Chantal Sutherland-Kruse to Pilot Standardbred in World Record Attempt

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One of Thoroughbred racing’s biggest stars, jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, will come to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Monday, Sept. 23 with one thought in mind – setting a new North American record with open class trotter DW’s NY Yank (1:51.3, $189,488).

The current record of 1:59.1 under saddle on a five-eighths-mile track was set by Karen Isbell riding Fort Valley As on June 29, 2013 at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“I’m looking forward to riding a trotter in my ‘pink saddle,’ which has taken me from Canada to the States, Hong Kong, Dubai, then England, and now The Meadows Racetrack in an attempt to break a world record,” said Sutherland-Kruse.  “This is an exciting time for me to experience the Standardbred equine after having been in the Thoroughbred world for so long.

“It will be a joy to get back to my roots, to the good old days when my dad would take me to the Standardbred farms and tracks all over Canada,” said the jockey who is currently riding at Del Mar in California.  “I used to jog horses sitting in the cart with him and also dangle my feet off the back of a pickup truck with a lead shank attached to a couple of young horses to drive them around our track to get them fit.”

Sutherland-Kruse, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, rose to fame as a jockey, actress and model.  Her list of accomplishments both on and off the track are extensive, and she will look to add to her resume when she attempts to break the record for a mile on a five-eighths-mile track with a Standardbred under saddle.

Starting her riding career in Canada, Sutherland-Kruse captured the 2001 and 2002 Sovereign Award as that country’s leading apprentice jockey.  She was second leading rider at Woodbine in both 2008 and 2009, and third in 2010.

In 2011, she shifted her tack to Southern California where she made history as the only female jockey ever to win the Santa Anita Handicap aboard Game On Dude.  A year later, she also captured the Hollywood Gold Cup with that mount.  Sutherland, who has 932 career wins and more than $47 million in lifetime earnings, recently returned to riding after a brief retirement in October 2012.

Off the track, she has appeared in People, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated magazines as well as two TV series, “Jockeys” on Animal Planet and “Luck” on HBO.

For the mile, Sutherland-Kruse will team with The Meadows’ – and harness racing’s – leading trainer, Ron Burke.  The Burke Stable will send Sutherland-Kruse to the track aboard DW’s NY Yank, a four-year-old accomplished trotter that was won 10 of 17 starts so far this season.  The gelding’s fastest win time is 1:51.3, set on July 20 at Pocono Downs, also a five-eighths-mile track like The Meadows.

The event will follow traditional harness racing “time trial” standards, using a starting gate with two prompters that can stay behind or along side of Sutherland-Kruse’s mount.

The record attempt is sponsored by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.

“I’m grateful to the MSOA for giving me this opportunity,” said Sutherland-Kruse.

“We are excited about the opportunity that this gives us to bring such a highly recognized name from the sport of Thoroughbred racing to The Meadows,” said Heather Wilder, marketing representative for the MSOA.  “With her beginnings nurtured in harness racing, and the success and notoriety that she has received throughout her accomplished career as a jockey, it just shows that we all share the common love of the animal and the enjoyment of competition.”

Ron Burke, whose stable has led harness racing in both wins and purse earnings every year since 2009, is prepping DW’s NY Yank, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC.

“This is a great opportunity for the two sports to meet, said Burke.  “I love the opportunity to get a chance to see if we can do something special.”

The record attempt will come between races at the Meadows, which has a first post time of 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, Sept. 23.  The exact time as well as additional details will come in the next few weeks.

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  • Don Reed

    Hyphenated-names are the pits. Oh well, time for another phony retirement.

    • Tinky

      Not always Don. Take, for example, two professional golfers, Davis Love III, and Curtis Strange. If the latter had a daughter who was an MD, and she married DL III’s son, she could be known as Dr. Stange-Love.

      (Shamelessly stolen from an amusing old ESPN ad.)

