05/23/2013 10:45AM

Sutherland says she'll return to saddle at Del Mar


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – 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.

“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.

Calvin McCullough More than 1 year ago
Who cares! Same with Gary Stevens.
Dan Passero More than 1 year ago
you must a dope. Both of those riders are great for the sport. Its excellent for them to come back...aside bing great riders
Patricia Houser More than 1 year ago
Where do you guys at DRF get your "facts," anyway? 1. Sutherland "last saw action" at Woodbine, where she also announced her retirement. Not at Del Mar. 2. She also did not "win with her final two mounts" at Del Mar on Aug 3 and Aug 4. She won a race on Aug 3 at Del Mar on "Rock U Up." No wins on August 4.
Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
I'm excited for this!
Nancy Hayes More than 1 year ago
I knew this would happen sooner or later when I noticed through some research that her other ventures had gone dry. Del Mar is aiming a bit too high right back. I am not a hater but I'm reasonably sure she will have an 'O fer' meet.
Nick Palermino More than 1 year ago
Nancy as much as I would like to think that she will go O'fer, she is the Del Mar Poster Girl and the DMR stewards will allow her to ride recklessly in the lane without penalty on her way to the winners circle because she works for the Del Mar Marketing Department. I know this because I witnessed it first hand as it cost me a Pick 6 on a Friday night when she impeded not once but twice, Joe Talamo with NO DQ... she will win because the stewards will allow it.
Gene Davenport More than 1 year ago
Chantal was and is a better jockey than Kenny Black ever was,,,,,,go get a drink dude
Kenny Black More than 1 year ago
Well if your buying sure ,WOULDN'T WANT TO BE RUDE!!!And this is your professional opinion of course correct?Obviously you've rode race horses in races yourself and the the horses sitting in front of your local grocery store don't qualify sorry Gene.LOL
Kenny Black More than 1 year ago
give me a break !!! whats she going to do for an encore drop both reins in the stretch this year ,she isn't the caliber of rider to be riding there and never was !!!
Emmett Moore More than 1 year ago
Just what Del Mar needs, one more beautiful woman.
Matt More than 1 year ago
Kayla will out ride her in the lane!
Patricia Houser More than 1 year ago
And sure enough, Kayla already has, with a win on Day 2 of the Del Mar meet. :)
Ozzie Ebrahim More than 1 year ago
Welcome back..girl....we cannot wait....