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Dear Laura, Saw the movie yesterday and am half way through your book. Loved the movie and am enjoying your book even more. Very touched by the story. Men with spirit and an incredible horse wtih spirit. You book has captured this in such a beautiful fashion. Love the history in the book. Thank you for this book. Just don't want it to end! Take care of yourself. Bernie
Bernie Steininger <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 23:17:11 (EDT)
I read your book, Seabiscuit twice and I love it. I saw the movie today, and I wonder why it did not follow the book. I believe the movie will be a hit, but it would be much better to tell the story as truthfully as possible. Thank you, for writing a wonderful, beautiful,inspiring story that is needed today just as Seabiscuit and company were needed during the 30's. I have become Seabiscuit/horseracing fan.
Liz C. Pineda <>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 23:16:53 (EDT)
I have just read many of the thoughts of others re your book - I have little to add, other than you deserve ANY recognition you get PLUS!! The movie opened today, I guess, though I am reluctant to see it, as in the past, no film can match the thrill and images I conjure up when I read a book. Though I will see it. One personal note: Back in 1935, when I was 4 years old,in Chicago (Arlington Park), I would go marketing with my mother. The "butcher boy" where we traded, and who apparently played the horses suggested to my mother that she should put some money on Seabiscuit. I was with her at the time and have remembered that horses name ever since. My mother is still alive,96,and I told her about your book. Unfortunately, she is not a reader, but she did remember Seabiscuit - and also the "butcher boy" - Humm!! Thanks again for an incredible read. Roland Wack, Prescott,AZ
Roland L. Wack <wrawhide.cybrtrails>
prescott, az USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 23:16:34 (EDT)
We just went and saw the movie "Sea Biscuit" it is the best movie of the summer with a great story. We would like to know if Sea Biscuit sired any off spring? And if he did were they also great race horses?
Pam Smith <>
Newton, Ia USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 22:59:42 (EDT)
i love to see the movie my life long dream is to race a horse and be as good as seabiscut this is for everybody who has a dream to live it out
Charlottesville, va USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 22:44:45 (EDT)
Recently purchased your book, out of curiosity mainly. I had heard of Seabiscuit (I'm on the sunny side of 50), but not knowledgable. I am not an avid book reader, but I could not put the book down. Bought it at an airport bookstore, finished it 2 days later and I was glued to every sentence. Your writing style is very "grabbing" and your discriptive style of the events had me daydreaming as I was reading. Just saw the movie, and felt it did your work justice. Certainly, in a movie format many things have to be condensed, curtailed and eliminated all together. But on a scale of one to ten, it was an 11. Yes, I teared up many times, reading your book and during the movie. I just had one question, though. In your book and the movie we did not hear much about Howard's other son, Lin, only in your book did you bring him into the picture in the end of your story. Just curious. GREAT JOB,,
tom barbuto <>
rochester hills, mi USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 22:12:22 (EDT)
saw the movie friday afternoon. although it captured me emotionally, the more i think about it i dont think it does your book (or the story) justice. too chopped up at the start, too much left out, too many racing repetitive racing scenes (i guess once they figured out how to do all that, they had to use it a lot--i would have preferred tapes of the real thing, or at least the real calls (hernandez, clem ?, etc.), more enmphasis on the way the country was inspired, etc. thanks again for bringing this story to life. fortuntely, funny cide lost the belmont; we are so hungry for a real american hero we would have accepted him even though he'll never be SEABISCUIT.
mike gettelman <rcrower@aol;.com>
big sky, mt USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 21:59:11 (EDT)
I saw Seabiscuit run at Bay Meadows probably in the very early 1940s prior to WW2 when tracks many tracks were closed. By the way, do you know anyone who remembers the distance horse Malicious? I saw his last race, again at Bay Meadows. He was a come-from-behind closer, and this was a FOUR MILE RACE! I've never heard of one again. The caller would always yell, "And here comes Malicious," who would move up so fast that the other horses looked like they were running backwards. In this last race, Malicious finished second. I remember it as though it were this afternoons featrure race. Good book. Now do one on Malicious. John Herrmann
John Herrmann <>
Libby, MT USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 21:16:18 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I have just purchased your book today, I had my daughter go to purchase for me, I was SO inspired to purchase this book after my sister who has fibromalgia told me about seeing you being interviewed last week and you talking about your Chronic Fatigue. I only wish I had seen that interview. I too have severe chronic fatigue, though I don't believe it came from an infection etc. I am bed-ridden a great deal of the time, when I heard you can only get downstairs on occasion, I could not believe my ears. I have laid in bed for the best part of four years ill, more tests, no real answers, and I've prayed and prayed to God saying "out there in that big world there must be someone else who has severe chronic fatigue like me." Because anyone I have heard of with fibro/CFS seem to be living quite normal lives, you are truly an inspiration to me. When I get my eyes open and they are not too bad vision wise (blurry) I can not wait to read Seabiscuit. It may take me a long time, but as you know there are better days and terrible, torture days. Thanks you Laura for this book, I would love to know more about you, how long you have been ill and how it began? If there is anyone who answers your E-Mails I would love to hear from you. I am not selling anything, just looking for someone's story of suffering and perserverance. God Bless you and congratulations on such a wonderful book. They are already talking on the Canadian entertainment shows that this movie will probably be one nominated for an Oscar. Thank you and best of luck.
Jane <>
Saint John, N.B. Canada - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 21:04:39 (EDT)
Just had to tell you, how much I enjoyed your book. Just got done reading it and it is one of the best I have read. You made me feel like I was there watching one of the greatest horses that ever lived. Never give up, if you want something bad enough, that is what your story said to me. Please keep writing such great stories like you have written here. Thanks again and never give up...
Mike Frake
Tabernacle, NJ USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 20:58:18 (EDT)
Great book, when I finish reading it I will go see the movie. Thank you for the good reading.
Milton, ma USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 20:39:15 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just came home from seeing the movie and I am completely blown away. What an inspiring, uplifting story. I am so touched by the tale of that amazing horse. Thank you Laura for bringing this story to the attention of today's audience. It's just what this country needs. Seabiscuit is inspiring this country all over again. Thank you. Sincerely, Stacey Cantrell
Stacey Cantrell <>
Bettendorf, IA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 20:35:21 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I absolutely loved reading your book. It's amazing how much love that Howard, Smith, Pollard, Wolfe and others had for Seabiscuit, devoting their lives to his development, training and nurturing. I felt through your writing that you dignified Seabiscuit with feelings, mannerisms and psychology of a person, which animals do have. I loved how they made Seabiscuit a happy horse with Pumpkin and other animals to give him security. I finished it last night and cried my eyes out because such an exciting and intimate experience in history ended for me. I felt priviledged to be privy, on the inside, knowing all of the smallest details, like the alarm clock that Smith used to train, wound up being used in the race. The description, depth, and understanding of characters was brilliantly insightfull causing me to marvel at their experiences and accomplishment, and to grieve for their pain, disappointments and failures. The ending of Smith and Pollard's lives were especially upsetting. Those two deserved more money and recognition in their later years. I can't express to you how touching reading your book was to me. Thank you for connecting me with such powerful history and making their lives a part of mine. If you ever come to Alexandria, La., my mother and I would love to have you stay with her. We'll have delicious food and a wonderful time. I could even get some precious people over, including a living "YaYa sister". You know it took place in Alex. We know all of those people. Thanks again. One of your biggest fans and promoters! Liz McSween
liz mcsween <>
Boyce, La USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 19:57:10 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I can't thank you enough for your incredible book. It was a joy to read and an inspiration for us all. I saw the movie yesterday and was equally impressed. I'm sure the Academy will reward the film with many Oscars, and I hope the moviegoing public rewards it at the box office as well. I was touched by your battle with CFS, and I have studied herbology for several years. If you are interested in a natural approach to your affliction please feel free to contact me any time. Good Luck and thanks again for giving the world another look at the Biscuit! Sincerely, Karen
Karen Renzelmann <>
Waukesha, WI USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:48:20 (EDT)
Laura, My wife and I watched the Movie last night - I don't recall ever going to the movies and having the entire audience clap and cheer during and after the movie ended. Maybe it's because we live in Saratoga but I have a feeling that movie goers throughout the country are also cheering - Thank You for bringing this story to all of us. - Getting the book tonight, and we will be seeing the movie again! Mike
Michael Morine <mmorine>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:46:06 (EDT)
Thank you, Laura, for writing a book that spoke to my spirit. I was equally inspired by Pollard, Smith, the Howards and, of course, The Biscuit :) I was so thrilled that the movie was excellent as well!
Barbara <>
Goodlettsville, TN USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:44:14 (EDT)
I just finished your book and my second martini. They were both equally delicious. Well, your book had a slight
Theodore H. Kollar <>
Dayton, NJ USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:09:08 (EDT)
I saw the movie today! It was great! I'll have to buy the book. Which movie is more accurate? The one in 1948 with Shirley Temple or the 2003 version?
Mark Christopher Pizzolato <>
Shreveport, LA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 17:17:08 (EDT)
Hi Laura! What a book and movie! We are very proud of your efforts! Everyone at Sherwin-Williams is also very happy for you that a former employee has acheived such success in their chosen field. We wish you the best! Keep in touch. John
John DiMarco <>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 17:14:56 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: A reader below notes a discrepancy between the way I describe the 1936 race that convinced Howard to buy Seabiscuit and the way in which the Daily Racing Form chart recounts it. In my text, Seabiscuit trailed badly early, then rallied to win; in the Daily Racing Form chart, Seabiscuit led wire to wire. As I note in my paperback endnotes and below the chart itself, multiple eyewitnesses said that the Form account was incorrect, and that Seabiscuit came from behind to win. I found no eyewitnesses who said the horse went wire to wire. I believe that the inaccuracy on the Daily Racing Form chart occurred because of the heavy rain that day, which may have obscured the chart caller's view.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 16:35:24 (EDT)
You will never know how much I enjoyed this book. Like so many others I didn't want it to end. It was so well written that I felt like I was right there in the stands cheering SeaBiscuit on. This story will live with me until I die and I will never ever forget this little horses amazing impact on history. Thank you so much for writing this book .
Deborah Northfield <>
Sherwood Park, AB Canada - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 15:33:52 (EDT)
Just saw the movie yesterday and what a great movie and i remember Seabiscuit when i was a youngster. What a great story about some fine people and a Great Horse. It is also good for the younger generation to see what it was like living during the depression. Thanks so much for writing the Book and allowing it to be adapted to the Movie.
Clasrence Moss <>
Edmond, OK USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 15:27:57 (EDT)
I saw the movie eabiscuit yesterday, and wanted you to know that I was so touched about this wonderful story that I did not want the movie to end. I now will purchase your book as I am sure I will enjoy it even better now that I know the story of this great "little" horse with such a big heart.
Janet <>
Staten Island, ny USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 15:22:18 (EDT)
My mother's uncle (George Keilty) was said to be a horse trainer. The story I have heard my whole life was that he trained Seabiscuit. He was born in Broxburn, Scotland in 1902. However, other that a photo of him with Seabiscuit and that on his death certificate it says he was a horse trainer. We have never found solid evidence that this story is true. I have been trying to find the truth for over 6 years. Could you please help me. (Or anyone) that you very much. Can't wait to see the movie. going tonight.
Margo Andrews <>
Chase, MI USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 15:20:11 (EDT)
God Bless You Laura..How can anyone not like the film. I have heard so much about it. I sure hope you are a Oscar Winner. I know I will root for you.
Mazie <>
Norwood, Ma. USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 14:23:42 (EDT)
This is one of the most incredible books i have ever read. The description of these charaters and the horse were amazing. I DID NOT want it to end!!!!! So i read it again. I felt transported back to this time period and enamored by these incredible men and this phenomenal horse. The sections detailing the horse races were amazing!!!! I felt i was there. Applause, Applause, Applause, Author, Author!!!!!!
Marianne Snapp <>
Hollywood, Fl USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 13:35:09 (EDT)
Loved the book and really enjoyed the movie. One factual inquiry. In the book, you claim that in the race before Howard bought Seabiscuit, the Biscuit faced one other horse and broke 10 lengths behind before rallying to win. The Racing Form chart howerever shows that the horse won wire to wire by 4 lengths! Which is correct?
Frank Evanov <>
USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 12:36:46 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have just ordered the Collector's Edition of SEABISCUIT and am looking forward to reading it and to seeing the movie. My father took me to see the original STORY of SEABISCUIT shortly after my 11th birthday in 1951. It was a beautiful northern Ontario winter night and I remember how much we loved the movie and what a special evening it was. As it turned out, my father passed away that July so it has always remained as one of the last memories I have of my Dad. A couple of years ago, I managed to track down a copy of that movie and it was a wonderful experience to watch it again and it did bring back a lot of memories of that special time. Thank you so much for writing the book and, in doing so, bringing so much joy to so many. Sincerely, Annette M. Dodge
Annette M. Dodge <>
Mallorytown, ON CanadaSA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 12:03:36 (EDT)
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I've read the book at least 10 times already! :) Saw the movie last night...I just love this story!
Kristy B. <>
Doylestown, PA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 11:31:19 (EDT)
michele <>
winnipeg, mb canada - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 11:16:29 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Ever since I read of your story in the Pond's Dramatic Results SKIN DEEP success stories, I laminated your page and have had it in plain view as a daily reminder of how adversity can be overcome with strength, perseverance, and dedication. Naturally, I was also compelled to read your novel, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, and it was simply incredible. You are truly an inspiration to those who are afflicted with illness and you have most certainly given new meaning to your life and have reconnected with the world in a way that most people never will; you have touched the lives of many in such a positive way. Attending the movie premiere with my father, Ernest, who was born the same year as Seabiscuit and also read your book, was a very special experience for both of us and we had been looking forward to it for quite some time; we enjoyed it tremendously. Like the extraordinary little Seabiscuit, you have overcome the odds - and won! I wish you not only relief from the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and vertigo with which you have been afflicted but also all the best that the life has to offer. Warm regards, Christine
Christine G. Anastos <>
Arlington, MA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 11:06:52 (EDT)
I just saw the movie last night. It was terrific! I have read the book twice and listened to the audio tape in my car twice. What a wonderful horse! I was very impressed with the fact that Charles Howard really loved Seabiscuit and would not let him race when he was hurt. I just wish that todays owners of race horses would think about the horse first and then the money. A horse will give its all to his owner. It is up to us to protect them when they are hurt, even the slightest injury. Thank you for this beautiful true story about Seabiscuit. I really always treasure this book.
Plymouth, WI USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 10:55:50 (EDT)
I have followed the horse-racing industry over thirty-eight of my forty-eight years and can honestly say that the Seabiscuit story is the best. It shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that even those of us who are beat up by life can rise above what has happened to us. Our past does not have to render us helpless in the pursuit of our future. Thankyou Ms. Hillenbrand for rendering this 'old' forty-eight-year-old 'young' again. I've a renewed ache in my heart and a satisfied torrent of tears in my good eye. May God above smile upon you and grant you health and happiness during your journey upon earth. Bless you.
