336. Just in case I have to cancel, call before you go to confirm. I look forward to seeing you there.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 18:20:52 (EDT)
Hi Laura, What a great story! I first learned about your book from the story on NPR. I was late to a meeting because I was so entralled with the tale. Now I've had a chance to read the book. Thank you for bringing us such a wonderfully written, exhaustively researched, and touching chronicle of Seabiscuit and those who came to know him. I look forward to watching the story on the big screen but I know the story can't be told with pictures as well as you have with words. I hope you will tour, and I would love to meet you in our quiet little town. Thanks again! Doug Cochran
Doug Cochran <dbcochran@sprynet.com>
Vero Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 23:12:20 (EDT)
Hi Laura: Came across your web site and couldn't pass up opportunity to tell you that I really enjoyed your book. I learned a lot about horse racing, the lives of the jockeys at that time, that excellent owner, and,most importantly, the incredible story of the Biscuit. I look forward to seeing the movie and hope that it is done well. Since you will be a consultant to the movie, use the whip on the director when necessary.
Lawrence Eichen <Lawrence.Eichen@css-pc.com>
Morris Twp., NJ USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 16:53:46 (EDT)
Hi Laura....I've already told you how much I loved your book, many times. Seabiscuit will become a classic. I was wondering if you will write another book about a horse? Maybe Man O'War! Maybe Tim Tam or John Henry. Maybe Secretariate or Citation? Hope you are feeling better.
Beverly McMinn <bmcminn@wcupa.edu>
Downingtown, PA USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 14:51:54 (EDT)
Laura, you have left me happily drained of energy and tears. Being an avid reader of action and war history novels I would never think to buy a book about a horse. Your coverpage did the trick with Pollard's face telling it all. I could not put the book down. The 30's have long been my dream decade and you set the tone and pace for those tough years with a winnning combination of people, sports and the love/repect of an animal like Seabiscuit. Two items of note. My inlaws have a picture that was produced by the Rolling Rock Brewery that shows Man of War, Seabiscuit and Whirlaway as the 3 greatest race horses in the world. I think the framed poster is from the 60's. Second is my search for my Aunt and Uncle's association with Whirlaway. My uncle was raised in the Port Tobacco Maryland area and his family had something to do with horse farms and Whirlaway. Unfortunately most of that side of my family has passed on but your extensive research has shown me the way. Thank you for the best book I have read in 30 years. Richard McClellan
Richard McClellan <richardmc6@home.com>
Reston, VA USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 12:31:50 (EDT)
the thank you e-mails were longer than the book. wonderful book. i know nothing about horses or racing. this was great. didn't want it to end.
robert <mcgladd@mediaone.net>
los angeles, ca USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 02:14:24 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just ordered Seabiscuit and can't wait to read it. I just read the article about you in Ladies Home Journal and I am still crying as I write this. I do not have chronic fatigue, but I have a severe vestibular disorder , leaving me dizzy and disoriented constantly. Just getting a bath is a major undertaking for me each day . I also dream of being on tossing ships and such. I will pray that we both find cures for these things and I just admire you so much for accomplishing what you have . I feel so helpless now and it is an awful feeling. Your story was very encouraging . I look forward to reading your book and my little girl will probably love the story too, she is an avid rider , but in dressage and jumping. Take care. Cathy
Catherine Stiteler <stiteler@pacbell.net>
Aptos , CA USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 01:34:27 (EDT)
Dear Miss Hillenbrand,I just had to write you after finishing "Seabiscuit". I want you to know that I cried as I read the epilogue, ad the characters were so touching, that I truly felt for them as they endured the saga of "The Biscuit". I love a good story, and due to yur exhaustive research, you were able to 'flesh out' Tom,Red, Charles, and of course, The Biscuit, so much so, that if they were alive today, It would be an honour to meet them! I so enjoyed your way with words, as you literally spun a tale so compelling that it seems almost impossible for the events to have actually happened. I've been to Pimlico, and I've had the opportunity to place a few bets on Preakness winners, and I must admit, I also love to watch the horses run. As I read about Seabiscuit, i felt like I had the opportunity to watch him in action. I only wish that I had. I am looking forward to the movie, I only hope that the screenwriters do justice to youre beautiful prose. I am also delighted to see that you will be at Olsen's on 10/13, See you there! Sincerely, Claudia Harbourt North Potomac, Md.
Claudia Harbourt <pcj14700@aol.com>
North Potomac, Md USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 00:28:51 (EDT)
I don't usually read books over again once I've finished them;I like to move on to another adventure. However, I couldn't part with Seabiscuit. I began the story again straight away. And what an amazing story it is. I hope you have plenty of control during the making of the movie. Today's generation needs to know about Seabiscuit's ( and his human connections') unbelieveable triumphs. Most movie audiences prefer schlock, so I hope the film gets a lot of intense marketing. I live near Santa Anita and attend the races there often. I love the statue of Seabiscuit in the center of the walking ring. I've always been tempted to hop the fence and mount the statue to feel what it was like to be on the back of a racehorse. After reading the book and feeling as though I've known Seabiscuit, I want to do it more than ever. It would be as close as I could get to him. But I doubt if the security staff at the track would appreciate it, though. Thanks for a wonderful book!
Elizabeth Barrow
Altadena, CA USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 14:59:37 (EDT)
Thank you for a wonderfully written book, you have a magical sense of your subject. Horses have played a big part in my life, my father was a trainer and I also made my living as a trainer. Along with training, I also made art, horses the inspiration, drawing, painting and for the past 40 years, sculpture. After reading your book, with many deadlines to meet, I find myself distracted by YOUR horse, wanting to sculpt Seabiscuit. If you have been to Lexington, KY since 1992 and got lost down town around Main and Vine st. There is a park called Thoroughbred Park, there are 12 life size horses in this park. Seven race horses, it took me about 4 years to complet this collection. I realize Seabiscuit has been done but I would like to put my hand to it, your book brought him to life again, I want to give one of those sparkling moments you created, form. Healing love dear one, you have done a beautiful thing, Gwen
Gwen Reardon <artist/gwen@earthlink.net>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 21:33:04 (EDT)
Finished the book a few days ago, and I keep wishing it wasn't over. What a fabulous writer and an amazing story! I was captivated by the characters, marveled at the expert yet economical use of language, and hungered for every detail of Seabiscuit's phenomenal will to win. What heart! What a book!
