10/08/2012 6:15PM

Chantal Sutherland suspended after failing breathalyzer at Woodbine

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Chantal Sutherland is eligible to return to riding Friday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Chantal Sutherland was given a five-day suspension by Woodbine stewards over the weekend for failing a breath analysis test, according to a ruling issued at Woodbine on Saturday.

The suspension began on Sunday and runs five calendar days, through Thursday. Sutherland, who was at Woodbine to ride in stakes races, was fined $300 Canadian and suspended “for providing a breath analysis reading in excess of the allowable limit on Oct. 6,” the ruling stated. Sutherland was taken off her mounts at Woodbine on Saturday's card after failing the test.

Sutherland did not return a phone call seeking comment on Monday.

Sutherland, 36, is eligible to return to riding on Friday at Santa Anita, where she is currently based, but is not named to ride on the eight-race program. She is expected to ride Thirtyfirststreet in Saturday’s $175,000 California Cup Classic.

Best known as the rider of top older horse Game On Dude from March 2011 until August of this year, Sutherland is winless with five mounts at the current Santa Anita autumn meeting.

Aboard Game On Dude, Sutherland won such races as the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap and 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup, but was second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2012 Pacific Classic. Trainer Bob Baffert replaced Sutherland with Rafael Bejarano on Game On Dude after the second in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 26.

Game On Dude won the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29 in his only subsequent start.