      • Don Reed

        I think it’s positively amazing that you feel morally bound to rightfully attribute a (clever) witticism coined by ESPN at the same time that ESPN shamelessly credits itself for stories that were originally written/broken by other news outlets, or that were simultaneously released at the same time to all media outlets.

        This will make a friend of mine’s day; thank you!

        (Update: The estate of Sammy Davis Junior The Third is now working to twist the above into something they can sell to The New Yorker. I haven’t the heart to tell them that the editors there lost their sense of humor decades ago, possibly at the same moment that they killed their horse racing column.)

        • Don Reed

          P.S.S.: The PR credits her as an actress, which is basically saying that everyone who has ever been filmed doing something (anything) in a TV reality series is an “actress.”

          Or did I miss her debut in “Hamlet” during her “retirement”? Anything’s possible.

          Also please note that the Meadows track is so buried in the bush, they still haven’t gotten the Hollywood Committee on Un-American Activities (i.e., registering & voting as a Republican) memo mandating that all actors & actresses are to be referred to as “actors.”

          • Sandra Warren

            She appeared in HBO’s “Luck.” That was not a documentary or a reality show.

          • justaguest

            I watched every episode of it and I don’t think I ever saw her. Maybe I just blinked my eyes.

          • kyle

            She was on “Jockeys,” not “Luck.”

          • RayPaulick

            There’s this thing called the Internet where you can look stuff up. She was on both.

            http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3307846/

          • kyle

            You have to use Goggle, though, don’t you?

          • Don Reed

            The Internet is a malicious rumor started by the people who bombed the World Trade Center (my source for this information is the Internet).

          • Don Reed

            If you blinked, you probably missed “Luck,” given its comparatively miniature life-span.

          • LaraHa

            pretty sure she was on, standing at the rails with another woman. when one of the horses she asked who it was. and that was about it.

          • Don Reed

            Did she, may I ask, play herself? Even if assigned a fake name?

    • Lost In The Fog

      Do you only despise Chantal or do you have a similar problem with all women who don’t toe the line according to your old school sexist mentality? And were Gary Steven’s or Dennis Carr’s (to name a few) retirements also just a put-on? Or is it only women who change their minds about retirement that are putting you on?

      • Don Reed

        I wasn’t aware that Dennis had retired and came back. As for Gary Stevens, he was retired for years due to an extremely serious medical problem that was eventually cured. Under that remarkable circumstance, who could possibly criticize him for resuming his career as a jockey?

        Chantal, on the other hand, uninjured and unfocused, is the object of my criticism (not “despised”; there is nothing personal in any of this) because people, who return very shortly after announcing their retirement, have led people down the garden path.

        “Old school.” Good grief. At least make an effort to express yourself without stumbling around in the haze of nitwit rap music clichés that cannot possibly serve as the basis for original thinking.

        • Lost In The Fog

          Don, the term “old school” predates rap music. Do your homework.

          What garden path did Chantal lead you down by retiring and then changing her mind and coming back? How exactly did that impact you or anyone else here?

          • Don Reed

            I was doing homework when you were playing with crayons. End of conversation.

        • LaraHa

          whatever her reasons – at least she is not p val. she is not leading anyone down the garden path, that would imply forethought and gullible people. i am not a big fan of chantal. i think she seriously underestimated her appeal to hollywood – who were interested in her because she was a beautiful jockey. without that to capitalize on, she was just another pretty face in a crowd of pretty faces – and hers was a lot older.

          • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

            I think she did make a big mistake in thinking she would have a modeling career. You’re right, her appeal was that she was a beautiful jockey, not a stunning woman. If you watched the series Jockeys, it was pretty apparent that she really didn’t know what she wanted from life. And she is not incredibly bright, as shown by her whining to Mike Smith that the other jockeys wouldn’t open a path for her even though they couldn’t win!!! She can ride, but I don’t feel she is as focused as she could be. Rosie is 100% focused.

