Report: Sutherland suspended for failing alcohol test

  • click above & share!
    X
  • click above & share!
    X


  • click above & share!
    X
  • click above & share!
    X
Jockey Chantal Sutherland Jockey Chantal Sutherland

An article in Horse-Canada.com’s Thoroughblog, written by Jennifer Morrison, reports that jockey Chantal Sutherland was taken off mounts at Woodbine on Saturday and suspended five days after failing a pre-race breathalyzer test for alcohol. Officials at Woodbine would not confirm the report, saying all stewards rulings related to alcohol or drug testing are considered private matters.

Sutherland, reached by telephone Sunday morning in Canada, declined to comment on the matter.

Sutherland, who rode on Friday’s Woodbine program, was named on several mounts Saturday, beginning with the first race at 1:05 p.m. aboard Bobby Joe for trainer Robert Tiller. Jockeys may be subjected to breath tests approximately one hour before riding their first mount, so Sutherland would have been tested at noon. One of the scheduled mounts she was taken off was Awesome Fire, owned by her brother Hugh Sutherland’s Urban Fire Corp., in the $150,000 Carotene Stakes. Awesome Fire wound up sixth as the second betting choice under Gerry Olguin. Sutherland was also named to ride on four races at Woodbine Sunday and four on Monday. 

Under Chapter 38 of the Ontario Racing Commission Rules of Racing, licensees in safety sensitive positions, ranging from assistant starters, jockeys, trainers, valets, and others, are subject to alcohol testing. Blood alcohol content above .02 but below .04 is considered over the limit and subject to a first offense fine of $100 and suspension for that day. A second offense in that blood-alcohol content range within 12 months is subject to a $300 fine and five-day suspension. Blood alcohol content tests from .04 to .079 are subject to a first offense fine of $300 and five-day suspension. Because of the confidentiality of the ruling, it is not known whether the reported suspension would have been a first offense for Sutherland.

For comparison sake, in many states it is considered illegal to operate a motor vehicle when blood alcohol content exceeds .08.

Earlier this year, jockey Kent Desormeaux failed a breathalyzer test at Belmont Park. He subsequently entered an outpatient treatment program. In 2010, Desormeaux reportedly failed a similar test at Woodbine.

Sutherland also models and was featured in Southern California marketing programs earlier this year for Santa Anita Park and Del Mar, making her one of the highest profile riders in the sport. She has won 33 races from 305 mounts this year, for earnings of $2,147,722. Until recently being replaced by Rafael Bejarano, she was the regular rider for multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude, the likely favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

An article in Horse-Canada.com’s Thoroughblog, written by Jennifer Morrison, reports that jockey Chantal Sutherland was taken off mounts at Woodbine on Saturday and suspended five days after failing a pre-race breathalyzer test for alcohol. Officials at Woodbine would not confirm the report, saying all stewards rulings related to alcohol or drug testing are considered private matters. Sutherland, reached Sunday morning in Canada, declined to comment on the matter.
Sutherland, who rode on Friday’s Woodbine program, was named on several mounts Saturday, beginning with the first race at 1:05 p.m. aboard Bobby Joe for trainer Robert Tiller. Jockeys are given breath tests approximately one hour before riding their first mount, so Sutherland would have been subjected to testing at noon. One of the scheduled mounts she was taken off was Awesome Fire, owned by her brother Hugh Sutherland’s Urban Fire Corp., in the $150,000 Carotene Stakes. Awesome Fire wound up sixth as the second betting choice under Gerry Olguin. She was also named to ride on four races at Woodbine Sunday and four on Monday. 
Under Chapter 38 of the Ontario Racing Commission Rules of Racing, licensees in safety sensitive positions, ranging from assistant starters, jockeys, trainers, valets, and others, are subject to alcohol testing. Blood alcohol content above .02 but below .04 is considered over the limit and subject to a first offense fine of $100 and suspension for that day. A second offense within 12 months is subject to a $300 fine and five-day suspension. Blood alcohol content tests from .04 to .079 is subject to a first offense fine of $300 and five-day suspension. 
Because of the confidentiality of the rulings, it is not known whether the reported suspension is a first offense for Sutherland.
For comparison sake, in many states it is considered illegal to operate a motor vehicle when blood alcohol content exceeds .08.
Earlier this year, jockey Kent Desormeaux failed a breathalyzer test at Woodbine. He subsequently entered an outpatient treatment program.
Sutherland also models and was featured in Southern California marketing programs earlier this year for Santa Anita Park and Del Mar, making her one of the highest profile riders in the sport. She has won 33 races from 305 mounts this year, for earnings of $2,147,722. Until recently being replaced by Rafael Bejarano, she was the regular rider for multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude, a likely favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001654178614 Happy Harriet

    Chantall’s in trouble and I thought that as early as this Spring.  I hope she finds her balance and gets her focus back.  I wish her well.

    • Yo soy fiesta

      Details, Harriet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001654178614 Happy Harriet

    Chantall’s in trouble and I thought that as early as this Spring.  I hope she finds her balance and gets her focus back.  I wish her well.

  • Rrittle

    mediocre rider using poor judgement

    • karl bittner

      Why are we so quick to slam people when they are down? I wonder how many of you are just mediocre at your job or at least not as good as you think? Maybe she has a problem and needs help, maybe not. We do not know. I admit that if I had top class horses she would not be anywhere near the top of my list but I certainly would not go out of my way to voice that opinion. Young Females need all the role models they can get in this business and until now I think she has carried herself quite well in a sport dominated by ego maniacal males.

      • IrishMick

        I am at best mediocre at my current job, but I am an excellent drinker. 

