05/14/2014 1:09PM

Rice to train for mostly female-owned stable

Barbara D. Livingston
Linda Rice, who runs Kid Cruz in the Preakness, will train for Lady Sheila Stable Two.

BALTIMORE – Linda Rice, who will make her Preakness debut Saturday with Federico Tesio Stakes winner Kid Cruz, will train for a new racing syndicate, Lady Sheila Stable Two, it was announced Wednesday.

The stable, which will be managed by Sheila Rosenblum, will “rely significantly on female investors,” according to a press release issued Wednesday. The minimum investment in the stable will be $100,000.

Lady Sheila Stable Two has already begun purchasing 2-year-olds and plans to add four to six horses to the stable through private sales, yearling auctions, and weanling auctions, each with an average purchase price of $200,000. Each membership unit in the stable will cost $100,000, and it is anticipated that there will be no ongoing costs charged for a two-year period, according to the release.

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Late last year, Rosenblum privately purchased the New York-bred filly La Verdad, who has won 4 of 5 subsequent starts, including the Grade 2 Distaff at Aqueduct last month. Rice has trained La Verdad to seven wins from nine career starts.

“Racing is a truly thrilling sport that has provided me with a great deal of personal enjoyment,” Rosenblum said in a release. “I strongly believe that increasing interest in the sport among women is crucial to the long-term vitality of the industry. This new syndicate will provide women with the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in an often male-dominated game.”

Said Rice: “Racing needs more owners who are as determined and resilient as Sheila. We have developed an amazing partnership together that will serve as the foundation for the new syndicate.”

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Agree. The more broads the merrier. Vince P
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Im all for more ladies in any setting.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Viva la femme!