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Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, a two-time Sovereign Award winner in her native Canada, take America's Best Racing's readers inside the jockeys' room in 2014. Stevens and Sutherland-Kruse will provide answers to all sorts of questions such as how jockeys get paid, what goes on between races, whom they admire and what type of music and fashion style they favor.

In this edition of Inside the Jockeys' Room we learn a little more about who Sutherland-Kruse admires and she divulges her first celebroty crush.

How many horses do you ride in a typical day?

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: In a day I typically ride about one or two horses here at Santa Anita. It seems a far cry from the good old days in Canada two years ago when I would typically ride 10 or 13 on any card of any day; I loved it! No regrets, and being humbled has taught me much about myself and who I aspire to be.

AFTER WINNING BIG 'CAP
Chantal -Torre Thumb
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Would you rather win the Kentucky Derby or the Breeders’ Cup Classic and why?

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: The Breeder’s Cup Classic would be amazing to win and same with the Derby. So, I can’t decide which one I would rather win.

Which living person do you admire most and why?     

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: I admire my Dad because he is a self-made man, and although he made mistakes, and we all do, he gave me a great life and opportunity to be anything. He is generous, a little rough on the edges and he made me strong and capable.

First celebrity crush?          

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: First celebrity crush is a tie between Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise and now it’s Chris Hemsworth, aka THOR!

What is the most money you ever won in a single horse race?           

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Most money won in a single race would have to be the Santa Anita Handicap or the Valedictory.

LOOKING FIERCE
Chantal Pixie Dress

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?    

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Hello Kitty

What kind of car do you drive?     

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Jaguar

Roller-coaster or haunted house?

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Roller-coaster.

It’s easier to have fun when … ?   

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: I’m relaxed and after I have worked out.

You can never have too many … ?

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: You can never have too many shoes.

Even at my age, I am still able to … ?      

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Even at my age I am still able to wear pig tails. … I have never met the pig-tail police yet.

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Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

Chantal excelled at sports as a teenager, avidly playing field hockey and even competing for Canada's national Junior World Cup team. She was introduced to horses through jumping and dressage. After graduating from York University in Toronto with a degree in communications and psychology, she explored flat Thoroughbred racing in spite of the initial opposition of her father.

She began her career in 2000, and in her second season in the saddle she won 124 races. In 2001 and 2002 she took home Canada's Sovereign Awards for outstanding apprentice jockey.

One of racing's most recognizable riders, Chantal was named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006, and she was also photographed by Annie Liebovitz for a four-page spread in Vogue that year. She is also the face of the Canada-based cosmetics line Mistura Beauty, and was a star of the hit reality series "Jockeys" on Animal Planet.

In March 2011, Chantal became the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Handicap, in the 74th edition of the historic race, with Game On Dude and followed up aboard the same horse with a runner-up finish in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July and victory in the Goodwood in October at Santa Anita. She also finished second with Game On Dude in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic.

After a brief retirement, Chantal returned to competitive riding in 2013.

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Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

Chantal excelled at sports as a teenager, avidly playing field hockey and even competing for Canada's national Junior World Cup team. She was introduced to horses through jumping and dressage. After graduating from York University in Toronto with a degree in communications and psychology, she explored flat Thoroughbred racing in spite of the initial opposition of her father.

She began her career in 2000, and in her second season in the saddle she won 124 races. In 2001 and 2002 she took home Canada's Sovereign Awards for outstanding apprentice jockey.

One of racing's most recognizable riders, Chantal was named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006, and she was also photographed by Annie Liebovitz for a four-page spread in Vogue that year. She is also the face of the Canada-based cosmetics line Mistura Beauty, and was a star of the hit reality series "Jockeys" on Animal Planet.

In March 2011, Chantal became the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Handicap, in the 74th edition of the historic race, with Game On Dude and followed up aboard the same horse with a runner-up finish in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July and victory in the Goodwood in October at Santa Anita. She also finished second with Game On Dude in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic.

After a brief retirement, Chantal returned to competitive riding in 2013.

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