08/15/2012 6:38PM

Del Mar: Sutherland to ride in Pacific Classic as British ban is deferred

Benoit & Associates
Chantal Sutherland celebrates aboard Game On Dude after their victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Chantal Sutherland will ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic, having successfully asked for a deferment of a four-day suspension she received from stewards at Ascot Racecourse in England last weekend for excessive use of the whip.

The suspension was scheduled for four consecutive days from Aug. 25-28, but Sutherland applied to British racing authorities to defer one day of the suspension to ride on Aug. 26, according to Del Mar steward Tom Ward.

Ward said that documents reflecting the deferment were sent to Del Mar by British officials and would be honored. As a result, Sutherland's revised suspension days are Aug. 25, and Aug. 27-29.

Sutherland has been the regular rider of  Game On Dude, winner most recently of the Hollywood Gold Cup,  since the gelding's win in the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap.

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