Chantal Sutherland celebrated her 1000th career victory aboard Donald Valpredo's homebred Giro Candito in Kentucky Derby Saturday's third race at Santa Anita Park. A California-bred gelding by Twirling Candy, Giro Candito is trained by Jeff Mullins.
Over the course of her career, Sutherland has ridden a total of 7,979 races, according to Equibase, and earned more than $50 million.
At 40 years of age, the female jockey had twice announced her retirement before officially deciding in December of 2015 to return to the sport for good. The first break away from the races in 2012 was spurned by a desire to try a more domestic lifestyle with a 9-to-5 job and as the new wife to Dan Kruse, but the relationship culminated in a divorce when she decided to return to riding. She'd returned only briefly before hanging up her tack again in 2014.
When Sutherland officially returned, she said she'd heavily considered the decision and felt it was the most interesting, fulfilling choice for her life.
“Going to the gate, my heart was pounding again, and I had a lot of adrenaline,” Sutherland told the Paulick Report in late 2016. “I'd forgotten about all that. It was really exciting.”
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