Canada’s Danica Patrick
From our superb vantage point close the Winner’s Circle at the track at Del Mar, California, we were able to capture yet another Win from this astounding Jockey – she kicked butt! The boys seemed annoyed. We later discovered who Chantal was and were thrilled!
Chantal Sutherland is a Canadian model, TV Personality and Jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing. She is referred as the Danica Patrick of horse racing! Sutherland grew up in the Toronto, Ontario area where her father owns a horse farm. As a young girl she played competitive Field Hockey and was invited to try out for Canada’s junior World Cup team. She rode horses in Equestrian events but after graduating from York University with a degree in communications and psychology, decided to explore the opportunity to ride Thoroughbreds.
On October 9, 2000 at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Sutherland won her first career race. The following year she got her big break when she was voted the sovereign Award as Canada’s top apprentice jockey, repeating in 2002 when she was one of Canada’s highest-paid female athletes, earning $5.7 million in purses in eight months. Many great years of racing followed.
From December 2007 to April 2008, Sutherland competed at Santa Anita Park in California, where she impressed racing fans and insiders. Retired US Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said: “She has become the queen of the longshots. She has won several photos against top jockeys, which shows she is a strong finisher.” Allen Gutterman, Santa Anita racetrack’s head of marketing, said Sutherland “could become the best female jockey since Julie Krone.”
Chantal Sutherland’s good looks have garnered much publicity. She has been featured in Sports Illustrated and had a four-page spread in Vogue magazine. As well, she was chosen one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People.” www.kerstenbeck.com