Archive for September 2012

Switching Sutherland’s horse, loses chances to win Classic

Chantal SutherlandThe Breeder’s Cup Classic is still over 30 days away, but it is never too soon to talk about one of the greatest horse races of the year.

The first November weekend in Los Angeles should be a beautiful day and should feature some fantastic horses.

The Classic brings together some accomplished horses. It is not a race for rookies. Each one of the horses have won a big race in their past. So sometimes, the spread is better than the Kentucky Derby.

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Like last year, it seems like the Classic has some good story lines shaping up.

Chantal Sutherland had a good chance to be the first woman jockey to win the Classic. But her plans have taken a turn.

She was set to ride a favorite in the race a Baffert-owned horse named Game On Dude. Baffert decided to change jockeys and Rafael Bejarano is now riding Game On Dude.

Sutherland is a strong jockey and should be riding in the race, but the horse she mounts may not be at the same caliber as Game On Dude. With that, the possibilities for a first time female jockey winning the Classic are much lower now.