Infobox last modified on: February 4, 2007.
War Admiral (1934-1959) was an American thoroughbred race horse. He was a son of the legendary racehorse Man o 'War and the uncle of the racehorse Seabiscuit, which was considered as the most successful racehorse of his time.
War Admiral won 21 of his 26 races. He was also the winner of the coveted Triple Crown in 1937, which earned him the title race horse of the year in the United States.
The spectacular races in 1938, he ran against the other famous racehorse of his time, Seabiscuit, is considered by some as the best horse racing in the sports history of the United States. War Admiral was then beaten to the surprise of many sports journalists and spectators from the small inconspicuous Stallion Seabiscuit. In this race, Seabiscuit led from the start, but War Admiral was known to still catch up on the back straight an opponent. On the back straight Seabiscuit was slower, and War Admiral was faster and seemed Seabiscuit to overtake already. But then accelerated Seabiscuit and War Admiral could not keep up. Thus, War Admiral was not only beaten but also humiliated hopeless. After that War Admiral never had more self-confidence in order to win a race.
War Admiral was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. As the Blood -Horse magazine 's 100 leading thoroughbreds of the 20th century chose, War Admiral was placed at number 13.