          • LaraHa

            i think you are absolutely correct, chantal is not very bright. but if we really think about it, jocks are not rocket scientists.

          • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

            Perhaps, but the vast majority do not expect the others to let them go by.

          • Knowitall

            Actually Maureen, it is very common for jocks to let other riders through when their own horse is no longer in contention. Her point might have been that she felt that they were not letting her into the “Boy’s Club” so to speak and according her the same courtesy.

            That show was edited to create story lines like every other show you watch on TV.

          • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

            Coming out of the far turn? And I grant you the show was edited of course. I found Mike Smith’s response to be more telling. Basically silence.

          • Knowitall

            Yes, coming out of the turn is when many jocks know they are done. But I don’t know the specific clip you are referring to, and I am the last to defend her sense of entitlement or her intelligence. OTOH, the editing of the show made their interaction really uncomfortable to watch, too.

          • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

            I agree, It was difficult to watch. It was apparent that Chantal really didn’t know what she wanted, and was really pressing Mike to make that decision for her. I feel she is very insecure. Also, didn’t like how she made Mike move his few items from his closet.

          • circusticket

            One fell swoop. Wow. Don’t hold back, tell us what you really think.

          • LaraHa

            i think i just did.

      • Guy Fleegman1

        Those that hate on Chantal are just angry because she would never date them…I read about it on the Internet

  • Richard C

    There was no runner greater than Dan Patch…..there has been several books about the pacer that have been published over the past five or so years – which could easily be tweaked into a movie — and have the same impact on the Standardbred industry that “Seabiscuit” had on the Thoroughbred game.

    • ButlerCreek

      I am a Walking Horse owner and Dan Patch made and impact on our breed at that time before they closed the books.

    • Barry Irwin

      There was a Dan Patch movie back in the day.

      • Richard C

        The 1949 produced movie was like ‘Biscuit’s flick way back in the day — delightful fun, but more fiction than fact. Check out the DVD included in the book, “The Great Dan Patch And the Remarkable Mr. Savage” for some outstanding, classic footage of the great racer and his owner.

  • MA

    Is there an Eclipse Award for Best Hype Machine?

  • guest

    Chantal doesn’t like talking about herself, does she?

    • Don Reed

      Haven’t hear a word out of her in the last five minutes. Call ahead and see if anything’s wrong.

  • LaraHa

    her new name … really? wonder how long that will last.

  • ManuelAdum

    Chantal’s stats during the current Del Mar meet: 32 5-2-3 16% ROI=+2.16.

  • Greg Jones

    Wishing Chantal all the best! Reading comments, makes me think of one word, jealousy.

    • Barry Irwin

      You got it Greg

      • Knowitall

        Barry, just because someone thinks Chantal’s career has become a clown show of her own making doesn’t mean they are jealous. Possibly, quite the opposite. When do you plan to ride her on a TV horse?

    • jeanewolverton@att.net

      You are SOOOO Right Greg. Here’s to Chantal, CHEERS. She is a joy to watch and has brought in a lot of fans. Leading jock at Woodbine at one time too. She can ride!!

  • 14151617

    If you have never watch standatd breds under saddle it is pretty neat.

  • River View

    I’m glad Chantel is back and wish her the very best. I loved the series “Jockeys”. As for her name, I hyphenated mine when I was married also. No woman should have to give up her name just because she marries. So why not have both to honor her family and honor her new husband.

    • Don Reed

      Among other things, it’s a logistical nightmare; and to the ear, it sounds pretentious. My wife retained her maiden name when we were married, which made perfect sense, and gets a real kick out of junk mail addressed to me as “Mr.” followed by her last name (I retaliate by giving her terrible horse tips).

      • Charley Varrick

        Don , if I married you I wouldn’t change my name either, unless my first name was Lou.

        • Susanne Conway

          Hahaha!!!!