        I aspire to become a taste-tester with Jameson, but if any of you hard-boots have a connection, I am willing to make an exception for either Woodford Reserve or Makers Mark. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500075913 Renuncia Cupelluni

          Now THAT was funny!

    • Yo soy fiesta

      Mediocre blogger using poor typing skills. Shift means big letter genius.

    • Clemclemson

      Mediocre blogger using poor spelling.  Judgment does not contain two “e” s.  And by the way – lets see you ride Game On Dude to a win.  I think not.

      • Rrittle

        you are apparently the spelling police that has the hots for a mediocre rider that won with game on dude. Actually, any average rider could have won with GOD. Get real!

  • Rrittle

    mediocre rider using poor judgement

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    If you fail a breathalyzer test at 11am you have a serious alcohol problem.

    • IrishMick

      But 11:00am in Toronto is 4:00pm in Dublin…Bottoms Up!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYBILIHAIFH2HKEJK43BBFJQCQ Chris

      If you drink the night before you can still test positive for alcohol the next afternoon, depending on how much you drank, body size etc.

      • No Penalties in Horse Racing

        Yes, I realize this.  Stand by my original statement.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    If you fail a breathalyzer test at 11am you have a serious alcohol problem.

  • Jh

    Baffert knew something taking her off Game on Dude.  Am sure Baffert heard the rumors, now truth, about wondergirl, and replaced her with Bejerano.  She just kissed many live mounts goodbye; just like Desormeaux.  Get ready for the heartfelt apology from her.  Very average rider soon to only be on 30/1 morning line horses.

    • Yo soy fiesta

      “Am sure” you don’t know your arse from a hole in the ground. So tell oh mighty industry insider Jh, what rumors? Since you have hall of fame trainers on speed dial, please fill us in. In detail, not just your dumb assed opinion. Oh great prophet of jockey agents, when did you hear or the heartfelt apology, let us know the transcript. You are a goddamn idiot that wants to act like you know something, and then share your complete idiocy with us. Go stick your head back back in the sand like a oversized blog ostrich then please share more of your inside info with us. PLEASE!

      • Mrmsstable

        Hey yo yo maybe u need to take breathalyzer .

      • Jh

        My god., don’t be no naive.  I am a horse owner and hear the scuttlebutt that is on the backside.  By the way, why would Baffert remove her from Game on Dude’s last race if he didn’t suspect something?  Wake up bro.  By the way, if you could read, I said “Get ready for the heartfelt apology.”  I didn’t say she already had one.

        • Barbara

          Baffert didn’t “hear” anything. She embarrassed the horse and connections with the dropped rein ride (in which it can be argued she moved too soon, too) in the Pac Classic and he replaced her with his first call rider who happens to be the top jock on left coast and knows the horse well. Sometimes there doesn’t have to be a “conspiracy” Jh. If trainers replaced jocks who drink too much some nights they wouldn’t start one race a day.

    • Jayne

       Did Chantal do something to hurt you?  It certainly seems that you want some kind of revenge.  Whatever one thinks of her riding ability, she has courage and deserves our moral support as she puts her life on the line in the afternoons.
        I’m sure I would be up for a drink too if I were a jockey.  As you know, many of her male counterparts do the same but just havn’t been caught yet.

      • Roisin

        She’s not doing too well, is she ? Not long ago trouble in England for whipping. I hope she can get her act together.

  • Jh

    Baffert knew something taking her off Game on Dude.  Am sure Baffert heard the rumors, now truth, about wondergirl, and replaced her with Bejerano.  She just kissed many live mounts goodbye; just like Desormeaux.  Get ready for the heartfelt apology from her.  Very average rider soon to only be on 30/1 morning line horses.

  • Ernie

    Wonder if her losing game on dude making her depressed?

  • Ernie

    Wonder if her losing game on dude making her depressed?

  • PWK

    Just makes me admire that class act Rosie even more.

    • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

      Oh, God!  The woman who pounds Silver Oak chimes in.

      • PWK

        I think you are mistaken. I don’t drink(recovering alcoholic and I preferred Bud Light) and I don’t think it required calling on God.

        • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

          I’m not mistaken, Kelly.

          • PWK

            My name is Paula-I live in Ocala. YOU ARE MISTAKEN!!!!!!

          • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

            Kelly, your writing style is obvious.  Bud Light?  I will say, Kelly, you are definitely low rent.

          • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

            Kelly, your last post was so obvious.  Too much Silver Oak.  Or Bud Light.  :)

          • PWK

            Too funny. Maybe I want to be Kelly. If I’m low rent, maybe she has money? I’m definitely not high maintenance, but on a student’s budget that’s how it is. No SO or BL anymore-Sorry. Although I’m sorry to say I never did try the SO. Wine gave me a hangover.:)

  • PWK

    Just makes me admire that class act Rosie even more.

  • Nucky Thompson

    Thank goodness they don’t breathalyze us owners. Most of us would be permanently suspended.

  • Nucky Thompson

    Thank goodness they don’t breathalyze us owners. Most of us would be permanently suspended.

  • karl bittner

    Why are we so quick to slam people when they are down? I wonder how many of you are just mediocre at your job or at least not as good as you think? Maybe she has a problem and needs help, maybe not. We do not know. I admit that if I had top class horses she would not be anywhere near the top of my list but I certainly would not go out of my way to voice that opinion. Young Females need all the role models they can get in this business and until now I think she has carried herself quite well in a sport dominated by ego maniacal males.

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    Oh, God!  The woman who pounds Silver Oak chimes in.

  • Yo soy fiesta

    “Am sure” you don’t know your arse from a hole in the ground. So tell oh mighty industry insider Jh, what rumors? Since you have hall of fame trainers on speed dial, please fill us in. In detail, not just your dumb assed opinion. Oh great prophet of jockey agents, when did you hear or the heartfelt apology, let us know the transcript. You are a goddamn idiot that wants to act like you know something, and then share your complete idiocy with us. Go stick your head back back in the sand like a oversized blog ostrich then please share more of your inside info with us. PLEASE!

