Jockey Chantal Sutherland Reaches 1,000 Wins

Jockey Chantal Sutherland Reaches 1,000 Wins
Jockey Chantal Sutherland celebrates her 1,000th victory, which came aboard Donald Valpredo’s homebred Giro Candito

Jockey Chantal Sutherland rode her 1,000th winner May 6 at Santa Anita Park, where she guided Donald Valpredo's homebred Giro Candito to victory in a maiden claiming event.

The milestone victory came with a thrilling closing effort, as Giro Candito, 4-year-old son of Twirling Candy   trained by Jeff Mullins, closed from eighth, 7 1/4 lengths back to catch frontrunner My Farmer at the wire in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint on a wet-fast, sealed track.

Win number 1,000 came on Sutherland's 7,982nd mount of her career, which dates back to 2000.

The Canadian-born jockey has earned more than $50.4 million in purses for her mounts and has 22 graded stakes wins on her record, most notably a trio of grade 1 scores aboard Game On Dude in 2011-12.

Although her business dropped off in recent years after a retirement and then a return to riding, the 41-year-old jockey has seven wins, six seconds, and nine thirds in 57 starts this year. Her best years were from 2009-11. In 2010 Sutherland won a career-high 159 races and earned more than $7.4 million. In 2011 she earned a career-high $8.7 million and won 152 races.

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