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Sale of new Seattle Slew license plates will benefit KEEP Foundation educational programs


The Seattle Slew specialty license plate was officially made available to Kentucky drivers today.

The new license plate features a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew. Proceeds from the sale of each plate will support the KEEP Foundation’s Grassroots Funding Program and educational activities.

“This license plate, bearing the image of one of the greatest racing champions of all time, means a great deal to us,” said Fred Sarver, Chairman of the KEEP Foundation.

“The revenue from the sale of this commemorative plate will allow us to bring greater awareness of the importance of the horse industry in Kentucky. We are truly grateful to Bobby Shiflet and the Tony Leonard Collection for his donation as well as permission from the owners of Seattle Slew, Karen and Mickey Taylor.”

The KEEP Foundation’s Grassroots Funding Program has distributed more than $700,000 to more than 900 non-profit equine organizations throughout the Commonwealth since it began in 2005.

“The additional revenue raised by this specialty plate will allow the Foundation to expand its funding program that benefits 4-H, FFA, trail riding, therapeutic riding programs and breed associations,” said Joe Clabes, Executive Director of the KEEP Foundation.

Seattle Slew, considered by many to be one of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest champions, was undefeated as a 2-year-old and won the iconic Triple Crown in 1977. Following his retirement from racing, Seattle Slew left another legacy as a sire, producing more than 100 stakes winners including Horse of the Year and leading sire A.P. Indy and the dam of Cigar, a two-time Horse of the Year and all- time leading money winner in North America at the time.


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