Jockey Sutherland calls it a career at 36

Chantal Sutherland RetiresChantal Sutherland went home to Canada to ride the final race of her career, and then announced her retirement as a jockey at 36.

She went 0 for 2 on Sunday’s card at Woodbine in Toronto, finishing seventh aboard Crushin Hard in the eighth race, the last ride of her 13-year career.

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Sutherland announced her retirement on her website, saying she wants to focus on her new husband and slow down and enjoy her life.

She won 931 races from 7,350 career mounts and had purse earnings of more than $47 million, according to Equibase.

Sutherland became the first female rider to win the Santa Anita Handicap, guiding Game On Dude to a nose victory last year. But she lost the mount on Game On Dude after they were beaten in the Pacific Classic in August at Del Mar and her business had slowed recently.


  1. Chris says:

    Hi Chantal, thanks for the memories and some great winners. Always enjoyed watching you ride; horses simply ran for you. Many a winner I had simply because I was/ am a great fan of yours.

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks forbthe memories, you will be missed

  3. Clark says:

    Sorry to see you go. I bet almost all your horses, because of you. I will never bet on a Bob Baffert’s horse for what he did to you. God Bless My Friend and make a million. Clark

  4. Me says:

    As a follower from Woodbine, I can say the world of racing will miss you.
    We won’t have another jockey to bet on.
    We always knew that any hose you rode was “live”
    Chantal is retiring, and it looks like Woodbine may be retiring.
    I was an owner.
    You gave us all a break.
    Good luck and enjoy.

  5. Pierre Jobin says:

    Hi, CHANTAL i am proud that you are Canadian .i watched you race at WOODBINE many times i used to tell people that “i’m a dog lover ” now i am also a horse lover and it’s my dream to own a horse one day . i once asked for your autograph and you gave it to me .THANKS !!!!!!

  6. Linda Wright, Texas says:

    Chantal, Congratulations on your marriage and your retirement. Your new challenges now will allow you to open and succeed in a new life chapter! In following your career through the years, I have been awed by your racing, professionalism, and dedication. You have been a positive role model for fans and women striving to succeed in such a competitive profession. One favor please: POST A PICTURE WITH YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND! Your joy is celebrated by all! Kindest regards from Texas, Linda Wright

  7. Elizabeth says:

    do you speak french?

  8. Greg says:

    Never before has a jockey been so flattered than you were in the Classic. There is no way you would have done worse than Bejarano and everyone thinks you should have been taken off the Dude. What a way to retire. We at Sam Houston Racepark love you girl!

  9. Curtis Oda says:

    It was a sad day when I heard that you were retiring from being a jockey. I had the chance and pleasure in seeing you in action both at Santa Anita & Betfair Hollywood Park. You had such a knack of getting horses to run for you and watching you ride was poetry in motion!! Thank you for taking the time to autographing my poster and even taking a picture with me!! You are such a class act! Continued success Chantal and I know you will be following your dreams!!

  10. Louis Komaromi says:


    Keep your options open. You can still probably ride with the best jockey’s in the sport of horse racing. And as an actress in a movie career.

    Louis Komaromi

  11. Louis Komaromi says:


    Would you make a comeback, as a Jockey, if they gave you back Game On Dude, to ride in 2013?
    Also gave you some Derby horses that had a chance in the triple crown races. You know you have the ability.

    Louis Komaromi
    GM/UAW retiree
    Azle, Texas

  12. Chantel,thanks for racing with us from all your family and friends in at all major tracks,Pat Val,g,c and Kenny Black,all Canada SAS/Soe operators ,Chantel Smith,HRH ELISA,please note and forward all my love,Christopher USOpts DOD 596 A1 FD/06&506 25 FD/06.gotta luv that tea in the morning .Any assistance needed please contact my transfer agents or my self NYSE settlement patent owner 1.2k’s & 400’s Christopher(Mario Gregory)Brown +1-480 600-9936/ ICC+FBI+Royal Courts Certs Not Pending,love Chris.

  13. Cole Ranch says:

    You are an inspiration. We will miss seeing you at the track. Wishing you luck and happiness in you future.

    Steve and Dana Cole

  14. robert gomez says:

    Thank god you didnt marry Mike Smith. Good luck in retirement and go ahead and start the family you always wanted. Take if from me there is no excusefor more then two kids lol

  15. CHANTAL, I miss watching you ride either live or on HRTN, 7 RACEREPLAYS. The best of wishs in anything you attempt, with your talaent it is boud to be another success.

  16. Clark says:

    Bob Baffert is the scum of the earth for what he did to you. Please start your own agency of riders and make your fans the happiest of all. This way you can stick his face in it and laugh all the way to the bank. We at woodbine love you.

  17. Ellise Hunter says:

    Chantal, I came across your website today when I was looking for the latest information on you. I hadn’t seen you ride in awhile and wondered what had happened to you. Honestly, I thought you might have gotten married and had a baby! Part of that deduction was true, at least. I always bet on you and pulled for you during your racing years, but I am thrilled that you found a wonderful husband. Good luck to you, and may all your dreams come true!

    Ellise Hunter
    Bossier City, Louisiana

  18. Louis Komaromi says:


    Sounds like you have sorted some issues out in your life. And have gained some insight
    into them. You have the mental,and physical ability to compete with the best jockeys in
    the world. May you have a healthy, happy, prosperous, life in the years ahead.

    Louis Komaromi
    GM/UAW retiree
    Azle, Texas

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