James Wallin <>
Dartmouth, N.S. Canada - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 09:02:14 (EDT)
Just saw the movie tonight! Wonderful. The story of the little horse who could! Seabiscut has always been my favorite horse!
Carla <>
Greeley, Co USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 04:07:20 (EDT)
I'm not into horse racing or even horses; I think they are obstreperous, but this was an amazing story. Your ability to tell it is the true marvel! The movie was a fairly good representation of the book, though I wish there was time to fit more of your story into it.
Laura Carter
Austin, TX USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:31:19 (EDT)
what an inspirational and amazing story! i've seen many shows on tv prior to this movie... but all in all, go see it!
christophe <>
phoenix, az USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:24:45 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I grew up with parents who loved going to Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. As a result, I spent many a weekend at either place bored and a bit annoyed. I wanted to be outside playing, reading or anywhere but there. So it was a minor miracle that I made it to the movie "Seabiscuit" and I am certainly glad I did! The only reason I went was that I read about your health issues in Newsweek. I too was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1988. After a hellish experience, lost friends and an abandonded dream of getting a doctorate degree, I did get better. I still struggle with my health but I lead an pretty normal life. I would love to tell you about the things I have done to get better. Please do email me. I find it interesting that you wrote a book about people who had to deal with such adversity and overcame it (against all odds) when you have done the same with your book. That alone is inspirational! I look forward to reading your book and I hope to hear from you. Carole
Carole Bartolotto <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 02:15:09 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand - I'm writing to you after reading about your battle with CFS. Your CFS diagnosis and vertigo experience seem very similar to something I was diagnosed with...waardenburg syndrome. The doctor who treated me was Dr. Owen Black in Portland Oregon. He is a head & neck surgeon who along with about five-six doctor's nationwide are exploring the genetic link to inner ear disorders. I don't know if this will help you, but I hope it will. He had a grant from NASA at the time I was treated and it certainly improved my spirits to be put through a bunch of sophisticated tests, but even more so to improve dramatically after treatment. I link my symptoms to what a nuerosurgeon called a viral infection...just sounded so familiar to your food poisoning story. You may contact me if you have problems reaching Dr. Black. P.S. The book was a great read...excellent storytelling and research on bringing the characters to life.
Chris Williams <>
katonah, NY USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:30:27 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading your novel, and I am just stunned at how great it is. Your characters were so well developed, I just felt like I really knew them. Your description of the horses and the races really made me feel like I was there. I look forward to seeing the movie. When I was a child, my favorite book was "Old Bones," the story of an ugly underrated horse who would become the mighty Exterminator. Your novel brought me the same joy I felt as a child. Thank you for bringing this story to all of us!
CS Olson <>
Oregon City, OR USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:24:21 (EDT)
I havent read the book but just got back from seeing the movie. I am not one who has been interested in horseracing but was totally blown away by this story. My Father remembers seeing Seabisquit and Man Of war in Willits Ca. In the early 40's as a young boy.This story touched myself and my family in a profound way.I plan to make a trip to Ridgewood ranch in the future.I have called Northern California my home my whole life,and live less than 45 minutes away from Willits. Thank you for bring this story back into focus for a whole new generation. Go Seabisquit.
Brian Brooks <>
Lakeport , Ca. USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 01:20:22 (EDT)
For those of us who need inspiration in today's comes this marvelous story about how the "little man or horse" comes from behind to WIN! Thanks so much for the great story and the feeling that comes from trying your hardest to succeed, while still maintaining your morals and ethics! We have a great lesson to learn in this book!
mnz <>
st. paul, mn USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 23:52:35 (EDT)
I just saw the movie Sea Biscuit 7/25/03. Virtually, probably the best movie I've seen. There wasn't a dry eye in the movie theatre. Being the owner of 2 horse (1 Arabian, 1 Quarter Horse), this movie moved me tremendously. Incredible story!!!
Susan Bossley <>
Montgomery, NY USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 23:43:46 (EDT)
Just came home from the movie and all I can say is what a story
M Johnson <>
monticello, Mn USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:57:25 (EDT)
I bought your book a couple of weeks ago at the suggestion of a friend and I could not put it down. Just as Red Pollard was born to ride this horse, Tom Smith was born to train him, and Charles Howard was born to own him, you were born to write about him. I think this is truly one of the best books I've ever read. With what you have suffered personally, you have overcome as many obstacles as they have. I went out and bought the new hardback collector's edition last week and saw the movie tonight. The audience cheered and clapped. I haven't heard a reaction like that at a movie for years. I was born a month after Seabiscuit died. I don't know if it's middle-aged nostalgia for a bygone era, but your book affected me like nothing I've read for as long as I can remember. I just love everything about this horse and the way you brought the whole era to life. What a great gift you have. Keep writing. I'd read anything you wrote. Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful book.
Marianne Dougherty <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:55:06 (EDT)
Just saw the movie today and I can't wait until tomorrow when I can buy the book!!(I usually read the book first). Having owned horses when I was younger, I was totally engrossed in the movie. I laughed; I cried (alot). It was extraordinary!!!! The scene where Red and Seabiscuit were lying in the field together brought back wonderful memories. The only thing missing was the wonderful smell of horse and leather. Thank you for a wonderful story.
Sandy Peterman <>
Naperville, IL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:54:28 (EDT)
I just saw the movie, and it was GREAT!! Not a dry eye when I left. Cant wait to read the book
Lisa <>
melbourne, Fl USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:35:49 (EDT)
I just finished the book- and now just got back from the movie- It was so inspiring, and even more so because it was a true story... I was 4 years old when Seabiscuit died, and all during my childhood I heard about the horse from my father, who would judge all other horses by Seabiscuit , every time he would watch the Kentucky Derby, etc... Thank ytou for the experience! Sara
Sara Foshee <>
Lake Mary, Fl USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:34:13 (EDT)
The book was very well written I cant wait to see the movie. I have some questions: What happens to a person who drinks Coca Cola with 3 drops of amonia? Where did Howard buy Seabiscuit and why-what did he see in the horse?
Bob Axler <>
MA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:21:41 (EDT)
Just got back from the movie -- IT WAS GREAT!! I would love to see it again. Chris Cooper was unbelievable -- but the entire story of Seabiscuit was so remarkable -- not a single dull/dry moment -- stellar movie!
Lou and Judi <>
Hermosa Beach, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 22:13:43 (EDT)
The Movie Was Absolutely Outstanding....I'm hoping to read the book soon.
USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 21:44:31 (EDT)
I'm proud that my home province of Alberta and my home town of Cardston played such a big role in Seabiscuit's story.
Calgary, AB Canada - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 21:16:52 (EDT)
Just finished your book-it was axcellent-can't wait to see the movie. While the story was amazing, I find your personal battle with chronic fatigue syndrome even more heartwrenching. Do you feel you can relate to all the characters in the story? You all seem to be fighting against the odds. How are you doing? I hope well as my thoughts and prayers are with you. Congrats! Tom
Tom Trikolas DDS <>
Orland Park, IL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 21:13:35 (EDT)
Hello Laura and thank you for bringing the story of Seabiscuit to all of us. I knew little of Seabiscuit until I watched the movie this Friday. I can't wait to buy your book. It will also be a great gift to all my friends. I wish the best for you and just can't say enough how I hope the movie earns all its awards it deserved to earn in the future, bye and bless, Steve
Steve Myrtue <>
Chelsea, Ia. USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 20:46:39 (EDT)
LAURA!!!! EVERYBODY!!! 5 Stars for the movie! I laughed, I cried, the entire crowd cheered and rooted. We were moved. 80 and 90-year-old ladies and men were on the edge of their seats, cheering and clapping aloud!!! I predict OSCAR nods for this movie...Tobey, Jeff and Chris are all wonderful, the racing sequences are filmed with exquisite precision and dangerous detail. I received by email from Dewey O, who posted on this site earlier, photos of him racing on a son of Seabiscuit, named SeaBee. Wow. Internet contacts are amazing. Thank you ten times over, Laura, for bringing us this wonderful book and please, everybody, see this movie. It is a piece of Americana, and a tribute to the 'can do' spirit. I will see that movie over and over again. BLESS YOU! The "underHorse" wins. This is ROCKY for the Horsey Set!
Kim Algaier/The Jazz Diva <>
Fort Myers, FL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 20:42:41 (EDT)
Loved the book!! Now will go see the movie opening weekend. Question: Did Pollard ever make his blindness known to Smith or Howard? Did I miss something?
Mark Kusiak <>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 20:17:14 (EDT)
Hi Mrs.Hillenbrand. I don't know if you remember me or not, after reading your book about 2 years ago (when I was 14) I wrote in this guestbook. I lived in Pakistan and you were very interested and curious that someone from there had read and enjoyed your book that much. Since then I have moved to Canada, and I just came back from watching the movie. I wanted to congratulate you on it, thought it was beautifully made. Toby Maguire did Red Pollard justice.
Shadi <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:54:25 (EDT)
All week long I looked forward to Friday, July 25th. I went to the first showing of the movie Seabiscuit. It was well worth the wait. The best book I have ever read was successfully made into a wonderful movie. Congratulations Laura... for writing a book that truely captures the best of humaniity and to Gary Ross... for you successfully presented this story on film for the rest of the world (those who may never read the book) to enjoy. Bless you ALL!!!!!
Jere Witherspoon <>
Newberg, OR USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:40:44 (EDT)
SEABISCUIT RULES! I just saw the movie today, and having read the book already I would say the movie is good (it could have used more Biscuit, less people) and the book is GREAT!!!! I <3 SEABISCUIT! Thank You for writing about Seabiscuit!
Lauren Keltos <>
L.E.H., NJ USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:33:53 (EDT)
When your book Seabiscuit first came out, the Book Club I run was excited to read it. Our group meeting was scheduled for a lunch on what became September 11th...Because the book was so wonderful, we rescheduled it and I wrote asking if you had developed a book club discussion guide. Your were kind enough to write back. We had our club meeting and everyone just loved the book. I wanted to follow-up again to let you know that our book club is now evolving into a Movie Club... with Seabiscuit as our first movie. We have over 20 people signed up to go see it next week and everyone is extremely excited. I could not wait and went to see it earlier today at the first showing... it was incredible. I was so thrilled to see that they captured the essence of your book... the people... the times... and the spirit of this wonderful creature of God. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is so terrific. I cannot wait to bring my group to see it and to hear what they have to say about it over dinner. All the best in the future!
Jill Johnson <>
Fridley, MN USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:25:57 (EDT)
My husband and I just returned from the movie. My husband was 12 years old in 1940 and lived in California. He remembered this wonderful story. This has to be the best film I have seen in a decade. I can't wait to get the book, sorry I didn't read it first
Terre Meth <>
Pembroke Pines, FL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:48:42 (EDT)
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, I have just finished your heart wrenching and beautifully told story of Seabiscuit's life for the second time. I cried through the third part of the book on both readings. I am preparing to see the movie today. You are a wonderful writer and your love of horses comes across in your writing. I have been riding since I was five and it haws always been my dream to be a jockey. I am small enough and have enough experience to accomplish this goal if I knew the right course to pursue. I live quite close to Los Alimitos and Santa Anita but it is almost impossible to get access to the owners or trainers. I have a Throughbred of my own but he will be seven on New Year's so he is not fit for racing, not to mention he isn't the fastest horse on Earth. If you could give me any ideas on how to get an audience with an owner I would be greatly apprecative. It would be the start of fulfilling a life long dream. Thank you for your book and any assistance that you might be able to give me. Incedently I'm 5'2" and I weigh 103lbs and I am only 21. Young enough and small enough to be a jockey. Thank you again for reviving Seabiscuit's legend and telling the world of a horse that all but the horse world had forgotten about. Sincerly, Kera Pamson email me at
Kera Pamson <>
Anaheim, Ca USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:46:54 (EDT)
Ms. Hildenbrand ~ My husband, Bob, was so moved by your work has written an extraordinary song based on your novel. We would like to send a copy of the published CD to you, invite your opinion, and if you are as excited about the song as we are, ask your endorsement. Please forward a proper FedEx address, and thank you so much for bringing inspiration to all horse lovers! All the best, Kristen Merkett Austin, TX (512) 914.9615
Kristen Merkett <>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:19:27 (EDT)
My husband and I haven,t been to the movies in years, Cant wait to see a beautiful good movie again. Instead of vulgar movies tha are shown today. THANK YOU!
Marge Hozian <>
Ashtabula, OH USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:08:35 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I did not get your book yet, but will shortly. I just wanted to mention a few things that might be interesting to you. I am now 75, and at the age of 10 with my Mother we went to see Seabiscuit, at the Howard Ranch. I also had permisson to fish on your Great Grandfathers ranch, as I lived close by in Ukiah. I got to see Seabiscuit more than once. I don't know if it's in your book, but did your Great- Grandfather have anything to do with building the hospital in Willets? Sincerely, Bob Crudo
Bob Crudo <>
Clio, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:02:44 (EDT)
7/25/03, Today I was watching GMA and understand you suffer from CFS. I was misdiagnosed for years, I have many unusual symptoms and have found helpful results. I feel very good most of the time. Please contact me if you would like to chat about my improvement that may help you. I am a registered nurse in California and know the dissappointment of trying so many recommended remedies that do not work. I still am a little stiff in the am but have extreme improvement . I actually suffer from colloginous colitis. Kristy Whitehouse, RN
Kristy Whitehous <>
Dixon, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 17:29:02 (EDT)
I just returned from seeing the most beautiful movie..SEABISCUIT! Thank you Laura for bringing all this excitement into our lives once again! I sure hope you are wearing a great big proud deserve it! I was unable to go to the premire in Willits but the opening here was full and fun! Thanks again and good luck on the next writing! LeAnna
LeAnna <>
Salinas, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 17:28:48 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I had no significant interest in horses, horseracing, training, or jockeys. Then I read your remarkably well-written book. (It's so well-written, in fact, that I learned some writerly tricks from it that I hope to use some day.) Every page has muscle and electricity in it. The result is that, well, you've engendered in me a love for your subject matter. I'm still a little shaken by my conversion experience. Incidentally, what got me to read SEABISCUIT in the first place was your fine albeit harrowing piece in The New Yorker. I hope you're doing well, and wish you the best of health.
Mike Godwin <>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 17:27:07 (EDT)
Thank you for such a great rendition of a true American story of encouragement and hope. God bless you. WWW.BIBLEONE.NET
Charles F. Strong <>
Harlingen, TX USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 16:56:19 (EDT)
The book is so beautifully written about such a unique subject. We are thoroughbred fans, so we not only enjoyed every word, but have launched a major campaign for all friends and acquaintances to read it as well. Even a person who knows nothing about racing or horses will find your book a true picture of an unforgettable era and equine hero. May you write many more books! -CS
Carol Sloane <>
Boston, MA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 16:29:34 (EDT)
Your book was absolutely fantastic. I'm not ashamed to say it brought a tear to my eye. Will go see the movie in the next couple of days, if it's anything like the book I know I won't be disappointed. Congratulations!
