03/21/2013 4:50PM

Santa Anita: Chantal Sutherland considering riding comeback

Shigeki Kikkawa
Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who won 931 races before retiring in October, is considering a comeback.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Retired jockey Chantal Sutherland exercised horses at Santa Anita on Thursday for the second time this month and said a comeback in the coming months is on her mind.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said.

Sutherland, 37, announced her retirement at Woodbine, near Toronto, last October after winning 931 races from 7,350 mounts, mostly in her native Canada. She is best known for winning the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap on Game On Dude, becoming the first female rider to win that race.

Sutherland later rode Game On Dude to a win in the 2011 Goodwood Stakes and a second-place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Last year, Sutherland rode Game On Dude for three stakes wins – the San Antonio Stakes, Californian Stakes, and Hollywood Gold Cup – but lost the mount after a second in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Sutherland resides in Southern California with husband, Dan Kruse.

In recent months, Sutherland has largely stayed away from Southern California racing but did do commentary on the TVG network for the Santa Anita Handicap program March 2. On Thursday, she exercised horses for trainers Mike Machowsky, Jeff Mullins, and Tim Yakteen.

“I miss it,” she said.

Sutherland said any comeback would hinge on lengthy discussions with Kruse about the commitment involved. The couple lives about 40 miles from Santa Anita in Huntington Beach.

“I think he likes me being his wife,” she said.

Hollywood keeps low pick 5 take

Hollywood Park will continue to offer a 50-cent pick 5 with a 14 percent takeout at its spring-summer meeting, the track announced Wednesday.

The takeout rate, significantly lower than the 23.68 percent for other multirace exotic wagers, is consistent with recent Hollywood Park meetings and other California tracks for the pick 5 but was under threat for the upcoming meeting.

Last month, Hollywood Park President Jack Liebau told the California Horse Racing Board that discussions were underway between the track and the Thoroughbred Owners of California about a distribution of revenue for the pick 5. At the time, no resolution had been reached, which left the possibility that the meeting could start with a higher pick-5 takeout.

The low takeout in the pick 5 has helped the bet become one of the most popular wagers in Southern California.

◗ Santa Anita Derby hopeful Goldencents, who won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in January, worked six furlongs in 1:16 on Thursday. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Goldencents was fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles March 9.

RAY More than 1 year ago
maybe she would like to ride mike smith again,,,,,,,,or is that mount?
RAY More than 1 year ago
maybe she would like to ride mike smith again
Paige Sweeney More than 1 year ago
why back at woodbine ????? cuz you suck every where else... is it true u sleep with husbands still???
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
By the way,that shot with you ' au natural" on that horse was great,,THANKS Ms,Sutherland,how about BAMBINOS,,,??
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
I always liked her in routes,turf,with fillies /mares,,but she should consider herself lucky,,she has not suffered any major concusssions,accidents,unlike the Great Julie Knone. save your smile and figure,stay out,,why risk it ,,again??
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
It's in her blood. Being a part of the business hands on always trumps reporting about it. Once you become a member of racing, watching isn't an option. Ask Gary. The competition, the sportsmanship, the joy of winning never gets old. And being around the horses day in and day out is reward enough. She will be back. And I hope with complete support.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Why? I guess! if for no other reason than a real love of the game.she left after her only real mount Game On was handed over to another. Thats like when Rocky retired and was hanging around Mick's gym toting spit buckets around. She a gorgeous woman ,why not do TV telecast on a regular basis,why risk injury is it really that important?
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
C S , like a lot of 'em can ride a good one, but day in/out she is a 10% er, low ROI I don't think a 1:16 work will do it for goldscents SA Dby...whould BB work that slow ? Had him show for sa dby, now will take out, it will be Flashback, Tiz colt, all tri & sup
Thomas Brucks More than 1 year ago
Hope you do come back. You are missed by your loyal fans. Ride on!
Joe Quillen More than 1 year ago
Obviously, when someone retires too soon, they get the itch to come back. All I would say to Chantal is if the decision is to come back to ride or stay retired, make sure the decision is made without any regrets. Whatever that decision turns out to be, make sure it's the correct one.