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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!

Don Cheloha said:   March 26, 2013 7:49 am PST
Jack, just like his dad Marion, is one of the few special people you meet in a lifetime. I worked for both of them and it left me with an experience that I will never forget and that helped me to work hard and succeed in life. To this day when I run into Jack he is always the ultimate gentlemen. He calls my wife ma'am and if wearing a cap or hat tips it to her.

Andrew Faull said:   March 22, 2013 5:09 am PST
G'day Chris. Delighted to hear you are about to publish a book on Jack's lifetime of achievements!! What a great charcter!! I will keep an eye on this website to place an order when it's released. I had the absolute privilege of spending a few weeks with Jack in 1992 then again as his guest at the Derby in 94 when Blumin Affair sloshed his way down the straight for a game 3rd placing. I still have the trainers badge he gave me that afternoon. Memorable days and as good as our Melbourne Cup carnival is nothing can beat the atmoshere of churchill downs in May. My very good fortune to meet Jack was a result of a chance meeting with his son Tom in the highlands of Scotland when we were backpacking after university studies. Jack picked me up from LAX while tom was still a few days from flying back from London. Jacks generosity to a poor undernourished australian was humbling as I went from baked beans to beverly hills restaurants and his right hand man in the mounting yard at Hollywood park!! Essentially the guy is a legend and very deserving of his story being told. I am planning a trip back to the US in November this year and plan to take in the breeders cup at Santa Anita and will definitely want to catch up with Jack. I still owe him a bottle of Armagnac! If you get a chance I would be very grateful if you could pass on my kindest regards and if possible give me his email address or at least pass on mine. Cheers Andrew Faull, Ballarat, Australia

barney core said:   March 17, 2013 3:56 pm PST
When Jack was leading trainer I was training horses and he would always stop and talk to me. He would win 3 or 4 races a day and still treat people with respect. And help you if he could.

Lauren Bartels said:   March 16, 2013 7:59 am PST
I think you can judge a book by the cover and it looks great.

Dee Mazour said:   February 28, 2013 11:52 am PST
Jack, it's been a long time. Happy to hear that everything is going well. Congratulations on your book. Sales will be great, I'm sure. Our friend Bob would have been so proud. I wish you the best always...

Forrest Story said:   February 24, 2013 9:50 am PST
Congratulation Chris on a story that not only needs to be told but chronicles one of the all time greats of racing. I am so glad I heard Mike Wilman and Kurt Hoover interview you on Thoroughbred L.A. Led me to this wonderful website.

Sheila Day said:   February 23, 2013 2:06 pm PST
Looking forward to you coming to Churchill Downs for a book signing. I will be one of the first in line. Thanks for all the great memories. Best of luck

D'Anna McDaniel Schreiber said:   February 22, 2013 7:08 pm PST
Hi Jack...It has been years since Jr high and high school,but I remember you like it was yesterday.I am so very happy you have had such a full and great life. Best wishes to you

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