  • Yo soy fiesta

    Details, Harriet.

  • Yo soy fiesta

    Mediocre blogger using poor typing skills. Shift means big letter genius.

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    What do you mean withdraw under order of Stronach Group??  Did Santa Anita boot her from the track?  I don’t remember reading that anywhere.  Please elaborate..

  • Mrmsstable

    Hey yo yo maybe u need to take breathalyzer .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597973618 Isabella Izzy

    It is Thanksgiving. She just started celebrating a bit early

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597973618 Isabella Izzy

    It is Thanksgiving. She just started celebrating a bit early

  • IrishMick

    I am at best mediocre at my current job, but I am an excellent drinker. 

    I aspire to become a taste-tester with Jameson, but if any of you hard-boots have a connection, I am willing to make an exception for either Woodford Reserve or Makers Mark. 

  • IrishMick

    But 11:00am in Toronto is 4:00pm in Dublin…Bottoms Up!

  • Jayne

     Did Chantal do something to hurt you?  It certainly seems that you want some kind of revenge.  Whatever one thinks of her riding ability, she has courage and deserves our moral support as she puts her life on the line in the afternoons.
      I’m sure I would be up for a drink too if I were a jockey.  As you know, many of her male counterparts do the same but just havn’t been caught yet.

  • giftoffaith

    Alcohol can be detected in a breath sample hours after drinking, even from the night before. Give the woman a break here. She is competing in a sport that is tough, and she is showing our young girls that you can do anything you set your mind to. (I don’t mean drinking). I believe that failed breath test was from alcohol the night before, I may be wrong, but that is my opinion.

    • pp

      And here you have pointed out that Chantel is no role model for our young girls, not that it is her obligation to be one. She posed nude for Vanity Fair, and has now been ruled off for alcohol use.

      I think by now our young girls know they can do anything to which they set their minds. And our young boys have seen that athletes are just people who perform well physically, they are not role models for anyone other than fellow athletes.

      • pp

        PS If you are still reeking of alcohol from the night before, you must have been drinking until dawn and only half detoxed by noon. Also not someone I want to ride my horse.

      • giftoffaith

         When I said it I meant it. There are still young girls and women too who do not believe they can achieve what they desire. I think the Vanity Fair shoot was great, tastefully done. It seems you just do not like Chantal. How many male jockeys have had alcohol and other problems. Unfortunately,
         we are all just human beings who make mistakes. Who knows the circumstances of the failed breath test? I don’t, and I bet you don’t. I think it is what she does from here on that counts and I don’t think it makes her any less a good person. Maybe, we can all learn from this.

        • PomDeTerre

          so you would have let this person ride?  not a smart move, regardless of what she has done for the sport in socal.

          • giftoffaith

             I did not say I would let anyone ride that failed a breath test for alcohol. I only stated that it could be from the night before and that does not necessarily mean they were boozin til dawn. I do not advocate drinking and driving or riding. I merely stated a fact, since it seemed to me she was getting a harsh rap from some like you.

      • Lost In The Fog

        For whatever it’s worth she did not pose nude for Vanity Fair.  She wore a thong which they airbrushed out to create the illusion that she was nude when in fact she was not.

    • Hooch

      I agree. With not an ounce of body fat,  it probably was from the evening before and she didn’t feel it affected her in any way. She’s a smart gal

      • Barney Door

        She’s smart alright. other women drink and then take off their clothes. take brains to reverse the pattern.

  • giftoffaith

    Alcohol can be detected in a breath sample hours after drinking, even from the night before. Give the woman a break here. She is competing in a sport that is tough, and she is showing our young girls that you can do anything you set your mind to. (I don’t mean drinking). I believe that failed breath test was from alcohol the night before, I may be wrong, but that is my opinion.

  • RayPaulick

    I don’t know the circumstances of what happened at Woodbine on Saturday and I really encourage people not to begin psychoanalyzing this young woman.

    What I will say about Chantal Sutherland is that she has been great for our game. Cracking the Southern Californian jockey colony has historically been a very, very difficult thing for a female rider, and only a few have succeeded. For that matter, it’s not easy for anyone (male or female) coming from the East and succeeding. There is a long line of riders who have tried and failed.

    When I’ve watched her ride in Southern California, Chantal is bombarded with autograph and photos requests every time she gets off a horse – win or lose. I have never seen her say no to any fan.

    Again, I don’t know the circumstances  and hesitated at even reporting on this matter, since the stewards said they would not comment on it. Ultimately, I determined it is news because of her high profile and the fact that it was reported elsewhere, the writer having gotten confirmation of the suspension from one of the stewards. Chantal would not comment, but she understood why I felt it necessary to pursue the story. She was as polite in declining to discuss what happened as she’s been when celebrating a victory.

    • Convene

       Well said, Ray. The penalty should be sufficient. However, I think the overall cavalier attitude society at large has to alcohol – to which some of the comments give evidence – has more than a little to do with why Chantal and Kent might have had these problems. Most intelligent people know drug abuse is bad for you. It’s time we began to accept the fact that alcohol is a drug and perhaps the most abused one of all. If Chantal has a problem, I hope she deals with it and puts the matter behind her. No, I’m not against a drink once in a while – before someone accuses me of being a prude. I just see so many lives ruined or destroyed by booze used inappropriately or by people who can’t stop when they start. Let’s have appreciation of those who have a problem – most effectively by remembering to look at alcohol in its true light. This young lady has indeed been good for the game and has achieved great success. I think she deserves something better than to have us gloat over what is hopefully simply a one-time falling from grace.