Mike Tomlinson <>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 16:11:23 (EDT)
I saw the Movie this afternoon, and if your book is half as good as the movie, it will be a joy to read and a great addition to my library
Scott <>
Windsor, Canada - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 16:00:05 (EDT)
The California Thoroughbred Foundation in Arcadia is displaying a pair of hooves, made into ashtrays, which they claim are Seabiscuit’s. I don't believe for a minute that the Howard Family sawed off Seabiscuit's hooves and turned them into ashtrays. Mr. Howard LOVED this horse and was heartbroken when Seabiscuit died. Your book makes no mention of this being done and the museum has no documentation to prove this allegation. Do you think these could really be Seabiscuit’s hooves?
Meg Mc Donald Seltzer <>
Studio City, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 15:04:26 (EDT)
I am the owner of the legendary showjumper Gem Twist. Gem is widely regarded as the greatest US showjumper of all time. Trained by 6 time olympian Frank Chapot who is also regarded as one of the greatest riders and trainers the US has produced I can't help but find many similarities to the storyline of Seabiscuit. I'd love to send you a movie/video we produced several years ago as a tribute to Gem's retirement and get your thoughts. Thank you for your consideration. Michael Golden
Michael Golden <>
Chester, NJ USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 14:50:58 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm thrilled with the success of your book & the great reviews for the movie. You've done a lot for a sport I truly love! I was sorry to hear of your illness in a TV interview I saw today. I'm an herbalist, and I wanted to share some very simple imformation that might provide you with a lot of relief; there is an herb called Stinging Nettle, and I believe it could help you; if you care to e-mail me or have someone e-mail me, I would be happy to share my information. Regards, Marc
Marc Bonagura <>
Green Brook, NJ USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 13:57:39 (EDT)
I Have Just Started To Read The Book And I'm Enjoying This Book Alot. My Grandma Has Read THe Book And says It Feels Like You Are There in The Races And It IsSoooooo Hard For Her Not To try To Tell The Story. Until I finish The Book. i Cant Wait Until The Movie Comes Out. I Cant See The Movie Until I Finish THe Book Because it gives More Detail. Thank You Very Much For Making This Book To Read.
Alyssa <>
Redding, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 13:41:31 (EDT)
I have always loved reading history and horses. Being from Kentucky and just 60 miles from Lexington, I was very interested in reading your book. I have to say it was fabulous - I read it in just one night because I could not put it down. I had heard of Seabiscuit but did not know his history or that he had been born at Calumet until I read your book. It was the best book I have read in some time and I read a lot. Thank you for bringing his story to us and I hope help is soon found for your own condition. Thanks.
Barbara <>
Maysville, KY USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 12:38:41 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I have read of your suffering with CFIDS. I wanted you to know that there is a RESPECTED doctor who has been SUCCESSFULLY treating patients with this disease, and is doing medical trials on treatments. He has changed the lives of many, and in addition to being a good doctor, is also a good man. After reading about him in the Wall Street Journal my mother went to him to treat her CFS. He can be reached at: A. Martin Lerner, M.D. 32804 Pierce Rd. Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025 Office: (248) 540-9866 Regards, Rich Ambrose
Rich Ambrose <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 12:37:02 (EDT)
I could not put Seabiscuit down. I had heard of Seabiscuit as a kid, but I though the was another great horse, like Kelso or Sectretariat. I had not idea of the drama, or that he did not even look like a racehorse. I just hope the movie captures it. I can see the race with War Admiral. War Admiral, all leggy and prancing, while chunky Seabiscuit pokes along, with his head down. Amazing
Mark Altschuler <>
Elkins Park, Pa USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:44:41 (EDT)
I just finished your book last night. I bought tickets to Seabiscuit over the internet, the first for me. I loved your book. I do not know much about horse racing but always fantasized as a little girl about being a jockey. Since reading your book I realize it would not have been the life for me! I have downloaded a screensaver to my work computer and a dek top! I rode english for about 15 years and have the utmost respect for jockeys. Looking forward to the movie tonight. Thanks for the great READ!!!!!!!!!
Elizabeth Whitmore <>
Southern Pines, NC USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:40:20 (EDT)
In 5th Grade my teacher read "Come on Seabiscut" to our entire class. I was mesmerized from the first word to the last. It was terrrible to get to the end of the book. When I heard your book was coming out, I was so excited. Not only did you capture the story of the Seabuscit team, but you gave me back a story I love! Your writing was superor! Thank you for sharing the story with me again.
lisa <>
Santa Ana, CA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:37:15 (EDT)
I can tell you from my point of view s one who grew up watching the likes of Secretariet, Seattle Slew and my favorite of all Affirmed that I am looking very forward to seeing "Seabuscuit". I have always loved the underdog and growing up with a father who owned and trained horses for years that this will surely be a pleasure and a treat for me to see. I was able to view the last match race run where Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure race and can never get the image of Ruffian going down out of my head. To see this movie and relive the times that I spent at Narragansett, Licoln and Suffolk Downs will be memorible. Thanks for briging them back!
James Calcione <>
Johnston, RI USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:24:56 (EDT)
Laura, Thoroughly enjoyed your book!! A real story is always more enjoyable than straight fiction. Good luck with the movie. What's your next project? PS - Kenyon - class of '84
Bobby Mullarkey <>
Locust Valley, NY USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:04:16 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I wrote to you on May 19, 2001 and offered research material for any future project you might undertake regarding the racing world in the 30's and 40's. Just wanted to let you know my email address has changed. Today the movie "Seabiscuit" opens and I am anxious to see it. Thank you again for your inspiring story and for reminding everyone about the days racing was truly "the king of sports." VM
Vicki Martin <>
Thompson, CT USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 10:34:56 (EDT)
I am Canadian. I have the same symptoms as you, but have never been diagnosed. I suffer in silence. However, the courage you show through your writings gives me the courage to go on. Thinking about Seabiscuit keeps me going. I thank God for giving us you and Seabiscuit, and I thank God for giving you the gift to write. Thank you.
marg <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 10:05:52 (EDT)
Annie Pettit <>
Spring, TX USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:58:51 (EDT)
Miss Hildebrand This is probably the wrong place to contact you. I saw your interview on abc Good Morning show this morning. I have heard great things about your book and intend on purchasing this weekend. The other reason I am writing is that I was so interested in your story concerning fibromyalgia and its debilitative effects. My husband and I have also had some serious health challenges. We and hundreds of thousands of others have had great results from natural food supplements from Mannatech. We have had several friends with fibromyalgia who have had tremendous results with these products. They have gotten there life back because they did the research and found out about this company that was birthed on prayer. I would only say do the research your self I am sure your excellent at that. This autoimmune disease can be greatly improved. Checkout websites: or and this one is Mannatechs award winning website for doctors. If I can get you any more information please don't be afraid to contact me. At my website. Again I apologize for contacting you this way. I am sure you have heard from all sorts of people on this. I am sure this would be the answer to your prayers. Sincerely, Becky Larson
Becky Larson <>
West Des Moines, Ia. USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:50:22 (EDT)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I'd heard of Seabiscuit when I was in my 20s, but had no real concept of the magnificent athlete he was. I bought the book last year for my husband, and ended up reading it myself. Your talent shines from the pages; it's evident you have not only great talent for turning facts and statistics into a lyrical and moving story, but also that you have a great love of the characters in it. The fact that you have a personal health challenge only makes your accomplishment more inspiring. I, too, cried when it was finished, and intend to take tissues to the theatre -- this is one I will not wait for to come out in DVD before I see it. All the best to you and your future endeavours. Come on, Seabiscuit! kbryant
Katherine <>
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 09:02:03 (EDT)
Just one question. What happened to Seabiscuit after the racing career? Where is he buried?
Scott <>
Mokena, IL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:48:38 (EDT)
ABA ,NAIJA, ABA NAIJA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:39:33 (EDT)
Dear Laura, My Grandfather George H. Schultze who is 103 had a dual wedding with another jockey who rode Seabiscuit. Not the one you portray in his book. He is a native Washingtonian and is very excited to see your movie. He knows all the characters as he was a big horse owner back then. My father also shared this passion for horses. I hope one day you could meet him. He still has all his faculities, lives alone and cooks for himself. He is truly one amazing man and I am sure he would love to tell you old horse stories. I hope to take Granddad to your movie today or on Monday. He is very excited to see it. Best regards, Carol
Carol Schultze <>
Bethesda, MD USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:22:48 (EDT)
Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Your book reminded me of being a little girl in the 50's...I remember hearing about Seabiscuit then...I loved horses as a child and your book helped me to remember why I was so so many of your readers, I cried when it was finished...wonderful story, wonderfully told...what a gift you've given us!!! Take good care of yourself.
Susie Seibert <>
Caro, MI USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 07:03:33 (EDT)
Dear, Laura Hillenbrand I just heard your story on ABC’s, World News Now. I cant imagine how you were able to write such a great book, while struggling with such a debilitating condition as chronic fatigue syndrome. I was diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder in 1998, than in 2000 I found out that I also had Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder. I know what its like to have to live within what little life my disabilities will allow me to have, but I have to say I am ashamed of myself. I started a book a couple of years ago, because I have a incredible premise for one, and because of my unpredictable condition, it seemed to be the only way I could remain a vital part of society. I have not put much effort into writing it because "I probably couldn’t get it published anyway" basically just feeling sorry for poor-poor-pitiful-me. I want to thank you for pointing out to me that it can be done, life can be dealt with, its up to me. I am so sorry you have to endure your condition. Fatigue is part of my condition also, but nothing like yours. Most of the time I feel like im wearing 6 big heavy soaking wet over coats, everything is just an exhausting effort. I truly hope that the effects of your condition subside, and you can enjoy your success on a great work art. I think that its time for me to get to work on that book. God bless Roger Horner
Roger Horner <>
Henry, TN USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 05:54:12 (EDT)
Miss Hillenbrand: I recently finished reading your book, and like many of the other comments in your guestbook, I found it wholely gratifying and memorable. I too would like to raise my faint,yet avid voice to the national chorus praising your achievement. A beatiful story, beatifully researched and told - straight forward and honest. I just hope the movie adequately reflects and complements your work. Thank you .
Donn Green <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:51:20 (EDT)
Laura, I stayed up way too late on a work night to finish the book and read all the notes and credits. Your thorough research and dedication to telling this story moved me, as did the story itself. It was fun, knowing the movie is coming out tomorrow, to picture the actors in the roles, having seen the previews and read and heard great reviews. As a girl I read horsebooks voraciously, visited the Man O' War statue and the Lexington farms, I even saw some of Seattle Slew's offspring in Ocala. I had never even heard of Seabiscuit until word of the book and movie began to filter into the media. God Bless You for bringing this story to life. I can't wait to see the movie and I'm sure it will move me to tears and cheers as the little horse that defied all odds, along with his rag tag trainer and invinceably optimistic owner, not to mention the amazing Pollard and Woolf, ride to victory in the box office and in the hearts of the world. Best wishes and many thanks.
Kim Algaier <>
Fort Myers, FL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 01:19:13 (EDT)
My Grandfather had a ranch in Paso Robles CA (Hillman Estrella Rancho)In 1938 Arlan Smith signed the ranch guestbook and drew a picture of Seabiscuit. Hoot Gibson signed the same page (he was frequent guest and friend of the family. We figure that Tom was what Arlan Smith went by. Do you know if that was his given name?
Eddy and Bette Safreed <>
Winters, Ca USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 00:49:18 (EDT)
It was told in my family that my uncle, George Metcalf was a "Licensed Groom" for Seabiscuit. Could you tell me of a source that may have record of Licensed Grooms?? Thank You Very Much, Hugh Metcalf
Hugh Metcalf <>
Lodi, CA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 23:53:54 (EDT)
The magic has long been gone in my 58 years (2001). Reading this book was magical, I was there.
Bob <>
Sioux City, Iowa USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 22:28:33 (EDT)
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I'm not much of a reader (too busy w/ family - golf - work etc.)but I could not put this book down. I felt empty when I finished it - cause I was through. I really didn't want it to end. So - I'm re-reading parts now - to fill that void. I really can say - it's the BEST BOOK I have ever read (aside from the Bible - of course).
Bill Croom <>
Asheboro, NC USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 21:50:56 (EDT) clearly have a rare grasp of what makes this country great . Your story tells more of what freedom to be means and what part courage plays in our daily lives than any I know of. Your rendition of story of Seabiscuit is a vehicle for seeing. I, and our small community in Vermont, would love for you to visit and share your vision with us. any time, what ever it takes. D. Sellers
david sellers <>
warren, vt USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 21:22:32 (EDT)
thank you young lady for doing such an outstanding job .. it had to a labor of love .. I have always loved Seabiscuit and what he accomplished ..and I am proud that I rode one of his sons in races at Suffolk Downs in the late 40s .. even after 30 years in the space program with many thrills and horrors, I never forgotten him nor any of other horses I rode .. thank you again for your love
Dewey < >
Morgan County, AL USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 21:15:46 (EDT)
I hope the movie can do justice to your wonderful book. My grandfather was a Texas oil man and ran horses in California in the 30s. My Dad met Bing Crosby in his box at Del Mar!! I bet money they knew Mr. Howard and others. Thank you for your historical,enlightening, and entertaining work.
DALLAS, TX USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 21:13:15 (EDT)
Dear Laura,Thank-you for writing about the horse my Dad always talked about. My grandmother worked for Mr. Howard in S.F. and I have many Christmas cards from him to my Grandmother with this horse on the front. Along with his offsprings. I grew up looking at these wonderful pictures and wondering about the story behind them. Now I know. Can't wait to see the movie. Thank-you once again. Kelly
Kelly A. Bridges <>
Diamond Springs, CA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 20:55:19 (EDT)
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Missoula, MT USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 17:34:53 (EDT)
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joe muchow <>
elmhurst, il USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 14:25:49 (EDT)
adorable have not yet seen the movie but i will when it comes out on friday. then i will head to the National Barrel Horse Associations Youth world Finals. the movie well be my final inspiration before i depart. i am a BarrelRacer out of Louisiana and have been racing since i was 6 this music is so depressingiwish i could of been around to see that wonderful animal run. what as amazing story of thoes 3 men and that horse. i will always remember this movie and hope to recieve the book one day May God bless you and your horse Love always Danielle from Hammond Louisiana
- Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 13:44:43 (EDT)
Being on the thoroughbred circuit myself and having parents who watched Seabiscuit race as Suffolk Downs and Rockingham I am so please to read the book and finally see this movie. Thank you so much for the oppertunity
Jeanette Murphy Paige <>
Winthrop, MA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 10:27:28 (EDT)
Laura, I know many have written to you expressing a common love for horses, you and I share that, but unfortunately a horrible illness as well. I had worked very successfully in the corporate world and competed my horses at 3-day eventing for 12 years before becoming abruptly ill in May of 2000(after eating lunch at a horse show). My symptoms, like yours have been close to being more than a person can tolerate, and at times totally debilitating and tortuous. Because of my medical and science background I have sought answers to the best of my ability. I am convinced that a key for us is a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system (due to infection, head trauma, etc) and that effectivly managaging related symptoms would help us tremendously. I am working to increase public and medical education in the area of dysautonomia as well as cfids. I am also working to generate funds for medical research and recruit new talent into this field of medicine. Presently, the Cfids assn. is supporting a medical education program I am coordinating. I would very much like to share more with you about my personal story as well as my goals and objectives for making progress in the battle to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for those that suffer from cfids. I would very much appreciate hearing from you, and Godspeed for your recovery, Sincerely, Julie
Julie <>
USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 00:08:53 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Thank you. I do not believe that I could have been more excited had I actually been there to witness Seabiscuit's race against War Admiral or his victory in the Santa Anita Handicap. Loved the book (DCs not that bad either). Good luck.
nicholas < >
new brunswick, nj USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 23:52:15 (EDT)
Wow!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful, very moving book. You write beautifully; it deserves to be a classic. I'm an educator. Would that the inservice workshops that we undergo had some of the simple, practical wisdom of Tom and Red about observation, understanding and patience.
