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when is the movie coming out?
USA - Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 15:50:40 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am in the process of reading your book "Seabiscut" because of my interest to know all about the horse and the charactors involved with the story. I will be in the movie as a spectator which I am very excited about. I had my first horse at the age of thirteen and have horses in my blood. I am enjoying your book very much and would love to have an autographed copy. Best Regards, Thomas Josiah Newhouse
Thomas Josiah Newhouse <>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 12:24:04 (EST)
Hi, I have to confess I was not anticipating getting much out of this book when my father lent it to me, given that I had no interest in horse racing and had never heard of Seabiscuit. Three days later, and I will be recommending it to everyone I know. Thankyou for telling such a remarkable story so eloquently. I feel grateful that I now know of Howard, Tom Smith, Pollard et al, and their memory will live further thanks to your book. Steve
Stephen Minton <>
London, UK - Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 04:05:57 (EST)
Hello All, Earlier today I talked to an old buddy of mine named Todd Neal. He was real excited about the movie coming out and said he was going to be an extra. Something about playing a Maryland police officer. He was all giddy, saying he had to grow a moustache. Well if there is one person who loves horses it's this guy. Goodluck Todd and good luck on the movie.
Randy Pool <>
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 18:36:36 (EST)
Once I started SEABISCUIT, I found myself only reading two or three pages a day so I could prolong my experience with the horse, the people, and your writing. At age 53, I have been hired as a technical consultant for a movie involving cutting horses. I am also trying my hand at co-writing a screenplay, also involving these wonderful horses. I can only hope, in a small way, that my words can be as powerful and eloquent as yours. It is not every day that I encounter someone so in tune with the hearts and minds, as well as the sinew and bones, of these beautiful gifts from god. It would truly be an honor to hear from you, and to share some thoughts and words, because like you, they have touched my heart and soul.
Fran Telarico <>
Eaton, CO USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 08:10:41 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, Back when your book had first come out, I had written you about the use of fish oil for CFS. I saw the article about you in the Boston Globe last week, and wondered if you had ever tried it. Congratulations on the movie--I look forward to seeing it. Craig Boyajian
Craig Boyajian <>
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 07:03:03 (EST)
While reading your discription of the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, I felt as if I was in the stands, screaming, "Go Seabiscuit." This was a wonderful book that I have recommended to ALL of my friends, even those who are not interested in horses. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT READ!
Alice McConaughy
Port Townsend, WA USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 14:35:25 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Reading through the comments of others, I see that I have nothing new to add; "Brilliant," "Exhuastively researched," "Gripping," "Touching," and more having already been used, so you're sure to have gotten the point. The book is a masterpiece in the truest sense. And while it leaves The 'Biscuit's record in tact, I did enjoy a personal best of 12 hours to devour the book from 'wire to wire.' Mind you, no work was performed and dinner ran a little on the brief side, but I was glued. Thank you for an extraordinary work. With my best wishes and greatest appreciation.
Belfast, ME USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 09:32:38 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hilldebrand, I am half way through "Seabiscuit" and just cannot put it down! This is an amazing book which just grabs you and will not let go. This is the first book I have read about race horses although I have spent a lifetime loving them. I am thrilled that there is to be a documentary programme in 2003 - will this be broadcast in the UK at all? If so, how will I get details of this? You can be sure that I shall be first in the line for tickets when the film comes out. Thank you for writing such a great book - I love the way your style makes readers need to turn the page. Best wishes, Lindsey Woodford from London
Lindsey Woodford <>
London, UK - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 03:31:51 (EST)
I submitted again because I didn't write my e-mail correctly. Not that it's important but you never know. Thanks again for a wonderful book:)
Angela Yocum <>
Reno, NV USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 02:32:05 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand I picked up your book some what by chance. But maybe it was more like fate:) I have always loved racing it seems from the time I decided I loved horses at around the age of two. But the closest I ever got to a horse let alone a racehorse was when I could beg my mother to take me to the Finger Lakes Racetrack, a small track in upstate New York. My favorite books were the Black Stallion novels and my favorite race horse was Man-O-War. Then I read your book. Now I can't believe I never knew who Seabiscuit was. He now claims a large part of my heart along with all the people surrounding him. I realized that greatness isn't winning every race, greatness comes when you continuely fall and each time pick yourself back up and try again. I thank you personally for writing such a wonderful account of the greatest American success stories ever told of human or animal. Reading your gritty and emotionally charged account of Red Pollard, Charles and Marcela Howard, Tom Smith and George Woolf struck a deep cord. I may not have known their names before but because of your book they will now never be forgotten.
Angela Yocum <Animariot>
Reno, NV USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 02:21:40 (EST)
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USA - Monday, October 28, 2002 at 14:47:57 (EST)
Laura, I finally read your masterpiece Seabiscuit, after months of urging from my mother, an avid racefan and owner of many horses over the years at Longacres and Emerald Downs in Seattle. Wow, was it worth the wait. My brother-in-law, Chris Lamance was a jockey for years at Longacres and Bay Meadows and now I have a tremendous appreciation for the kind of athletic abilty and raw courage it takes to be a jockey. Thanks for the wonderful journey and education. I can't wait for the movie.
Matt Campbell <>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, October 28, 2002 at 14:13:13 (EST)
Laura, I just purchased the book and it is great so far. I've been a Jockey now for 12 years and I also train Indian Relay Horses. At the First of the book you mention that they visited Indian Reservation and ran against them. I find this very interesting. I will be finishing the book soon. I love it so far. I'm really glad to see that they are making a movie of this horse. I can't wait to see the movie. I'm kind of curious who they are gonna get to play the native american parts in the movie. Take care.
Alonzo A. Coby <>
Fort Hall, Id USA - Monday, October 28, 2002 at 12:04:16 (EST)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, I’m writing this letter in regards to the Auqua Caliente Jockey Club/race track. I am requesting information about the Aqua Caliente Jockey Club, S.A. that pertains to a stock or shares we have, dated back to August 8, 1929. At 68 shares. And would like to know if Aqua Caliente still exsists and/or branched off into other company’s. We appreciate any information given and will be glad to be of service to you in any way if you have further questions in regards to the certificate we hold. Please contact Etta May or James May at or phone us at (619) 589-1705. Thank You, Etta May James May
James Douglas May <>
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 23:02:38 (EST)
I erred by including my e-mail address on an oct. 24 entry of praise. since then I have received unwelcome e-mails from strangers and marketers. could you excise my contribution? I would like to revisit with more to say, but without my address attached. Thanks for your considertion. oland silk
oland silk
Monroe, USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 22:38:47 (EST)
dear ms hillenbrand, I loved your book, but I was sorry to hear about your illness. I suffer from a similar condition but wihtout the chronic fatigue aspect; alot of dizziness and nausea. The nausea prevented me from functioning or doing any therapy. My doctor is Karen Jo Doyle MD from the University of California at Davis department of otolaryngolgy in Sacramento, Ca. She prescribed a drug called Zofram 8 mg that really took care of the nausea and got me back on my feet. It is very expensive ($40 a pill) and is usually prescribed for patients going thru chemotherapy. You might mention this to your doctor. Thanks for the great book!
thomas c richards <>
davis, ca USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 20:01:10 (EST)
Thank you for the best book I've read in years (and I read and review books for a living). I laughed, I cried, I watched the Breeder's Cup on television; now, I want to go to a horserace. This has opened up a whole new world to me, and I am so deeply grateful to you. What a wonderful gift! Your talent is astonishing...that you could dig up such rich and glorious information, put it into such a delicious, suspenseful, logical sequence and then find that brilliantly rhythmic cadence to string the words together makes me very sure that God is smiling down on you. I feel very proud of you. I hope you sell a gazillion copies and make a gazillion dollars more from the movie. Then, I hope you buy the most wonderful horse you have ever seen,and write more stories. Most of all, write more stories. Susan Saunders
susan saunders <>
Ville Platte, LA USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 16:41:09 (EST)
I heard about your book on a sports radio show(Mike & The MAD DOG in NYC)The book was highly recommended by the show & I have to say very well deserved,I loved the book,Hope the movie will do it justice! Please write more books!
John D. <>
Preston, CT USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 15:41:44 (EST)
i odt ride at your stable but my friend does! she is great! you have great horses there like Napoleon and Pacioso. Napoleon is a great horse with alot of talnt. Well i just figureed i would tell you! u had a great horse show i was there
Jaime <>
scotch plains, nj USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 12:10:54 (EST)
as a 7th grader my favorite book was COME ON SEABISCUIT. Istill read it once a year even at the age of 45. i was surprised when i read about your book. it was great. i read it also once a year. have you tried theapeutic riding? it may help with muscle conditioning with your cfs. if you are interested look on the nahra web page. there is a list of certified riding instructors. its great. i have some training and have seen the bond between rider and horse heal alot of hurt. it was a real gift reading a book about my favorite race horse. thanks lynda
lynda <>
fawn grove, pa USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 10:01:05 (EST)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, I read a story about you in the Boston Globe, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002. I am writing to you about Chronic Fatigue. I have CFS (diagnosed in 1984) and no doubt, like you, have tried a million things for relief. About three years ago I heard about Guaifenesin treatment. You have probably heard about it before, but just in case you have not---It has helped me and lots of others with this condition. It is based on research by R.Paul St. Amand, M.D. an endochronologist who also has this condition. His theory has remarkable simplicity based on chemical findings. The protochol is also very simple,and inexpensive. He has written a book called, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease." Web site: It really works. Good luck! Joan Luzier P.S. Dr. St. Amand believes that Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Environmental Illness are the same things.
Joan Luzier <>
Allston, MA USA - Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 20:26:29 (EDT)
One day I walked into a bookshop looking for something on horses and saw this book about a racehorse (Seabiscuit) and three men. I knew nothing about this racehorse, now if it had been Phar Lap or Aquanita then I would know those names, but for some reason the book interested me so I bought it. Also, I think I had just bought the video, Seabiscuit - the one with Shirley Temple, but I didnt think they were the same because there was no mention of a young lady in the blurb on the back of the book. In fact I didnt think they were connected at all until I ready Laura's comments - of which I have to agree wholeheartedly. Anyway I have just finished the book and found it to be brilliant, one of the best autobiography(? - at least it seemed like it) I have read. Then I thought who would know about this book? Doing a search on the web I found this site and was totally stunned by the number of people in the guestbook. So what I thought was a secret winner is definitely no secret. I guess most of the guests are from America but it was good to see a few Australians dotted around. I was amazed to see that a movie is being made and hopefully it will make its way to Aussie land. Again, well done. It's a fabulous book.