    • Vonnie

      Very well said!  

    • Pinky

      agree – and no need to be judgmental about the guys (like Kent)  either.

    • pp

      Alcohol?! Wow, I can’t believe you all are giving a pass to any jockey who drinks and rides, no matter how nice a person he or she is. Of all the leisure drugs, alcohol impairs the most and puts every person and animal in the race at risk.

      Defenders might say that the amount was very small. Then why be stupid enough to drink before you ride? Should your pilot have a cocktail at lunch? It shows a cavalier attitude toward her primary job, and I want a jockey who is energetic and serious about riding my horse.

      Unfortunately Chantel has too many other things on her mind besides her main job, and people may now infer things about why she was taken off Game On Dude. Very foolish.

      • Larry Ensor

        WOW, I can’t believe what you just said. I didn’t read any specifics and you make it sound like she stopped by a drive though on her way to work for a quick pint. .02, mouthwash would set that off and I would bet with a little research it would show that .04 could show up from having a few cocktails the night before. Personally I will give her the benefit of doubt.
        FYI, pot, depending on the type of testing used and the persons metabolism, body fat, can be detected well over a year after smoking it. Cocaine for only a week or two.

        No disrespect intended but please save the lectures.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nick.skias Nick Skias

         I don’t think Ray is giving her a pass but let’s allow due process to run its course. I think jockeys are under more stress then most athletes.

    • PomDeTerre

      I agree about not bashing her.  However if she was tested at an unsafe level, hen the proper actions were taken by the stewards.  She should not have been allowed to ride in that condition.

  • RayPaulick

    I don’t know the circumstances of what happened at Woodbine on Saturday and I really encourage people not to begin psychoanalyzing this young woman.

    What I will say about Chantal Sutherland is that she has been great for our game. Cracking the Southern Californian jockey colony has historically been a very, very difficult thing for a female rider, and only a few have succeeded. For that matter, it’s not easy for anyone (male or female) coming from the East and succeeding. There is a long line of riders who have tried and failed.

    When I’ve watched her ride in Southern California, Chantal is bombarded with autograph and photos requests every time she gets off a horse – win or lose. I have never seen her say no to any fan.

    Again, I don’t know the circumstances  and hesitated at even reporting on this matter, since the stewards said they would not comment on it. Ultimately, I determined it is news because of her high profile and the fact that it was reported elsewhere, the writer having gotten confirmation of the suspension from one of the stewards. Chantal would not comment, but she understood why I felt it necessary to pursue the story. She was as polite in declining to discuss what happened as she’s been when celebrating a victory.

  • Crystal

    she’s a grown adult. She knows when she puts a bottle to her mouth like everyone else. No excuses. Get off your mounts for the day and take a cab home.

  • Howard Stevens

    I’m really dissapointed in her to see her use such bad judgement.  She has ridden for me, and done it well over the years, and has been a mostly (except for that embarassing TV show Jockey’s) positive representative of our business.  I’m sure she regrets this embarassing misstep, however, this incident is unfortunately part of a much larger problem, namely the increasing disregard Jockey’s today have for their jobs. 

     There have been more and more “incidents” in the news over the last several years, whether it be DUI’s, drug use, spousal abuse, you name it, and each time The Jockey’s Guild comes out and defends the indefensible behavior. I for one am tired of hearing Terry Meyocks and John Velazquez continually come out and demand things from the racetracks and the horsemen while continually condoning the behavior of their membership.  Perhaps they might get a more sympathetic ear if they chose to act as the professionals they are supposed to be, not a bunch over overpaid, ungrateful whiners. 

    Chantal is much smarter than the average jockey, and I hope that she realizes that being a female Kent Desormeaux is not a prudent career goal.

  • Crystal

    she’s a grown adult. She knows when she puts a bottle to her mouth like everyone else. No excuses. Get off your mounts for the day and take a cab home.

  • Howard Stevens

    I’m really dissapointed in her to see her use such bad judgement.  She has ridden for me, and done it well over the years, and has been a mostly (except for that embarassing TV show Jockey’s) positive representative of our business.  I’m sure she regrets this embarassing misstep, however, this incident is unfortunately part of a much larger problem, namely the increasing disregard Jockey’s today have for their jobs. 

     There have been more and more “incidents” in the news over the last several years, whether it be DUI’s, drug use, spousal abuse, you name it, and each time The Jockey’s Guild comes out and defends the indefensible behavior. I for one am tired of hearing Terry Meyocks and John Velazquez continually come out and demand things from the racetracks and the horsemen while continually condoning the behavior of their membership.  Perhaps they might get a more sympathetic ear if they chose to act as the professionals they are supposed to be, not a bunch over overpaid, ungrateful whiners. 

    Chantal is much smarter than the average jockey, and I hope that she realizes that being a female Kent Desormeaux is not a prudent career goal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYBILIHAIFH2HKEJK43BBFJQCQ Chris

    If you drink the night before you can still test positive for alcohol the next afternoon, depending on how much you drank, body size etc.

  • Vonnie

    Wow – so many negative comments for a girl who has worked hard all her life and made a very good career for herself.  Why is everyone so quick to judge?  

  • Vonnie

    Wow – so many negative comments for a girl who has worked hard all her life and made a very good career for herself.  Why is everyone so quick to judge?  