Karen Risch <JustWrite@starband.net>
Keswick, VA USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 16:23:44 (EDT)
I finished reading your book last Friday night. It's a good thing I was home, because it was a 5 tissue ending. It is so well written that I felt I was actually riding Seabiscuit during his races. A magical read. Thank you.
Bonnie Fisher <bonnie@MFElectronics.com>
New Rochelle, NY USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 14:59:08 (EDT)
Thank you.
E.M.B.Stoddard <indigohills@qwest.net>
USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 19:37:40 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book. Seabiscuit was a wonderful story! I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved reading about the racing world so long ago. I can't believe the amount of research that must have gone into writing this book. I am proud of you for all your hard work, and for your writing ability. Please keep writing! Your fan, Vickie
Vickie Reed Vela <vela4@texas.net>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 19:35:48 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Thanks and congrats on a GREAT book; I felt like I was right next to every piece of the story, so HOW can a film do it justice??? Like many others, I could't wait to pick up your tome each day, and continue. Wow. Seabiscuit Forever! My wife grew up with a few horses in a tiny barn in the backyard, while I never got near one. I told her she absolutely HAD to read your book, and now she is just at the start. She'll probably cry--I almost did, very moved and enthralled, was I. Need any more songs? I am a decent songwriter myself....probably too late. CONGRATS!!!
Dave Robinson <wailingdave@aol.com>
So.Deerfield, MA USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 19:34:57 (EDT)
Laura, My mother is a long-term CFIDS sufferer and an avid horse racing fan, so she was very excited when she learned about your book during your recent TV interview. She is anxious to buy your book because she was so touched by both the unlikely success story of Seabiscuit and your success story. She has been a long time volunteer in CFIDS support groups and associations and has been sick herself since the mid-1980s, so she really appreciated the effort it took for you to write this great book. I plan to buy her the book for her birthday and I wondered if you would consider autographing it and writing a little personal message to her. It would mean a great deal to her. Thanks
Anne Francis <watervliet@hotmail.com>
Boston, MA USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 19:04:15 (EDT)
Dear Laura - I just finished reading your book, to my great disappointment and pleasure. I didn't want the story to be over. You have taken a myriad of details and information and woven a wonderful picture of what it took to make Seabiscuit the success that he was. Tom Smith sounds like the inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer" and his role in the care of his horse was, and probably still is, underrated. I was amazed at the realization that without any one of the 3 men in this story, there would have been no story and how each brought his talents and love for Seabiscuit to play in his career. I was expecting a rather dull, fact-filled book. Instead I was grabbed from the start and taken along for the ride. Your comment that the jockey wasn't a passenger along for the ride really opened my eyes, as well as your desciptions of the race plans and the actual race as it was eventually run. I note that you are appearing in Maryland at a book signing. Have you any plans to come to the Midwest? I live just outside of Chicago, and would love to attend. I'm looking forward to the movie and hope it meets your expectations as well.
Paula Bailey <mizscarlit@ameritech.net>
Lombard, IL USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 17:46:13 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thanks for a great love story...or should I say stories. My heart was beating rapidly during the big race... and the tears started after it was over. You brought it to life. Looking forward to the movie. G.S. Green
Gene Green <greeng1@msn.com>
Dresher, PA USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 16:02:18 (EDT)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand I am a retired jockey 1952 to 1978 I believe I rode with Red at the end of his career at Lincoln Downs in R.I not really sure though, but I am sure of one thing I remember a friend of mine had a bar in Pautucket called Auras Lounge, and Red was in there every dayand we had many a drink together. Red had a graveely voice, and all of a sudden he would holler out to the owner Dick MC Glaughlin an ex rider himself hay McLaughlin aint it about time the house buys a round.Being a race tracker i found your book to be a master piece of race track literature, you wrote as if you had spent your whole life on the track. I am in the process of writing my memoirs of my life on the track, from the stand point of a working jock trying to make a living no glammor just hard work as you know 90% of jocks don`t get to the top.I loved every minute of my life on the track, even with all the broken bones, I wouldnt trade a day of it. Thank you so much for such a great book that touched a little of my past
Ronald M Fisher <doeron@prodigy.net>
Sun City Ctr., FL USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 12:18:04 (EDT)
Dear Laura: It's 12:45 in the evening and I can't put down Seabiscuit. I can almost reach out and touch his beautiful face. I giggle when I think of that silly horse sleeping on the train. When Smith ran his hands down Seabiscuit's leg at Belmont I felt the heat. At times I am Pollard, at times Howard or Smith. Your brilliance is humbling. Hilary
Hilary Grant <hilarygrant@aol.com>
New Haven, CT USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 00:54:59 (EDT)
This is a VERY moving book. I read it twice. You are a gifted author and I absolutly can not wait for the Movie to come out.
Todd <B40dash8@earthlink.net>
Spokane, Wa USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 15:23:29 (EDT)
Laura, Apart from being a terrific read generally, I deeply appreciated the way your book plumbs interconnected psyches of Seabiscuit, his trainer and his mounts. And the way you captured the transcendent moments of horse and rider rising to the occasion, touching something divine, moved me to tears. Would that I had a peephole into horse heaven, where surely "the Biscuit" must be strutting his stuff, knowing he lives and runs again through you. Finally, may Hollywood allow you to make the movie this mangificent creature deserves...and we all need as once again America confronts the gathering storm of war. Karl Kracklauer, Greenbrae, CA
Karl Kracklauer <karl-k@pacbell.net>
Greenbrae, CA USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 13:32:41 (EDT)
Laura-I never read a great deal of non-fiction, but after seeing you on a morning show I could not purchase your book fast enough. I love horses, and I love watching them race. The Kentucky Derby is my favorite sporting event of the year! Just wanted you to know how very much I enjoyed "Seabiscuit". Once and awhile you come upon a book so compelling that you can't put it down and hate to see it end because it draws you into the story. Such was your book for me. I will wait patiently for the film to arrive in my area. It is one I certainly will not miss. Good luck to you in all your future endeavors and be well.