Noelle <>
Gnangara, Western Australia - Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 11:12:30 (EDT)
I just read "Seabiscuit, an American Legend ". It was marvelous. Congratulations. Pat Cheevers (incidentally, brother of Gerry Cheevers, once part owner of Royal Ski)
Pat Cheevers <>
St Catharines, ON Canada - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 22:35:03 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: What an extraordinary achievement! Your "Seabiscuit, An American Legend" will live forever, unless the computer people destroy books as a cultural entity. Like so many of your website fans, I had real only a few chapters when I realized I didn't want it end. So many things to praise: Your narrative style, your pacing, quote selection, the use of meticulous detail that brought horse, jockeys, trainer, owner---and the whole Thirties horseracing era--to glorious life. Your Preface was a masterwork of staging, ending with the beautiful sentence describing the story's jumping off point: "It began with a young man on a train, pushing west." You had me. And you never let me go until the deeply moving end. Believe, I am still enthralled. If the little horse raised the spirit of a nation in the Thirties, you, by writing his story, have lifted the spirits of thousands--soon to be millions as readership climbs--in our country today. It couldn't have come at a better time. God bless you. oland silk===silko@bayou.
Oland Silk <>
Monroe, LA USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 22:30:00 (EDT)
HI LAURA! Read the marvelous piece about you in the Boston Globe (by Sally Jacobs) this morning. Very well done and one more reason why you'll be one of my inspirations forever. I read "Seabiscuit" again recently and loved it all over again. Your personal story is as inspiring as the book was. As Kenny Loggins' cousin once sang, "Please Come to Boston"- but if you can't, I'd be happy to come to D.C. for the sole purpose of meeting you and having you sign it. Thank you for telling your story to us here in New England. Until I break a long movie-theater exile to see the movie next year, I remain... Jonathan Cohen, Brookline, MA (A "Seabiscuit" and Laura Hillenbrand fan forever!) BTW- If you ever want to talk to someone who had a great race track career- and is old enough to remember the Biscuit (he heard his races on Canadian radio)- I've got a guy up in Niagara Falls for you who was the greatest race announcer who ever lived!
Jonathan Cohen <>
Brookline, MA USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 22:29:58 (EDT)
After a lifetime of reading, Seabiscuit is my favorite book. PLEASE, please, ask Gary Ross to listen to a song by m ward (that's "m ward") for the movie. The album is "End of Amnesia" and the song is SEASHELL. LOVE - Ann Fox
Ann Fox <>
Wenatchee, Wa USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 22:04:35 (EDT)
I've been reading all my life. Seabiscuit is my favorite book. PLEASE please have Gary Ross listen to m ward (that's "m ward"), a not-very-famous MUSICIAN. The album is "End of Amnesia" and the song is "SEASHELL". The movie needs this song. Please. Love, a Seabiscuit fan, Ann
Ann Fox <>
Wenatchee, Wa USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 21:19:05 (EDT)
Laura, I am half way through "Seabuscuit" and cannot put it down. I have been reading every night until my eyes won't stay open because I am so engrossed in the story. It is even more exciting knowing that Bay Meadows, in my own back yard, is part of the history. Last week I visited the racetrack and on that day they were giving out free Seabuscuit bobble heads! I am guarding mine with my life. Thank you! A movie is coming out? When?
Amy Allard <>
Salinas, CA USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:21:11 (EDT)
As a dressage rider I feel that I am a "closet" horse-racing enthusiast. Your book has given me an insight to racing that I will never forget. Thanks for all your research and extraordinary writing ability. Lucky me, the Breeders Cup is this weekend and I will watch it with new eyes thanks to you.
Lynne <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 11:15:39 (EDT)
Thanks for bringing a world gone by back to life.
J.O. Wallace <>
Middleburg, VA USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 12:00:07 (EDT)
I found EQUUS issue with the excerpt of Sea Biscuit in it, read it, and couldn't wait until I found the book. What a great Book! I just finished reading it and words fail me as to how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. You have increased my respect for all the people in racing from the breeders to the trainers, jockeys, grooms, etc. Sea Biscuit was truly one horse in a million. Thanks for writing such great book.
Kathy Flinchum <>
Longmont, CO USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 13:28:50 (EDT)
I can't tell you how mush your writing has touched my whole being. Thank you. When I was reading about the races I felt that I was there at that time. Thank you again. I would like to know where I can get a photo of the "biscuit" but I don't expect you to write back with the thousands of mail pieces you receive.
Marilyn Guadagnino <>
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, October 21, 2002 at 16:43:10 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just finished your book. It was totally enjoyable. I was around the Southern California racing scene from age 15 thru 30, on a daily basis. The insight to the humble beginnings of people that were well established and respected during my time at the track were delightful. (people like Farrell Jones and Noble Threewit both of whom I had met on occasion)Thank you for a well written story of a truly great racehorse and the people behind him.
Roger Ankenbauer <>
Placerville, CA United States - Monday, October 21, 2002 at 14:32:11 (EDT)
I have just reached the climax of Seabiscuit's triumph over War Admiral. Was browsing the web when I found this site. Delighted that the story is making it to film. I just hope that the screenwriter and director capture not just the story, but the atmosphere of the time, when an animal could draw a nation together. This has the potential to be an epic and not just another film rushed out to capitalise on the success of a book. Thank you for chronicling thia amazing story. Well done.
Ciaran McHugh <>
Belfast, Ireland - Monday, October 21, 2002 at 12:08:25 (EDT)
Laura, as a sportswriter and voracious reader, I have to say that Seabiscuit is the best sports book I have ever read. You had me from the first paragraph. I read it out loud to my wife and we agreed your description of Charles Howard was right out of Hemingway. You painted the characters so beautifully throughout. I felt emotionally attached to each one. You assigned many human qualities to Seabiscuit, which only made the horse more endearing. I envy your style and hope there is another work in progress. If the movie is only half as good as your book, it will be a blockbuster. Congratulations, Lynn Houser Sportswriter Bloomington Herald-Times
lynn houser <>
Bloomington, in USA - Monday, October 21, 2002 at 10:56:22 (EDT)
Whew! I didn't have the time to "jockey" my way through your many admiring fan's comments. What can I say that hasn't already been said? I purchased your book as a gift for my daughter's August birthday, as it was on her "wish list". After reading the introductory comments on the cover, how could I resist? I had to find it for myself. And to be sure, I wasn't disappointed. I am in awe of your dedication to years of research. Obviously, one lead evolved into countless others to pursue. What an arduous task. But you surely brought your cast to life and your word flow was most appealing. Yours is a truly remarkable accomplishment. Here's to you! Cheers to you!!! PJR
Patsy J. Rosenbach <>
Kirkland, WA USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 20:53:51 (EDT)
MCDONOUGH, GA USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 19:23:55 (EDT)
Laura, Just wanted to thank you for writing this fabulous book, which entertained and inspired me more than anything else I've read recently (and I read a lot!). I still get misty thinking about it. While I'm looking forward to the movie, it doesn't really matter whether it does the book justice, as I will always have the story in my heart -- the way you told it. Thank you again, and I very much hope your health improves. Sincerely, Pam in Seattle
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 18:57:20 (EDT)
Hello Laura and I hope this finds you well. The Seabiscuit exhibit at the National Museum of Racing did justice to your book. I'm honored that your website quoted my review of "Seabiscuit" in American Turf Monthly. I'd appreciate it if you could find the time to add my name to the review. Handicapping the future success of your book was one of the easier handicapping assignments I've ever been given. Enjoy the Breeder's Cup and best of luck with the movie. Regards, John Angelo
John Angelo <>
Manchester, NH USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 16:05:54 (EDT)
Laura, In my haste writing my last email regarding my trip with my horse AJ to the last Ridgewood Ranch tour and hopefully connecting with others who may also have a descendant of Seabiscuit, I neglected to express my gratitude to Dot Brovinsky ( sorry Dot if I have incorrect spelling). Without her boundless energy I would not have had the opportunity to have one of the greatest experiences of my life. If you get a chance to visit Ridgewood it would be a great experience for you. The Howard's house and barns are the same as they were in the 30's and 40's. The mare barn still has the original paint of the red and white Howard logo on the stall doors. Seabiscuit's stud barn still has the weather vain of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard. You can still feel the presence of the wonderful horse you brought to life in your book, and the people who loved him! Thanks to Dot, I met so many wonderful people who are working tirelessly to keep the Seabiscuit project alive! Many thanks to you all!!!!! Cindy Rose and AJ
Cindy Rose <>
Fort Bragg, CA USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 14:05:24 (EDT)
Are there any films or footage on any of the races.
Mark Baron <>
Bethesda, MD USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 13:37:52 (EDT)
Laura Hillenbrand!If ROSES we given for the being the best 3 year old in a Kentucky Derby!Then you should be given Roses for winning your DERBY as a author!It is one of the best(no words to describe)books ever written on the race track and its surrondings.I am 74 years old and can remenber so much of what you have written about. I work on the race track(Oaklawn) as a clerk($50 window)I have been at the old Fairgrounds in Detroit and worked as a hot walker and a groom for Harry Trotcik.Bomar Stables,Harry Silvers etc.I met "Yum Yum" at "raceway park" in toledo ohio.many years ago.I could go on an on but I want to tell you that you brought tears to my eyes,yes real tears, as you brought so many memories back to me THANKS so much..........I know that this horse was one of a kind,there will never be another like him.He is in a class all by himself...If I might be so bold as to suggest perhaps a book on the life of that great gelding "John Henry"Only you could bring him alive!again!
tom martin <>
hot springs, ar USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 01:00:59 (EDT)
Laura any chance of being able to get an autographed copy of your wonderful book? I went through the web site and couldn't find anything. Just want to find out cost and availability. keep up the great work. looking forward to the movie. Mary
Mary Hart <>
Oakland, CA USA - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 23:23:11 (EDT)
Laura, Thank you so much for all of the time and research you have put into your wonderful book! I picked up a copy when I was in San Francisco about a year ago. As I was reading I could swear that you were describing my horse! Same temperament, personality and characteristics! I couldn't believe it! I have a great, great, great grandson of Seabiscuit. At the time I first read your book, I knew that Seabiscuit was a foundation sire and was well known in his era. But had no idea of the sensation that surrounded him. What really interested me is how strong these genetic traits must be to have been passed down so many generations. Although most of my life I have lived on the east coast and midwest, I now live in Fort Bragg CA. Right over the "hill" from Willits. I attended the first Ridgewood Ranch tour and wanted to see if my horse's great, great, great grandma's name was still written in pencil somewhere in the mare barn. She was Lucille K. Although her name was not there, I was hooked! What a wonderful place! I didn't want to leave. I mentioned my horse story to our tour guide and was later asked if I and my horse would like to come back for the Oct 12 tour, which we did. AJ ( my gelding) seemed to know from the min we unloaded that he had some connection there. He stood for hours and greeted guests as the tour groups came by one after the other all through the day. He never left the corner of the paddock and let everyone pet him. Posed for all of the pictures and just ate it up! I have had horses for most all of my life, however AJ is truly one of a kind and I thank you for your book or I would not have known that he is indeed, a product of his breeding! I would like to connect with anyone who has a horse with Seabiscuit bloodline to see if they have some of the same qualities. At some point I may design a website for this purpose. If so would it be possible to link to your site? And again Laura, thank you so much for such a wonderful well written book! Cindy
Cindy Rose <>
Fort Bragg, CA USA - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 20:06:53 (EDT)
I didn't know Seabiscuit until know. I saw you on C-Span and thought - the book sounds interesting. Checked it out at the library and my husband (who knew Seabiscuit's history) was very impressed. So he got the book first. Finally, I was able to read the book. It is wonderful!! I couldn't wait until each evening when I could sit down and read. My book club consist of my children and in-law children. I can't wait for them to read it so we can discuss this great book. Thanks you so much.