  • Convene

     Well said, Ray. The penalty should be sufficient. However, I think the overall cavalier attitude society at large has to alcohol – to which some of the comments give evidence – has more than a little to do with why Chantal and Kent might have had these problems. Most intelligent people know drug abuse is bad for you. It’s time we began to accept the fact that alcohol is a drug and perhaps the most abused one of all. If Chantal has a problem, I hope she deals with it and puts the matter behind her. No, I’m not against a drink once in a while – before someone accuses me of being a prude. I just see so many lives ruined or destroyed by booze used inappropriately or by people who can’t stop when they start. Let’s have appreciation of those who have a problem – most effectively by remembering to look at alcohol in its true light. This young lady has indeed been good for the game and has achieved great success. I think she deserves something better than to have us gloat over what is hopefully simply a one-time falling from grace.

  • Vonnie

    Very well said!  

  • PWK

    I think you are mistaken. I don’t drink(recovering alcoholic and I preferred Bud Light) and I don’t think it required calling on God.

  • Patrice Fleck

    As many noted, the alcohol test is EXTREMELY sensitive…. not trying to defend her, but it is TOTALLY conceiveable that she had dinner and drinks the night before….. And lord knows jockeys barely eat and she can’t weigh very much.  Pretty sure I heard that women process alcohol more slowly than men as well…

  • Patrice Fleck

    As many noted, the alcohol test is EXTREMELY sensitive…. not trying to defend her, but it is TOTALLY conceiveable that she had dinner and drinks the night before….. And lord knows jockeys barely eat and she can’t weigh very much.  Pretty sure I heard that women process alcohol more slowly than men as well…

  • Gfpowell

    This business is a male-dominated industry that has a horrendous record of denying female trainers, female jockeys, any any females ACCESS to the system. Female trainers are routinely DENIED stalls at racetracks putting them at a huge disadvantage. Female jockeys are DENIED access to many mounts are have to work so much harder to make it. Female horse people are denied career positions with the racing commissions when they want to transition. This industry is an “old boys club,” and if it were closely examined by equal opportunity panels or just plain SUED by female personnel things will change. It is not coincidence that ALL high profile trainers (98%) are MALE. They snap their fingers and have access to everything. All racing secretaries are MALE and they take care of the male trainers by writing races for them. So Chantal has been very successful at what she has accomplished and she is a good rider.

    • Howard Stevens

      I don’t know what you do in this industry, but there are many, many women that have been and are successful.  As trainers, Linda Rice, Jane Cibelli, Christine Janks, Laura DeSeroux, Carla Gaines, Lisa Lewis, and others have been very successful training.  Georgeanne Hale has been the racing secretary in Maryland, has been for a number of years and is extremely well liked. Ellen McClain is the COO at NYRA.  In my experience I have worked with female veterinarians, and I use a female blacksmith that is one of the very best at her craft of either sex. 

      There are many successful women in the thoroughbred industry in many different areas.  If you are unsuccessful, perhaps your sex is not the reason.

      I don’t get your post. Are you saying Sutherland is being unfairly persecuted because she is a woman ?  Who are the two people that would endorse your soliloquy with a “like” ? 

  • Gfpowell

    This business is a male-dominated industry that has a horrendous record of denying female trainers, female jockeys, any any females ACCESS to the system. Female trainers are routinely DENIED stalls at racetracks putting them at a huge disadvantage. Female jockeys are DENIED access to many mounts are have to work so much harder to make it. Female horse people are denied career positions with the racing commissions when they want to transition. This industry is an “old boys club,” and if it were closely examined by equal opportunity panels or just plain SUED by female personnel things will change. It is not coincidence that ALL high profile trainers (98%) are MALE. They snap their fingers and have access to everything. All racing secretaries are MALE and they take care of the male trainers by writing races for them. So Chantal has been very successful at what she has accomplished and she is a good rider.

  • Pinky

    agree – and no need to be judgmental about the guys (like Kent)  either.

  • Hunter Delaney

    Remember the limit in Ontario for jockeys, trainers, etc is 0.02!!!!!!! Legally permissive to drive a vehicle but not saddle or ride a horse. Let’s not over analyze, could easily happen from having a couple of glasses of wine the night before. Even though drug and alcohol rulings are supposed to be kept confidential by the ORC, Chantals is public and “confirmed” by an ORC steward??? Is that confidential? There is a long list of jockeys, trainers, and other licensees that have been suspended for this blood-alcohol violation.

    What should be made public is that she is by NO means the only person to be suspended in Ontario by this rule, and she certainly wont be the last.  

  • Hunter Delaney

    Remember the limit in Ontario for jockeys, trainers, etc is 0.02!!!!!!! Legally permissive to drive a vehicle but not saddle or ride a horse. Let’s not over analyze, could easily happen from having a couple of glasses of wine the night before. Even though drug and alcohol rulings are supposed to be kept confidential by the ORC, Chantals is public and “confirmed” by an ORC steward??? Is that confidential? There is a long list of jockeys, trainers, and other licensees that have been suspended for this blood-alcohol violation.

    What should be made public is that she is by NO means the only person to be suspended in Ontario by this rule, and she certainly wont be the last.  

  • pp

    Alcohol?! Wow, I can’t believe you all are giving a pass to any jockey who drinks and rides, no matter how nice a person he or she is. Of all the leisure drugs, alcohol impairs the most and puts every person and animal in the race at risk.

    Defenders might say that the amount was very small. Then why be stupid enough to drink before you ride? Should your pilot have a cocktail at lunch? It shows a cavalier attitude toward her primary job, and I want a jockey who is energetic and serious about riding my horse.

    Unfortunately Chantel has too many other things on her mind besides her main job, and people may now infer things about why she was taken off Game On Dude. Very foolish.

  • pp

    And here you have pointed out that Chantel is no role model for our young girls, not that it is her obligation to be one. She posed nude for Vanity Fair, and has now been ruled off for alcohol use.

    I think by now our young girls know they can do anything to which they set their minds. And our young boys have seen that athletes are just people who perform well physically, they are not role models for anyone other than fellow athletes.