Winifred Scheid <wpscheid@msn.com>
USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 10:19:17 (EDT)
Just finished reading the book and it is absolutely the best I have read in years. I was torn between laughter and tears - can't wait for the movie. Miss Hillenbrand, good luck and I will pray that your health improves
Isabella Paula <iyp201@earthlink.net>
Hemet, CA USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 20:00:37 (EDT)
It's been a few months since I've read this wonderful book. I have recommended it to members of my family and also to many friends who have also enjoyed this truly inspiring story. And, boy, does this country need this type of story now more than ever! I have written twice before on this site expressing my love of the book and I have found it very enjoyable to follow the comments of so many others as they also report favorably on it. It is almost as if I am reading Seabiscuit: An American Legend over and over as different parts of the story are brought up by the readers. I also enjoy very much your commenting, Laura, when you have been asked to clarify a point. It only adds to the grandeur of the tale. You deserve all the compliments and rewards coming your way. You have created a masterpiece of a story for all of us.
Jim Reese <jreese7131@aol.com>
Holiday, Fl USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 16:34:44 (EDT)
Your beautiful and touching story about persistence and determination reminds me of a favorite quotation about hope.... ....Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. Thank you Laura for your words and inspiration - my copy of your book has a special and permanent place next to my favorite big blue chair, and I'm now listening to the audio version as I walk for exercise. I know I'll never want it to end. I always give books for Christmas - guess what everyone is getting this year - Seabiscuit is perfect for children and adults. My heart goes out to you, knowing how sick and fragile you are with CFS. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you so much for this gift of hope. Sincerely, Cappy Tosetti
Cappy (Capella) Tosetti <cappy@harborside.com>
Gleneden Beach, OR USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 02:27:50 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: In reply to the last note, Marcela Howard had a long and happy life after her husband's death. She remarried, but stayed deeply involved in the lives of Howard's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She died in 1987. Ridgewood had to be sold upon Howard's death, and his horses were dispersed at auction. The property has been divided somewhat, and though much of the old timber and redwoods were felled, it has not been developed and retains much of its old beauty. A church now owns the main part of it, where Seabiscuit's grave and his old barn lie. Lastly, Lin Howard did stay involved in racing, but to my knowledge, his descendants have not.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 21:25:53 (EDT)
Your book was recommended to me by an attorney friend that loves history but has no interest in horses. He did me a great favor. As a person who has a passion for history and a tremendous love for horses I could not resist the book. What a wonderful story. The characters seemed so real that practically jumped from the pages into my world. That goes for Seabicuit as well as the humans involved. I laughed, cried, learned more than I expected about racing and the world of 1930s.I wanted to know more and more about the horses and the people and their lives(I even cried for War Admiral when he lost the race). We horse owners know that horses have personalities and that if competing they know when and if they have done a good job! Thank you for a truly wonderful historical account of racing and life in the 1920s and 1930s. By the way I think many readers wonder what happened to Marcela, what happened to their beloved Ridgewood Ranch and did the family continue their horse racing interests after Charles Howard died? I think I read that Lindsay Howard continued the tradition and perhaps his son? I would love to think that their love for horses lived on for generations and that somewhere in Northern California Seabicuit still has a beautiful and peaceful home.Thank you for making a generous impact on my life.
Kathryn Morgan <Kamnkc@Aol.com>
Kansas City, Mo USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 20:17:20 (EDT)
Absolutely fantastic book, I look forward to not only the movie, but reading the book again before the Triple Crown next year. By far, the best tribute written about a champion that I have read. Reading all the other comments says it all, a book unlike any other. Bravo!!
Tim Mazanec <tim.mazanec@ibtco.com>
Boston, MA USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 19:40:35 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: Come meet me at a question and answer session at Olsson's Books and Records on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland on October 13 at 5:00 PM.  Signed bookplates will be available.  This is my first public appearance since my book debuted in March. Olsson's can be reached at 301-652-3336.
Laura Hillenbrand
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 17:55:12 (EDT)
SEABISCUIT, AN AMERICAN LEGEND is a winner by 10 lengths!
Ed Berkle <berkleeddieb@aol.com>
Philadelphia, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 16:23:06 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand ~ We could all use (although there will never be) another Seabiscuit story in order to bring a little joy into these dark and trying times. Like so many things in life there is light at the end of the track/road ~ The reader experiences first hand the courage, strength, stamina and miles of hear this little horse had and all those who were a part of the great story .. He's gone (along with his keepers) but never forgotten. I was fortunate to listen in on Sam Spear's "At the Track" radio interview(s) - at the end of the hour all listeners were crying for more from you - you certainly captured the spirit of what life is all about - your readers await a new adventure but will always remember Seabiscuit as being the only jewel in everyone's Triple Crown. Your eloquent written story has captured the hearts of America - even those who are not horse people. Thank you for sharing so much of your time and skills to give your readers the ride of their lives - your dedication to excellence has given your readers a wonderful gift of reading history ~ THANKS AGAIN!!! Ellen & David Boring
Ellen E. Boring <Carr-Scu@pacbell.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 13:31:32 (EDT)
dear ms hillenbrand; there are no words to express the passion i felt reading your book. every emotion was depicted in this novel..i look so forward to the movie...as an aside, i did notice a grammar error on page 305 in the phrase" throw from horse" instead probably should have been thrown from horse, regarding luther...good luck and god bless you for writing this book.
dr. tom hennie <jammboy49@aol.com>
cleveland, oh USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 08:26:22 (EDT)
I erroneously hit the wrong button before my message was finished...I wanted you to know what a gift you have given so many people. Your book is so wonderful and full of detail. I have never read anything that has affected me as this has. Seabiscuit will always be a treasure in the hearts of many because of your hard work. Thank You.