Bren Leukhardt
Seguin, Tx USA - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 14:41:35 (EDT)
Pat and I thank you for giving us the pleasure of knowing this amazing animal and meeting the fasinating people in his life through your words.
George & Patricia Kieffer <>
Weatherby Lake, MO USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 23:51:17 (EDT)
Dear Lalura, Your book is wonderful. Our book club has just read it. Our meeting is this coming Monday night, October 21, 2002 in Rockville, Maryland. Would you like to come? It would add such fun and excitement to this otherwise dreadful week here in DC. We would be happy to meet you somewhere in DC if you would like? What do you think? Hope you say yes, Mara
Mara Bier <>
Rockville, Md USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 21:41:23 (EDT)
The previous excerpt from the Pasadena Star News was from an article written by staff writer Mary Schubert. I thought her name should be mentioned and give credit where credit is due. Thanks.
Dave Stubbs <>
San Gabriel, Ca USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 19:35:35 (EDT)
Those "Biscuit Buffs" will find this interesting. My local paper (Pasadena Star News, Thur. Oct.17) ran an article re: the upcoming movie and production info., which I'll excerpt: ARCADIA -- Filmmakers will turn back the clock next month at Santa Anita Park in a five-week location shoot for "Seabiscuit", a film from Universal Studios. The project will feature Tobey Maguire --fresh off the summer blockbuster Spiderman--as Seabiscuit's jockey Red Pollard; Jeff Bridges as horse owner Charles Howard; and William H. Macy as a track announcer. Santa Anita jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron also have been cast as famed jockey George Woolf and jockey Charlie Kurtsinger. "We're thrilled to be shooting at Santa Anita," a production publicist for the movie said. "Santa Anita looks like a museum piece --it's beautiful." Filming will begin at the racetrack the week before Thanksgiving. Crews started filming this week at locations in Hemet in Riverside County. The production will move next to Keeneland racetrack in Kentucky and to Saratoga racetrack in upstate New York. But, some of the movie's biggest scenes will be shot in Arcadia, including a race with a crowd of thousands in the grandstands, Santa Anita spokesman Stuart Zanville said. The tracks grounds and stables will also be used as filming locations. The filming was scheduled for the brief off-season at the track, between the Oak Tree fall racing meet that concludes Nov. 3 and the winter-spring season that begins Dec.26. Universal plans to release the film, directed by Gary Ross, in 2003. Ross wrote the movies "Big" and "Dave", and wrote and directed "Pleasantville", which also starred McGuire. Most of the filming at Santa Anita will take place during the day and crews will be sensitive to near-by residents. "We're actually a very quiet production, said the publicist. "We're not blowing anything up, there's no gunshots or Martians landing." The production team however will have to shoot around modern racetrack features, such as the statue of Woolf and the life-size bronze of Seabiscuit in the walking ring.
Dave Stubbs <>
San Gabriel, Ca. USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 19:16:34 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I wrote you earlier but wanted to let you know that you have spoiled me as far as reading any other books. Upon the recomendation of our veterinarian, I just read "Modoc" by Ralph Helfer. It was like reading a children's book. The story was terrific but I was spoiled by the way you write. I have since lent my copy of "Seabiscuit" to our vet and am anxious to hear how she likes it. She does a lot of work with horses also. I'm also can't wait for the PBS show and subsequent movie. Thank you again for writing such a beautiful book.
Saverio Minicucci <>
Hatboro, PA USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 15:49:05 (EDT)
I haven't had the chance to read the boook.But I'm here in Calif.,and haverode race horses for a long time.I was at the shooting in P-town,and I'm impresed.All so authentic.Good Luck w/the Movie.
Lore Price <>
Downey, Ca USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 11:38:48 (EDT)
Dear Laura; I worked with racehorses for a long time, I got to know the Sea Biscuit charactors so well I felt like they were people I knew from "down the shed row". The end broke my heart, I couldn't bear to think about Howard, Red Smith and Sea Biscuit parting ways. Did Smith ever see the Biscuit again? Did he and Howard keep in touch? I can't believe that the team could break up and walk away from each other after living through such a time. Please let me know if possible. Wonderful book!! E. Kemp
ellen kemp <>
cheb, czech republic - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 10:28:01 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just finished your book. I loved the way you wrote the biographies of each of the characters before they all met. I loved the pace of the book -- the pace of a horse race with all the nerve wracking anticipation. Your beautiful writing brought the characters, the settings and the eara to life. My book group will be discussing the book tomorrow evening and I am so anxious to hear and hope they enjoyed it. I must say I cried through the two big races and I cried through the last chapter. I hated to see the group break up and I hated to see the story come to an end. Thank you again for a wonderful read and congratulations. Margie
Margie Sullivan <wsulli4211>
Bethel Park, Pa USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 00:15:33 (EDT)
I encouraged my book discussion group to read your book. I finished it this evening and we will be discussing it tomorrow evening. Thank you for giving us this wonderful story. I loved the way you built the story with the biographies of each of the characters. The story reads like fiction but is better because it happened. I think your beautiful telling of the story brought all of the characters to life and gave it a pace -- a pace and build up of a horse race. I cried through the two big races and I cried through the last chapter. I didn't want to see the group break up and I guess I didn't want the story to end. Again, thank you and congratulations.
Margie Sullivan <>
Bethel Park, PA USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 23:44:36 (EDT)
I am anxious to read your book, I had it sent to my father with the words "To my Father the Movie Star, Love, Your Daugther." He is a resident of Hemet, California where they are (as we speak) filming the movie "Sea Biscuit." Yesterday he was one of the spectators and is hoping to be one of the handlers of the horses, which he was originally hired for. Looking forward to reading the book and seeing the movie.
Linda Robbins <>
Hemet, CA USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 16:21:40 (EDT)
This highly detailed book was well written and so exciting. I was vigorously riding a recumbent bicycle at the local gym engrossed in one of the racing events and did not even notice when a man fainted and the EMT's arrived. I was informed later by another person what had happened. A great read that puts you in the scene and makes you want to learn more about the entire racing phenomenon.
MJ Boyle <>
Wilton, CT USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 13:00:29 (EDT)
Laura- My father neglected to respond to your ad in the DRF regarding information search on Red Pollard. Dad, whose professional name is Mike McGee is 76 and was a trainer, breeder, owner for 50 years. So was his father (Jimmy McGee). I want you to hear his insight and "classified" information on Red Pollard's riding success even though he is too shy. I understand that my uncle Thomas Trotter was asked to provide expert consultants for the upcoming film. In addition, I wrote two articles for Ray Paulick that appeared in the BloodHorse: "Finding the Right Customers" and "Degas at the Races." I've written an article on the architectural beauty of America's Racetracks, but the Blood Horse is not interested. Would Equus? I'm a Kentucky hard boot who would love to talk to you about the game and I'm local in DC. mg
Mike Gray <>
Arlington, Va USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 12:02:39 (EDT)
Thanks for having the type of web site and guestbook like you do.... thanks again. MARGO
USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 17:14:43 (EDT)
I cannot remember the last time I have so enjoyed a book. At times, I could almost hear the thunderous track crowds as they cheered on the remarkable Seabiscuit. My only disappointment was reaching the end of the story.
Bridget Dagg <>
Spokane, WA USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 15:23:56 (EDT)
I cannot express the pleasure that I had in reading this book. I could not put it down, but really did not want it to end. I am so looking forward to seeing the movie. I am sure that I will be one of the first in line.
Teena Bagwell <>
Clinton, SC USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 13:46:54 (EDT)
Laura, Excellent book. I especially loved the line on page 329: "Seabiscuit paused and looked toward the track, and Smith's eyes clouded over." His weren't the only eyes that clouded over, believe me. This book is a treasure!
Carol A. Zirngibl
Madison, WI USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 13:31:42 (EDT)
Laura: What a wonderful book! I got both the book and the books on tape from the Los Angeles County Library. I listened to the tapes first. You can't image how I felt when riding the train home one night listening to your tapes and a fellow rider said to me, "What in the world are you doing." Evidentally, I was sitting with my eyes closed, leaning forward and whispering 'go, go, go'! I opened my eyes and said, "It's the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I'm cheering Seabiscuit on!" I laughed, I cryed, I couldn't wait for the story to be finished and when it was, I was sorry it had ended. I enjoyed it so much that after I listened to the whole story on the tapes, I picked up the book and read it cover to cover! It was fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I can't wait for the movie to come out! Please write another book - maybe about Secretariat???? I love your writing. You brought horse racing in the 1920's and 1930's alive for me. Thank you - Linda Facer
Linda Facer <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 16:36:27 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I haven't read about Seabiscuit since I was 10. My mom sent me the book. I just retired from training riders and horses 5 years ago, thought I didn't miss it, but your book rekindled my horse fever. Just came back from Willits-did the tour of Ridgewood Ranch. It was a totally relaxing weekend with my husband. What a lovely ranch, and lovely excuse to get away. Thanks!
Lindsey Parks <>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 16:15:58 (EDT)
I am a librarian in a small branch library in South Central Pennsylvania. Our book discussion group has chosen Seabiscuit as the book to discuss at our October 28 meeting. I am responsible for obtaining background information about the author. Could you send me some information that would be of interest to our readers? Could you tell us some interesting tidbits about writing the book, some facets of your background that would be of interest, your personal interests, family life, etc.? Knowing things of this nature put a "face" on the author and add another dimension to the reading experience. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much. Suzy Hershey Librarian
Suzy Hershey <>
USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 09:15:23 (EDT)
Not only am I in awe of Laura's book and that it has touched so many people. I am also in awe of the fabulous stories people have to tell on this site. A rainy weekend is expected on Long Island and I intend to use it to read all the wonderful stories you folks have to tell. Hoping that the movie does justice to Laura's hard work and the memories of Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard and, of course, Seabiscuit.
