SuZanne (Suzi) Wilson said:May 4, 2013 8:34 am PST
Loving the book and so hoping your "Likely" date in Bossier is solidified. Cannot believe you could be there when I am home visiting my family. Loved having Traci and Payton in Ohio last month. Can you believe we grew up?! And your granddaughter(s) are amazing! Thanks for the inscription on the book for my horsetraining friend. He is such an admirer. Hope to see you in a couple weeks. Love you!
Jackie Hunter said:April 24, 2013 9:06 am PST
Jack- I so enjoyed seeing you at Oaklawn the last Friday of the meet and was delighted that you remembered me.
Thank you so much for your kind words and for signing my book. And, speaking of the book, I am really enjoying reading it (only about 50 pages to go)and recalling so many old friends from Nebraska mentioned- I had almost forgotten some. I especially liked the parts about Mr Van and the tough love he gave to so many... including me in my kinda wild teen years. He set me straight on many occasions after talking to my mother & daddy. I loved him and Miss Viola so very much- as I do you for many acts of kindness shown to me and my sons (buying my husband's tack after his murder when you really didn't need it). Thank you
Scott Williams said:April 23, 2013 2:52 am PST
I just got done with the book, very well written and if you think you knew Jack you will learn a lot more. You will gain some insight into what Jack has gone through but you will also laugh at some of the things he has done. One thing I think all of us know, who either knows Jack or has worked for him, he is a horseman in the truest sense of the word. In the book Jack gives credit where credit is due, and that is to his Dad and Mom. If you know Jack or you don't, if you like reading about horses or horseracing, or if you came across the book and wondered if it would be any good, it is, read it. Thanks Jack for a very good read and Chris you wrote a very good book (however John McEvoy was a respected colleague and friend of Dads, Joe Laskowski was Dads boss).
Harry Rosenblum said:April 18, 2013 3:52 pm PST
One of the best biographic thoroughbred books. It brought back a lot of fond memories of time spent with Jack. The description of the Breeders Cup with Alysheba was like being there. Truly a great story of a consummate and legendary horseman!
Julie Shelton said:April 16, 2013 5:46 am PST
Thank you for accepting my friend request Jack but what I would really like to Thank You for is spending time with my daughter this morning! Her name is Macy and you autographed her book. She is the little girl who told you she would like to grow up to be a trainer. You were so sweet and took the time to visit with her... the look on her face when she read what you wrote to her when you autographed it was Priceless! Thank you for encouraging her to follow her dreams and being her inspiration, she will always remember this morning at the track...
Steve Williams said:April 14, 2013 5:24 pm PST
I met you at Oaklawn today and you signed the book bought, which I will read and cherish. Thank you Chris for writing the book on Mr. Van Berg. even though he is from Nebraska, we love him as one of our own in Arkansas. I was there to watch Gate Dancer get hung in the gate, nearly hit the outside rail in the first turn turn at OP in 1984 Arkansas Derby then run 3rd to Althea. I have told the story to my submariner friends as well as my family. Common thread is Mr. Van Berg. I love honesty to a fault and Mr. Van Berg's fresh outlook. I have been a racing fan for 40 years and being local to OP. Mr. Van Berg is one of my racing heroes. If I can make it to Remington, I will look you up. Thank you again for the chronicle.
Karen (Clark) Williams said:April 13, 2013 5:41 pm PST
I worked as a groom for Jack at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans in late 1968. Two of the horses I rubbed were Tastito and Whiskey Runner. I had to return home to Montana unexpectedly but shortly thereafter received a welcome phone call from Jack-- just so he could tell me I had a job with him whenever I wanted one. Regretfully, returning to the backstretch never worked out for me but that call was perfectly timed and raised my spirits precisely when that was needed most. I've never forgotten it. A person could walk to the end of the earth yet still fail to find a more terrific boss,superb horseman or a finer gentleman than Jack Van Berg.
Debra Edwards said:April 10, 2013 1:12 pm PST
Walked on to Hazel Park,dreaming of working with racehorses.Started walking hots,rubbing, and finally galloping,all for the VanBerg Stable.Jack demanded excellence,hard work and loyalty.I remember at Churchill Downs one time we had an assistant trainer,his wife, one hotwalker and me with one side of the barn filled with horses.We rubbed, galloped,bathed,fed,bandaged,raced and took the horses to the gate.All of them.When Jack showed up and said "Good Job" you would think he had handed me a million dollars.How can you explain how you wanted to earn his praise above all? That's just the kinda man he was to all of us...
John Leland said:April 5, 2013 6:40 am PST
Reading your webpage made me feel good all day. I visited the Ak-Sar-Ben paddock before most races when I was there, and I always stood near Jack's stall to watch him saddle. His handling of horses was pure artistry. I learned so much just watching him.
I lived in Omaha from 1970-1986 and regularly attended the Ak-Sar-Ben races. Jack Van Berg was my hero and still is! It was a privilege to watch him saddle and tend his horses in the paddock and observe how kindly he interacted with the other horsemen. Truly an exceptional human being.
I watched on tv when Alysheba won the Kentucky Derby in 1987. When he crossed the finish line I was so happy for Jack that I wept. There's an old saying that "it's victory and not defeat that brings the tears in racing."
I can't wait to purchase and read the book.
Jan Schwieterman said:April 5, 2013 6:35 am PST
In the fall of 1977, I walked into Jacks barn at Fair Grounds looking for my very first job. I was experienced with horses in general, but not horseracing. He gave me a job as a hotwalker, handed me a shank and my education began. I'm no longer involved in racing except as a fan, but Jack taught me so much and I still respect him today as I did then. I'm so looking forward to this book!
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