Denise Rakes <deniser@mcoe.k12.ca.us>
USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 19:40:18 (EDT)
I erroneously hit the wrong button before my message was finished...I wanted you to know what a gift you have given so many people. Your book is so wonderful and full of detail. I have never read anything that has affected me as this has. Seabiscuit will always be a treasure in the hearts of many because of your hard work. Thank You.
Denise Rakes <deniser@mcoe.k12.ca.us>
USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 19:39:44 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I grew up in Potter Valley, Ca where the Howard family spent alot of time. The history of Seabiscuit is rich around this area. In Potter Valley there are people who remember Seabiscuit and were lucky enough to have seen him.
Denise Rakes <deniser@mcoe.k12.ca.us>
Ukiah, Ca USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 19:34:50 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand--- I just finished reading Seabiscuit. Btavo ! Most non-fiction writers have good reasearch behind their work. Yours was meticulous and excellent. What really sets your book apart is a writing style that is exciting, compelling and at times poignant. Few writers have such talent. You had a good story and rode to a "hundred grander" that George Wolff and Red Pollard would have been pround of. I did find one error in the text. On page 222 of my edition you write, "Alexander found Pollard lying prone with his leg up in traction----". I hope that Pollard was supine at the time. Lying on ones stomach and having a leg elevated in traction would be comical if not altogether painful Thanks for this splendid book... Sincerely, James E. Nickelson jasnicklv@yahoo.com
James E. Nickelson <jasnicklv@yahoo.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 18:13:44 (EDT)
Laura Hillenbrand: As someone who knows nothing about horses, let me say that after reading only part of your terrific book (I stopped to e-mail my first fan letter ever) I'm hoping you will write a history of Man 'O War, or a history of anything, for that matter. It's hard for me to find a book I can't put down, and let me tell you, this is one. Any interest in classical music? I am a classical (and jazz) piano teacher, and we could sure use more bios on the composers (or another non-human -- the piano itself) that are as captivating and have as much style as Seabiscuit. I might just have to subscribe to EQUUS just to read your articles! Brava and encore!
Laura Ford <gnetsa@aol.com>
Bothell, WA USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 15:31:00 (EDT)
When I saw your interview on Good Morning America I was intrigued. My work took me to the Page and Pallet book store in Fairhope, Al that afternoon and I purchased your book. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. As a person who grew up reading The Black Stallion, Flame and every other book by Walter Farley I have had a lifelong love of horses and horseracing. You have made me remember what drew me to them in the first place. Seabiscuit was a book that I wanted to finish reading, but at the same time, wanted to postpone finishing. I enjoyed it very much. Once again, thank you for a most enjoyable and most memorable read.
Mike Jones <michaelj1110@hotmail.com>
Daphne, AL USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 11:51:44 (EDT)
I echo the accolades below--but you deserve more. You have received full credit for your writing, but not enough for your thinking. Not only did you research Seabiscuit tirelessly and completely, you assembled the huge body of information into an effortless storyline. What truly distinguishes this book, though, is it's exploration of what really hooks a reader--the exuberant quest for an unlikely goal. Somehow, you portray characters that are both larger than life and vividly personal, each charging toward his or her place in history. And now, that history is part of me forever. Thank you.
Steve Huff <shuff@sitestar.net>
Stuart, VA USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 10:44:31 (EDT)
Haven't had a chance to read your book yet but just wanted to tell you I use to own a great granddaughter of Seabiscuit, when I seen his pictures it brought back meany memories of my horse, her name was cutie Rosebud, she was 15.2 hands, crooked legged just like seabiscuits picture, got to read your book to see if she had his temperament to. as she had a temperament, change the type of bit, she would buck, she also wore full cup blinkers with holes in back, (or she would buck) must go read your book..JEC
J Carrier <jec@mb.sympatico.ca>
Pine River , Manitoba Canada - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 21:16:38 (EDT)
LAURA.. BEEN MEANING TO WRITE YOU SINCE I FINISHED THE BOOK SOME TIME AGO,, AS YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING HORSE RACING FOR EXACTLY 50 YEARS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT YOUR BOOK WAS THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER READ RELATED TO HORSE RACING OR TO ANY OTHER SUBJECT, FOR THAT MATTER,, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN AND IT WAS A GREAT BREAK IN THE STRESS OF THE DAY. THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING ME IN THE BOOK AND I WAS GLAD TO HELP,, I FOUND YOUR ORIGINAL EMAIL FROM 1999 AND I AM GLAD I SAVED IT. I SHOULD HAVE SENT YOU MORE INFORMATION ON CALIENTE BUT YOU TOLD IN YOUR BOOK MUCH MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER HELPED YOU WITH RELATING TO THIS GREAT HORSE. GOING THROUGH SOME ITEMS YESTERDAY I FOUND SOME INTERESTING CANDID PHOTOS OF HORSES AT SANTA ANITA IN 1939 AND 1940 WHICH INCLUDED BOTH SEABISCUIT AND KAYAK II ALONG WITH HOWARD AND SMITH WALKING ALONG SIDE THESE GREAT HORSES. ALSO ONE OF POLLARD. WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL LATER ALONG WITH A JPEG OF THE PICTURES. AGAIN,, I THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK,, AND LIKE OTHERS, LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOVIE,, BEST, GARY
GARY MEDEIROS <PHARLAP2@AOL.COM>
san leandro, CA USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 13:28:03 (EDT)
I loved the book, and just checked out the October issue of Attache Magazine online. FYI, I did not see the article on Red Pollard. Might you know if it has been postponed for a future issue? Thank you very much.
Karen Whedon <kjwhedon@aol.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 12:03:02 (EDT)
I a a veterinarian and generally focus/obsess on aspects of the horse involving disease and disfunction. By contrast, I found this text spellbinding. This story is mesmorizing as a tale but it also is a metaphor for life's struggles and all that is right with this country and the world. We all hope that with inherent talent ,a bit of good fortune and lots of hard work we can achieve success. You are a brilliant story teller, your research activities were nothing short of impressive and I cannot wait for your next effort. After finishing the book I stumbled across your photo, I am not sure what I expected but never someone so attractive and vampish. Thank you for enriching my life with this text. keep up the great work
Dr. Frank Pipers <frank.pipers@merial.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 10:23:38 (EDT)
I have just finished reading Seabiscuit and thoroughly enjoyed every page as well as learning so much about racing and the importance of the chemistry between horse, owner, trainer and rider. My book club is meeting next Tuesday evening to discuss Seabiscuit and I know it will be a terrific discussion. Hope you are in better health, I read of your battle with CFS in the Washington Post some time ago.