Kevin Ulrich <>
West Islip, NY USA - Friday, October 11, 2002 at 10:12:18 (EDT)
Hi there. I'm a developer for las vegas golf resorts and las vegas casinos websites. I guess internet casino gambling and golf is my specialty. Just wanted to say I like what you did with your site. You did a great job.
Teresa James <>
Las Vegas, NV US - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 22:41:27 (EDT)
i really loved the book.looking forward to the movie next year.
julie a. douglas <>
ramona, ca. USA - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 22:03:38 (EDT)
Thanks for writing such an inspiring book. I am currently a student at Georgia State. My assignment is to read a biography of a famous American, write a book review, and present an oral presentation to the class. Do you know where I can get any videos of Seabiscuit racing to present in class? I feel it will give my presentation an extra kick. I appreciate any response and look forward to seeing the movie. We have a movie theater on campus and I am sure they would like to show it. Look forward to your next endeavour. Peace - Steven Berman
Steven Berman <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 19:31:15 (EDT)
Laura - I am the person who wrote to you before asking about the lead pony. I am having the sales meeting incorporating your book into the presentation - "What Does The Kentucky Derby & Sales Success Have In Common." Have you written any articles or do you know of anyone who has written any articles or essays on the Kentucky Derby? Thanks.
Jill Bellaus <>
USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 22:02:59 (EDT)
Laura, Your book has done more for horse racing than anything since Cigar's winning streak. I've read it several times and given more than a dozen copies as gifts. I am the Operations Director for the Thoroughbred retirement Foundation and, strangely enough, a horse I used to race when i was on the other end of the business is going to be one of the horses to play Seabiscuit. Thanks again for such a marvelous book...And I thought your letter at the 2001 Hall of fame inductions was the highlight of the event. Best to Bill Nack if you see him.
michael blowen <>
Midway, KY USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 16:15:48 (EDT)
Thank you, Laura, We all have been enjoying Seabiscuit -- actually re-reading it 2-3 times. Your writing style and the stories of the racetrack complement each other -- layers of colorful detail and character. We look forward to your next book and recommend the story of of H. Guy Bedwell, colorful horse trainer.
Douglas H. White <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 13:34:53 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I recommended your book, Seabiscuit to my book club before I even read it, and was thoroughly relieved and excited once I read it. We meet today in two hours and I am just starting to prepare the discussion, as I am today's leader. I plan on touching upon the similiarities between you and Seabiscuit's characters. I wouldn't call you an underdog like Biscuit, Red, Tom and Charles, but once I learned about your chronic fatigue syndrome, I realized that you have the courage of a champion and the persistence of a winner. There must have been many days when you wanted to call it quits. You've inspired me to pursue things in my life with the same passion, courage and persistence. Thank you for this gift to the world. It's something that is profound and lasting. Hope the movie is a smashing success and that the book and movie provide you with the comforts your deserve for the rest of your life. Sincerely, Marilyn M.
Marilyn Micciche <>
Natick, MA USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 12:18:52 (EDT)
Laura, your writing and research was second to none. What an accomlishment! Although I am only 36, I can't imagine being more engrossed in a book during my life than I was with Seabiscuit. I think being a horse racing fan makes the book that much more personal and enjoyable. When I finally reached the end of the book it was an emotional moment. I felt so involved and felt as though I lost my own family. I can not tell you enough how awesome the book was. You are so very talented. Thank you so much - Maybe I'll be able to have you sign it someday for me?
Paul Groffie <>
Marlton, NJ USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 11:21:14 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I am from Australia where the horse race that stops a nation is called the Melbourne Cup, run the 2rd Tuesday in November. That's all I know about horseracing but I have bought the book Seabiscuit because I am interested in the role Tobey Maguire is playing in the film. I also enjoy reading about true events and how someone down on their luck can bet the odds no matter what comes there way in life. I can only hope the film is as good as the book and shows the bond between a man and his horse in the world of horseracing. Many Thanks Jessica
Jessica Terry <>
Adelaide, SA AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 07:28:17 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand What a story you wrote. It was so descriptive that I felt I was at the bike shop in the beginning and that i was at Ridgewood at the end. I could'nt put the book down but I also never wanted it to end. It was an incredible and emotional ride. Greg Green Tacoma, Wa.
greg green <>
tacoma, wa USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 01:54:42 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, Again, thank you for your wonderful book. I am a journalism student and I am researching information on Red Pollard and George Woolf for an article. I've already found the March 1941 Cheers with info on George, and I'm waiting for delivery of the Time Magazine with the article by David Alexander on Red's retirement. I've also read A Sound Of Horses and am currently reading Come On Seabiscuit. I have two questions: What happened to Genevieve Woolf after Georgie's death, and, may I offer to donate some amount to your favorite charity in return for your March 1951 Sir! magazine? Please advise! Thanks. Eileen Morrison Darren
Eileen Morrison Darren <>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 15:12:42 (EDT)
Hi Laura,Hope you are feeling well today.Thought page 323 was spellbinding and summed up "the Biscuit" perfectly. Is there anyway to get a video of any of his great races? Thank you.
HOUSTON, TX USA - Monday, October 07, 2002 at 17:37:29 (EDT)
Ms.Hillenbrand, Your book was awesome-flowed perfectly.I love thoroughbred racing-can i get any info on being an extra in your movie if it comes back East?
Robert <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, October 07, 2002 at 15:22:42 (EDT)
Hi! Greeting from Sweden! I read Moody´s "Come on Seabiscuit" as a kid (35 years ago!!) - it was one of my favorite books. In all my moving around, somewhere I lost it and was desolate. But one day, reading the New York Times online edition, I saw the reviews of Laura Hillenbrands new book, ordered it immediately and read it straight through... Its an exceptional book, a history book, a love story, an adventure story. Am,azingly well-reseached, and the author writes so very well! Thank you from a fan i Sweden Ann Björnander
Ann Björnander <>
Södertälje, Sweden - Monday, October 07, 2002 at 09:49:52 (EDT)
I love the book that Laura Hillenbrand wrote and my copy is falling apart from reading it too many times. I am really happy that they are finally going to make a Seabiscuit movie. Seabiscuit has become a favorite of many of my close frinds, and they are going to have a Seabiscuit bobblehead day at Bellmont track.
Paige <>
San Mateo, CA USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 20:23:27 (EDT)
Seabiscuit is the most endearing character--thank you for such touching descriptions about the horse and his family. I am forever a fan.
Sophie <>
san francisco, ca USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 18:26:31 (EDT)
"So long,Charlie" or " So solly, Chollie" were terms my boyhood boss used constantly, Laura ,and finally I know where the term originated after reading your most enjoyable book. My employer described to me about The Match Race ,East vs West, assigned weights and how Seabiscuit was the greatest horse ever(next to Citation). Laura, I've read about 8 books in their entirety in my 64 yrs here and your "'Biscuit" is the only book thats kept me hoping that the book would'nt end. Now I finally know why readers want authors' autographs. Will you be in the W.L.A./Santa Monica area so I can get an autograph? Love your writing!! Fred H
fred heredia <>
los angeles, ca USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 03:44:05 (EDT)
Laurie, did you know that as the result of Upsets' triumph over Man 'O War in their historic race, a new word was coined? The word was "upset " used in the context as "to defeat unexpectedly".
fred <>
los angeles, ca USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 03:12:30 (EDT)
Laura, I am so inspired by you and your extra efforts in writing this beautifully composed book. My book club agreed to read Seabiscuit as per my recommendation. More power to you; please write more! Kudos. Maureen
Maureen <>
Rochester, N.Y. USA - Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 00:25:17 (EDT)
EXCELLENT book! i couldnt put it down! I cant wait for the movie! I learned a lot about the horse that i didnt know before. I have grown up with Thoroughbreds in the hunter/jumper ring and most of my horses are ex-racehorses so i was thrilled to learn more about some of the equine athletes i have heard of. I currently own a 18 yr old tb gelding ex-racehorse named Melderman who is the great great grandson of War Admiral so it all seemed like part of my horses past. As i read i felt like i was there (it all happened before i was even born) you are an amazing writter! thanks.
kelli sheffield <>
Warman, sask canada - Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 16:06:37 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thanks for a great tale of human and animal determination. Growing up ( and still living in Rhode Island ), I was surrounded by talk of horse racing by my father and my uncles. I was introduced to the sport by these men. My only regret in reading this book now is that they are no longer here for me to share it with them. Thank you for telling me the story of Seabiscuit and for bringing back the memories and stories of my "trainers".
Tony Ciampanelli <>
No. Prov., RI USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 19:36:40 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just read Seabiscuit. I am a Senior at the University of Kentucky, and even though I am very busy it only took me three days to read your book. It was absolutley fantastic! I have recommended it to everyone I know! I just hope that the movie can do it justice. Well Done! Joe Kemp
Joe Kemp <>
Lexington, KY USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 17:25:19 (EDT)
Oh, Laura Just learned that Chris Cooper will play Tom Smith. He is well suited for the role (as I also would have been.) Hope you are feeling well and able to be in Hemet for the shooting. Sincerely, Elson Irwin
Elson Eugene Irwin <>
Hemet, CA USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 13:40:58 (EDT)
I wrote an e-mail earlier regarding my relationship with a character in the upcoming movie "Seabiscuit." I have already been fitted for a role of a gentleman farmer in the story...but I forgot to mention that I am perfect for the role of trainer Tom Smith! Please consider me for this role. I live in Hemet and will be on the set Oct 14-15-16 there! Elson Irwin
Elson Eugene Irwin <>
Hemet, CA USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 13:36:13 (EDT)
Just learned that the GREAT Chris Cooper will play the part of Tom Smith. I hadn't thought of him, but this is terrific casting. He was in American Beauty, Lone Star, The Patriot, and many others.
