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Seattle Slew License Plate Unveiled


A new license plate option for Kentucky drivers has been unveiled by the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation. 

The new license plate will feature a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew, and proceeds from the sale of each plate will support the organization’s grassroots funding program and educational activities. 

Pre-orders for this license plate are currently being taken thru the foundation office and online at: http://www.thekeepfoundation.org

"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 the partners of the Tony Leonard Collection for their permission to use this photo of Seattle Slew,” added Sarver.

The Grassroots Funding Program, which has distributed more than $600,000 to more than 800 non-profit equine organizations throughout the Commonwealth since it began in 2005, will be the beneficiary of the sale of this new license plate.

 “All of us at the Tony Leonard Collection are very excited about KEEP choosing one of Tony’s photos for the new KEEP license plate,” said Bobby Shiflet, a partner in the TLC.

“Tony would have loved sharing this image with the people of his adopted home state of Kentucky, and for it to be a picture of Seattle Slew makes it all the more special. He remains a fan favorite, and was certainly one of Tony’s favorite subjects,” said Shiflet.

Seattle Slew, considered by many to be Thoroughbred racing's greatest champion, was undefeated as a 2-year-old and won the prestigious Triple Crown in 1977.

Following his retirement from racing, Seattle Slew left another legacy as a sire, producing over 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. 

(story provided by Kentucky Equine Education Project)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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