Catherine Fitz <tinkfitz@hotmail.com>
USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 09:16:28 (EDT)
Would the author be available to speak at a conference, the CIO Summit, November 11-13, in Scottsdale, AZ. We would like her to be our closing speaker on the evening of Tuesday, the 13th. We would pay travel expenses amd a stipend. Please let me know if this might be doable and, if so, how I could pursue this request. Loved the book -- an inspirational story. Hence this invite. Thank you.
Alan P. Balutis <abalutis@fgipc.org>
Fairfax, VA USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 08:31:20 (EDT)
Nifty book. Am still picking mud out of my teeth. My husband has been hanging over my shoulder for days waiting for me to relinquish your story to him. He'll love it as did I. For some reason, he still keeps his folks' Daily Racing Form from September 1949 in the bookcase. Now it will get dusted off. Thanks for a great time.
Geraldine Glidden <gglidden@iopener.net>
Pasadena, CA USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 01:03:05 (EDT)
The book is wonderful, well written, and every page interesting, I've fallen in love with Seabiscuit. Who will be in the movie? I hope they do it well....
Barrbara McGlothern <BarbMc126@aol.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 23:53:16 (EDT)
Thank you for an elegant, moving, amazing book on an amazing horse. I am a voracious reader, but I can't recall EVER having read a book where history and horsemanship were so beautifully crafted in a nonfiction (or fiction, for that matter) book. Can't wait to see the movie!
Marena McElhanon <mmcelhanon@yahoo.com>
Lewisville, Tx USA - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 22:52:22 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbran, My experience with horses has been limited to weekly lessons as a member of Culver Military Academy's Black Horse Troop when I was 15 years old. I was nervous on horses and didn't really appreciate them, that is until I read your book. I'm always eager to read a good, non-fiction book and yours has to rank at the top. I'm not by any means a qualified critic but I think you write extremely well. You not only put the story together so well, but you write with clarity, honesty, and authenticity. I'm telling all my friends and anyone who will listen about your book. Congratulations for such a magnificent achievement. I hope the new movie does justice to your book. With great respect and admiration, John Rademacher
John Rademacher <rademac@dellepro.com>
Oak Point, TX USA - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 15:14:12 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have been trying to contact you,but am finding it very difficult to locate an address. I would like to thank you for mentioning me in your book. It is one of the best I have ever read. My friends all agree. No one could have researched or written this story any better than you did. I understand that you will be working with Universal Pictures on the prodiction of Seabiscuit. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you in any way you think that I might be useful to help authenticate your movie. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Mossy
Joseph Mosbacher (mossy) <Upwardstb@aol.com>
Oceanside , ca. USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 19:42:05 (EDT)
Thank you so much for "Seabiscuit". Your artistry make Red Pollard, George Woolf, Tom Smith, and Charles Howard live again - forever - in a book every bit as moving, heartbreaking and galvanizing as any horserace. As for Seabiscuit; how I wish I could bow my head in tribute under that oak tree "somewhere in the high country that once was Ridgewood." I hope this finds you in good health; at the ready with a whip - if need be - to ensure that, this time, your time, "Seabiscuit" can be made into a movie as memorable as your book. Most sincerely, John Carlyle
John Carlyle <CFPJC2@AOL>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 19:35:09 (EDT)
I am a race caller and a publicist at a Canadian Racetrack. This is the finest piece of race writing I have ever read. Congratulations Ms. Hillenbrand. Truly a magnificent work of sport, culture and history.
Chris Roberts
Canada - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 17:05:14 (EDT)
I thoughly enjoyed reading your fantastic book about Seabiscuit.I had often heard about this famous race horse, but had no info about him until reading your book.As the former owner of a thoroughbred racing claims horse,it was a pleasure to get aquainted with Seabiscuit and to come to know his life history. I anxiously await the release of the upcoming movie.Thank you, Laura.
Sharon
Wellsville, PA USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 11:44:25 (EDT)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I enjoyed your book as have many others. However, I was puzzeled by impost weights. Why don't they race horse against horse, maybe with a minimum weight so they don't have 50 pound jockeys? Obviously I am not a horse person nor a race person. It did appear that the high impost weights were a tremendous disadvantage to Seabiscuit. He would have won many more races and set more track records at reasonable impost weights. Wayne
Wayne Salus <mulligan92@aol.com>
Wa USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 17:59:13 (EDT)
The idea to write a book about the story of an equine athelte and his human connections is extraordinary. I hope that your book will help to become like a gateway for the parts of our society and culture that are not exposed to the fine and beautiful aspects of the throughbred horse. If it would be possible, I would like to puurchase an autographed copy of your book for my library - please contact me if this could be done. You have doe well. Best regards.