Marta <>
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 13:07:12 (EDT)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand: I have several connections to you and your book and hope that you read this and get a chance to answer. I believe I am related to "Ten-Ton" Charlie Irwin, the colossus Wild West Show owner of the early twenties. I was also hired as an actor for the movie "Seabiscuit" for just the three-day shooting in Hemet, CA at the Hemet Stock Farm, a rather depressed stock farm which flourished in the early twenties. I am EXTREMELY interested in your sources and references for Charlie (Charles) Irwin in the early pages of your tremendous book. I am a retired newspaperman, having worked my last 26 years for the San Diego Tribune. I wrote sports and was a sports editor. I want to know everything I can about Charlie "Cowboy" Irwin. I will be acting in Seabiscuit on Oct. 14, 15, 16 in Hemet, CA I am the artistic director for Seniors On Stage (SOS) in Hemet and have a troupe of 35 actors, five of which are over 90 years of age. I remember the early days of Seabiscuit as I was an avid racing fan from the time I was eight years old. Please get back to me, if you will, on Charles Irwin. I am an author and genealogist and have 350,000 Irwins catalogued in the Irwin Index. Elson Eugene Irwin e-mail 471 Olympia Way Hemet CA 92543 TEL: 909 652-3149
Elson Eugene Irwin <>
Hemet, CA USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 12:55:30 (EDT)
I have spent a number of years photographing the behind the scenes world of the racetrack. I would love for you to take a look, at what I hope will be my future book. I know you understand this world because of the wonderful job you did on Seabiscuit. I look forward to hearing from you. You could bring this work to life. Sarah
sarah hoskins <>
IL USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 09:07:39 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Thank you for narrating such a wonderful tale about such a fantastic horse. I can truly say I was totaly lost in the story from begining to end. I am curious to know are there desendants of Seabiscuit still around? Also do you ever plan to come to Ireland for a book signing? Thank you for keeping alive the memory of a truly wonderful horse.
Josanne Dodd <>
Oola, Co. Limerick, Ireland - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 08:45:18 (EDT)
Dear Miss Laura, I felt I was right there at the track, in the infield or in the grandstands! When you described the races I nearly tore the book in half waiting to see the outcome of Seabiscuit's runs! I've been to Pimlico a number of times and also to Laurel to see the I would've loved to see Seabiscuit run and to meet Red, Tom, Charles, Marcela, and George...thanks to you...I did. Thanks, again, for the "ride". Best of luck to you...Cathy
Cathy Holland <>
USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 22:25:59 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just completed reading your spellbinding book. It's trite, but true, that no fictional story could come close to the saga of Seabiscuit, Howard, Smith, the Cougar, and the Iceman. Many thanks for your meticulous research, evocation of a bygone era, and lovely use of the English language. I was very interested to go through your acknowledgments, notes, Seabiscuit's career chart, and the conversation with William Nack. As an integrative physician specializing in Ear, Nose & Throat, my practice focuses on complementary techniques such as nutrition and herbal supplementation to treat chronic disease. I have treated many patients with vertigo and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These are difficult problems, but the only chance of controlling them is by thinking outside the box. I would be happy to discuss your illnesses, and possible therapies with you. It would be the ultimate irony if Seabiscuit not only brought you fame and fortune but also the answer to the chronic maladies that have threatened your very existence.
Barry Shapiro, MD <bshapiro@healthylife2000,net>
Briarcliff Manor, NY USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 21:29:40 (EDT)
Dear Laura, My first letter to you (email) back in Feb. or so, was to tell you how inspired I was to hear that such a phenomenal and accomplished author who held me spellbound until the next page, could possibly be afflicted by chronic fatigue syndrome. I'm also a victim but seem to be able to muster up energy at times and aactually try to be as physically active as I can be... I am in charge of our non-fiction book group discussion on SEABISCUIT so I will have the pleasure of reading it again....... our meeting is on Oct. 15th If there is any way you could answer and give me a little more insight into why you chose Seabiscuit to tell this story or how it came about, and your method of going about your research I would love to hear it firsthand from you...I heard your interview with Diane Rheme but unfortunately did not record it and can't seem to get a tape of it. You are an inspiration to any writer you've turned all the facts into such an exciting story I'm enjoying it more the 2nd time around!!!! Most sincerely, Suzanne Heiligman
suzanne heiligman <>
cazenovia, ny USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 19:10:18 (EDT)
My Dad introduced horses to me 50 yrs. ago and I remember "stories" about Seabiscuit. My husband's interests exceeded mine and we owned Trotters (Thougherbreds were out of the question with 5 children). We were fortunate enough to live near a farm where he could care for and train them. My sons were introduced to the early a.m. trainings and I believe that education is priceless! Our whole family looks forward to a vacation in Saratoga during the Meet each year and after reading your book, I have much more respect for the jockeys! The male members of my family read this book when it first came out and raved about it, but I never picked it up. It was a choice of my book club and I can't wait to discuss this. I enjoyed it immensely. Do you have any suggestions for discussion on this? We are meeting on 10/24/02.
Priscilla <>
Franklin, Ma USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 21:01:18 (EDT)
I understand that some of the filming will be taking place at the LA Fairplex in Pomona, CA. If you still need extras, I would love to be apart of your movie. I live here in Pomona. ~ Christi
Christi Wiley <>
Pomona, CA USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 20:42:37 (EDT)
Great Book the best i have read in along time.Just can't till the movie comes out.
Robert C Settle,SR. <>
Lancaster, PA USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 19:23:07 (EDT)
Laura, Please make sure the movie script follows your book. Make sure the producers leave nothing out. I really enjoyed your book. It was hard to put down and sad when I finished reading it. I would like to play a railbird in this movie. I would do it for free. I am really excited to see what big stars try out for the owners part and the trainers part. I am glad you choose Unverisal as the main production company. They will do the book justice. You did a wonderful job researching for this book. The words and the story flowed beautifuly. All true racing fans will flock to see your movie. It should be bigger then Mary Poppins or Star Wars. Were all proud of you. Best Wishes from Lancaster, PA.
Robert Settle, Jr. <>
Lancaster, PA USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 18:20:04 (EDT)
Loved the book. Can I send you my copy, post paid round trip for your signature? I would really appreciate it. Thankyou for a great read!! Don
Don DiMonda <>
Syracuse, N.Y. USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 16:23:19 (EDT)
Hi Laura...I just wanted to touch base...I'll be calling you to set up an interview time later this week. Hope all is well! Cindy Peña--WUSA-TV9
Cindy Pena <>
Washington , DC USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 16:14:58 (EDT)
Wow! What a dynamic read! I felt my heart pounding and muscles tightening as I read the accounts of Seabiscuits legendary races! Truly fantastic reading. I was so sad for the book to end. I hope they do your novel justice when they make it into a movie, all must be included! Thank you for one of the best reads of my life!
Stephanie <>
Dallas, Tx USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 12:56:50 (EDT)
Like to have coffee with Laura Hillenbrand, plus a personally signed copy of Seabiscuit: An American Legend? As part of their annual fundraising auction, WAMU public radio in Washington, DC is offering this private coffee at a Washington Starbucks to the highest bidder. For information, go to and click on Literary and Cultural Treasures. Go quick: bidding ends soon!
Laura Hillenbrand
Washington, DC USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 09:31:05 (EDT)
Laura, I have been a horse lover all my life. When I was a child I rode my bike to the library every other day to check out books about horses, horse stories, etc. I have owned several horses during my life. I have been lucky to see some of the great horses run, Secretariat, Native Dancer etc. I loved your book!! It really made the track experience come to life. Your book is one of the best I ever read and believe me I have read a lot of books mostly about horses. I can't wait to see the movie. This week when I travel up the 101 through Willits, I will be remembering the great Seabiscuit. Ms. Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith <>
Santa Rosa, CA USA - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 19:15:22 (EDT)
Hi! I love racehorses! I own my own one. But my fave racehorse of all time is Seabiscuit. He was amazing! Mrs. Hillenbrand, I hope you write more books about Seabiscuit. Do you know where I could get hold of a Seabiscuit desendent? I love racehorse's and I wish there were more people like Tom Smith. There are very few horses in this world as special as Seabiscuit. And I hope there are more to come... Bye!
Niamh Kelly <>
Westport, Co, Myo Ireland - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 09:05:59 (EDT)
Mrs Hillenbrand Thankyou for bringing me the magic of Seabiscuit. I hope you write more books about him. Go Seabiscuit!
Aine Hicks
Westport, co.Mayo Ireland - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 08:56:38 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I just finished your great book, an inspiring account of what it takes to be a champion. You showed why exceptional athletes need more than talent, that ultimately they must possess a superior heart like Seabiscuit's, and be surrounded by caring people who recognize their potential to excel. Your rendition of the story of Seabuscuit and the people who understood him and helped him to achieve immortality should be read by every ownner and every coach who consider theselves worthy of those titles. Congratulations on a marvelous accomplishment and thank you for this great insight into what used to be merely a legend for me and is now a treasured part of my life.
David Jones <>
Mesa, AZ USA - Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 18:31:31 (EDT)
Atttention Frank G. Hernandez. I am writing a book on the history of racing in the city of Tijuana. Your father's career in racing began there. Would it be possible for you to contact me? Thank you. David J. Beltran
David Beltran <>
Chula Vista, CA USA - Friday, September 27, 2002 at 21:27:21 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm happy to say that I have convinced my book club to read Seabiscuit, and I have the good fortune of reading the book for a second time in order to prepare to mediate the discussion. Long ago on this site you had answered a question about the cover photo, and I can't recall the answer nor find it in the mountain which is your guestbook. So I'll ask again. Why did you choose to have a cover photo that "cuts off" Seabiscuit's head? Thanks!
Nancy <>
MN USA - Friday, September 27, 2002 at 14:27:43 (EDT)
Laura, I was forced to "read" you book on tape after having an eye operation. It was still wonderful. And here's the anecdote that I told you in Chevy Chase tonight that I wanted to send to you (some baseball knowledge required): On June 4, 1953 the Chicago Cubs traded three players to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a heavy-footed home run hitter by the name of Ralph Kiner. He was a highly-regarded hitter but he covered very little ground in the outfield. However, the Cubs already had a highly-regarded home run hitter by the name of Hank Sauer. Sauer also ran a long time in one place as he tried to cover the outfield. Kiner was to be the left fielder and Sauer the right fielder. Charlie Dressen was then manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dressen had been known to bet money on whether one horse could run faster than another. Told of the trade, Dressen was incredulous and asked: "Who's gonna play centerfield? Seabiscuit?"
roger miller <>
chevy chase, md USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 21:27:53 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I just finished your book and I want to thank you for creating a fascinating read!! I usually don’t read non-fiction, but my daughter told me I would enjoy Seabiscuit. I know nothing about horseracing, have never been to one, and have never even been on a horse. But, I was completely captivated by your detailed description of the sport; I was particularly horrified by the unfair treatment of “bug boys” and jockeys—I certainly feel that a Union was essential for jockeys. Your caring and compassion for all of the characters of this story touched my soul, and I was quite fascinated by your description of the psyche of the horses. I especially loved reading about Tom Smith; your research enabled me to see how this man could sense the needs of his horse and thus helped Seabiscuit attain greatness. You did a fantastic research job, and you were able to transfer this research into a delightful read (the races had me glued to the page)!! Thanks again. Phyllis Geller
Phyllis Geller <>
Levittown, PA USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 19:45:38 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I just finished reading your wonderful book on this spectacular thoroughbred Seabiscuit and the people surrounding his legacy, and I simply say.......bravo! As a teenager growing up in the 70's near Santa Anita, I have warm and vivid memories of rising early on a Saturday morning to hop aboard my bike and ride out to the Great Race Place to witness the morning workouts. Something about these athletes.....both horse and jockey alike....somehow lured me to follow this Sport of Kings for many years to come. And although I journeyed through the paddock and walking ring many times ,passing by the bronzed sculptures of the great "Pops" and George Woolf, I never truly knew their real life stories. Thank you so much for telling it with such detail and warmth. I shall never just "pass by" those sculptures with ignorance again. I can hardly wait for the movie to be released. Hopefully, with your consulting, the movie will exhibit the drama and human interest that your book has protrayed. Well done!
