Chantal  Sutherland

Chantal Sutherland

Former jockey Chantal Sutherland Kruse, who in 2011 became the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Handicap when she piloted Game on Dude to victory, joined TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, for its coverage of Big Cap Day on March 2. Chantal, who retired from riding last October, joined Greg Wolf, Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Matt Carothers as part of the team that provided ramped up coverage of the big race. Because of the historical nature of her Big Cap victory, Chantal will forever be linked with the event and Game on Dude, a repeat winner in this year’s race. In addition to the Santa Anita Handicap, Chantal also rode Game on Dude in two other Grade I wins, the 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup and the 2011 Goodwood, as well as to a heartbreaking second place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic. She also won a pair of Grade II stakes aboard the Bob Baffert trainee. “We are very excited to have Chantal join our Big Cap coverage team,” said Kevin Grigsby, TVG’s Vice President of Production. “She not only offers a unique perspective of this iconic event, but also can deliver great insight into Game on Dude.” “I’m excited to be working with TVG and their fantastic production team,” said Chantal. “This is especially exciting because it will bring back wonderful memories! Chantal, who has served as a TVG promotional spokesperson, appeared in the HBO drama, “Luck,” and the Animal Planet reality series, “Jockeys.” While riding, she launched a modeling career, highlighted by a provocative Vanity Fair photo spread.