Mark <>
Cleveland Hts., ohio USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 13:21:48 (EDT)
I saw Seabiscuit run. Also had some of his grandkids- they made wonderful hunter/jumpers and stock horses. Too bad the Jockey Club never cared about any thing except the racetrack.
MaryAlice Nelson <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 12:39:52 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand I read an article in our local paper where you bought a Seabiscuit horseshoe from his race against War Admiral in 1938. The horseshoe was mounted on a sterling silver ashtray. I have a Seabiscuit horseshoe, also mounted on a sterling silver ashtray, from his race when he won the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1938 with a time of 2.03 4/5. Owner C. S. Howard, Trainer T. Smith, and Jockey G. Wolfe. Would this be of any interest to you?
Millie Thorpe <>
Grass Valley, CA USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 01:28:11 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Thank you for a book that many of us can relate to in our day to day lives. "Seabiscuit" in fact gave rise to a legacy and a philosophy that continues to live at our school, Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the 30's Father Kenneth Bray, a coach and teacher at Iolani used the "Seabiscuit" story to inspire not only his football and baseball players but gave rise to the concept of the "One Team" philosophy which is still upheld at Iolani School. "I was always impressed with the Seabiscuit story" Hamada said. "I like the idea of the undersized horse beating the bigger one, the underdog who would rather die than be beaten." But he (Father Bray)held onto the ritual of kissing the horseshoe for only a few years after he started coaching. 'The boys really weren't interested", he recalled. 'After a while they would forget to hold it upright so the 'luck' wouldn't run out, so I abandoned the idea.' What he retained, however, was the 'One Team Spirit, especially the notion that everyone contributed to victory, everyone accepted responsibility in defeat." p. 186 of The Ol'Man. Iolani School has Seabiscuit's horseshoe that Father Bray used in his speeches to his players and will place it on display for the public here in Honolulu. The school will also have a special showing in mid August of "Seabiscuit". I do not know whether any school representative has contacted you. If not, as president of the Iolani Raider's Booster Club whose goal is to continue to perpetuate Father Bray's teachings including "Seabiscuit" would like to invite you to Honolulu. When you have a chance, please drop me an email response. Aloha, Lester Leu (808) 538-1921
Lester Leu <>
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 01:25:18 (EDT)
I just wanted to say that being an avid reader for more than 30 years, Seabiscuit has just made my top ten all time favorites, I had great difficulty putting it down and was sad when I came to the end. Thank you for a wonderful read.
stacey cooks <>
seattle, wa USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 00:06:24 (EDT)
I have never been an avid book reader. But after hearing the story behind your book, I knew I had to reaqd this one. I have had to overcome so many snags and ruts in my life that many times I didn't think that I could hang on. But like your crooked legged little horse,we have to look straight ahead and keep on fighting. Someday I may lead the pack across that finish line with flying colors. You sure did with this book! Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving so many people inspiration to never give up and beat the odds. Could you please let me know if I might be able to obtain an autographed copy of the collectors edition book? Thanks again!
kevin <>
kankakee, il USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 22:36:13 (EDT)
I just wanted to let you know this was the most engaging book I have ever read. I was truly captivated! Thank you. Best Wishes!
Theresa <>
NY, NY USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 20:59:47 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Seabiscuit is an eloquent and heartening biography masterly woven by you to provide reading pleasyre. Your work embues the essence of life's realities. Regardless of the ending of Seabiscuit, this readers imagination continues to enjoy countless additional pages and chapters of your inspirational novel. Thank you for your compelling epic tale. The wit, intelligence and desire of the little horse with a giant heart will always be a source of encouragement, strenght and endurance. Thank you for SEABISCUIT!!! Sincerely, Bob Walsh
Bob Walsh <>
Wellesley Hills, MA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 17:39:25 (EDT)
"Seabisciut" was a fascinating book. You did a superb job in researching the era in which Seabiscuit rose to fame as a racehorse. The background information on Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard and George Woolf was very interesting. In persevering in your research and writing of the book, you had to have had a heart like Seabiscuit - as big as all outdoors.
Jim Crossen <>
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 17:00:16 (EDT)
I haven't been this taken with a book in quite a long time. Absolutely phenomenal. Thank you.
Lisa Buick <>
Keller, TX USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 13:35:40 (EDT)
Dear Laura; I just wanted to commend you on your tenacity in writing quite a remarkable book in a less than optimal phyical condition. Perhaps the greater forces of passion and persistence where behind yo 100%. However, I would also like to suggest to you that you may not have been properly diagnosed with your chronic fatigue conidtion. This is something my colleague, Dr. Sabovic and I treat all the time and quite successfully. I would like to offer our services to you although we are located in Westport, CT. 203-226-4167. But imagine what you could accomplish as a budding talented writer if you were not confined to your bed. Your tenacity is truly remarkable and I believe that we can help you move to more of a state of health. You deserve this. You have extraordinary abilities that are hindered because of your physical condition. I'm sure that you have been seen by umpteen doctors but docotor Sabovic and i specialize in this. We regularly attend scientific lectures on chronic fatigue and fibomyalgia and are well connected with specilized laboratories for testing. WE encourage you to look at our website at and to give us a call if you are interested. I sincerely would like to contribute to bettering your health as I believe there is alot more creativity in there that may be hindered by your physical condition. My greatest respect for you, Dr. Marra
Susan Marra <>
Westport, CT USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 09:33:05 (EDT)
Dear Laura, You inspired me to search for Seabiscuits descendants - and I found her! After reading your book, I realized that I lived very close to Seabiscuits original home Ridgewood Ranch. I visited the Willits, CA museum that is filled with Seabiscuit memorabilia and it gave me chills! Especially after just having read your accurate description of the artifacts. I knew then that I had to find one of Seabiscuits descendants and I started a long query on the Internet researching his bloodline. After months of fruitless searching, I finally submitted an ad in our local paper and to my amazement, someone responded! It was then when I found First Class Lacegold -the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Seabiscuit! I consider it a miracle that I was not only able to find her, but that her owner was actually willing to sell her to me. Not only that, but "Lacy" was already bred and is in foal now. Her foal will be due in April of next year. Laura, I can't tell you how much this means to me. This is the fulfillment of a life long dream of mine. To be able to breed horses and to carry on Seabiscuits bloodline. It feels as if everything that has happened to me until now, has happend to prepare me for this time in my life. It is a time of great joy and anticipation for me as I look forward to each new day and to what the future holds. I suppose in large part I owe this privilege to you, seeing that it was your book that inspired me in the first place. On a side note, Laura, I was able to attend the premiere of the movie on Saturday, July 19th in Willits,CA. The movie was excellent and charged with emotion. I was hardly able to speak at the end, because of the overwhelming feeling of beauty and grace that can only be felt when one is closely connected to a horse, but Seabiscuit isn't just any horse. He is a Legend as you put it. The event included a walking tour of Ridgewood Ranch with a detailed description of the rich history of the Howard family. It was there that I met Greg Kuehn during and he encouraged me to contact you. Thank you so much for spending your life inspiring others to follow their dreams in spite of overwhelming odds. Sincerely, Jacqueline Cooper American Legend Horse Farm Redwood Valley,Ca
Jacqueline Cooper <>
Redwood Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 01:16:36 (EDT)
All of us here in horse country think this is a wonderful story and are really looking forward to the movie. Come see us and enjoy the races and our
Jeff Crockett <>
Paris, KY USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 00:49:51 (EDT)
ms.hillenbrand i have enjoyed your booked i just recently had the honor of seeing the premeire of seabiscuit at the kentucky theatre in lexington,ky i was proud to have taken part of the movie as a extra here at keeneland i loved your video message that you sent for the july 19th premeire it was touching my one regret is not being able to get a autography copy of your book you a excellent job on the book it makes me proud to have been apart of the movie.i was very surprised i find a print of the the two horses with me right behind them. thank you so much for sharing this experience with me and everyone eric
eric <>
lexington, ky USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 23:49:25 (EDT)
Laura: Loved the book. Hated for it to end. You write beautifully. The descriptions were fabulous. Question: Why do so many wierdoes use your site for ads? Can't you delete them? That's sick.
Carole Kortz <>
Beverly Hills, MI USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 21:06:27 (EDT)
"Seabiscuit" is one of the best books I have ever read, and I am an avid reader. It was thrilling, compelling, and exciting, not to mention a wonderful story of people brought together by a truly magical horse. Thank-you. I only wish I could have been there.....
Christine M. Durlak <>
Evanston, Il USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 20:28:21 (EDT)
Thank you so much for such a wonderful book. I just finished it last week and even read the acknowledgements because I didn't want it to end. I hope the movie does it justice. Again, thanks so much for all of your efforts
Pat Brenner
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 18:24:23 (EDT)
I had to read this book for summer reading and I'm so glad that it was chosen. I could never put it down and loved every second of the book. It was true, you do feel like the rider on the horse in this story.
Alex Epstein <>
Baltimore, Md USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 17:40:58 (EDT)
Dear Laura - Debbie Arrington of the Sacramento Bee, who wrote an article about Seabiscuit and your book, gave me this website to contact you. I may have some Seabiscuit (and possibly other famous race horses)memorabilia that Debbie said you might be interested in. Please contact me through my email address. Thank you.
Barbara <>
CA USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 16:14:25 (EDT)
This was the best sports book and one of the best books that I have ever read. I wish that I could have lived to witness
David <>
Glendale, Az USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 16:06:50 (EDT)
laura, i am a throughbred owner and lover it is so wonderful to see one of the icons of the bred to finally be recognized for his talent. this is a very wonderful book.
rhonda <>
batesville, ar USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 14:56:26 (EDT)
Hi Laura, Please take a look at a book called " What Your Dr. May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia" It is written by Dr. St. Amand and Claudia Merrik. My children and I are looking forward to seeing your movie.
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 13:32:40 (EDT)
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, I look forward to reading your book soon before I see the movie. Just want to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your recent article published in The New Yorker magazine. Cool to know how you found your freedom and love of writing. I get inspired by alot of success stories like yours. You never know where a person might find the thing they love doing, as I have recently discovered my love of acting and drama. You are an excellent writer. All the best to you. Regards, Ted
Ted G. <>
Sarasota, FL USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 13:16:03 (EDT)
My first exposure to Seabiscuit was a couple of months ago. Arriving home after a sixteen hour day at work, I decided to channel surf the TV. Since it was early morning, the free-spirited movies channels and the infomercials were going nonstop, and then there was a documentary on PBS about a horse. Tired and just barely awake, I noticed a good lookin' gal talking about a horse named Seabiscuit. I thought to myself "Who would name a horse Seabiscuit"? This picqued my interest. So much so that I watched the PBS documentary in its entirety. What a facinating story! Especially for someone who has no interest in horses (although my grandfather was a horse shoer and one of his prized photographs was Pancho Villa on a horse) After recently hearing that a Seabiscuit movie was about to be released, my interest picqued again. I really believe that if I can sit thru a PBS documentary (tired & exhausted) and be entertained about a horse story then I've got to believe that this movie will definitely be a winner . . . just like Seabiscuit!
El Paso, TX USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 12:18:22 (EDT)
Thanks for the good information. Keep up this great resource. Best greetings.Wish you nice summer. Ronnie King. I read a lot, two or three books a week. I have read your book three times. It is outstanding. Thank you so much for such a wonderful reading experience. I love it!
connie fileff <>
Schererville, IN USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 11:29:05 (EDT)
Dear Laura, After reading your story in the New Yorker and dealing with my own medical problem, I'm putting your picture over my bed :) Here is a site you might be interested (this isn't my condition) if by any chance you were given Gentamycin by IV although some people developed vertigo when the antibiotic was given orally. Good luck in the future Lisa
Lisa <>
NJ USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:31:36 (EDT)
You, Ms. Hillenbrand, have created one of the most remarkable pieces of literature I've ever read. You've rekindled in me a burn to go to the races. I was raised in Oklahoma and used to go to the races quite often there. I've lived in So. Cal for 7 years now and driven by Santa Anita many times but I've never stopped. I will now, but I won't experience it the same way I did in Oklahoma. You've given me a greater respect for the punishment the jockeys suffer for the love of their sport. The vivid imagery you used in describing the racing, the barns, the unbelievable crowds will ring in my mind as I take my seat in the grandstand for the first time at Santa Anita. You are an incredible writer. I pray that you'll be able to overcome your disease that we may be graced with many more examples of your literary talents. Given the nature of your disease, you must possess an incredible constitution. You're an inspiration to many, I'm sure. BTW, I must agree with another contributor to your guestbook, that you are quite beautiful. Though the movie is rarely as good as the book, I impatiently await it's release. Congratulations!
Kevin Lenertz <>
Anaheim, CA USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 07:48:36 (EDT)
Ms Hillenbrand, Awesome book! Thank you for a great read. My wife and I have spent numerous hours donating money at Santa Anita. Looking forward to the movie and we hope it does the book and Seabiscuit justice. Thanks from an Air Force fan in Germany!
Jerry Edwards <>
Spangdahlem Air Base, USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 02:26:15 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading "Seabiscuit" and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I only hope the movie does it justice but with you consulting on it I believe it will. The sadness I am feeling because I've reached the end will be counter-acted by the fact that I can now pass this book on to my friends to enjoy. Thanks for a great read and, by the way, you're quite a babe!
Joe Rodak <>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 01:17:22 (EDT)
Laura, I just listened to Ebert & Roeper give SEABISCUIT-the Movie 'two thumbs up', and state that the movie may be the first Oscar- contender this year!!! I feel like I am going to burst! I am so happy for you:) I, too, have CFS (26 yrs.) and I wish that I had been able to maintain my cognitive abilities as well as you have, but I can enjoy myself vicariously through your wonderful SEABISCUIT! I can't wait for Friday!
