Examples of famous Kentucky Derby horses include War Admiral, Count Fleet, Seattle Slew and Sunday Silence. Charismatic and Spend a Buck are two more examples.
War Admiral won his Kentucky Derby by eight lengths and was the horse of the year in 1937. He had eight wins in eight starts during that year. His most famous race was against Seabiscuit in 1938, which he lost.
Count Fleet won the Derby in 1943 and was also named champion 3-year-old horse of the year. This horse only raced during ages 2 and 3. He had 21 starts, 19 wins and four second-place finishes.
Champion at ages 2, 3 and 4, Seattle Slew also won horse of the year for 1977. At age 2, he was undefeated and remained so through the Belmont Stakes. Seattle Slew's lifetime record stands at 17 starts, 14 wins and two second-place finishes. Following his retirement, Seattle Slew stood stud at Chimneys Farm and fathered other stake winners.
Commonly remembered for his rivalry with Easy Goer, Sunday Silence never fell below second place. Easy Goer stopped him from winning a Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, but he won three other meetings. Sunday Silence was horse of the year in 1989.