Seattle Slew Specialty License Plate Now Available to Kentucky Drivers

Seattle Slew Specialty License Plate Now Available to Kentucky Drivers

Proceeds will support the KEEP Foundation which funds industry-related grassroots programs, education resources and other charitable giving

LEXINGTON, Ky. — 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, and 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.


Founded in 2015, the KEEP Foundation is committed to educating the people of the Commonwealth about the importance of horses to the state, its economy, its heritage and its people. The KEEP Foundation spreads its mission by providing education units, speeches, presentations and by participating in equine events throughout the state. As a part of this outreach the Foundation allocates grant funds to help local horse organizations, equine youth clubs and educational institutions promote the importance of the horse industry in Kentucky. To learn more about the KEEP Foundation and its programs, visit


The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a not-for-profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky’s signature horse industry. Support for KEEP’s activity comes directly from the horse industry and horse industry supporters. To learn more about how you can become a member or make a contribution, please visit