Dave Stubbs Jr. <>
San Gabriel, Ca. USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 02:17:55 (EDT)
Dearest Laura. I was never interested in horse racing, but just by chance, caught you on C-Span with Brian Lamb. Went out that very day and bought the book! Mahalo a million times for opening such a wonderful world to me. It was absolutely wonderful! By magic, if you could respond, could you say again who you just missed interviewing before he passed? You mentioned it during Brian's interview, but it wasn't relevent to until I read your book. Again, thank you for this wonderful gift. Joyce
Joyce Lopes <>
Nanakuli, HI USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 18:26:48 (EDT)
Dear Laura Thank you for this book-we are discussing it tonight at our book club meeting; six women who have met for almost four years! It has also helped me understand my brother's passion for horse racing. He is an owner and lives across from Churchill Downs and over the last couple months I have had some wonderful conversations about jockeys, racing history and the sport's future with him and your book served as the catalyst! Best of luck in the future-Mary
mary <>
Richmond, VA USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 16:45:32 (EDT)
Dear Laura, I have read literally tens of thousands of books in my life and I do believe "Sea Biscuit" has been my all-time favorite. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this unbelievably entertaining story.
Dan Dye <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 16:42:41 (EDT)
dear laura...just finished reading your novel about sea biscuit, what a fabulously entertaining piece of writing. i've been a thoroughbred racing fan since 1959...first trip was to bowie in maryland at that mentioned many old time racing greats and their connections with jockey, trainer or horse..i can relate to some of fact noble threewitt a trainer from the '30s still has a few horses, and ran one at the recent delmar racing meet in california....thanks again for a great job...leroy richardson
leroy richardson <>
elwyn, pa USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 13:52:47 (EDT)
Hi Laura, I am a reporter with Channel 9 here in Washington. I was also among the throng of admirers with you at the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown last month. Crafting such a detailed and beautifully written best seller is an accomplishment by itself. However, I am still so amazed and inspired with how you investigated, interviewed and completed Seabiscuit while struggling with CFS. Yours is a story we would love to share with our viewers. Please contact me at the station: WUSA TV9 202-895-5878. I plan to attend the book signing in Friendship Heights tomorrow...hopefully we can touch base then. Thank you for your consideration, Cindy Pena
Cindy Pena <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 12:06:33 (EDT)
Have you thought about a book of photographs of the main characters in "Seabiscuit"? I for one would love to see more pictures like that of George Woolf exercising Seabiscuit wearing his cowboy hat and cowboy boots. Don Luke
Donald Luke <>
Bradenton, Fl. USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 19:07:23 (EDT)
Hi Laura...I'm half way through your book and have just read the most exciting sequence of pages I've ever read in my life. My heart rate accelerated to a point where I thought I was running a race. Pages 176-181 should be recommended to anyone seeking sheer excitement and weight loss.
Joe Cipriano <>
Beverly Hills, CA USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 17:21:31 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I didn't think I had time to read but my friend Linda insisted I read your book. I took the book from her and immediately put it in out of my mind. Two days later someone else, insisted I read Seabiscuit. I'm a big fan of thoroughbreds, as I've my current horse, since he came from the track in 1986. Well needless to say I not only read your book but couldn't stop reading until I finished it. What a wonderfully written work. Thank you!
Barb <>
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 16:06:52 (EDT)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: I have just finished reading Seabiscuit for our book club. I have attended races at Saratoga and enjoyed them but after reading about the life of the jockeys I'm not sure I would enjoy them again! I found my heart beating fast as I read about the races and felt like I was at the track but actually seeing better than if I was . Your research was surburb and I really appreciated the epilogue and acknowledgements as they were so informative. good luck to you and thank you for the Seabiscuit story.
mary munton <>
richmond , va USA - Monday, September 23, 2002 at 21:23:59 (EDT)
enjoyed the book!!!But have a question???? What seabiscut paid to win in his bigest race???? Thank you in advance, Jean
jean Boyle <>
burbank, CA USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 23:14:37 (EDT)
Laura, My husband and I wrote an e mail to you when we were desperately seeking your book. We were in Kosovo working for the UN and we were able to get a copy shipped to Kosovo. We both read it within one week of receiving it. It met up to our expectations and more. It was the best written book I have ever read in my life and my husband agreed. We are now back home in the wonderful USA. We watched you on a C Span special yesterday taped on 29 August at a Barnes and Noble. I was so glad that audience complimented you, as you are deserving of admiration and respect for your hard, thorough research. I will read anything you write from now on regardless of the subject or if it is even fiction. My husband and I have 12 Arabian and Half Arabian horses. I recently found out that I am highly allergic to my horses. It is showing up in a strange symptomatic manner. I have vertigo!!! My eustachian tubes going to my ears get clogged from the congestion created when I am in contact with my beautiful equine children. I was wondering if you have had the battery of allergy tests in an attempt to diagnose your vertigo? If not, see a good allergist. I am now taking medication and allergy shots and taking other precautions when in contact with my horses. I am experiencing a decrease in my symptoms and am functioning better. I can read without getting terribly dizzy. My vertigo has not impeded my ability to work fortunately. Just wanted to put this possibilty out there for you in case it might help you find a permanent solution for treating your illness. Much respect and good fortune, Deidre Butte`
Deidre Butte <>
Vanleer, TN USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 22:10:58 (EDT)
To Laura Hillenbrand -I had a brief email correspondence with you over a year ago when you asked for suggestions about book publicity I work in film and would love more than anything to be a part of the movie ( it was sorearly on and you cautioned that the movie was in its embeyonic phase when I contacted you. I can only hope there will be some filming in New York. I am thrilled that Jeff Bridges was cast he is exactly who I visualized !!Thank you
linda ekstrand <>
nyc, ny USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 19:47:36 (EDT)
Forgive those Senior Moments,Universal The Movie of SeaBiscuit.Hildebrand the Author of Sea Biscuit & Steinbeck Movie Maker.I guess I made lots of errors & apoligies Heartfelt,I don't want to seem the fool,I don't always speak & express al I intend too. Sincerly TM
T.M & Families <>
Winchester, Ca. USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 13:34:35 (EDT)
9/02 Steenbeck,Excuse the type O in your name,I should have had my glasses & ot relied on type set,been too long,Apologies,Did want to correct it in original Note to you if possible,FYI,We watched Grapes of Wrath Last Night,Ages 8-59 are we,The 8 year old will watch that each year thru HS as it is very educational as will be Sea Biscuit.She's a Home Schooler w/DD. Thank You
MMS Family <>
Winchester, CA. USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 13:04:44 (EDT)
Hi today is Sun.,9/21/02 In about 3 hrs. My whole Famiy will be off to attempt to be in The Movie as Extras for Sea Biscuit,Costumes & all hopefully,We have all dipped our feet in Theatrics of somekind & we range from 8-59.Can you give us a dozen Poinent pieces of Information that may be helpful to know,in our endeaveors.We love Horses,& respect them,We know he's a Great probably the Greatest Racehorse & I believe he's from Lexington,Kentucky.I believe that He was in the 30-40's?During the Great Depression.I am anxious to see the Movie w/or w/out us. Thank You.I am Not a Book Reader persae,it's difficult so I hoe to get it on Books on tape for Visually & Physically Impaired.You are the Author,Are you Steinburg or ? Thank You
The McGrath-Mota-Smock Families <>
Winchester, CA. USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 12:58:01 (EDT)
I was a jockey from 1972 thru 1986. Red Pollard was my valet at Narragansett Park in the mid-70's when I was a bug rider. I am ashamed to say at that time I wasn't even aware of who he was. He never spoke of the old days. I do remember him being wonderfully kind to me and the best valet I ever had. At that time women riders were still rather rare and not always well liked. Red was great.He walked with a profound limp and smoked up a storm. But he was at work everyday and always my biggest fan. I never stopped galloping and now own with my husband (also a retired rider) a lovely training facility in South Carolina. I came out of retirement 4 years ago to ride one of our horses at Saratoga and Belmont. I rode (just our horses) up until this year when one of my knees said it was time to let the young guys do the race riding! I still do all the galloping though. We are now running a couple of horses in Maryland,Delaware and W. Virginia. I am an avid reader and I can say without reservation it is the best book I ever read. You are very good at what you do. Thank you for your time and devotion to this project. Sincerely, Sherry Mickle Wood
Sherry Mickle Wood <>
Manning , SC USA - Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 19:49:39 (EDT)
Laura: What can I say that hasn't been said in praising your book? I find it difficult to grasp that you were not in the stands -- no, on the track, up close -- at every race you recount in this wonderful story. I can smell the horses, feel my heart thump as I await the page that tells me the outcome I already knew of a race held 75 years ago. Also, I am sharing this treasure of a book with a friend who has fibro myalgia, and could use the inspiration you provide. I marvel at how you have withstood what must be a grueling book tour. Thank you for undergoing all you did to pass your passion for this American hero on to new generations of fans. Marty Boyer
Marty Boyer <>
Hayward, CA USA - Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 19:28:20 (EDT)
Looking forward to the film - part being shot in Hemet, CA story is wonderful!
Mary F. Adams <>
Hemet, CA USA - Friday, September 20, 2002 at 13:39:29 (EDT)
What a great story. I didn't want the book to end! My Dad was a Seabiscuit fan, watching him at Tanforan and Bay Meadows. Mr. Howard using his Buicks in the 1906 earthquake in the City brought back stories my grandparents told me as they lived through it. I am looking forward to the movie. I hope it does justice to your excellent book.
Sandy <>
San Leandro, CA USA - Friday, September 20, 2002 at 11:15:49 (EDT)
Excuse me, but...Tobey Maguire?
USA - Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 18:52:03 (EDT)
I just finished "Seabiscuit" last night. What a wonderful story! I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know more about Seabiscuit's life as well as his handlers' stories. While looking over the website, I clicked on the Links section and then clicked on the Second Running icon. This brought me to the story of Exceller. Exceller was a beautiful (and winning) race horse that was killed in a slaughterhouse in 1997. What a tragic story for Exceller and so many other horses. I recommend others to go to this website to learn more about the awful plight of these horses and what they can do to help. I'm so glad Seabiscuit's owner and handlers cared about his well-being and future and took such good care of him even long after he ran his last race. Thanks again for writing such a wonderful book. I plan on recommending it to others and I hope the movie does Seabiscuit's story justice.
