Comparatively few women have distinguished themselves as professional jockeys and, while she hasn’t racked up the credentials of a Julie Krone, Chantal Sutherland may be the name most people recognize. The Canadian jockey has made quite a splash since entering horseracing in 2000 with her first race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
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From the very beginning, Chantal Sutherland has been a marketing jackpot for professional horseracing. In her rookie year she was hired by Del Mar Racetrack to help promote their racing product and attract a new, more youthful audience. Since that time, Sutherland has went on to gain several modeling contracts and was also a star of the reality show Jockeys on the Animal Planet television network. She had a recurring role on the HBO series Luck and People magazine also named Sutherland one of their “100 Most Beautiful People.”
Despite all the attention that has been devoted to Chantal Sutherland’s visual appeal, she is more than just a pretty face. She won the prestigious Sovereign Award for Best Apprentice Jockey in her rookie year and has ridden some of the top horses in the country. She became the first woman to ride in the world’s richest horserace, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, aboard Game On Dude in 2012. In 2010 the horses ridden by Sutherland earned an astounding $8 million in purses.
Legendary jockey Gary Stevens has called Sutherland “the Queen of the Longshots.” She is known for giving every horse an honest ride no matter what their odds are at post time. Sutherland is tough, too, and can compete with the best men in the sport.
After a brief retirement in 2012, Sutherland returned to racing on the Southern California circuit.