  • Agay252

    agree with Ray, but not 100% but then again she was tested at noon and she did not pass.

  • Agay252

    agree with Ray, but not 100% but then again she was tested at noon and she did not pass.

  • pp

    PS If you are still reeking of alcohol from the night before, you must have been drinking until dawn and only half detoxed by noon. Also not someone I want to ride my horse.

  • THE KEYMASTER

    If anyone happens to see Chantal out drinking, please let me know.  I need to tilt the odds in my favor as much as I can!

  • THE KEYMASTER

    If anyone happens to see Chantal out drinking, please let me know.  I need to tilt the odds in my favor as much as I can!

  • Jh

    My god., don’t be no naive.  I am a horse owner and hear the scuttlebutt that is on the backside.  By the way, why would Baffert remove her from Game on Dude’s last race if he didn’t suspect something?  Wake up bro.  By the way, if you could read, I said “Get ready for the heartfelt apology.”  I didn’t say she already had one.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    Yes, I realize this.  Stand by my original statement.

  • Roisin

    She’s not doing too well, is she ? Not long ago trouble in England for whipping. I hope she can get her act together.

  • KPinMD

    A five day suspension means she had a higher blood alcohol content or that this was her second offense within 12 months. I know nothing about this jockey, except for the positive news I’ve heard reported until now. But, I’ve worked at a few tracks. I’ve seen what can occur when someone’s career starts to sky-rocket, and they start getting a taste of what making the big money is like. Sometimes bad habits develop that stick with people; sometimes for 20 years, and sometimes for life. Chris Antley would be one of these unfortunate examples. But, there are many others in all walks of life, who will never address or deal with such issues, until they’re forced to do so, if that ever happens. My point is that these type problems run deep and are much more pervasive than anyone commenting here is acknowledging. I hope this was a one time misstep for Ms. Sutherland. But, I wouldn’t be so quick to brush it under the rug. I think in the horse racing community things like this have been brushed under the rug for far too many decades now.

  • KPinMD

    A five day suspension means she had a higher blood alcohol content or that this was her second offense within 12 months. I know nothing about this jockey, except for the positive news I’ve heard reported until now. But, I’ve worked at a few tracks. I’ve seen what can occur when someone’s career starts to sky-rocket, and they start getting a taste of what making the big money is like. Sometimes bad habits develop that stick with people; sometimes for 20 years, and sometimes for life. Chris Antley would be one of these unfortunate examples. But, there are many others in all walks of life, who will never address or deal with such issues, until they’re forced to do so, if that ever happens. My point is that these type problems run deep and are much more pervasive than anyone commenting here is acknowledging. I hope this was a one time misstep for Ms. Sutherland. But, I wouldn’t be so quick to brush it under the rug. I think in the horse racing community things like this have been brushed under the rug for far too many decades now.

  • Barbara

    Baffert didn’t “hear” anything. She embarrassed the horse and connections with the dropped rein ride (in which it can be argued she moved too soon, too) in the Pac Classic and he replaced her with his first call rider who happens to be the top jock on left coast and knows the horse well. Sometimes there doesn’t have to be a “conspiracy” Jh. If trainers replaced jocks who drink too much some nights they wouldn’t start one race a day.

  • Teresapradere

    What a pitty….

  • Teresapradere

    What a pitty….

  • Howard Stevens

    I don’t know what you do in this industry, but there are many, many women that have been and are successful.  As trainers, Linda Rice, Jane Cibelli, Christine Janks, Laura DeSeroux, Carla Gaines, Lisa Lewis, and others have been very successful training.  Georgeanne Hale has been the racing secretary in Maryland, has been for a number of years and is extremely well liked. Ellen McClain is the COO at NYRA.  In my experience I have worked with female veterinarians, and I use a female blacksmith that is one of the very best at her craft of either sex. 

    There are many successful women in the thoroughbred industry in many different areas.  If you are unsuccessful, perhaps your sex is not the reason.

    I don’t get your post. Are you saying Sutherland is being unfairly persecuted because she is a woman ?  Who are the two people that would endorse your soliloquy with a “like” ? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500075913 Renuncia Cupelluni

    Now THAT was funny!

  • ezbreeze

    I’m thinking PP and JH have such a problem with Chantal because she is simply to good to be true. Gorgeous and superbly athletic with charisma. She is the whole package and if she had a good time the night before, so be it. More power to you Chantal!

    • Jh

      She is an attractive blonde jockey who might have a problem.  Plain and simple.  I have nothing against here.  She is a very very average jock.

      • Rrittle

        Agreed she is a very average jock. Any average rider could have won with GOD!

  • ezbreeze

    I’m thinking PP and JH have such a problem with Chantal because she is simply to good to be true. Gorgeous and superbly athletic with charisma. She is the whole package and if she had a good time the night before, so be it. More power to you Chantal!

  • Alex Brown

    having worked at Woodbine, and knowing Chantal a little, I have a couple of comments.  First, I assume the failed test was due to alcohol consumed the night before.  And honestly, I don’t think it takes too much alcohol the night before to get a positive the next morning.  While Chantal did a great job at trying to establish herself in California, that was always going to be a difficult task.  IF she moved her tack back to Woodbine she would be a top rider there.  She was before she left, and I imagine the California experience only improves her. 

  • Alex Brown

    having worked at Woodbine, and knowing Chantal a little, I have a couple of comments.  First, I assume the failed test was due to alcohol consumed the night before.  And honestly, I don’t think it takes too much alcohol the night before to get a positive the next morning.  While Chantal did a great job at trying to establish herself in California, that was always going to be a difficult task.  IF she moved her tack back to Woodbine she would be a top rider there.  She was before she left, and I imagine the California experience only improves her. 