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 00:13:25 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I quit college in 1971 to live in an 8' x 8' tackroom at Del Mar as a hotwalker for Trotters. Later that year, I had the chance to hotwalk for ZCharlie Whittingham. At his stable, I found a gelding that had been turned out to pasture shortly after his first start. His name was Grand Venture, and his grandaddy was Bold Venture, his dam, Untouched. I trained him myself and went on to win numerous shows in Western Pleasure with him at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Your book, which I bought yesterday and finished two minutes ago, brought that glorious period back to me in a rush of emotion. Your writing was as exciting as the races themselves, and I congratulate you on your own struggle to produce a classic. God bless you for telling the unvarnished truth about the hardships of race track people, and the triumphs. May you triumph in your own race. God Bless you, and thank you, Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore <>
Vista, California USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:10:29 (EDT)
dear laura your book was the greatest book i have ever read. To show the world how hard all us racetrackers work for the sport and horses we love .Tosay it is a sport of kings is false because most of us have nothing and do it for the love of the horse and sport ,and your book shows the reader how much we put ourselves through to be a part of the greatest and oldest sport in this country. I cry everytime i read your book and that is not a lie it moves me that much. Igrew up at suffulk downs and gave all my time to the sport ,my father in law also who was a jockey and knew red pollard and yummy tells me story,s of racing in the old days ,and also has 2100 wins to his credit loved your book. racing is taking a turn for the worst in new england with the closing of rockingham park and the decline of attendence at suffolk,hopefully your book and the movie will draw more people to sport. thank you very much for showing the world we do it for the love NOT the money p.s hope you get better and congrats on your purchase of the biscuts shoe .I would really love to chat with you some times
john rebello <superpatriot200>
derry , nh USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:01:44 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I bought your book on Seabiscuit 2 months ago and have read it three times now. What a wonderful piece of writing! You made the horse and the people involved, come alive. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down, and read it cover to cover in one evening. It is a truly magical book, one for the ages and one of my all time favorites (Pride and Prejudice, Guns of August, Mornings On Horseback, John Adams, and Seabiscuit). Thank you again, Paula Higgins
Paula Higgins <>
Marietta, Ga USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 22:58:17 (EDT)
My "extasy" and "agony"!!!!!!!!!!! Extasy of reading the best book ever........ Agony at almost being finished with it..................
georgiataylor <>
tulsa, ok USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 21:59:16 (EDT)
Hello Laura Hillenbrand, your book was by far the best non fiction book I have ever read. As a horse owner/breeder I fell in love with "Biscuit" and all the people involved with his life. A powerful story written by a very gifted writer!! Thank you for writing Seabiscuit and allowing so many fans to enjoy every morsel of the exciting story. I hope you write many more books, I`ll be first in line to buy the next one! I can`t wait to see the movie. If you need a story to write, there is a wonderful true story to tell about the Curly horse, it`s origin shrouded in mystery & all the colorful people involved and the ones that acheived greatness. I would love for you to tell their story! Your writing is so fantastic! I clung to every sentence. A big fan ":)
Bunny Reveglia <>
Sullvan, OH USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 18:58:24 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am wondering if you ever had happened on a book called Come on Seabiscuit by Ralph Woody written for Young America Book Club ,copyright 1963. I have this book and noticed after reading your Seabiscuit that there are simalur lines of thought to say the least. Wonder if you had read this version from 1963. I also have a photo colection of Seabiscut at Del Mar that is very interesting. thank you and I do plan on seeing the movie version .
j gunter <>
phoenix, az USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 16:14:03 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I've had severe CFIDS for 7 years, and am so appreciative of your strength and courage in speaking publicily about your illness. Many people won't, in part due to comments such as, you probably have xyz disease, or have you tried xyz treatment, or I/my son/daughter/cousin/aunt/uncle/co-worker had that too and they did xyz and now they feel great! As well-meaning as people are, I would like credit for the fact that I'm an intelligent, reasonable adult who has seen many doctors, been tested for other possible conditions, tried a variety of treatments, done a great deal of reading and personal research into CFIDS and similar conditions, and am doing everything I possibly can to manage and improve my health - as I'm sure you are also. What I really wanted to tell you is that your New Yorker article helped my dad to understand my illness much better - he really gets how serious it is now. That has been a great gift, and I thank you for it.
USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 15:00:15 (EDT)
I am reading Seabiscuit now, and I am positive the movie will be wonderful. Seabiscuit is a touching story, and the spirit will live on forever!
USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 14:20:58 (EDT)
I read the article in the Balt. sun and felt compelled to contact you. I grew up in the DC suburbs and like you spent alot of time riding bareback on nice summer days. Last year my horse was diagnosed with Lyme disease, after hundreds of antibiotics mixed in his food, he did recover. I had been ill for months prior to him falling ill and seen many doctors (9 in 9 months) for many different symptoms, I had many differnt diagnoses including FM and CFS. After my horse was diagnosed with Lyme I decided to do more research on the illness and discovered that the lab tests that most doctors use are not accurate and I decided to find a doctor that was lyme literate, sure enough, I sent by blood to Bowen lab and I was finally diagnosed. I started on antibiotics and am doing much better now one year later!! Anyway, please use your researc skills and read up on this disease. I am sure that many of the people who have CFS do not have Lyme, however, I would not be surprised if many of them do...just get tested (Bowen Lab or Igenex) to be sure!!! P.S.- Don't forget to test for co-infections..
Tracy Loppatto <>
Eldersburg, md USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 10:45:33 (EDT)
Dear Laura: Just finished the book this afternoon and my husband can't figure out why I'm in a melancholy mood. Even though I was born in 1968, I was raised watching lots of films from the 30s and 40s and it must be from there that I heard the name "Seabiscuit." All I know is it's a name I have known all my life (and one I always thought was supremely funny -- the names they come up with for racehorses!). Because I generally do not read nonfiction, I would not have picked up "Seabiscuit" had I not been at the beach, bookless and desperately searching the aisle at KMart for something decent to read. Absentmindedly, while trying to decide if I should find someone who could direct me to an actual bookstore, I picked up "Seabiscuit" and flipped through a few pages. I found someone and got the location of a bookstore, but I was already hooked on "Seabiscuit." My husband's response: "You bought SEABISCUIT??!!!" I absolutely loved the book and am now completely endeared to Seabiscuit. As a p.s. - the colorful story of the skillful smoking Tijuana brothel girl rang true for me - my parents had told me a similar story of Tijuana dancers they were aware of who did the same trick. Take care and God bless!
Angie Fallin Totten <>
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 18:36:02 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I heard you suffer with C.F.S. I would like to share with you what has helped me deal with this disorder and fibromyalgia. My holistic doctor turned my life around. His treatments gave me the health to take care of my family all these years along with the strength to write a young adult inspirational novel. (An agent is currently reviewing my book.) Please feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to reading "Seabiscuit" and seeing the movie. Best wishes and God bless.
Sharon <>
Lake Geneva, WI USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 16:16:52 (EDT)
I read your story of CFS and just wanted to let you know that I was also diagnosed with CFS. What it was in reality I learned later was Lyme Disease. Please look into this. I went from not being able to do much of anything to being able to work again. You can go to Lymenet and find info about the disease.Goodluck to you.
Ann Ehlers <>
New Durham, NH USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 08:01:36 (EDT)
whoa weird...i just watched the interview as well, and wanted to let you know about the same book...what you're doctor may not tell you about fibro...i am currently under the care of the doctor that wrote the book, and it's the first promising treatment (i too have been to many many different docs)! feel free to email me for more info, hopefully you'll get this message. Take Care, Kim
kim <>
Marina Del Rey, ca USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 01:55:35 (EDT)
Ms. Hildebrand, after seeing your interview and discussion of CFS, I thought you might be interested in reading "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Fibromyalgia" by R. Paul St. Amand, M.D., and Claudia Craig Marek. This book helped me and hopefully will help you and others.
USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 00:27:24 (EDT)
oh my god the best race track book ever
lil sue <>
revere, ma USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 00:01:06 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am a fellow PWC, unfortunately, who also suffers from vertigo and would like to congratulate you on your success. You are quite an inspiration!!! I am part of the Manasota CFIDS/FMS Support group in Sarasota, Florida. We have worked so hard to call our illness CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction). At our last meeting we were wondering if we should identify the illness as CFS instead of CFIDS. Some said yes and most said we should not shorten the name because the illness is an immune dysfunction. We were just wondering why you chose to identify the illness as CFS instead of CFIDS. Just curious!!! If you are ever interested in visiting Sarasota,Florida we would love to have you as a guest. Congratulations again!!!! I am really happy for you and your accomplishment!!!!Take care!!
Mindy <>
Sarasta, FL USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 23:38:31 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm a great lover of historical non-fiction with most of my focus being on Major League baseball and WWII..two of my great passions. Having said that, I must say that I have never read a work of non-fiction that has held my attention and was so wonderfully written in all of my 61 years. My son is a horseman and owns his own thoroughbred training facility that has three barns and facilities to house and train 72 horses at one time...3 hot walkers, a 5/8s mile track complete with starting gate, and a rehab type of wading pool. His farm is located in Morriston, FL about 15 Mi. NW of Ocala and OBS. This is pretty good horse country in it's own right. My son Rob turned me on to your book. I, of course, knew about Seabiscuit but never knew the whole story until I read your wonderful history of the horse and his entourage. You made it come so much alive for me that I made it through your wonderful history in two nights of reading after work. As so many say about a really good book..."I just couldn't put it down". What amazes me is these are the kind of remarks one normally hears about a fictional offering....but this is pure history! Your descriptive renderings put me in the saddle with Red, George, and the paddocks and stalls with Tom Smith and the various grooms and handlers, in the grandstands with the Howards, at various sites with your wonderful pictures you painted of the tracks of the era, and the relationships and interactions of all of these wonderful players who came together to create the phenomenon of Seabiscuit. I do have a few queries that you may or may not be able to answer. If you can't..that's fine but just wanted to give it a go.... 1. Our little hero was only 14 when he died. I do know enough to know that that is pretty young for a thoroughbred. Did Charles or Marcela request an autopsy in his case, or did they simply accept his fate? I ask this because it crossed my mind that he, despite his rather small stature, was saddled with such heavy imposts that may have worked his heart to the point of collapse despite his great spirit and gentile demeanor. Do you have your own opinion which may have evolved from your research? 2. Did George Woolf and Genvieve have any children?(or did I miss something)? I liked George very much, BTW, because he always remembered his friends. I thought his death a real tragedy. 3. ...And my last question has to do with you. I had gotten wind from reading some of the other postings that you've been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. It's my sincere hope that you're making progress with that. In short, how is your health today? I can only imagine that your labors over this book and the research you did evidenced in your endnotes must have been grueling. Suffice it to say we need your knowledge to keep on writing such wonderful accountings. Thank you again for this wonderful book and I will be one of the first in line on July 25th when the movie opens. I only hope it gives your book the justice it deserves. With my sincerest appreciation, Bob Harris 2.
Bob Harris <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 23:01:49 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I wrote you several months ago to tell you how much I was enjoying your book on Seabiscuit, and, as I could tell from your author's picture, how heartbreakingly beautiful I thought you were (and still are). Well, I have recently moved to San Bruno in California, where I live a mile or so from Tanforan Park Shopping Center, the site of the old racetrack. Whenever I see it I'm reminded of your wonderful writing, of Seabiscuit's gripping story, and of a time when the whole world seemed to hinge on the victory of a horse. Thank you again for your book. I wish you well, both with your health and with your next project. Take care.
Jeremy Brett <>
San Bruno, CA USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 18:05:52 (EDT)
I am a physician who read your piece in the New Yorker entitled "A Sudden Illness". The editors at TNY gave me this site and your agents address as a possible way to contact you (I've been trying to relay some medical articles to you). Like a previous signer of your guestbook (from 4/25) I am concerned you may have Celiac Disease (instead of CFS). I will attempt to forward info through your agent, or you may contact the New Yorker ( or myself at anytime. Best of luck for your continued success and future good health... Sean
Sean Appleyard <>
Diamondhead, MS USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 17:25:31 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, One week ago today as I stood in the bookstore debating whether to buy the less expensive version of your book or the more expensive Special Illustrated Collectors Edition, I had no way of knowing how glad I would be that I chose the latter. I just read the last words and am overcome with emotion. I chose to read the book slowly - and at times when I was alone, so that when the emotions it encouraged to surface did so, I could just let them come without embarrassment. I have always loved horses, to me the most regal and beautiful animals God created. One of my favorite books as a child was Marguerite Henry's Album of Horses. I would literally sit and look at it for hours, wishing I could someday own one of each. That wasn't to be, but your book, so exquisitely written, has resurrected my love for these beautiful creatures. I bought the book in anticipation of seeing the movie in the next few weeks. If the movie manages to move me half as much as your written words, I must be sure to have lots of kleenex handy. Thank you for introducing me to Seabiscuit and to those who nurtured him. Surely Mr. and Mrs. Howard, Mr. Smith, and Red Pollard would all be pleased with the dignified way in which you told this wonderful, hearwarming story. Though I will probably never be so fortunate as to own my own horse, Seabiscuit will forevermore own a piece of my heart. Thank you again for all the time and energy you so obviously dedicated to this work. I would be so very honored if you could someday sign my copy. God bless.
Melinda Dunham <>
Albemarle, NC USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 16:11:27 (EDT)
As one of many huge lovers of the book Seabiscuit, I thought a lot about the casting for the movie. It seems like the casting director has done an excellent job with one exception. I do not understand why he would cast Tobey Maguire who is too young (the book said Red was in his early, then mid 30s during his riding events on Seabiscuit), too tall and too wimpy. Red was a scrappy former boxer, tough as nails Irishman. The perfect person I have thought of so far would have been Mark Wahlberg (or surprisingly Luke Perry—remember him in ‘8 Seconds’? though he may be too tall also). I find myself very frustrated by this casting decision on the most central character next to the ‘Biscuit’. I realize it’s too late, I just wanted to vent. Thanks. Marie Hagan
Marie Hagan <>
arlington, va USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 12:52:46 (EDT)
Ooooooh I just loved your book!! it was sooo amazing i could not put it down! i am a horse lover and i was at tearsin some parts of the races!
YUKON, OK USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 11:21:11 (EDT)
I found a beautiful old sketch of seabiscuit and his colts 10 years ago. Now I have a story to match. I really would like to find out how old the sketch is.
J. Williams <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 09:36:21 (EDT)
FYI....Seabiscuit, the horse, will make an appearance at the The Solano County Fairgrounds Racetrack in Vallejo, CA, on Saturday, July 19, 2003 (at least the movie stand-in “Fighting Furarri” will be there). This day at the Fair has been designated as Seabiscuit Day. A Seabiscuit bobblehead will be given to the 1st 2,000 paying racetrack attendees.
