Hot Like Hepburn set to make her debut for Lady Sheila Stable Two on Wednesday at Belmont Park*
NEW YORK, NY, – Lady Sheila Stable Two, LLC, a newly launched syndicate that started adding investors in May, is set to have its first horse compete on the racetrack this week. Hot Like Hepburn will make her debut in the fourth race at Belmont Park on Wednesday, September 17, in a Maiden Special Weight race for New York-breds with a purse of $60,000. The two-year-old filly is listed on the morning line at odds of 5/2.
Lady Sheila Stable Two, managed by Sheila Rosenblum, who is also the owner of Lady Sheila Stable, relies significantly on female investors. The syndicate also further solidifies the partnership between Rosenblum and acclaimed trainer Linda Rice, who has entered the ownership group as a member and selects and trains all of the horses. Currently, there are seven total investors in the syndicate.
“It has always been a dream of mine to share my love of horse racing with friends and other like-minded women. The debut of Hot Like Hepburn is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and perseverance and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Rosenblum. “When I first launched the syndicate, I imagined that most of the investors would be friends or acquaintances. I did not expect an outpouring of interest from women I had never met, drawn in by the allure and excitement horse racing. We are well on our way to providing women with the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in an often male-dominated game.”
In addition to Hot Like Hepburn (Freud-All of Me, by Unbridled’s Song), Lady Sheila Stable Two also owns two fillies who have yet to race, Hillaryinthehouse (Freud-Lake Champlain, by War Chant) and Redheaded Rita (Tale of the Cat-Tartan Lady, by Malibu Moon). Lady Sheila Stable Two expects to add one to three more horses, with an average purchase price of $200,000, to complete the initial launch of the stable.
At the recently concluded Saratoga Race Course meet, Lady Sheila Stable sent out six runners and compiled a record of 1-2-1 (67% ITM). The earnings of $88,700 ranked in the top 100 of all owners who competed at the meet.
Lady Sheila Stable has a record of 16-12-11 from 65 starts (60% ITM) since its inception, with earnings totaling more than $1,137,000. In 2014, due to the emergence of La Verdad, the stable has earned more than $660,000, ranking in the top 120 of 25,000 owners nationwide. The stable has a 7-6-5 record in 25 starts (72% ITM) in 2014.
The ownership group strongly encourages the participation of female investors at a time that the racing industry has experienced an increased interest among women. According to NBC Sports, 52 percent of the 16.2 million viewers of the 2013 Kentucky Derby were women, making it the only major annual sporting event that draws stronger viewership numbers among females than males.
The investment opportunity with Lady Sheila Stable Two, LLC is open to accredited investors only. The minimum investment to become a member of Lady Sheila Stable Two is $100,000. Each membership unit in the stable costs $100,000 and it is anticipated that there will be no ongoing costs charged for a two-year period.
*The New York State Gaming Commission mandates that “an individual cannot have more than one registered stable name at the same time.” Rosenblum is the sole owner of Lady Sheila Stable, and principal of the managing member of Lady Sheila Stable Two. Therefore, her stable must compete under the banner of Lady Sheila Stable in New York despite the separate ownership entity for the syndicate.
About Sheila Rosenblum
A longtime resident of Manhattan, Rosenblum has experienced increasing success in the racing industry since becoming an owner in 2010. Her passion and interest in thoroughbreds prompted her entry to racing following a successful career as a model with well-known agencies Wilhelmina and Ford. Rosenblum is also an alumna of The Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet, the associate school of the New York City Ballet. Additionally, she is a board member for March of Dimes and is an advocate for children’s rights. She has found great success in 2014, highlighted by New York-bred sprinter La Verdad, who has won five of eight starts this year, including the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.
About Linda Rice
As an original investor in Lady Sheila Stable Two, Rice brings over two decades of training experience to the ownership group. She has won four New York training titles since 2009 and was the first woman to win the training title at prestigious Saratoga Race Course. Rice was recently named New York-bred Trainer of the Year by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. for the third time. She is currently the trainer of Palace, who is one of only two horses to capture two Grade 1 races at the recent Saratoga Race Course meet when he won the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and the Forego Stakes, the latter of which being a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race and securing a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.