Laura Hillenbrand

Genuine Reward, One Of Last Offspring Of Genuine Risk, Euthanized At 25

Genuine Reward, one of the only living offspring of Kentucky Derby winning-filly Genuine Risk, was euthanized today at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., where he had been pensioned since 2015. The stallion was 25. Genuine Reward never raced due to numerous health issues, but began a stud career at Meadowville Farm […]

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Fourth Thoroughbred Ownership Conference Emphasizes Passion For The Sport

The fourth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, co-hosted by OwnerView and BloodHorse, concluded today with presentations on the experiences of turf writers, the claiming game, and veterinary issues. Approximately 235 people attended the three-day event, including both longtime horse owners and new or prospective owners. The conference took place at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar in Del […]

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Author Laura Hillenbrand Finally Made Her Pilgrimage To Ridgewood, Home Of Seabiscuit

Fulfilling a long-held dream, best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit; An American Legend and Unbroken) arranged a private visit to Ridgewood Ranch, the home of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit, the subject of five years of research. After a serious illness prevented Laura from leaving her hometown of Washington, DC for twenty-five years, an improvement in her […]

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Fact And Fiction: Reality And Embellishment In Favorite Racing Films

It isn’t hard to ruffle feathers among horseplayers and racing fans; they argue about which horse is most likely to win a race, which issues the industry should be most concerned to solve, and who should be Horse of the Year. Get them going on movies, though, and you may well discover even deeper rifts […]

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‘Seabiscuit’ Author Hillenbrand ‘Unbreakable’ in Face of Illness

As a film adaptation of her latest book hits theaters this week amid Oscar buzz, author Laura Hillenbrand sat down with New York Times Magazine to discuss the health struggles that have kept her house-bound for much of the past two decades. Hillenbrand suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, a difficult and painful condition that sometimes leaves […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Laura Hillenbrand

The subjects of Laura Hillenbrand’s two best-selling books — “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” and “Unbroken,” the story of 1930s Olympian and Japanese World War II POW Louie Zamperini – both overcame great adversity and showed tremendous courage and character throughout their lives. But the same can be said of this two-time Eclipse Award-winning author, who […]

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Book That Christmas Gift!

With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, just a quick reminder that several books out there might be just what your racing-happy friend or family member is looking for. First, there is the National Book Award winning novel “Lord of Misrule,” a novel by Jaimy Gordon about life on the backstretch of a […]

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Hillenbrand Back At It Again

I’d like to think I recognize raw talent when I see it, but if memory serves, I rejected a piece in the late 1980s — back when I was managing editor of the Thoroughbred Times — from a young writer named Laura Hillenbrand. Boy, did she get better after that! Hillenbrand, of course, is the […]

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By Bradford Cummings There are few things in this world less lucrative and potentially more impactful than writing a book on a certain subject. One of those even less lucrative endeavors is writing a book on the Thoroughbred industry. An author is lucky to make $5,000 on a book, considering it probably won’t sell more […]

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