INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 22, 2012)—Chantal Sutherland, who became the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup when guiding Game On Dude to victory July at Betfair Hollywood Park, announced her retirement Sunday.
Sutherland, 36, rode for the final time Sunday at Woodbine, the Toronto track where she spent most of her 13-year career. With her final mount, the Canadian-born rider finished seventh aboard Crushin Hard, who is co-owned by her father Hugh, in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes.
“The moment has come where I have decided to announce my retirement from being a professional jockey,’’ wrote Sutherland in a statement on her own website (chantalsutherland.com). “I almost can’t believe it myself. I’m not sad, but rather looking at another opportunity to begin a new chapter in my life. Looking ahead, I’m excited about new challenges and new opportunities that life has in store for me.
“In the last year I also met and married the man (Dan Kruse) of my dreams. It’s been a whirlwind. I’ve never really had weekends or holidays off, I’ve always spent so much time racing or focused and preparing for racing. Racing takes so much determination, guts and sacrifice to be on top. I once craved, lived and breathed racing. I can honestly say now, I’m ready to slow down and enjoy my life.’’
Sutherland, who rode her first winner Oct. 9, 2000 at Woodbine, finished with 931 wins from 7,350 mounts and purse earnings of $47,287,052. She had 33 wins from 316 mounts in 2012.
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