        • Don Reed

          Charley, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, if you were my wife & you had poisoned my tea, I would drink it.

  • justaguest

    I just don’t get the point of this. I used to enjoy watching her ride until she decided to do that photo shoot by Bo Derek and pose nude on a horse. Confusing, are you a jockey or a wanna-be centerfold? I prefer Rosie Napravnik, who keeps her business to horses…and it shows.

    • Lost In The Fog

      So I assume you also don’t enjoy watching Mike Smith ride because he posed nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue last year! Strange how I’ve yet to hear anyone complain about Mike doing the same thing Chantal did. Apparently it’s OK for male jockeys but not OK for female jockeys.

      • MA

        Or it’s OK when they’re actually a good jockey, and not trying to make up for their lack of riding skills by doing publicity stunts. Like, I’d rather watch Lady Gaga do some stupid dance at the VMAs than Miley Cyrus because she can actually sing, play an instrument and write well.

        • Lost In The Fog

          So one’s relative abilities as a rider determine whether posing nude is or isn’t acceptable to you. That’s hilarious!

      • justaguest

        Well I didn’t know that and it disappoints me, how’s that?

        • Lost In The Fog

          I applaud you for being consistent. My point was that it’s either OK for both Chantal and Mike or not OK for either of them. It doesn’t offend me in either case but I certainly understand how it might offend you and others. You are not applying a double standard and I respect that.

          • justaguest

            I guess I’m old school the only one I want to see naked in this sport is the horse lol.

          • Lost In The Fog

            Great line! :)

      • ThoroughbredWriter

        Lost, I did complain about Mike, as well. I love watching Mike Smith ride simply and truly because he’s a great jockey. Don’t be ridiculous–exploitation of a human is exploitation–regardless of the gender of the person. Any jock who resorts to publicity stunts has lost sight of their vocations. Ride the horse. Ride the horse. Ride the horse.

        • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

          What an attitude. It’s okay for football, baseball, hockey, and basketball players – virtually all other professional athletes to make money doing commercials, etc. But not jockeys????? Why not?

          • LaraHa

            exactly.

        • LaraHa

          it isn’t exploitation if the person being shown wants to be there!

          “the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work. i.e.’the exploitation of migrant workers’”

          neither mike or chantal were forced to do their photo shoots. mike is a great jockey. don’t know him as a person although he seems like a nice enough guy – but i sure didn’t mind him posing nude. chantal was a bit to photoshopped for me to appreciate her photo – although it was interesting and amusing.

          i am pretty sure both can laugh at themselves and not take posing nude very seriously. one does deserve a life and a laugh outside of their job.

    • Patrick Kane

      yeah an attractive women is bad for the sport. We dont want any attention.

      • ButlerCreek

        We don’t need T&A for attention.

        • Patrick Kane

          cause she modeled for a few magazines? You guys act like she did a spread in Hustler.

      • NY Owner

        These are the same folks who got the vapors when Ken Hansen wanted to dye his horse’s tail! Scandulous!

        • Patrick Kane

          i guess you and i were the only ones who said meh who cares let him dye the tail if he wants. I thought it was stupid, but its not my decision.

          • Diana Stuart

            Yeah, and let’s make sure that on Oaks day when they are doing the Breast Cancer walk we keep all those pink tails and pink hooves and pink tack out of our serious sport! Too many teapot tempests while the industry tanks.

      • Knowitall

        Nah, ROSIE is good for the game. She can actually ride, too.

        • Patrick Kane

          so a multiple riding champion who has one multiple grade ones cant? Lets all be honest people dont like her cause shes attractive and does other things besides ride.

          • Knowitall

            I liked her. Was a big proponent of promoting her for her looks, and riding ability in Canada back in the day. Thought the sport was a little late to the party to capitalize on her her “talents.” Now, I think she is a has been. She does “other things” because she ain’t that good and never was. And without GOD, she isn’t even relevant at all. And clearly she needed him, he didn’t need her.

