We often get very attached to these guys/gals, the former claimers who became stakes winners. And those who were bought for a song who paid for themselves many times over. These are horses who people root for, they're usually not the bluebloods but the humbly bred ones who far outperform their breeding.
Who are your favorites? I can think of a few off the top of my head ...
Seattle Slew, bought for $17,500 - and we know what he did.
Blind Luck, first start was MC 40K
Lava Man, claimed for 30K, went on to win over $5M