Sutherland says she’ll return to saddle at Del Mar

Chantal Sutherland, who announced her retirement here last summer, was at Woodbine on Thursday morning and plans to return to riding at the Del Mar meeting, which begins July 18.

Chantal Sutherland

“I just started dreaming about it again,” said the 37-year-old Sutherland, who is working for Del Mar’s marketing department and is here to extol the benefits of racing there.

“All of a sudden I started waking up at 4 a.m. I missed it too much; I love all the people at the racetrack.”

Sutherland last saw action at Del Mar, winning with her final two mounts on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 of last year.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sutherland won Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding apprentice rider when based at Woodbine in 2001 and 2002.

She plans to begin galloping horses regularly next month in preparation for her comeback.


  1. Brian says:

    Chantal, it’s great to have you back in the irons! You’re an outstanding jockey and I can’t wait to watch you this summer at Del Mar. Best wishes always!

  2. harold says:

    thank god you are coming back.could not believe my eyes when I saw you on mounts at woodbine.thanks again in using common sense. look at gary stevens.THE VERY BEST.

  3. sammy says:

    I think you should have married Mike Smith and had a couple little jockeys.

  4. Bill Dickson says:

    Good luck

  5. ron bowen says:

    think you should return to woodbine were you would be one of the best jockeys

  6. Christine Cantong says:

    So glad to know you are indeed out of retirement!

    Good luck to you and your new husband…Good wishes to you in your new found return to racing.

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