Sutherland: How I became a jockey

by | 07.14.2011 | 7:18am
"I do have unfinished business," Sutherland tells The Guardian

The Houston Chronicle profiles jockey Chantal Sutherland, who missed winning last Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup by inches, as the first female jockey to compete in the 73-year-old race.  Sutherland tells some interesting anecdotes about how she became a rider, like the time she was at a dinner party shortly after college:

A guest suggested, “You can't be a jockey unless you get someone like Angel Cordero to train you.”  Sutherland asked, “Who's Angel Cordero?”  Hearing he was a top rider in south Florida, Sutherland left before the entrée and called Miami information.

“Do you have a listing for Angel Cordero?” she asked.  “Yes, quite a few,” the operator replied.  “Please give them to me,” Sutherland answered.

“I can only give you two,” the operator said.  “I'll take the first two,” the aspiring jockey replied.

She scribbled both numbers, dialed the first and struck gold.  “Yes, this is Angel Cordero the jockey,” said the man on the other end.

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