Dawn Pray <dpray@holt,>
Lansing, MI USA - Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 11:46:48 (EDT)
Your book is an inspiration! I hope to write historical biographies, and I can only aspire to the quality of your work in _Seabiscuit_. I am astounded at the lengths you went with research. Magnificent! Are there sites on the 'net where I can see Seabiscuit or War Admiral racing? What are they?
Kara Amundson <>
Louisville, KY USA - Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 20:39:20 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, Hope this finds you well. Your book, elegantly written, meticulously researched, is a masterwork. You have raised the bar for non-fiction forever. I most admired your integrity in the telling of this fascinating and moving story. You did not create dialogue of make assumptions about the inner thoughts and feelings of the people about whom you wrote. In adhering to the unvarnished truth, you have wrought an incomparable work of art. Here's to Tom Smith, and Red Pollard, and Georgie Woolf! And here's to you! Congratulations.
Eileen M. Darren <>
NY, NY USA - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 23:30:45 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand,I hope this finds you well.Your book is a masterwork.It's creation has raised the bar, not just for the "sports biographies genre", but for non-fiction in general. Elegantly written, meticulously researched, this fascinating story was superbly crafted. I could not help but admire your integrity its telling. You did not create dialogue or make assumptions about the inner thoughts of the people about whom you told us, and you corroborated even the memories of witnesses through other sources. What we got was the unvarnished truth, and truth is always more interesting than fiction. It would behoove all writers of non-fiction to follow your outstanding example. On a personal note, I was deeply moved to learn of the spirit embodied in this horse, and the true courage of his riders, and by the regard with which his trainer clearly held the horses in his charge, from the wild west shows, to the bush league race tracks, to the elite circles of thoroughbred racing. Congratulations to you on this incredible accomplishment, and thank you for this fabulous book. When you tackle your next project, I would be happy to run down information for you, or if you are in need of some "leg work" in the New York Metropolitan area, feel free to contact me. Please consider this a standing offer. Take good care of yourself. Eileen Morrison Darren
Eileen Morrison Darren <>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 23:17:05 (EDT)
Wonderful book! Best I've read in a long time. After reading Seabiscuit, I participated in the walking tour of Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA. The ranch is very beautiful. I'm going up again for the November 2 premier of the PBS documentary on Seabiscuit. Also, while there in August I read "Narragansett Dark, For My Father" a very touching poem written by Red Pollard's daughter, Norah Pollard Christianson. The poem is displayed among jockey memorabilia and photos of Seabiscuit. Additionally, the photo you described in your book "Seabiscuit and his little Biscuits" is there. Looking forward to visiting Ridgewood again. Again, best wishes for a great book. All the Best, Lee
Lee Jam <>
San Francisco , CA USA - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 23:04:10 (EDT)
Laura, Your book was wonderful the first time I read it, and, after reading it to my husband aloud, it was just as wonderful and I cried just as much. I have a question, though, that came up after our reading…how come Seabiscuit never ran in the Triple Crown races? The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes? I look forward to the movie, but it can never do the real Seabiscuit justice. He was my once-in-a-lifetime. Sincerely, Debra N Ross
Debra N Ross <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 09:42:38 (EDT)
Remarkable book. Thanks for keeping Seabiscuit's legend alive.
Christine Howard <>
USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 19:36:28 (EDT)
Laura, I am a songwriter and have a song perfect for this movie and I promise you will love it. I can send you the lyrics and let you decide for yourself. Take care of yourself and thanks for the wonderful book..
Viki Goff <>
Gulfport, MS USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 17:28:46 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand: Never been to a horse race; never rode a horse; rarely seen one. Still Loved your book. You brought the greatest horse ever to life. I Loved him; rooted for him; and wept over him and all who helped make him what he was...Movie can Never capture what your book does. Thank-you for the reading experience of a lifetime...
Bill Phillips <>
Montrose, CA USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 17:03:11 (EDT)
If anyone knows where to get VHS videos on horse races at the Kentucky Derby and or any of the great races. ie: Seabiscuit, Secretariat & Affirmed etc - let me know. Thanks. Jill
Jill Bellaus <>
USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 13:41:56 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I doubt that I would have come in contact with your book were it not for my brother, Reginald Corey. Reggie and I had not been in touch for many years and living on opposite sides of the country didn't help. However, when I began to write my autobiography we started corresponding. It was then I learned that Red Pollard was hired by my father to train my brother to jockey during his Narragansset years. Red worked my brother hard, taught him everything he knew, and made him a fine jockey. One day my brother was racing an entry called, Blue Booties. He was sixth in line when suddenly one after another, five horses and jockeys stumbled and fell in a heap before him. Reg described Blue Booties as a mean, ornery horse and perhaps that is how he was able to stumble his way over the mass of mounts and riders to take the lead. It was a terrible tragedy. One rider was killed and the others were all seriously injured. Red encouraged Reg to ride again to conquer fear. Reg did ride again and wasn't afraid, but he quit riding because his father had a five year contract on him and wouldn't let him ride other horses. Dad had bad horses. Red pleaded with him to allow Reggie new riding opportunities, but he was adamant and refused. Reg knew his prime would peak before contract's end and weight was becoming a problem. He decided to quit. I thought you might enjoy this tidbit of information on Red after his Seabiscuit days. Reg suggested I read your book and I did. It was such an outstanding piece of writing it makes me wonder that I ever thought I could write. You've heard it a million times I'm sure, but I loved the book and reread it just to enjoy the sterling composition and intimacy with the characters you so wonderfully portrayed. I wonder if a film could ever bring to the screen the color and depth you so brilliantly captured and loosed in your book. I look forward to its debut. Sincerely yours, Carol McGinnis
Carol McGinnis <>
Gilbert, AZ USA - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 17:58:51 (EDT)
I loved this book! I will be thinking about "the Biscuit" for a long time to come and I am anxiously awaiting the movie.
Sally McGuill <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Friday, September 13, 2002 at 19:08:41 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand: Your book was a phenomenal achievement, with dizzying amounts of research (as revealed by your extensive footnotes and acknowledgements, which I enjoyed as much as the narrative itself; ex. 'I like young girls!') Elegant, refined, extraordinary, graceful, courageous effort--well done! I have never been moved to write to an author before, but I had to tell you "Thanks." Whitney
Whitney Dilley <>
USA - Friday, September 13, 2002 at 03:50:46 (EDT)
Just finished the book on tape.....what a heckuva story. Well written, and very compelling. This was my first experience reading about a racehorse, and I loaned it to a friend, and she absolutely loved it and said she was going out to buy the book. Congrats! you've got two new fans!
John Seward <>
Kalamazoo, Mi USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 21:43:28 (EDT)
This book was lovely.....and when I think about the book..tears come to my eyes.....I grew up with horse' captured the horse...the soul.....we were there....Thank you so much.......
Pamela Gilbert <>
East Canton, Ohio USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 14:40:27 (EDT)
could you please give me a call at your earliest convenience
Farrell W Jones <fwjones625@aol>
Hemet, Ca USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 12:56:32 (EDT)
Thank you for such a wonderful-exciting AND interesting story! I'm 49 and my only knowledge of Sea Biscuit is as the name of a famous horse. I normally would probably not choose a book about horse racing, no knowledge in about this subject. But another friend highly recommended your book and she was right. I couldn't stop reading it or putting it down! I love true stories and the way you wove the 3 or 4 main characters together like a novel, after starting from their roots, was a stroke of genius. Not only did it give such interesting background information on our country or a region at that time, but fascinating details about each person. By the time you got to Sea Biscuit I was willing to follow you anywhere for more. Of course, I fell in love with the horse, have nothing but awe and admiration for him as well as the characters. It never ceases to amaze me what special people there are in the world that were meant to do or come together for a particular reason. . . or what "special qualities/skills" are unique to each one of us. Nevertheless, I remain envious of them and of your talent. You had me so excited reading about each race and awaiting the outcome. I can't believe I cried in a book about horse racing but as we all know now it was SO much more besides that. Thank you for telling us what happened to most of the characters. What about the owner's wife? Did the ranch pass down to his son, Len? Nevertheless, thank you for the book and what a great way for the others to be remembered, little did Pollard or the trainer know they would be memorialized for all eternity. I think they deserve it for their courage, talent and good qualities, as does the star of the show, Sea Biscuit. Thanks again.
Bettye <>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 19:12:32 (EDT)
Ms Hillenbrand: My name is Garvin Hale. I'm in my mid 80's and have found memories of Seabiscuit. I now am a horse breeder of pure bred Arabians'. I would very much like to speak with you. A freind is sending this e-mail for me - I prefer the telephone. My phone no. is (559) 252-3333. Thankyou. Garvin Hale
Garvin W. Hale <>
Fresno, CCA USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 14:58:48 (EDT)
I just finished the book and found it to be fascinating and colorful. It will make a wonderful movie. But there is also a remarkable story in how the book came to be written and the efforts that was put into it by this very talented author. I am appreciative of the other extras that were added to the back of the book especially the race history. Laura deserves all the praise she has and will continue to receive as the book is introduced to new audiences as a result of the movie.
Bruce Holland <>
Irmo, SC USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 21:19:40 (EDT)
Laura...reading your book brings back memories from my childhood. One of my mothers horses, Shot Put, won the Inauguaral running of the New York Handicap at Belmont Oct 5, 1940 along with many other races.Her name was Marie Evans.Shot Put was trained by by father Donald McEachern, who worked for Widener,Fisher,Elmendorf Farms, Bud Greeley, etc. Shot Put set a world's record as a long distance runner during that era. Both my parents have passed on but my sister and I have MANY photos and trophys from that time. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt awarded them the trophy at the NY Handicap. My parents were Chicago people who raced their horses in Fla.,Chgo. and NY. Just curious if you have any information on Shot Put or my parents in your research. I remember my dad talking about Seabiscuit when I was a little girl. (Shot Put was a descendent of Man O War/,Chance Shot/Muzzie II(?). Mother purchased him from Joseph Widener and my father trained him to be the champion that he was. Would love to hear from you.
