BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH SHEILA ROSENBLUM
Inside Shelia's Park Avenue duplex, there's something beautiful everywhere you turn.
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Throughout her home, there are signs of her passion and her success.
Getty photographer Neilson Barnard shoots while stylist Phillip Bloch looks on.
Sheila and Pamela pose in between shots.
Photos of winning races line the windowsill.
Michael and Sheila take time to grab a photo together.
Barnard snaps photos of lady-in-red Sheila from above.
Sheila and her son, Erik
ABOUT SHEILA ROSENBLUM
Sheila Rosenblum began her exciting journey into horse racing in 2009. Owning and managing nearly 30 Thoroughbreds through her Lady Sheila Stable, its sister syndicates, and other partnerships, Rosenblum's passion and focus has been getting women more involved in the sport.
"Racing is a truly thrilling sport that has provided me with a great deal of personal enjoyment," the Manhattan resident said. "I strongly believe that increasing interest in the sport among women is crucial to the long-term vitality of the industry."
In 2013, Rosenblum partnered with celebrated trainer Linda Rice, the leading female trainer in North America. In Rice's hands, the Lady Sheila Stable's horses have gone on to earn over $3.5 million in purses since 2011, making Rosenblum and Rice a formidable pair on the racetrack. Through the all-female syndications Lady Sheila Stable Two and Triumphant Trio, in addition to the original Lady Sheila Stable, Rosenblum has enjoyed tremendous success in the last year with horses like Matt King Coal (Cool Coal Man), Hot City Girl (City Zip), Championofthenile (Pioneerof the Nile) and Startwithsilver (Jump Start), who all continue to show great potential.
The horse that really put Rosenblum on the map, however, is La Verdad (Yes It's True), who she purchased privately along with her yearling half-sister Hot City Girl. La Verdad had very impressive campaigns in both 2014 and 2015, wracking up 10 black-type victories during that two-year period, including the GII Distaff H. at Aqueduct, and the GII Gallant Bloom S. and GIII Vagrancy S. at Belmont Park. The bay finished a game second in the 2015 GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint going seven furlongs at Keeneland just one week after winning the Iroquois S. back home at Belmont. In all, La Verdad earned just over $1.5 million, winning 16 of 25 starts, virtually dominating the female sprint division in New York and ultimately winning the 2015 Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter. Considered the "Star of Lady Sheila Stable," she was retired to Edition Farm in 2016 as a broodmare and is currently carrying a filly by Medaglia d'Oro.
Following La Verdad's huge success, Rosenblum entered into new partnerships with Zayat Stables, Vivien Malloy's Edition Farm, and also formed Lady Sheila Stable Three. In August of 2016, she started her newest syndicate Triumphant Four after purchasing three New York-bred yearling colts at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale at Saratoga.
"Racing needs more owners who are as determined and resilient as Sheila," said Rice, who is a partner in all of Rosenblum's syndicates. "We have developed an amazing partnership together that will serve as the foundation for this new syndicate. I anticipate the long-term success of this new endeavor and the horses that will race for these silks."
A true lover of horses, Rosenblum is also a fierce advocate for long, happy and comfortable post-racing careers for her Thoroughbreds, resulting in a budding partnership with New Vocations. The TOBA board member has already donated Redheaded Rita, Hotinthehamptons and Hot Like Hepburn to New Vocations. Their aftercare efforts have ensured that Lady Sheila Stable's horses will enjoy the same love, care and attention beyond the track as they did during their racing careers.
"Sheila makes sure each one of her retired racehorses finds the proper aftercare through New Vocations," said New Vocations founder Anna Ford. "We are extremely excited to have her be a part of the development of New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, which once complete, will be the largest racehorse aftercare facility in the country."
Prior to her horse racing venture, Rosenblum, an alumna of the Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet in New York, graced the stage in ballet slippers before strutting down runways and posing in studios as a sought-after model for renowned agencies Ford and Wilhelmina. She has two children, Kara and Erik Rosenblum. For over 10 years, Rosenblum has been an advocate for children's rights and serves on the board of The March of Dimes.