Vallejo, CA USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 01:46:17 (EDT)
I just finished your book, not able to put it down since purchasing it yesterday morning. I have never read a book so superbly written. I found myself on the edge of my seat through descriptive passages of some of the races. I actually had tears well up reading your account of the Santa Anita match (chapter 23). I look forward to the movie and only hope the filmmakers can do you justice. Thank you.
Los Angeles, USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 17:30:06 (EDT)
Wonderful. tears of joy. God be With you. whenever you do something Great someone will ask if you can do it again.
River Ridge, LA USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 22:37:32 (EDT)
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Corona Del Mar, California USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 21:57:52 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I just read your story in the New Yorker and want to make sure you are aware that all of your symptoms are those of Lyme disease. There is no reliable test for Lyme and many doctors refuse to treat based on a clinical presentation. Nearly everyone I know who has Lyme has first been told they have EB and CFS. Please contact me for the name of a lyme literate doctor. The fact that the deer was there the day you got sick IS significant. Deers carry the ticks that carry Lyme and other diseases. Congratulations on the success of Seabiscuit.
Ann Massoth <>
Newbury, , MA USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 15:11:15 (EDT)
i'n half way thru your book and there is no explaination of what an "impost" is or why certain horses are assigned more weight than others? seems unfair, whats up?
battaglia <>
portland, or USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 12:20:12 (EDT)
I finished your wonderful book yesterday, and STILL can't get that horse out of my mind. Thank you for a spectacular read...your book has everything! I feel like I need to read the book again, only because I miss this horse (and the characters) sooo much! Thanks Again.
Lynne Carner <>
Brookville, NY USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 11:17:05 (EDT)
Dear Laura: Your book was so wonderful. It read like a fiction/drama and I found that I had to take a step back to remind myself that it was real! The way the lives of these people intertwined was amazing and tragic at the same time. Thank you for making something so wonderful.
Kim <>
Greenwood, IN USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 23:03:28 (EDT)
Dear Laura, What an incredible book! You have captured the essence of Thoroughbred racing better than any author I've ever read. I only hope your depictions of starving jockeys back in the day will help raise awareness to our current jockey weight scale insanity. I can't wait to see the movie.
joeD <>
Santa Monca, ca USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 18:00:50 (EDT)
I love Seabiscuit's story! Racehorses is how I first got bit by the horse bug, when I was 9. I'm now 16, and one of my favorite things to do is read about famous racehorses. Seabiscuit is definitely one of my favorites! I'm working on a display for the Ozark Empire Fair about him; I think it'll probably take first, just like Seabiscuit did in the match race!
Kate <>
MO USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 15:50:26 (EDT)
An incredible tour de force of research and story telling. I think I don't want to see the movie. The tale could not be told as well as your words do. How proud you must be of your accomplishment. Absolutely incredible. Thank you. Ted
Ted Baynes <>
Richmond, VA USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 23:29:23 (EDT)
The New Yorker article did it. Prior to that I thought, what do I care about a racehorse? Then I read your article and said over and over, Man, can she write or what? I'm familiar with good writing in the New Yorker, but your writing blew the rest away. Of course I was moved by the story, but the art of writing evident in what you wrote just won't leave me. So, now I've come home from the library with Seabiscuit in tow. (No, it's no profit for you, but it certainly is for me.) Thanks. Now, time for me to start reading Seabiscuit. GM
George W. Miller <>
Kenai, AK USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 22:28:19 (EDT)
I grew up in Covelo, near Willits. I had heard "stories" about Ridgewood and Howard Hospital, intersting to know they are really true. My dad remembers the Seabiscut hysteria of the 1930's as a child. It's wonderful to experience and be a part of something so big.
Hughson, CA USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 19:36:20 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand I can't begin to express how much my wife and I have enjoyed your book. I'm so grateful it was you that took on this project of resurrecting all these facinating characters and their colorful, yet oftentimes tragic life experiences. And no one could have done a better job of bringing back to life such a magnificent athlete as Seabiscuit. Because of your extraordinary work, Seabiscuit, like the equally incomparable Ruffian will live in hearts forever.
Rick Cochran <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 17:57:46 (EDT)
Loved your book, can't wait for the movie. Sure hope it is good as the book. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book, about a truly great story.
James <>
Williston, ND USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 14:56:33 (EDT)
I lstened to the taped story you wrote about Seabiscuit. I then went and bought your book about Seabiscuit and have read it twice.I cant think of a book that I have enjoyed more.You are without a doubt a class act writer. However some where in the book you mentioned something about a quarter horse hitting fifty miles per hour . I dont think any horse can run that fast. Not being an expert on the subject of horses, am I right or wrong?
John Sander <jabern@ucnsb,net>
new smyrna bch., fla USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 13:21:56 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, I very much enjoyed your book, and was wondering about Tom Smith. Is his full name Thomas MacAdory Smith? When I finished reading Seabiscuit, I happened to be in Glendale, California, and you mentioned that Mr. Smith was buried there. It seemed a shame that so few people attended his funeral, and I decided to visit the cemetery and see if I could find his gravesite. In your afterword, you thanked the main characters, which I felt was very thoughtful. I wanted to do something similar. Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you for such a wonderful reading experience. I look forward to the film, and hope it meets your expectations.
John Adams <>
USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 10:58:06 (EDT)
Dear Laura, My best friend has enjoyed your book immensely. It is one of the first things that brought joy to his life following a tragic loss. Is there any way I could send you a copy of Seabiscuit for signature? I know this would bring a little more brightness to his life.
J <>
USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 09:57:32 (EDT)
This is by far the best site I have seen about seabiscuit - what a great horse.
USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 06:47:49 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Years ago I saw the movie "The story of Seabuscuit" with Shirley Temple. I wondered how accurate the story really was. I have the movie on tape but after reading your wonderful novel, I see how much this movie was altered. Oh well,that's Hollywood. Your book is one of the best human interest stories I have ever read. I guess because of the main character in the story, it's also a non-human interest story. I hope the new movie does justice to your book. Thank you for giving us this story. Good luck with your future writings. Allen Rubinstein
Allen Rubinstein <>
Winter Park, Fl USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 23:49:18 (EDT)
Dear Laura I read a story about you and your medical condition I wanted to tell you about a treatment called Hyperbaric therapy I have a friend that was as bad off as you are if not worse now he travels and lives a more normal life If you would like to contact him let me know and I would be happy to set it up for you We need help letting more people about this maby if you try it and it works as well for you it may get a little more press. Best wishes Rick
Rick <>
Phx, Az USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 22:52:48 (EDT)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My name is Robert Thomas, I am going to be 18 soon, and I have Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. I am currently working on a Fictional Novel Series in my spare time (when I have the energy) and I KNOW that it will be a "big hit." I just need to figure out how to get it exposed. Among all of my chronic fatigue, I have severe and very frequent migraines, CONSTANT neck/head/eye pain, etc. I have had CFIDS and these symptoms for nearly four years now. Our case was first a family cluster when my entire family got CFIDS; my Mom now has severe CFIDS, borderline lupus, is homebound, and mostly bedridden. I would like to get in contact with you if you could kindly reach me at Please write me if you can. Thanks! And as well as this, congratulations on Seabiscuit and the upcoming movie! My family is excited to see it! Sincerely, Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas <>
IN USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 15:54:21 (EDT)
I've just read Seabiscuit for the second time, this time with my seven year old son. We've also watched the PBS documentary. We just cried through the last chapter - thank you for bringing this beautiful story to us. Thank you - thank you.
Win Kelly <>
St. Augustine, FL USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 09:36:35 (EDT)
I just want to say I loved your book and I love Seabiscuit so much. I don't know what it is about that horse, but I think with all that has happened since 9/11, his story resonates with a power that transcends the particulars of time and place. I have a picture of Seabiscuit in my office and my 9 year old daughter and I watched the PBS documentary on him after I read your book. It literally brings tears to my eyes just thinking about Seabiscuit. He represented such hope and overcame such tremendous odds. What a fabulous animal and athlete. After I finished the book, one of the main images that stayed with me was everyone crowding the train stations just to catch a glimpse of him. I kept wishing that I, too, could grab my kids and run down to the train station and wait for Seabiscuit to come him. I want so much to be with the crowd, waiting .... Where is Seabiscuit when we need him?
Lindsay King <>
Burlingame, CA 94010 - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 00:04:02 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Laura Hillenbrand, Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your book, Seabiscuit. It is such a great story! My first horse was a Seabiscuit granddaughter named Sea Cursor. We bought her for $190.00 at a horse auction back in the late 70’s. I was so surprised that she was a Seabiscuit granddaughter, since as a young girl I knew of him and about him. I just wanted to let you know that his spirit lives on in wonderful ways. We bred my horse to a racing thoroughbred and we got a filly, her name is Sea Susie Run, we did race her for a short time down in Mexico. Then she became our family horse, where everybody rode her. She is still alive and well and lives in La Habra Heights California. She is truly a character, even in her old age! We bred her to a Trakener stallion named Schubert, and we named that filly Sea Schu. She on the other hand lives in Washington and travels all over the United States, she is a dressage horse, she even has participated in fox hunting, and going over fences. She is also a character and moves beautifully and elegantly over the surface! My horse was a life saver to me, she listened when I had problems, and we even had a few night rides, when I was sad. (There were a lot of problems in my family growing up), she was truly my best friend. I guess I just wanted you to know that Seabiscuit’s character and integrity are still alive and passing on to future generations! Thank you! Sincerely, Clair C. Crockett
Clair Crockett <>
Valley Center, CA USA - Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 18:07:39 (EDT)
Hi, I just found this website, and it looks pretty cool! I also just found out that the movie Seabiscut is based on a best selling novel! I am deffinitly going to read the book before I see the movie! :)
Kayli <no e-mail right now (computer crash!)>
Joliet, IL USA - Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 12:24:12 (EDT)
I am a working woman, wife and mother of two teenagers. I don't get many opportunities to read, let alone read something as wonderful as Seabiscuit. For example, the last two books I started are still unfinished. They just could not hold my attention. I can't really explain what it is about the book I enjoyed so much, I just couldn't put it down. It was so interesting and compelling that I was even reading it at stop lights, in the car. Thank you so much for sharing this well crafted piece of work with all of us. Diane Warriner
Diane Warriner <>
santa clara, ca USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 13:01:15 (EDT)
I was sad when i read your guestbook, not because of all the wonderful remarks about your book but because of all the ads and "let me 'fix' you's" I saw there. As a person who's had cfs/fm (and mcs) for 23 yrs I can really appreciate what you love of writing must mean to you in order for you do have done this project. I'm impressed and inspired! I'm also so glad to learn that there's someone out there who may just finally get the public to ask what CFS really is, and listen... and it is because you are one terrific writer! I wish the movie much success and pray your health remains stable as possible during all your future endevors. Now if only we could get the pill peddlers et al to back off long enough to at least listen first huh?!!! zona
Zona <>
USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 03:31:06 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I know nothing about horses, jockeys, training etc., but I just finished your book, one of the best I ever read - your explainations of the races was GRIPPING. Congratulations on a fabulous work and thank you for sharing with the horse il-literate public!!!
scott mccullough <>
Woods Cross, ut USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 17:10:54 (EDT)
My old roommate's father was the owner of stagehand. His name was chet root, and he was a business partner of bing crosby. they were 2 of the founders of rancho santa fe.
Mike Turk <>
san diego , ca USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 12:52:55 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand - I read "Seabiscuit" a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Last night I read your New Yorker article chronicling your battle with CFS. I was floored! Congratulations to you for your perseverance and strength. Best wishes for continued success, both with your writing and your health issues. Madeline Finch
M Finch <madfinch at yahoo dot com >
Lecompton, KS USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 07:16:01 (EDT)
I am about to start reading Seabiscuit soon. I have a feeling I am going to love it. Also, I can't wait until the movie comes out!
AL USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 17:24:07 (EDT)
Laura: In the new edition of your book, you reference "Derby Restaurant/Charles Sturniolo-George Woolf collection" for photographs of George Woolf. How may I access the collection? I would love to see more photos of George Woolf.
Sharon George <>
Wichita, KS USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 13:36:30 (EDT)
I read your article in the New Yorker. I had food poisoning in May of 2000 and was diagnosed with CFIDS in November of 2000. Thank you for the article. I was reading exactly what I went through and still today.
Deb <>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 12:12:05 (EDT)
Hello, again, Laura, We kindly request that you respond to our request for your autograph signature on your book. We are willing to mail it to your with return postage; or have it couriered to you (since we live in the neighborhood); or, attend a local book-signing -- whatever you recommend. Please advise us via the e-mail address of Thank you and best wishes Douglas H. White
Douglas H. White <>
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 09:37:13 (EDT)
I noticed that indentation and paragraph separation disappeared when my entry was posted, so anyone who would like to read The Bookman column in its original form should go to and click on The Bookman.
Don Fogleman <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 17:03:31 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading "Seabiscuit: An American Legend", and found it to be one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. The emotions you awoke in this particular reader, particularly at such points in the book as 'the biscuit's' final race, or final rest, were as strong as I've ever felt, either reading, watching a movie, whatever. I was so impressed that I wrote a review to share with others, which I've posted to the "articles" section of my own website, and to other websites as well. Thank you for sharing your writing talent with the world. After reading your book, I can honestly say that I doubt I'll *ever* forget the name "Seabiscuit".
Tim Nunes <>
Chicagoland, IL USA - Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 16:55:32 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I write a book column for The Spotlight, a small Indiana weekly newspaper with a delivery circulation of 25,000 homes. I mentioned your book in the column this week and thought I should send a copy to you. Here it is: THE BOOKMAN Family tradition holds that, since before we first arrived on the shores of America in 1763 and as recently as my own grandfather, the Fogleman men have always been known for their appreciation of fine horseflesh. I did not inherit that appreciation. I’ve never had any desire to interact with a horse; they’re bigger than I am, and I understand that they bite. My dad always enjoyed a trip to the horse track and I accompanied him once, but I’ve never been much of a gambler, and if not for the company I’d have just as soon stayed home. Dad liked to get a close look at the competitors and I discovered that equines have no manners at all. A horse will look you right in the eye while he’s peeing on your shoes. The point is, whether they’re plowing or racing or pulling a carriage, I have no interest in horses. Which is why I was skeptical when Beech Grove librarian Mary Jo Betzner urged me to read Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. It was, she assured me, a wonderful story. I’ll admit it; I mainly accepted the book to be polite. But I really did need something to read, so I gave it a try. This is a wonderful story. Laura Hillenbrand’s use of the language is so deft and lyrical and awe-inspiring that certain passages made me exclaim aloud, as though reacting to a particularly impressive magic trick or athletic feat. Writing of this quality gives me hope that maybe print isn’t quite a dead medium yet, after all. I will read anything Ms. Hillenbrand cares to write. You say you don’t have time to read because you’re too busy watching NASCAR? Beech Grove resident Brian Ludlow has compiled a book that has auto racing written all over it. Racing Stars Autographs by Mail is published by 1st Books in Bloomington, Indiana and lists the addresses of drivers, crew chiefs and car owners from NASCAR, Busch and truck series racing, Indy Racing League, Formula One and Drag racing. Those who are not confident in their ability to write to their heroes and request an autograph without sounding like a stalker will be pleased to know that there is an entire section of this book devoted to the correct form and protocol involved in procuring the mark of these demigods. Personally, I’ve always considered NASCAR to be the West Virginia of sports, but no one can deny its popularity. I don’t imagine too many NASCAR fans read this column, but if you know somebody who might be interested, Racing Stars Autographs by Mail is available online at, or at Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores, or by calling 1-888-280-7715. Two books, one concerned with horsepower and the other the story of a powerful horse, both inspired by the exhilarating competition of racing. It makes me think. It makes me ask myself: “If my family’s been in America since 1763, why ain’t I rich?” The column can also be accessed at the Spotlight's website, but it changes every Wednesday. I loved your book. Please write another very soon.