            You totally missed the point about Rosie, though. Who is just as attractive and a far more talented horsewoman and jockey.

        • Roisin

          Rosie is great for the sport. Her focus is riding to the best of her outstanding ability. Chantal, well I’m not so sure, so will leave it alone and let how she handles her career speak for itself !

    • ButlerCreek

      Rosie, to me is an equestrian first, like Julie. I think that’s why throngs of kids look up to her on the tracks. I would like to see our greatest Jockey equestrians lead an Olympic team, to gold medals in the next Olympics. It pains me to see us down to 20th when we have the greatest riders here. That’s what Chantal should be doing with her fame and money.

    • Diana Stuart

      So I suppose you’ll be scratching Mike Smith off your list too, eh? He posed nude also. Neither one bothers me – if ya got it, flaunt it. Riders don’t all have to be dour automatons to be serious horsemen and women. Lighten up.

      • justaguest

        Sure, you go pose nude and I’ll be delighted.

        • Diana Stuart

          A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – - – . Dream on.

          • LaraHa

            LOL!

  • Black Helen

    I don’t personally care for Chantal, but I would find it very interesting to watch an attempt at an under saddle Standardbred record. I would like to watch it if they had monkeys, small children or robots like in Camel racing.

    Believe that the great Dan Patch set records both in harness and under saddle, it was once a fairly common event, and they would use a horse under harness as a pacemaker.

    Chantal never needed Don King, eh?? she does fine touting herself.

    • Ceil O’Brien Rock

      Greyhound set the world record under saddle in 1940. He was ridden by Frances Dodge (the auto family), who was an amateur saddlebred rider. As I posted above, you can go on youtube and watch a video of Julie Krone riding Moni Maker to a world record in 2000. It’s not a joke.

      • ButlerCreek

        I’ll never forget that when that happened. Julie could ride any animal.

  • Ceil O’Brien Rock

    In October of 2000, Julie Krone rode the great female trotter, Moni Maker, to a world record under saddle at the Red Mile in Lexington. You can watch the video on youtube.

    • rpres43

      C.O. Rock,
      I happened to be in Lexington that week(if I recall Keeneland’s fall meet opened the following day), and though I’m dot a harness fan, it was pretty neat to see.

    • Barry Irwin

      Thanks.

    • Knowitall

      After a stellar career and when in retirement at the time. Chantal is a ruse, Julie was the real deal.

      • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

        Yes, Chantal is no Julie Krone.

        • LaraHa

          she doesn’t have to be krone. chantal is chantal and it seems she brought new viewers and new fans to the sport. her looks have a limited life span. even those are starting to fade. (the girl needs to stay out of the sun.!)

          just as professional athletes know they can’t play football forever, they know they have to make hay while the sun shines.

  • Charley Varrick

    Hey Ray , what about giving some publicity to that lady jockey from Calder who went down to Ecuador at the weekend and won the International female jockeys challenge ? Seems a lot more horse racing newsworthy than Chantal having the trots .

    • Don Reed

      I love double-entendres.

  • Guy Fleegman1

    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

  • ButlerCreek

    Riding a pacer or trotter in standard bred or gaited is not easy. Monty racing would help put a lot of racers to good use. Good luck Chantal.

    • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

      That is correct. I’ve seen photos of Greyhound under saddle and the rider was sitting. I hope Chantal is practising because I don’t think traditional jockey position will work.

      • Ceil O’Brien Rock

        Julie stood in the saddle the entire race. I can assure you that trying to sit the trot at that speed would beat you to death.

  • Sue M. Chapman

    What a waste of time arguing about Chantal’s behaviors. Who cares? Time better spent on the condition of a seriously injured exercise rider than her T & A and where she displays them.

  • HappyHarriett

    OH GOOD LORD. Does ANYONE believe this crap???

