=== Chantal Sutherland retires from riding ===
 Toronto,  ON (Sports Network) - Sunday marked the end of leading female jockey
 Chantal Sutherland's career as a thoroughbred rider. The 36-year-old announced
 her retirement from racing in a statement on her website.
 "The moment has come where I have decided to announce my retirement from being
 a  professional jockey,"  Sutherland said  in the  statement, "I  almost can't
 believe  it myself.  I'm not sad, but rather looking at another opportunity to
 begin  a  new  chapter in  my  life.  Looking  ahead,  I'm excited  about  new
 challenges and new opportunities that life has in store for me.
 "Horse racing has been my life for the past 14 years. I've reached many of the
 goals  that  I set for  myself. I've lived  out many of the  dreams I had as a
 little  girl,  back when I  was riding my  pony, mucking stalls, feeding cows,
 aspiring to finally become a professional jockey and racing in stakes races on
 a  worldwide stage.  I'm so very blessed  and grateful of the life that I have
 lived and career that I've had."
 Sutherland,  who  began her  career  at  Woodbine,  finished it  there  Sunday
 afternoon  following  a seventh-place finish  aboard Crushin Hard in the Bunty
 Lawless Stakes behind repeat winner Pender Harbour.
 A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sutherland won the Sovereign Award as Canada's
 leading  apprentice jockey in both 2001 and 2002. Keeping Woodbine as her home
 base,  she established  herself as the top female jockey in North America when
 she rode in New York and Florida in 2005 for several leading trainers, such as
 Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens and Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.
 In  2011, Sutherland  moved to  Southern California  to ride  at Santa  Anita,
 Hollywood  Park and Del  Mar. She became the regular rider of Game On Dude and
 won  the Santa  Anita  Handicap that  year  with the  gelding  trained by  Bob
 "Together  we travelled the world," the statement continued. "We won the Santa
 Anita  Big Cap, Goodwood, almost won the Breeders' Cup Classic; we won the San
 Antonio,  Hollywood  Gold Cup, and the  Californian. We travelled to Dubai and
 raced in the world's richest race, the Dubai Duty Free World Cup."
 Jockey  and horse  finished second  in the  Pacific Classic  this August,  but
 shortly  after  the race  Baffert replaced Sutherland  with Rafael Bejarano as
 Game On Dude's jockey.
 Sutherland's  final  stakes victory came on  July 29 at Woodbine in the Wonder
 Where  Stakes aboard Awesome Fire and her last career win came with Castletown
 on Sept. 3 at Del Mar.
 "So  now, with the  support of my husband, family, and friends I am ending one
 chapter in my life and starting a new one. I'm excited about my future and the
 challenges  it will bring. I enjoy working hard and striving to achieve goals,
 so  who  knows; maybe  you will see  me pop up  somewhere soon," the statement
 Sutherland  closes  her career  with 931  wins, 930 seconds  and 987 thirds in
 7,350 mounts, with earnings of $47,287,052.
 10/22 10:32:24 ET

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