Peter B <LetsGoBabyGo@aol.com>
La Canada, CA USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 16:30:55 (EDT)
Laura, This is the BEST book I have read in the last 10 years! I was unable to put it down and could hardly wait for the "next race". You are phenomenal writer. By any chance,are you coming to West Palm Beach Florida? I would love to have you sign my book..Thanks!!!! With Kind Regards... Carol LaDuke
Carol LaDuke <forestpony@aol.com>
Loxahatchee, FL USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 14:06:08 (EDT)
I haven't read your book, just your plight against CFS. Having gone through a year and a half struggle to understand Fibromyalgia, I was recently introduced to a book, which may be of some interest to you and which covers CFS as well as Fibro and a number of other illnesses that are tough to diagnose. It's called The MindBody Prescribtion: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. Sarno, M.D...Alot of it makes sense. What have you got to lose? You're too young to spend the rest of your life this way. Good luck
Loretta Whelan <feister08091@yahoo.com>
W.Berlin, NJ USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 13:16:24 (EDT)
Dear Laura; I just finished reading your wonderful and inspiration book. I'm a school librarian and during period 2 this morning while I was supervising eighth graders who were visiting the library, I found myself grabbing for Kleenex, tears rolling down my cheeks. Some of the kids noticed and asked if I was OK. I told them Seabiscuit just won the Santa Anita Handicap. They looked at me somewhat quizzically so I held up your book and told them that we'd have a book talk about it when they next came to the library. My sister had recommended your book to me and told me that she used to race home from work so that she could see what was going to happen next. She was right I could not put it down once I had begun. Thank you and congratulations for producing one of the best, if not, the best piece of sports non-fiction that I've ever read. Sue Fronko, librarian Moon Middle School Library 1407 Beers School Road Moon Township PA 15108
Suzanne Fronko <sfronko@masd.k12.pa.us>
Moon Township, PA USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 10:07:56 (EDT)
Laura, Great work! I loved your book. Are you going to the Breeders Cup this year at Belmont? Me and 6 friends from around the country are going and I would love the opportunity to meet you. I work in Orlando as a physical therapist but really want to make a mark in the horse game. Take care and again your book was terrific and looking forward to meeting you at the Breeders Cup. George Cernansky
George Cernansky <Gcernansky@aol.com>
Maitland, FL USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 08:44:32 (EDT)
I just want to say what a book! I've loved horse racing since I was a child and now I feel like one again. I studied the racing history and discovered the exploits of Seabiscuit many years ago, and always longed for a complete account. You have succeeded. The power and heart of this book is just wonderful. I laughed, and I cried. I feel in love, again. Two questions: 1) Was the cover picture taken on hundred grand day? It has the date of March 5, 1940, but I thought the race was on March 3, 1940. 2) Where's that oak tree? Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Paul Davis <shoneygso@attglobal.net>
Greensboro, NC USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 08:31:42 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I have been training flat and steeplechase horses for many years now and normally try to read the most up and coming of our equine community writers novels. I though that most were fairly well written until I had the pleasure of reading your book of Seabiscuit. What a wonderful book and you must be complimented on the extensive research this novel took to bring such a wonderful story to life. I only hope the movie is as exciting as your novel. Thank you again for a wonderful read! Yves Henry
YVes Henry <yfphenri@aol.com>
Middleburg,, Va. USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 21:57:45 (EDT)
"Seabiscuit: An American Legend" is the new Moby Dick. This book is destined to be an American classic. It is the best book I have read in ten years. Reed Taussig President and CEO Callidus Software
Reed Taussig <rtaussig@callidussoftware.com>
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 20:30:54 (EDT)
As a fan of horse racing I often try to get others interested in the sport. So many just write it off as another form of gambling, but to me there's so much more to it than that. For a long time, the best way I knew to show people the beauty of the sport was to take them to Keeneland. Now, I can also suggest that they read Seasbiscuit: An American Legend.
Frank Angst <frankangst@wvgazette.com>
South Charleston, wv USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 16:30:26 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have been a professional horse trainer for over 40 years (hunters-Jumpers)and have never read a horse story that captivated me as much as Seabiscuit did. Not only the story of a wonderful horse but a story of the people behind the horse. I don't believe today that one could find 3(4)people as dedicated as these people were. It truly is a story of what on can do if he truly loves his profession and the people that surrond him. About 3 years ago a friend was visiting me from Montana. She brought with her a pencil head study of Seabiscuit she had bought in a antique store in Billings MT. The picture is very old and is in it's original frame. The artist is R.H. Palenske. At the time she gave it to me it was a nice gift, however it has become very precious to me and hangs in a prominate spot. I can only hope the movie is as carefully done as your book. I look forward to seeing it and will probably be the first one in line.
Doty Adcock <doty@axisnet.net>
Oconomowoc, Wi USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 08:41:42 (EDT)
Laura: What a wonderful retelling of a great American underdog success story. I loved the characters, the suspense leading to the race, the detals about racing strategy, and most of all the Biscuit. Three thoughts (questions): 1. Did the triple crown exist is the late 30's and, if so, was Seabiscuit in any of the races? If so, what were the results? If not, why not? 2. Oh, what Robert Redford could do with this story on film! 3. Are there any films, videos, tapes, etc. of any of the races? I would love to see them. Possible? Thanks for the wonderful book.
Bob Krohn <RK3lk2@aol.com>
Edgerton, Wi USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 23:32:10 (EDT)
Ms Hillenbrand, I am a librarian by profession and I am an avid fan of thoroughbred racing. My own book collection consists mostly of books about the history of thoroughbred breeding and racing. I've read them all. Right now, I am reading Seabiscuit. Your book is truly a gem. You have brought back one of the greatest stories of racing, a story about a diamond-in-the-rough that is so unlike the glimpse-of-perfection stories of Man O'War, Native Dancer, and Secretariat. It speaks to the eternal hope in racing that the cheap cover, or the forgotten claimer, might turn out to be bottled lightening. You tell this story with a writing style that eclipses (and I hope you win one) the work of so many others, in much the way that Seabiscuit overwhelmed his competition. You always find just the right word or phrase: active verbs, colorful adjectives, fresh metaphors. In particular, I loved your description of the demise of the old Tijuana racetrack. That was the funniest page I ever read. Your physical description of Tom Smith is extremely well-done. I am in awe of your accomplishment.