Don Fogleman <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 16:53:44 (EDT)
I don't suppose the movie will do the book justice, but I'm looking forward to it.
Bill Muncey <>
Stephenville, Tx USA - Friday, July 04, 2003 at 01:54:12 (EDT)
I did a two-part article on my website about your book before it became as best seller as well as reviews for several big newspapers, including The Cleveland Plain Dealer. I was wondering if you're pleased with the movie. The high points? Anything you wish wasn't changed? Planning any new racing books? Please let me know because I want to do a follow-up on my website. Thanks!
Greg Melikov <>
Helotes, TX USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 15:42:40 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I would like to say thanks for becoming my mentor, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also, and finally someone knows how it feels to be sick for so long. You gave me the inspiration to do the things i love, like read Seabiscuit. You make me feel like I'm not alone struggling with this illness. Finally, someone got people realizing there is an illness out there like this, thank you so much, sorry can't stop crying. I would like to read your article about CFS in the New Yorker, but I can't find it anywhere not even the internet, if you would please tell me where i could get a copy, that would be great. I'm 15, and noone knows how hard it is to get out of bed in the morning, finally someone does, but a celebrity. How great. PLEASE e-mail me. I would love to hear from you. Seabiscuit was the best book ever. Congratulations!!! Thank you again for making the world aware of such a situation.
Jessica <>
Alton, IL USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 15:20:15 (EDT)
Hey Laura, don't forget about Marcel Boussac. Looking forward to the movie. Seems like yesterday that I read your article that turned into all of this. Couldn't be more deserved. Bill
Bill Lathrop <>
Mountlake Terrace, WA USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 13:41:45 (EDT)
Laura, I want to thank you for speaking out about CFIDS. As you know CFIDS is difficult to get diagnosed so everytime you or someone else notable talks about having it, you spread awareness about this horrible disorder that is so trivialized. I heard parts of your interview on Diane Rehm and look forward to the interview on 20/20. Thank you from one of many fellow sufferers of CFIDS from someone who advocates and helps with CFIDS/FMS support groups.
Nancy <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 13:16:34 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Have you every drank wheatgrass juice? I have written a book about my twenty years in the clockers stand. My book is free online at: I would like you to review my book.
clockerbob <>
las vegas, nv USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 23:48:04 (EDT)
Laura-WOW! Although I have not read the book it is clear to see that it is having a dramatic impact on its audience. The other afternoon I saw a commercial for the upcoming movie, it caught my attention, then minutes later I heard from my brother (Marc, a neighbor of yours) that you had written this book, Seabiscuit. Random timing for this commercial to appear just moments before seeing an email mentioning your book. Congrats on the completion of this book and for its great success (both being remarkable achievements!) Sorry that you are battling with CFS. Although I don't know much about it, it is clear that it would not be a party. Amazing accomplishment in spite or your barriers. Always good to hear that a fellow B-CC graduate is doing well. Joel Gwadz, B-CC 1985 (in case you are so famous that you have forgotten the little people of your humble beginnings)
Joel Gwadz <jgz@>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 17:54:33 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Words cannot convey how deeply your book on Seabiscuit has touched me. Simply put, it's the best book I've ever read! Fellow Horselover, Carol Fitzpatrick
Carol Fitzpatrick <>
Troy, NY USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 16:12:35 (EDT)
Dear Laura, My husband and I kindly request your autograph signatureon our "Seabiscuit" book. We live near the corner of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues. Would it ever be possible to set up a VERY BRIEF appointment to stop by your home? If not, could we courier it to you via taxi for you to sign and courier back the same taxi? Or, any other suggestion -- like a book signing in the area? Thank you Douglas and Suzane White 3901 Cathedral Avenue NW #510 Washington, DC 20016
Douglas H. White <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 14:49:57 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just finished your book on Seabiscuit. What a story. Everyone has heard of the great racehorses of our time, Man o' War, Citation, Whirlaway, Seabisbuit, etc. But to read Seabiscuit's story; the odds he overcame, his true spirit, his love of racing and the people who loved him,was a true joy. He tugged at my heart strings, he made me laugh and cry. What a very special creature he was. I was truly educated about a jockey's life also. What a tragic and hard life they led. Thank you for sharing with the world, this amazing story. I was born to late to join with the nation in their enthusiasm on the days that he raced. I can't wait for the movie. God Bless You Seabiscuit and all those who loved and cared for you. You are truly an American Legend.
Ellen Zehnder <>
Clarkston, MI USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 09:44:45 (EDT)
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I was laughing out loud on one page and moved to tears on the next. My grandfather was born and raised in western Colorado. He also had the horse whisperer qualities you describe in Tom Smith. He acquired a son of Man o War when purchasing remount horses. He later raced many of the offspring. I would so much like to learn more about the history of Tom Smith and his early life.
Nina Hollifield <>
Jerome, ID USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 22:26:21 (EDT)
FROM THE AUTHOR: A reader below made reference to a 1978 article written by Jane Goldstein that asserted that Seabiscuit was retired because of an ankle injury. It is true that Seabiscuit suffered an injury in 1940, but Goldstein was mistaken in writing that he was retired because of it. The injury occurred after the horse's retirement had been announced. Charles Howard made his final decision to retire Seabiscuit on or before March 7, 1940, five days after the horse won the Santa Anita Handicap. During one of his detraining gallops about one week after his retirement, Seabiscuit came up lame. According to one source, the injury was found to be a fracture in his ankle. He was given stall rest, then was sent to Ridgewood. The injury had no bearing on his career or retirement, as it occurred well after the horse's career had been publicly and privately declared over.
Laura Hillenbrand
USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 18:35:28 (EDT)
Hi Laura, What a sensational book !! It is an emotional, heart-moving book, so much so that I did not want to see it end. It is definitely a classic! I have to admit that I was moved to tears at the end of the book...Red Pollard, Charles Howard, Tom Smith, and of course Seabiscuit seemed like great, old friends, which I didn't want to "let go". Also, it seems ironic that the "Biscuit" was buried quietly in secrecy, on a farm under an oak tree, in an obscure place, if my memory serves me correct. You would think that his very sociable owner, Mr. Howard, would have buried him in a more open, public-accessible place for fans to visit him at his grave with a possible statue to commemorate his life...but I guess the owner wanted the Biscuit to have a well deserved quiet rest eternally. Again, such a fantastic book, is so good that I would never skim over anything in a hurry, everything is so suspenseful, jammed packed with so much interesting info. Your hard work in writing this book paid off terrifically!! from, Steve W.
Steve Walker <>
Toronto, Ont Canada - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 22:44:55 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I so enjoyed your wonderful book, and have also purchased the PBS documentary on "Seabiscuit." Fortunately, I live only about 25 miles from Santa Anita Park. In years past, my mom and I have spent several pleasurable times at the racetrack there, betting on the horses and generally taking in the colorful atmosphere of the place. After reading "Seabiscuit," I visited the racetrack on a Sunday in late June. It's been very cloudy out here of late, and that great view you get of the San Gabriel Mountains behind the track was obscured by low clouds. Nevertheless, it was a treat to stand by the racetrack and imagine the ghosts of Seabiscuit, Kayak, and other champions pounding down that stretch run. One question: I recently read an article by Jane Goldstein, who indicated that shortly after the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, Seabiscuit broke a bone in his pastern, and that is what actually forced his final retirement. Any comments concerning that? Do you think that Charles Howard would have retired Seabiscuit anyway, even without the injury?
Sarah Cooper <>
Whittier, CA USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 01:26:57 (EDT)
I read many,many books, but this is one that I will remember forever. The magnificent Seabiscuit, the colorful characters, and the tale itself and to think, through you, I was there. I am going to make myself a Mint Julip and toast Seabiscuit, who if his heart had been found early enough would undoubtably been among the Triple Crown Winners.
Bob Cortiaus <>
College Station, TX USA - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 08:20:02 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand: I echo every superlative on these pages. Your book has revived, if not saved, the sport of thoroughbred racing. Thank you.
Charleston, WV USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 16:06:43 (EDT)
Laura-I just finished reading your book (on loan) and have found myself surprisingly "hooked". You've told Seabiscuit's story with such stunning power that I couldn't help but feel swept away. I imagine his fans during his racing years felt something similar. He had such "heart",determiniation, and resolve that he has become my inspiration. Not an overly emotional person, I found your portrayal of Seabiscuit's life gripping. It reaches down deep inside and grabbed my heart with such strength of force that I wished I had been a part of his life. Strange to think that a story could inspire this depth of hope and longing for a small, scraggly cow-horse from 63 years ago. Thanks for an awesome story.
Tim Crews <>
atlanta, ga USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 08:39:09 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand: In my 58 years yours is the only book I've ever read where I started again the minute I finished. I am now listening to the CD's as I workout. Your book is that good. Thank you for giving an avid reader such enjoyment!
Pete Galindo <>
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 23:04:54 (EDT)
I can't adequately express how much I enjoyed your book. I was born and raised in Saratoga so horse racing is in my blood. We moved away for a short time but returned to raise our children there and lived two houses down from Tommy and Helen Luther (on Forest Ave.) Your writing is so true to the subject. I could smell the barns along the backstretch of those tracks and it made me home sick. My son told me I enjoyed it because I knew so much about the subject. I think it was because I learned so much about the subject. Thanks for that.
Judie Brenner <>
Davie, FL USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 21:01:20 (EDT)
Don't miss the beautiful article about Laura from the Washington Post on 6/22, written by veteran columnist and racing fan Bill Gildea. You won't be sorry you read it. She's indeed the queen of the turf. I've bought a copy of the book in paperback and will send it to a very old friend who was a race announcer- a GREAT race announcer- for decades.
Jonathan Cohen <>
Brookline, MA USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 20:44:41 (EDT)
Your book was a wonderful trip back in time when things might have be rough, the world was changing, maybe not for the better. Your writing was heart warming, and anyone who kept a dry eye at the the last few pages never loved an animal. Thanks for a wonderful read.
Mickey <>
Midlothian, VA USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 18:55:38 (EDT)
I am only 12. I read this book for honors english. Thought It would be great but it wasn' was better. Laura I think your book is the best I have ever read. I thought Black Beauty was great but not compared to Seabiscuit. I cried at the end. Thank you for making such a great book for people of all ages. Thank you again!
Arica Avila <>
Sierra Vista, AZ USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 03:27:06 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Within the pages of Seabiscuit, I found myself transported to another time and place and eagerly absorbed the details. In your tale about a horse that raced into the hearts of millions, you expertly conveyed the essence of each of the men that came together to shape him, and who, in turn, were forever changed. The genius and wit of Tom Smith. The grand persona and sentimentality of Charles Howard. The sharp mind and tortured soul of Red Pollard. Each man was individually intriguing and endearing. As did the three men, I fell in love with the mischievious, spirited, and huge-hearted Seabiscuit. I was lost in your pages and spent an entire weekend engrossed in the book. I could hear the crowds cheering on "the Biscuit" and had nerves in my stomach during each race. The deep love and respect Smith, Howard, and Pollard had for the horse, and the horse for them, was utterly tangible. You wrote in a way that someone like me, uneducated in the ways of the racing world, could understand. I know you have deeply touched many, many people, including myself, with your novel and I thank you for your thorough research, adept writing skills, and sheer passion. Your inspiration has in turn inspired many, and passed on what I consider one of the greatest gifts...curiosity and reverence for days and times past. I hope the film does your book justice.
Michele Mathiesen <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 01:16:09 (EDT)
Eagerly awaiting the movie after reading "Seabiscuit"! FYI--Red Pollard used to quote Shakespeare in the starting gate to catch the other jockeys off-stride when it opened. This from my husband who is a former jockey.
Nadene <>
Satsuma, FL USA - Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 10:52:58 (EDT)
Dear Laura, You and I share an unfortunate anniversary. If I heard you correctly in an interview, you became ill in 4/87, as did I. (it was a Tuesday) We are also about the same age and went to small colleges in Ohio. I just wanted to congratulate you on all of your hard earned success and thatnk you for continuing to bring awareness to the illness that has taken our lives away, CFIDs. May your health improve and allow you continued success, Feel free to contact me for any reason, Jennifer p.s. are you any relation to baseball player Shea Hillenbrand?
Jennifer <>
San Jose, CA USA - Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 00:45:31 (EDT)
I have loved horses and horseracing since I was a little girl and my uncle, whom I adored, owned standardbreds. I am an avid reader and this book was absolutely one of the best I have read in years. Vivid writing that just crackles with life -- and what a story! Your research was just mindboggling. Thank you, thank you for being determined enough to bring this book to us. I have recommended it to many friends. I am now looking forward to the movie. You have made this long-time racing fan very happy and I wish my uncle was alive to read it.
Anne Whaples <>
Cambridge, MD USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 19:52:30 (EDT)
Hi: I'm not sure if you will be able to reply to many of these. This must be a very exciting time in your life. I am a PWCFIDS also. My career in art and film was cut short by this condition. I try many nutritional treatments. They help. Next perhaps "Zidaxin". I'm hoping to get involved in fundraising soon. I have to balance my future and our future. I'm still looking at business, media, and maybe political office. When your ill you can make lot's of plans. I live near Emerald Downs near Seattle. If you have any time I would love to hear from you. Hope you win an Oscar and make a full recovery. Mike in Washington
Mike Kleven <>
Auburn, Wa USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 06:53:36 (EDT)
Amazing book! I am a former exercise rider and a racing fanatic. I have worked for great trainers like Shug McGaughey at Belmont Park and Jack Van Berg at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. I was an excersise rider for 8 years at tracks all over the country. For some reason I decided I needed a break from the track and have been away from racing for 3 years. After reading Seabiscuit I have a burning desire to go back to the track. It is amazing how you were able to capture life at the track and put it into words like you did. I always felt as if I was right there. At times it felt as if I was actually riding Seabiscuit. At other times it felt as if I was a spectator at the track watching history unfold. There was only one problem with this awesome piece of literature, it ended!! Thank you for rekindling my passion for the American Thoroughbred. Horse racing has needed a superstar for 25+ years. Thanks to you, racing got the Superstar it needed.