    Chantal screwed herself royally by dropping Game On Dude’s rein (STUPID!), by drinking on the job (MORE STUPID!) and then by RETIRING (SUPER STUPID!). And then coming out of retirement a few months later (ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID?).

    But what do you expect from a JOCKEY who marries a man who is ALLERGIC TO HORSES?

    Therapy For Chantal.

    It’s a shame to see a good woman go so bad in such a short time.

    I’m embarrassed for her. I don’t think she’s sharp enough to be embarrassed for HERSELF, unfortunately.

    Here’s hoping she gets herself straightened out because right now, she’s really pathetic.

    • Justin

      What is wrong with you people? Why so much hatred and negativity about this topic? If this was Gary Stevens or Mike Smith nobody would be accusing them of seeking attention. She got a cool opportunity to do something different and she’s doing it. Why is that so wrong? Jealous?

      • Knowitall

        Um, neither Gary or Mike would DO THIS when in the midst of an actual race riding career. But I agree the level of antipathy is not warranted. Chantal has made herself irrelevant to the actual sport, she is just a sideshow extending her 15 minutes – gotta give her props for going with her assets.

    • Don Reed

      Disagreed. The above alleges that CS was drinking on the job, without any evidence. Disgusting.

  • Knowitall

    I was wondering why this was a story, then I saw 59 comments posted over nothing. It is too bad that real talent and accomplishment doesn’t generate as much response.

    • Don Reed

      If this were true, no one would be on line to place their bets. The recognition of talent and accomplishment does not have to always be in the form of a written response.

  • Knowitall

    I give 1 to 5 they asked Rosie first.

    • Don Reed

      1/9.

  • harry

    Chantal Southerland-Kruse “one of throughbred racing’s biggest stars”. Really!!! I think the marketing department at Meadows went a little overboard with such a statement.Such a huge star she retired because lack of mounts and needed a break. Once Baffert stopped giving her cream puff winners nobody seemed to remember Chantal. Interesting very interesting.

    • Don Reed

      A little?

  • RayPaulick

    I am flabbergasted at how lathered up some of our readers can get over what really is an old-fashioned and brilliant publicity stunt. It really does bring out the worse in some of you.

    Good for the Meadows, good for Chantal, and good for the USTA for promoting this.

    • Don Reed

      Disagreed. The Meadows is a fine race track. Publicity stunts are iffy, at best. And PRESS RELEASES that are written by nine year-olds (I’m willing to go as high as 11) are not a good thing to endorse.

      Having said that, it is good that the PR pass them along. How else could we possibly prove that the high schools of America are awarding diplomas to students who they desperately want to get rid of?

      I’m waiting for Roger Huston to come barreling though this column, any minute now. If any of you have ever heard his voice, a post-event introduction will not be necessary.

    • Greg Jones

      Agree 100% Ray, sure does bring out the worst, like I wrote earlier, jealousy (sad but true).

    • jeanewolverton@att.net

      You got that right Ray!!!

  • RayPaulick

    Anyone who wants to question her toughness, check out this video from Thursday’s first at Del Mar. Chantal was thrown to the ground when her mount stumbled badly. She limped off according to those on the scene, then got clearance to ride the fourth race.

  • Farmrose

    Hey! What about Calvin Borel, Earlie Fires, Pat Day or Garret Gomez, huh. What about their looks? This all sounds like Sexism. I expected better from horse apple scruffs

    • LaraHa

      well i am big fan of garret’s looks. the others not so much. oh dear, i must be objectifying him. :-)

      • Farmrose

        I forgive you.<3

  • Darren Gray

    Getting kind of Chantalled out. The Meadows is a ways from Hollywood, but she will take all the publicity she can get, she loves it. Dwindling mounts, will be interesting to see if she shows up at Santa Anita our returns to Woodbine until season close.

    • LaraHa

      not important enough to worry about. “don’t sweat the small stuff — it is all small stuff.”

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