  • Jason3443

    anyone who has been watching could see this coming

    • Jh

      agreed

  • Jason3443

    anyone who has been watching could see this coming

  • Larry Ensor

    WOW, I can’t believe what you just said. I didn’t read any specifics and you make it sound like she stopped by a drive though on her way to work for a quick pint. .02, mouthwash would set that off and I would bet with a little research it would show that .04 could show up from having a few cocktails the night before. Personally I will give her the benefit of doubt.
    FYI, pot, depending on the type of testing used and the persons metabolism, body fat, can be detected well over a year after smoking it. Cocaine for only a week or two.

    No disrespect intended but please save the lectures.

  • giftoffaith

     When I said it I meant it. There are still young girls and women too who do not believe they can achieve what they desire. I think the Vanity Fair shoot was great, tastefully done. It seems you just do not like Chantal. How many male jockeys have had alcohol and other problems. Unfortunately,
     we are all just human beings who make mistakes. Who knows the circumstances of the failed breath test? I don’t, and I bet you don’t. I think it is what she does from here on that counts and I don’t think it makes her any less a good person. Maybe, we can all learn from this.

  • PomDeTerre

    I agree about not bashing her.  However if she was tested at an unsafe level, hen the proper actions were taken by the stewards.  She should not have been allowed to ride in that condition.

  • PomDeTerre

    so you would have let this person ride?  not a smart move, regardless of what she has done for the sport in socal.

  • Jh

    She is an attractive blonde jockey who might have a problem.  Plain and simple.  I have nothing against here.  She is a very very average jock.

  • Jh

    agreed

  • Lost In The Fog

    For whatever it’s worth she did not pose nude for Vanity Fair.  She wore a thong which they airbrushed out to create the illusion that she was nude when in fact she was not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.skias Nick Skias

     I don’t think Ray is giving her a pass but let’s allow due process to run its course. I think jockeys are under more stress then most athletes.

  • Bobby McMeans

    People are assuming she came to the jock’s room drunk. At these low levels and her weight of 110 pounds, if she had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner she would still show traces of alcohol in her system the next day. I haven’t had a drink in days but I still might test positive at .02. Not going to judge her yet.

  • Bobby McMeans

    People are assuming she came to the jock’s room drunk. At these low levels and her weight of 110 pounds, if she had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner she would still show traces of alcohol in her system the next day. I haven’t had a drink in days but I still might test positive at .02. Not going to judge her yet.

  • giftoffaith

     I did not say I would let anyone ride that failed a breath test for alcohol. I only stated that it could be from the night before and that does not necessarily mean they were boozin til dawn. I do not advocate drinking and driving or riding. I merely stated a fact, since it seemed to me she was getting a harsh rap from some like you.

  • Hooch

    I agree. With not an ounce of body fat,  it probably was from the evening before and she didn’t feel it affected her in any way. She’s a smart gal

  • Bill

    The bottom line with jocks is that they are hired two days before the horse runs and the owner entrusts his valuable horse that he has either bred or bought  and believes the rider will do them right. The trainer obviously believed too. In her failure for whatever reason, that owner is at risk with his horse and his financial well being. No justification on her part can reduce that failure to do right by the persons that hired her. She is riding not only for the owner but the other jocks and the bettors and the sport itself. I personally could care less how gracious she is.If this is true, then she and every jock should pay the price for the attempted deception. . 

    • Barbara

      She is paying the price. With the suspension. And embarrassment. Agree that her misstep punished the owners and trainers of entered mounts. Including her brother;-)

      ps pet peeve here, you meant to write, “could NOT care less….how gracious she is….”

  • Bill

    The bottom line with jocks is that they are hired two days before the horse runs and the owner entrusts his valuable horse that he has either bred or bought  and believes the rider will do them right. The trainer obviously believed too. In her failure for whatever reason, that owner is at risk with his horse and his financial well being. No justification on her part can reduce that failure to do right by the persons that hired her. She is riding not only for the owner but the other jocks and the bettors and the sport itself. I personally could care less how gracious she is.If this is true, then she and every jock should pay the price for the attempted deception. . 

  • Barney Door

    If Dutrow were pretty he would not have nearly the problems.

    • Nucky Thompson

      He’s certainly no babe.

  • Barney Door

    If Dutrow were pretty he would not have nearly the problems.

  • Barney Door

    She’s smart alright. other women drink and then take off their clothes. take brains to reverse the pattern.

  • Nucky Thompson

    He’s certainly no babe.

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    This is a one-time incident.  She drank too much on a Friday night.  It won’t happen again.

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    This is a one-time incident.  She drank too much on a Friday night.  It won’t happen again.

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    I’m not mistaken, Kelly.

  • PWK

    My name is Paula-I live in Ocala. YOU ARE MISTAKEN!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    Kelly, your writing style is obvious.  Bud Light?  I will say, Kelly, you are definitely low rent.

  • http://twitter.com/LuigiGiovanni Luigi Giovanni

    Kelly, your last post was so obvious.  Too much Silver Oak.  Or Bud Light.  :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXKGIF4T5FAK27W6FBDC7IJSRY Mu2

    Ray, twice you said you didnt now the circumstances of what happened. She drank, she got caught, and now you people need to make excuses or say you need to “know the cicumstances”. Chantel comments on everything, all of a sudden, no comment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXKGIF4T5FAK27W6FBDC7IJSRY Mu2

    Ray, twice you said you didnt now the circumstances of what happened. She drank, she got caught, and now you people need to make excuses or say you need to “know the cicumstances”. Chantel comments on everything, all of a sudden, no comment.

    • RayPaulick

      I’ll say a third time I didn’t know the circumstances. According to the reports, she tested above the permitted level of .02, and that led to the suspension. That’s all I know. Were there mitigating circumstances (i.e., a common nasal spray medicine for allergy may cause a spike in blood-alcohol content)? 