Brian Smoliak <>
Surprise, AZ USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 21:41:42 (EDT)
Thank you soo much for bringing Seabiscut and his "family" to life again. In the eight years that I have been working with thoroughbreds I never knew much about Seabiscut other than that he was a great race horse and had beaten the triple crown winner War Admiral. When word got out here in KY that the movie was in the making I signen up to be an extra at Pimlico(aka Keeneland) but working with horses six days a week, I was not able to atend. All forgotten about till the Preakness Stakes of this year rolled around and I began to see the previews on t.v. for the movie I decided then that I wanted to read your book before the movie was released to get background information. And wow!! I was impressed. Not only did I learn more of this little horse that could, but at times I seemed I was there!! My nose was constantly in the book every chance I got. Even during breaks at work. I drove my barn parnter crazy when he would be ready to clean stalls or bring in the horses and I would not move "sorry man I'll be there in a minute, I'm in the middle of a race!!" Now that I am finished, my barn partner is reading it. Now he knows how I felt. He can not put it down either. Since I work on a breeding farm that races their horses mainly over seas, I only work with the mares and foals, I never knew that much about the racing and training of one. I always know who wins the triple crown races, breeders cup and sometimes when one of our horses wins an important race over seas. Reading your book made me understand more, espesilly in understanding Handicap races, claiming, etc. And I had no idea what life was like for some of these people involved! I think the sickest part was the whole tapeworm thing! I've been telling that to everyone! Simply unbeleivabe! And thanks to your book I now know why Buick is sponsering the movie. Amazing how all that were involved kinda had their own "rags to riches" story. Congrates to ya and best of luck from the heart of Kentucky and Thoroughbred Capital of the World. We at Shadwell Farm are counting down the days and waiting to purchase tickets to the moive. It will be the biggest movie of the year. Academy Awards next stop!
LEXINGTON, KY USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 20:50:55 (EDT)
I LOVE to read just about anything (used to say I would read cereal boxes if I ran out of books!) Rarely does a book touch the soul like "Seabiscuit" did. I found myself laughing out loud at points and tearing up at others. Heart-pounding, page turning book...thank you for your incredible hard work in researching and bringing this story to fruition. Just remarkable.
Sherry <>
Leesburg, VA USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 20:33:13 (EDT)
As so many people have said, I absoulutley love your book, the website, Seabiscuit. It mmust have taken too long to gind and talk to the people, find the pictures, and get it published. Well, thanks for the ride, and the book! I can't wait for the movie...
Aztec <>
fl USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 19:57:17 (EDT)
In response to your email my husbands granfather was Arthur Safford and he and his family lived ion the ranch from 1928 to 1941.He trained Seabiscuit during his rcovery from the tendon ailment. He also rode KyakII during this time.
Alicia <>
Ukiah, Ca USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 19:39:46 (EDT)
After reading Seabiscuit, which I very much enjoyed, I was "inspired" to create a silkscreen of him which I would love to share with you. If you are interested please let me know where to forward a print.
S. Smith <>
MA USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 08:15:20 (EDT)
Laura, I was the guy who called in to the "Women's Room" radio show two weeks ago and told you I was teaching Seabiscuit to 65 students in Taos in July. We were cut short and I wonder if I could e-mail you questions before we teach. I teach writing with the writer Natalie goldberg at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. We both adored the book and hope you will respond. I talked to Debbie Johnson, the host of the show, and she said this was the way to get in touch. I realize you are quite busy and need to mind your health but I'd love to ask you a few more questions. Best, Rob Wilder PS Any relation to Amy and John Hillenbrand, formerly of Santa Fe?
Robert Wilder <>
Santa Fe, NM USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 22:24:02 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I can't wait for the Seabiscuit movie to premiere here in Lexington on July 19th! How exciting for Lexington and Louisville to hold the distinction of having such a major motion picture open here. I enjoyed your poignant words and picture-painting writing style. Best wishes on your health and your future. You have brought so much reading enjoyment to so many people.
Seabiscuit Fan <>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 22:03:19 (EDT)
Seabiscuit is one of the best books I have ever read---and to think it is all true! I saw the documentary on Seabiscuit on American Experience and was immediately intrigued. I have never been a "horse person" although I love all animals. What a personality that horse possessed! The combination of Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, George Wolff and Seabiscuit was electrifying! I was happy to hear that Seabiscuit is buried in a private place not a tourist location! He devoted so much to the public he deserved that! Thanks for writing a truly memorable book. My husband is now reading the book and loves it every bit as much as I did.
Donna Truluck <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 09:10:57 (EDT)
Laura, I first heard of Seabiscuit when reading an article in a breeding magazine about War Admiral, in which Seabiscuit was called the "American Phar Lap". I was lucky enough to be given a copy of your book last year and when i finally got a chance to read it I could not put it down. It is a great read and as a horse lover if found it brilliant. I look forward to seing the movie when if it is released in Australia. After first reading about the biscuit, I stumbled across the orginal film, on a clasic moive channel, which I found entertaining. Once agian the book was great and thank you for enabling me to learn about the great Seabiscuit. Simon M Quintner CEO Tweed River Jockey Club Murwillumbah Australia
simon m quintner <>
murwillumbah, Australia - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 02:52:35 (EDT)
Seabiscuit, The Greatest Horse to ever live, and the Greatest book I have ever read...
Jim McLeod <>
LaPlace, La USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 20:47:38 (EDT)
Dear Laura, With the movie about to premiere in a few weeks and with me being lucky enough to be an invitee, I decided to re-read your compelling book. It was so much better on the second read. This time, I was brought close to tears a number of times...and from an emotionally, tightly-wrapped type like myself?? There's part of my life that touches this story every time I'm out at the track checking on my string. The hopes, the disppointments, the injuries...we know what it's like owning and campaigning thoroughbreds. My trainer's (Wesley Ward) shedrow is just about within line-of-sight of Barn 38. I walk over there often and peer into Biscuit's stall. It so eerie that so little has changed there. I've galloped a pony over the main track a number of times....I look up at the grandstand as we go whizzing by...and for a tiny moment, I'm Pollard or Woolf. So thank you again, Ms Hillenbrand, for giving all of us this important piece...just the gentle reminder of why those of us who have this exquisite addiction to horses and racing, just keep on hanging in there.
Richard Holland, Holland Thoroughbreds <>
Studio City, CA USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 05:55:05 (EDT)
Laura: I started to read your book after I watched this year's Kentucky Derby. I was a bit of skeptic to read a book about a horse. However, I was proven wrong since I could not put down your book on biscet from the moment I opended page 1. The way you described the races the people it made me feel that I was there and I look forward to seeing the movie on opening day. My only fear the movie will not be as good your book since my imangination just took over. I just love your book so much that I have bought several copies to give as retirement presents to workers who will be leaving the place where i work at the end of the month.
mario puga <>
san antonio, tx USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 22:33:21 (EDT)
A marvelous work, I couldn't put your book down! I only hope the cinema adaptation of this incredible story is worthy of the book upon which it is based. Thank you for writing this terrific tome.
Greg "GT" Turner <>
Kahului, HI USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 21:42:11 (EDT)
Laura, I very much enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit, and am eagerly awaiting the movie. I have a great idea for your next book relating to a 94 year old patient of mine who has a wonderful story that should be told. Please contact me if you are interested and I can get you in contact with her.
Larry Sears MD <>
Gainesville, Tx USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 17:33:11 (EDT)
Finished the book last night and really enjoyed the history and better understanding that it gave me about racing. I loved horses all my life and Seabiscuit would have been one after my heart.
Collette G Langford <>
Wichita, Ka USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 10:04:15 (EDT)
Laura, we should make a monument to you for writing this book. It is apparently a labor of love. Thanks.
Frank Chappell <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 06:54:03 (EDT)
Love the book..a wonderfull story...I wish I could have met "Biscuit", what a character that horse must have been...I find myself asking the older folks, "do you remember Seabiscuit?" hoping to hear a Buiscuit story or two....thanks for you book.
Robert Don <>
dallas, tx USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 14:55:23 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I purchased your book last year but did not decide to read it until I saw the documentary on PBS. I have not read a book that I couldn't put down in a really long time. This has become my second favorite book (To Kill a Mocking Bird is first). Thank you, I will read anything written buy you now.
K. Lovering
St.Hedwig, Tx USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 14:41:58 (EDT)
Laura, I haven't read a book I enjoyed more than your wonderful book in a long time! I have told all my friends about your great book. And I have absolutely fallen in love with that wonderful horse, Sea Biscuit. How I wish I could have seen him race! He will always and forever be an American legend.
Merrie <>
Alexandria, VA USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:56:35 (EDT)
Laura: Just finished reading and enjoying Seabiscuit. Glad you are a consultant on the movie; hope it does justice to the book! I wish you would have added a Summary page listing the "facts" about Seabiscuit, e.g., date od birth and death, number of races, number won, awards, etc. I realize these are in the text, but a Summary sheet in the Epilog would have been a nice addition. Great job and terrific research! How about a book on War Admiral and Man 'o War??
John Hannabach <>
Villa Rica, GA USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 10:44:56 (EDT)
I absolutly loved Seabiscuit! I got my mom to start reading it now! You should really write more famous racehorse stories. I read books on horses all the time and Seabiscuit is definately one of my favorites. I can not wait untill the movie comes out! That will be great. Thanks alot for writeing the story. It truely is a wonderful story and the way you put it made it even better! Seabiscuit is one of my favorite books let alone one of my favorite racehorses. You are such a great writer! Thanks for everything!
USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 09:16:45 (EDT)
Thank you for a wonderfully-written, informative book about a fascinating subject! Marian S.
marian spath <>
Eugene, OR USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 19:59:10 (EDT)
Thanks Ms. Hillenbrand for such a wonderful read. I've just finished and was ready to gush with superlatives but after reading from some of the other well-wishers I realized it's all been said! You've made it such a personal experience for so many. One person said it made them cry with both tears of sorrow and joy. That really captures it. Your ability to tell a story such heart & soul and bring the reader in the moment is what I hope for, but seldom get, when I read fiction! I've never encountered such rich textures and colors of voice in a nonfictional account. This story would have never reached the big screen again without your interpretation. Glad you're advising. Thanks again and best of luck. Tommy Williams
Tommy Williams <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 18:29:07 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I greatly enjoyed your book and the current documentary and eagerly anticipate the movie. You did a great job. I read it cover to cover! However, I was saddened to hear about your ongoing ordeal with CFS. I am a veterinarian and do not propose to contradict or in any way confuse the issue of your condition. Having said that, I do know of a safe nutraceutical compound that has made a great difference in CFS and fibromyalgia which in some aspects have some great similarities. I believe that I have a moral obligation to make you aware of a simple yet elegant supplement that could dramatically improve your quality of life. I just learned of this compound two years ago at the AVMA convention. Like many vets and docs out of school for several years, I had never heard of Transfer Factor although it was discovered in 1949 and represents a major health breakthrough. Over 3,000 actual research studies have been conducted on it and now it is available to the general public. Well, what can Transfer Factor do for your heatlh? It has been found that TF as a less than 2% extract of Grade A dairy cow colostrum (first milk) has the ability to condition and coordinate the immune systems of all higher species. In this case, taking TF as a concentrate in daily capsule form can re-establish your immune system. A Dr. Bill Hennen, Ph.D in bio-organic chemistry and immunology, has studied the effect of immune suppression on the progression of chronic diseases and has found that many with CFS or fibromyalgia have measurably suppressed immune responses. If we just measure by Natural Killer Cell activity (NK Cells are the nightwatchmen of our immune defenses), people with a history as you described in your book characteristically have a traumatic event that causes the neuro-endocrine axis to suppress the immune system. When the initial offending event occurs the immune system is shocked and greatly dampened and it never fully recovers normal function. Transfer Factor available from 4-Life Research can restore that function and well-being. TF acts as a tutoring molecule that helps the immune system do its 4R's: 1)Recognize a threat, 2)Respond appropriately to that threat, 3) Relax the immune response once the threat is vanquished and, 4) Remember the threat for future reference. Transfer Factors are imbedded memory in your immune system that prevents you from having to go through repeated bouts with something as common as chicken pox once you have had childhood exposure. It's the immune system's shorthand, if you will. In your case with the food poisoning episode years ago, it is quite possible that your system in dealing with that threat was just overwhelmed. What often happens is that normally quiescent viral infections like Epstein-Barr or chlamydia can flourish at this particular time. Then, the immune system rather than recognizing this invasion allows a stalemate to persist. Being also responsible for tissue repair and cell turnover the immune system doesn't 'take out the garbage' like it should and toxicity at the cell level can occur over time. Thus, you have low energy, 'bad days', vertigo, etc. all of which could be related to the underlying dysfunction of your immune system to protect and repair. Our health is no better than the competence of our immune defenses. Drug therapy can only augment or manipulate that foundation. By supporting your immune system platform, one can expect better health in many respects. If you would like more information, I would be happy to send along (free of charge or obligation) hard copies of literature reviews (real science, not junk,from the National Institutes of Health) by Dr. Hennen on the subject. The product is not expensive and its safety profile was meant for infants. Whether you ever order product is not my main concern. My concern is your health and well-being. Dr. Hennen's program using TF has helped thousands in the past 4 years. I truly think Transfer Factor could help you immensely and recommend it to you as if you were a close family member of mine. From a true 'fan', Sincerely, Jeff Kula, DVM 636-933-0911
Jeff Kula <>
Festus, MO USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 16:46:43 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I loved your book! You are such an amazing talent. The fact that you gathered so many historical facts surrounding Seabiscuit and the people who surrounded him, and manage to make the reader feel like he or she is right there watching the race is absolutely incredible. I could not put the book down - it's simply fabulous! Thank you for writing such a wonderful story, one I had not heard of before your book. I've also just bought the collector's edition, which is equally amazing! The pictures you chose truly bring the book to life. On another note, you may remember me from the Tenley library WHS adoption event where you adopted Vinnie, my former foster. I had no idea who you were that day until someone told me later on! I hope Vinnie is doing well - sounds like he is, as I saw the 4/27 edition of the Washington Post Magazine. I'd love to hear about him if you have time to write. Thank you again for your wonderful story! Best regards, Holly Shick
Holly Shick <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 13:30:55 (EDT)
Please e-mail regarding appearances and events. We would like to extend an invitation to an upcomming event in Atlanta related to your work.
Andrew Ballard <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 12:59:20 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you so much for writing this wonderful story about a track legend. My mom would tell me stories about Seabiscuit when I was a little girl, and I'd seen the Shirley Temple film. Your book brought the racing world alive for me in the story of the little horse who became a hero. Thank you so much for making Seabiscuit real for me ... I cried during the book more than once, and I'm sure there will be tears when I view the film. You have made Seabiscuit a friend to and a hero of a new generation, and I commend you.
Sharon Cathcart <>
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 11:37:01 (EDT)