Steve Edscorn <steven-edscorn@utulsa.edu>
Tulsa, OK USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 19:34:30 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Corwyn Alvarez <calvarez@oc.fda.gov>
Bethesda, MD USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 11:15:12 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Corwyn Alvarez <calvarez@oc.fda.gov>
Bethesda, MD USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 11:14:43 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Corwyn Alvarez <calvarez@oc.fda.gov>
Bethesda, MD USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 11:12:45 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I was so excited about reading about Seabiscuit. I was born in 1937, and by the time I was old enough to remember anything, Seabisquit was a synonym for the greatest racehorse of all. Thank you for finally telling me about him and his friends. I have worked in film for many years on both sides of the camera, I belong to the Screen Actors Guild, and I am a life long horse person. I would really like to contact the producers to become involved in the film. Also, as a child my favorite board game was a little spinner set with tiny metal horses. I always chose Seabiscuit and Seabiscuit always won! (I think there was a lump under the spinner so that the pointer most always stopped there! Thank so much, Ken Shuey
Ken Shuey <kshuey@cshore.com>
Madison, CT USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 10:02:03 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just wanted to let you know that I stayed up all night tonight finishing your excellent book. I am a sports agent but mostly read fiction. Your book is a triumph that gives life to its heroes. You have done a wonderful thing in bringing life to the story's subjects. You should be proud of your tremendous accomplishment. Ron Waxman
Ron Waxman <waxmanr@aol.com>
NYC, NY USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 05:26:17 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I am in the process of reading SeaBuscuit and I love it! I read in Parade that the movie is currently in production and no actors have been fully chosen. I am an avid equestrienne. I have ridden 22 of my 27 years and have two Thoroughbreds. The first, a Danzig granddaughter I rescued off the track and the second is a two year old Mr. Prospector granddaughter I recently purchased. Horses are my first love and they are truly magic. I would love in any way to be a part of your movie. I know as a horse lover and rider how hard it is to take actors seriously who can't ride that well. I am a singer and an actor. I recently recorded my country music demo on Music Row in Nashville,TN. I Beleive you will truly make a "horse movie" the most authentic and credible yet. I read The Blood Horse weekly and follow racing and bloodlines closely. I train weekly to be the best jumper rider I can be. Please give me the opportunity to send you my headshot. I am five feet tall and petite. A great size for a jockey or exercise rider- yes, I am begging!-HAHAA! Take Care and thank you for spreading the magic of horses. I am a life long advocate of the horse!
KRISTA PICKETT <Krista.Pickett@elancorp.com>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 21:17:12 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I visited Reprint Books in L'Enfant Plaza today at 11:30am. I happened across a single copy of your book and found the pages wherein you describe the match race of November 1, 1938 between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Your description was vivid and nicely written. I recall seeing a movie many years ago when I was perhaps 10 or so, and that would be 1950. It was about Seabiscuit. I enjoyed it, but really cannot tell you much at all of the story. I understand that a new version, based on your book, will likely appear. I'll probably see it too. Hopefully, it will be done with some empathy and sophistication. While I have a strong preference for Secretariat, Seabiscuit was "great" in his own right. I have not yet compared the (now official) record time in which Secretariat ran the 1.375 miles at Pimlico in 1973 with that of Seabiscuit's effort in 1938, but all that does not really matter. It is both impossible and pointless to attempt comparisons between events scattered across so many years. Can the coming leaves of autumn be rightfully or justly compared with those of all autumns past? I wish you well in future endeavors. Your soul is obviously attuned to the spirits of all creatures. If by chance you have never read "Allah Creates the Horse" by Emir Abd-El-Kader, I think you would like it. It appears as a kind of introduction to the book "Secretariat," by Raymond G. Woolfe, Jr., published around 1998. In my opinion, it is a stunning, though brief, tribute to these unique creatures. Best, Chuck Justice
Chuck Justice <MDJustice@aol.com>
Bowie, MD USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 19:15:01 (EDT)
Had I not been sent the opening chapters of "Seabiscuit" by chapteraday.com, I NEVER would have read your book. I know nothing about horses--and even less about racing them--so I wouldn't normally give a book about a race horse a second thought. But once I started reading, I was hooked. I can't stop thinking about Seabiscuit and wishing he were alive today. If only I could have seen him race! Who would have thought that I'd be so moved by the story of a horse I'd never even heard of prior reading your book? Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit to life for me.
Barbara Powell
USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 18:51:29 (EDT)
Thank you so very much. I am by no means a horseman; however, having been raised on the rich fodder of words by an english teacher-turned-librarian, I continue to thrive on exceptional phraseology. Nothing that I have read (save the books of the Bible) has given me more pleasure than the reading of your Seabiscuit. I hope that your talent and imagination will further bless us all who love excellence in writing. While I have come to have an infantile love of horses and even of horseracing from the novels of Dick Francis, and also from the book The Man Who Listens To Horses, I would by no stretch limit your ability to this arena (depending, of course, upon your inclination). Again, it is so exciting to have found such a treasure as your Seabiscuit, An American Legend ... a simple "thank you" seems inadequate and trite, but THANK YOU just the same. Mark Mark E. Blanck, D.C. markblanck@yahoo.com P.S. My dog chewed the corner of the book, which was checked out from the Roanoke library. Is there any way to get a new slip cover (the book binding was only very slightly damaged)? b
Mark E. Blanck, D.C. <markblanck@yahoo.com>
roanoke, tx USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 17:32:18 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have been a Seabiscuit fan for many years now. I have been in horseracing all of my life in all aspects. I still have one retired mare I took with me when I decided to sell my farm and retire to a dull life of marriage to an equine veterinarian. I am half way through your book and cannot tell you how much I am enjoying it. I have never been a fan of horseracing books as it's so hard when it's your profession not to be critical of them. I was fortunate enough to come across a Nov. 11, 1937 Racing Form in an old sale barn about 10 years ago which started my love affair with Seabiscuit. He at that time was entered in the Bowie Handicap at Pimlico carrying 130lbs over a mile and 5/8ths. I still have that racing form, I had to frame it so I would quit reading it! It would fall apart if I didn't. It facinates me every time I read it. It's like I'm there and he's running this afternoon. He of course is on the front page. Your book is one of the most well written books on the sport, not just on Seabuscuit! I can't remember enjoying a book more, especially on my favorite horse. I've been out of horse racing now for almost 5 years and reading this book has brought back so many wonderful memories. I didn't realize how much I miss it. Once it's in your blood, you never really get away from it, it's like a habit you'll never quit craving. Thank you so much for a wonderful book!