Kathryn McEachern Baker <>
Woodland Hills, ca USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 19:50:42 (EDT)
Hi,Laura-Just curious-has there been any movement on who will portray the voices of Clem McCarthy,Joe Hernandez,etc in the movie? Luke K
Luke Kruytbosch <>
Louisville, Ky USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 17:32:57 (EDT)
Ms. Hillenbrand, your book - and writing - were inspired. I read Seabiscuit aloud to my sisters and mother during the time my mother was hospitalized for heart surgery. My mom suffered a stroke and didn't recover. Reading your beautifully realized tale throughout the time we spent with mom in the hospital was a lifeline for my sisters and myself. My mother was a voracious reader, and was looking forward to your book. I know that she heard it as I read, and that she would have fallen in love with Seabiscuit and his cohorts. Many thanks to you for such a labor of love. -Sue White, Eugene, Oregon
sue white <>
Eugene, OR USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 13:44:12 (EDT)
Thank You for the extreme effort that went into the making of "Seabiscuit". After reading the book I saw that you were a contributor to EQUUS magazine and it was no surprise to me that you are linked with such a quality publication. You brought this story to life for me. I laughed and cried, I cheered and jeered. Totally cought up in the movie that was playing in my mind, I was unaware of turning the pages. I have always been a horse lover, and a voracious reader. I now own three of my own horses and was so appreciative of the characteristics you revealed about the horses, because that is such a big part of why I love them so much.
Jill Kline <>
Salem, IL USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 05:19:01 (EDT)
Dear Laura: I loved your book so much that I am recommending to my book club for October. They are non-horsemen but it doesn't matter! I have loved horses all my life. My family would never let me have one so I read every book I could get my hands on - including everything about Man O' War, he was my favorite. I am so glad you wrote the book so this brilliant horse and the people that helped make him will never be forgotten. I would read your book at night before bed and get so "wired" I couldn't sleep - I simply couldn't put it down. I loved every second of it. Thank you so much - I can't wait for the movie!
Soozie Bül <>
Dallas, TX USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 00:22:09 (EDT)
Our reading group has selected "Seabiscuit" for the September meeting. I am eager to hear the members response due to some difficulty in overcoming the groups reluctance to reading a book "about a horse". I pressed them at that time to see the bigger picture of the characters, the time and the drama invovled and was successful. I am now on my 3rd reading, in prep for leading the discussion and was searching the internet for other resource material and found this web site. What can I say that has not already been said in praise of this book and your writing. I have heard that you might be doing a book on another great race horse, if so, I hope you are able to accomplish the task in spite of your illness.
Stephen Swope <>
Portland, OR USA - Monday, September 09, 2002 at 19:44:25 (EDT)
A great book, detail, colour, you have a great gift. Best wishes from Australia's home of racing. Gary J Miller National Racing Manager, CUB
Gary J Miller <>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Monday, September 09, 2002 at 18:46:16 (EDT)
I just finished the book and can honestly tell you it was the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I began the book as a person that would watch the triple crown races, now I want to spend hours at the track. I cannot wait for Ms. Hillenbrand's next book.
Philip Rogers <>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Monday, September 09, 2002 at 17:10:31 (EDT)
I just finished reading the book "Seabiscuit." It is absolutely superb. I gleaned from other comments on the website that there is a movie being made: great! I'll be there. Ms. Hillenbrand is a topnotch writer who chose a marvelous subject. I hope she writes another book about something equally inspiring soon, Herb Luria 9-8-02
Herbert Luria <>
Birmingham, Ala. USA - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 17:09:39 (EDT)
I just went to an open call for extras for the movie in Lexington, KY and was so excited to hear Bill Dance speak of the movie! Even if I am not selected to be an extra in the movie, it was a great experience from a great book!
Connie Selin <>
Lexington, KY USA - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 01:59:55 (EDT)
I just finished reading the chapter on the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. What a story! I was so excited I couldn't sit. I had to stand up and pace my living room to finish the chapter. I absorbed it all for a minute and then sat down and weeped I was so moved. Thank you.
David McCallum <>
Spokane, WA USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 20:00:56 (EDT)
My husband is no horseman but he can't put the book down! What a wonderful job conveying a very colorful and exciting time in our past. I really feel as though I got a little peek at the world as seen through my father's eyes in the thirties. Thank you very much!
Laurie Beam <>
paso robles, ca USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 15:53:55 (EDT)
I used to show quarterhorses and ride in the mountains of Colorado. I have been a fan of Seabiscuit since I was a little girl. When I saw your book I was so excited. I couldn't put the book down. The story was so captivating. I am very excited for the movie I hope it captures the same beauty that is present in your book. -Catie
Catie Fleisher <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 14:22:06 (EDT)
Laura - All of your help in the past has been great for my Kentucky Derby and sales analogy. I am looking for a motivational speaker from the horseworld that could speak about what it takes to be a winner and working with me work it into salesmanship. There are many similarities. Practice, persistence, dedication etc.
Jill Bellaus <>
USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 14:19:40 (EDT)
A great book with colorful characters. My daughter rides hunter/jumper and we spend most of our spare time in horse related activities. The book opened a whole new spectrum of equestrian sports for me. I can't wait for the whole family to see the movie.
Sharon <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 12:06:58 (EDT)
Having rode racehorses for the past 30 years in Ireland and not a big follower of books. I flew to Thailand this year on holidays with my girlfriend,the flight took 11 hours and in this time i was able to read this fantastic book. So as the author you must have an extreme knowledge of racehorses and racing if not you are a genius. i just hope you are keeping well and your health is keeping up. Eug
Eugene Casement <Eug27>
IRELAND - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:16:37 (EDT)
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, I've jjust started reading SEABISCUIT, and cannot put it down. I bet the movie will be the BEST.
Natalie Taylor <>
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 22:25:17 (EDT)
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, I have just finished reading Seabiscuit. You are a great writer. I read about Seabiscuit when it came out in the New York Times Book Review and bought it, but didn't get around to opening it until last Sunday. What a magnificent experience. I grew up in the 30's and 40's when my parents took us to the horse races. Seabiscuit is a name out of my childhood, but I couldn't remember any details about his races. Your book was so exciting to read that I never wanted to put it down. I thank you for your months (years?) of work and your exceptional training as a writer. Sincerely, Mary Martindale
Mary Martindale <>
Atascadero, CA USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 23:52:10 (EDT)
Although not knowledgeable of the sport of horse racing, I am a bit of a history buff and do enjoy biographies and social histories of the US, David Halberstam being a favorite. "Seabiscuit" was the most enjoyable book I've read in a long time. Within the first few pages I was connected to these people from a very different time in America, feeling much of the same excitement they must have felt when watching Seabiscuit run. I was also very impressed by Laura Hillendbrand's ability to provide details on horseracing (which I needed since I knew nothing about horseracing) in a manner that did not bog down the story. May times I've read biographies that become so bogged down in details, it is difficult to really connect to the subject matter. I look forward to Ms. Hillenbrand's next book and will likely be attending a race or two at our local track.
Dave Pressler <>
MN USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 23:09:36 (EDT)
ronan gallagher <>
dublin, IRELAND - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 14:35:47 (EDT)
I loved the your book. Felt like I was sitting behind Red! My wife and I love horse racing and go to Churchill Downs and Keeneland very often. I agree with one of your other writer/guests that Robert Duvall would make a great "Smith".
Ben LaRue <>
Elizabethtown, KY USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 09:19:46 (EDT)
This all around good book, will be a great movie with Robert Duvall for Smith and Gene Hackman as Howard. Forget Bridges and Gibson.
Kwint Reed <>
Appaloosa, OR USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 02:02:06 (EDT)
The book was wonderful and I look forward to the movie. As NTRA is always looking at ways to increase interest in the sport, I hope they are actively involved in the movie's production and advertising. Many baseball fans (myself included)were born after watching films like The Natural, Field of Dreams and most recently 61*. Considering the impact of your book, the movie could definitely help fill the grandstands. If Gary Ross is as passionate about racing as Billy Crystal is about baseball (he directed and produced 61*), we are all in for a treat! Best of luck to you and all your future indevors. You certainly show the heart of a Champion!
Nancy Evans <>
Valley Lee, Md USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 14:36:06 (EDT)
As the son of the late race announcer Joe Hernandez mentioned in your book a number of times I especially enjoyed your wonderful work.
Frank G. Hernandez
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 13:01:21 (EDT)
I just finished your book "Seabiscuit" I was very impressed by the knowledge you bestowed about the care, love, and training that was given to such an amazing thoroughbred such as Seabiscuit. Only horse as worthy being Secretariat. That I had the pleasure's of see- ing in winning the Ky. Derby in '73. Your writing kept me spellbound from start to finish. I have never been so captivated by a book so well written! I am aware that there is to be a movie made of your endeavor. I hope it will be everything as good as the words that you have inspired. I also have told everyone I come in contact with that this book is a must read for all equestrians and horse racing fans. I wish you all the best for giving me such a heart warming story. Thank-you again, Mr. R. Stephens Dayton, Ohio
Roger Stephens <>
Dayton, oh USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 04:13:26 (EDT)
Your book is one of the finest I've ever read. You kept me on the edge of my seat for much of it -- your descriptions of the events, the people, the horses, are incomparable. How you researched this subject is as equally intriguing as how you put the words together. It is a remarkable work. Thank you for writing.
Sherrie <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 21:21:47 (EDT)
From someone who grew up with a love and admiration of horses (I showed reg. quarter horses throughout my teen years) I went out and bought your book for my 12 year old daughter to read. She shares my love of horses. I would probably still be in the horse business today had I not married someone who raced motorcycles. Even though I no longer own a horse, a part of me will always want one. Your book will probably make me cry but when Jess finishes it I am going to read it anyway and I wish we could be closer to Lexington to watch the filming there. Thanks for writing the book and we wish you continued success.
Dawn & Jessica Phillips <>
Evansville, IN USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 16:26:27 (EDT)
Gwen Benham <>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 02:00:28 (EDT)
Laura, I read your book twice! As a Horse owner & rider I think your book is a work of art !!!!Don
Donald Lefton <>
Bell Canyon, ca. USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 01:02:10 (EDT)
Laura: You took us back in time, before ESPN and constant replays, to make a group of real people (and one of the greatest horses) come alive. Your book is wonderful, and I am recommending it to true friends. John
J.R. Mihocik <>
Bradenton, FL USA - Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 23:02:28 (EDT)
Dear Laura, Great book, and great work of art!! Looking forward to your next book. Who is these new comers in the movie? Emerson St.John and Toby Mcguire?? I know who Jeff & Bo Bridges are, but not the ones playing horse jockeys? Thanks April Stonegate
April Stonegate <>
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 20:30:37 (EDT)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank You for dedicating your time and efforts to such a wonderful horse "Seabiscuit" your talented expression captured the essance and joy of expierencing the "Thoroughbred Spirit", I know I own a beautiful Thoroughbred Mare!! She comes from an impressive line of racehorses. If it is not too much to ask, I would appreciate your help in pointing me in the direction of getting her valued as a broodmare. Any information that you can pass on I would be greatful for. Sincerely, Colleen
Colleen <>
Belmont, MA USA - Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 17:59:17 (EDT)