      • James D. Jimenez

        Ray, since she got 5 days doesn’t it mean she tested over .04? At least that’s the way it seems to read unless of course this was her second time:
        Blood alcohol content above .02 but below .04 is considered over the limit and subject to a first offense fine of $100 and suspension for that day. A second offense in that blood-alcohol content range within 12 months is subject to a $300 fine and five-day suspension. Blood alcohol content tests from .04 to .079 are subject to a first offense fine of $300 and five-day suspension.

  • PWK

    Too funny. Maybe I want to be Kelly. If I’m low rent, maybe she has money? I’m definitely not high maintenance, but on a student’s budget that’s how it is. No SO or BL anymore-Sorry. Although I’m sorry to say I never did try the SO. Wine gave me a hangover.:)

  • RayPaulick

    I’ll say a third time I didn’t know the circumstances. According to the reports, she tested above the permitted level of .02, and that led to the suspension. That’s all I know. Were there mitigating circumstances (i.e., a common nasal spray medicine for allergy may cause a spike in blood-alcohol content)? 

  • Jh

    Odds she will come out and admit a problem and go to AA?

    • Barbara

      The same odds that you will discover thoughtful judgement before you comment again? If she is the only jock or trainer that you have “heard” about having one too many the night before or one too many too late into the evening, then you need to get out more. She didn’t help herself here, but there isn’t much to help in So Cal, where they barely ride her anyway. But piling on is more unbecoming to you than to Chantal.

  • Jh

    Odds she will come out and admit a problem and go to AA?

  • Buster3882

    This is either her second offense or if it’s her first offense she blew at least a .04.
    Read the rules that were posted in the article.

  • Buster3882

    This is either her second offense or if it’s her first offense she blew at least a .04.
    Read the rules that were posted in the article.

  • Sal Carcia

    Ray, for someone who didn’t want to mention this incident, it has remained in your headlines quite long. I have been annoyed many times at how more important topics have quickly disappeared from the front page. And finally, I wish Chantal the best. She deserves it.

  • Sal Carcia

    Ray, for someone who didn’t want to mention this incident, it has remained in your headlines quite long. I have been annoyed many times at how more important topics have quickly disappeared from the front page. And finally, I wish Chantal the best. She deserves it.

  • Clemclemson

    Mediocre blogger using poor spelling.  Judgment does not contain two “e” s.  And by the way – lets see you ride Game On Dude to a win.  I think not.

  • Barbara

    The same odds that you will discover thoughtful judgement before you comment again? If she is the only jock or trainer that you have “heard” about having one too many the night before or one too many too late into the evening, then you need to get out more. She didn’t help herself here, but there isn’t much to help in So Cal, where they barely ride her anyway. But piling on is more unbecoming to you than to Chantal.

  • Barbara

    She is paying the price. With the suspension. And embarrassment. Agree that her misstep punished the owners and trainers of entered mounts. Including her brother;-)

    ps pet peeve here, you meant to write, “could NOT care less….how gracious she is….”

  • Beachy

    The whole story is not known, so it’s not nice or fair to judge.  I hope Ms. S will be ok…big prayers…  

    • Jackson56621

       get a clue

    • James D. Jimenez

      I’ve got to second Jackson’s comment: Get a clue, she showed up under the influence of alcohol to ride a race. Seems she and Smith had something in common but at least Mike didn’t get behind the wheel and called a cab.

  • Beachy

    The whole story is not known, so it’s not nice or fair to judge.  I hope Ms. S will be ok…big prayers…  

  • hype22redux

    Todays world is so different,can you imagine how the previous generation of jockeys would have fared,and we are so quick to downgrade people because of it…sad how vengeful and vindictive we have become

  • hype22redux

    Todays world is so different,can you imagine how the previous generation of jockeys would have fared,and we are so quick to downgrade people because of it…sad how vengeful and vindictive we have become

  • Jackson56621

     get a clue

  • James D. Jimenez

    I’ve got to second Jackson’s comment: Get a clue, she showed up under the influence of alcohol to ride a race. Seems she and Smith had something in common but at least Mike didn’t get behind the wheel and called a cab.

  • James D. Jimenez

    Ray, since she got 5 days doesn’t it mean she tested over .04? At least that’s the way it seems to read unless of course this was her second time:
    Blood alcohol content above .02 but below .04 is considered over the limit and subject to a first offense fine of $100 and suspension for that day. A second offense in that blood-alcohol content range within 12 months is subject to a $300 fine and five-day suspension. Blood alcohol content tests from .04 to .079 are subject to a first offense fine of $300 and five-day suspension.

  • Rrittle

    you are apparently the spelling police that has the hots for a mediocre rider that won with game on dude. Actually, any average rider could have won with GOD. Get real!

  • Rrittle

    Agreed she is a very average jock. Any average rider could have won with GOD!

  • Francis Bush

    What little benefit could be achieved by drinking alcohol. Imagine owning a horse ridden by someone intoxicated. If she wanted to imbibe, go home and stay there until sober. This kind of attitude is unwanted in the industry, in spite of her past success in the business.

  • Francis Bush

    What little benefit could be achieved by drinking alcohol. Imagine owning a horse ridden by someone intoxicated. If she wanted to imbibe, go home and stay there until sober. This kind of attitude is unwanted in the industry, in spite of her past success in the business.

  • Omagic83

    they don’t call them pinheads for nothing. think before you drink!!! simple

  • Omagic83

    they don’t call them pinheads for nothing. think before you drink!!! simple

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    What do you mean withdraw under order of Stronach Group??  Did Santa Anita boot her from the track?  I don’t remember reading that anywhere.  Please elaborate..

Twitter