Karen Reavis Fitzpatrick <Janerusl@aol.com>
Kankakee, IL USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 14:12:27 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I am doing "Seabiscuit" for my book club on October 1. 2001. I had suggested the book before I read it. What a wonderful book. I loved it and I'm sure that it was a great choice for the club. We are 12 women and are in our seventh year. We do a book once a month. We rarely do hardcover books, but I am so glad we did yours. I have not been able to find a lot of biographical information about you except from the cover. I understand that you have CFS and have been quite ill with it. I hope that you are doing better. I know that the National Racing Museum has a special exhibit on Seabiscuit and I am going to try to get up there before it ends. If you have any words of wisdom for me to impart to my book club, I would appreciate it. Thanks so much for a terrific book!! And stay well, Susan W. Berman
Susan W Berman <cnigel@aol.com>
Allentown, Pa USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 13:01:05 (EDT)
Its rare for me to stray from my usual diet of escapist mystery, crime and low-life fiction...James Lee Burke, Emore Leonard etc. I'm so happy that my brother bought your book for my mum who passed it on to me. If you have a mailing list for any future books please put me on it. Thanks for a wonderful portrayal of the remarkable 30's and an even more remarkable racehorse.
Rob Charlton <robalawyer@aol.com>
USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:58:54 (EDT)
Dear Laura..just finished the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a racing fan and never cease to be amazed as to the abilities that thoroughbreds possess. Your book paints a picture of Americana that is without equal. I would also like to point out to you an apparent typo on page 89 where Gallant Sir is referred to as Gallant Six...again thank you for a wonderful experience..John Sentowski
John Sentowski <jsentowski@aol.com>
Quechee, Vt USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 09:54:20 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. It was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been working on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which now allows me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred book. Some of the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html. I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the editing stage. Please let me know your thoughts. I also believe with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith! Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Anne Converse <bellaclick@earthlink.net>
Marion, Marion USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 21:00:24 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. It was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been working on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which now allows me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred book. Some of the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the editing stage. Please let me know you thoughts. I also believe with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith! Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Anne Converse <bellaclick@earthlink.net>
Marion, Marion USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 20:59:05 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I hve just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. it was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been workin on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which allow me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred one. Some on the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the ediing stage. Please let my know you thoughts. I sdo beleive with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith. Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Anne Converse <bellaclick@earthlink.net>
Marion, Marion USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 20:56:22 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I finally finished SEABISCUIT, but hated for it to end!! I have always been a horselover and was glued to your vibrant, compassionate and beautifully written story. I am a free-lance photographer and have been photographing the thoroughbred scene for the past ten years, mostly training and behind the scenes for a personal documentary. Your book explained so many nuances that I had observed on the rail. I have been working on a book-a photographic essay-of the project. I know there are many layers to the Thoroughbred scene that I saw yet my work is only one layer. If you would at all be interested in writing a forward for the book, I would love to have your insight. I have had some interest with publishers a few years ago and will begin to research again. I have been involved with another book that was just completed. Some of my thoroughbred work is featured on my web site. I'm sure you are busy with the movie which sounds wonderful and I will be looking forward to the release. I agree with the recent email that Robert Duval would be fabulous as Smith! All the best with the movie and your future ventures-you have the gift! Anne Converse
Anne Converse <bellaclick@earthlink.net>
Marion, Marion USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 20:42:40 (EDT)
A unique and enjoyable book. I had heard of Seabiscuit, but knew nothing about thoroughbred racing, in general.This is a book about people,adversity, and loyalty. For the movie, I like Robert Duvall to play Tom Smith. This is a book for everyone, not just sports fans. Look forward to your next book!
mike cowan <mjcowan6@aol.com>
richmond, va USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 19:08:26 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, After practicing over 30 yrs on the race track I can say your book brought back fond memories. I often wished I would have taperecorded some of the events I witnessed and took part in during those years. The race track life is quite interesting and is infact a life in itself.
Ken Gertsen, DVM
USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 11:27:04 (EDT)
MS. HILLENBRAND, I SAW YOUR INTERVIEW ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND I HAD TO HAVE THE BOOK. IT WAS A GREAT READ, WHICH I ACCOMPLISHED IN FOUR SITTINGS. CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE. GO "BISCUIT"
JOSEPH SARTORI <JTKSARTORI@HOTMAIL.COM>
COLONIAL BEACH, VA USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 01:12:16 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I borrowed my father's copy of Seabiscuit that he received as a Christmas gift. I have spent many summer days at Saratoga Race Track being thrilled by the magnificance of the thoroughbred horse. Your book was wonderful to read and I'm looking forward to the movie. You are truly a gifted writer. Thanks for all your efforts.
Kathy
USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 15:41:10 (EDT)
Great book, Laura. Can't wait for the movie. How do you think the following horses would have fared in a single race against each other? (Please rank in order of finish) : Seabiscuit, Man o' War, Secretariat, Citation, and Seattle Slew? Let me know. Thanks. Bob
Bob McEwen <mcewenr@fleishman.com>
Hinsdale, IL USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 11:19:08 (EDT)
The following is news printed in Blood Horse magazine and Thoroughbred Times. Thoroughbred Charities Approves Donation to New York Heroes Fund Date Posted: 9/19/01 8:26:31 AM Last Updated: 9/19/01 11:15:33 AM Thoroughbred Charities of America announced it will be donating $50,000 to the National Thoroughbred Association's "NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund." The fund was established to benefit the families of the fire fighters, police officers, emergency services personnel and others who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers on Sept. 11. "Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families and all the brave people who worked so hard," said TCA president Herb Moelis. "This is a national tragedy that affects us all and it is going to take the efforts of us all to rebuild and protect our freedom. The Thoroughbred industry must step up to help." TCA's primary source of funding is its annual benefit auction of stallion seasons and sporting art, this year scheduled for December 1. The policy of the TCA is to allow season donors to designate the beneficiary of the proceeds from the sale of those seasons. Anyone wishing to include a season in this year's auction may earmark the proceeds for the New York Heroes Fund, or a Thoroughbred charity of their choice. Call me when you can, my work # 800-369-3799 Thank you, Bobby Lillis Benefits Coordinator
Bobby Lillis <mdhorsemen@starpower.net>
Baltimore, Md USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 08:11:56 (EDT)

 
   


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