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Chantal Sutherland-Kruse celebrates a Grade 1 win aboard Game On Dude. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

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 Sutherland-Kruse's overcoming of superstitions and whom she admires.

Do you have any kind of rituals or superstitions before you race?     

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Rituals and superstitions! This has challenged me a little and I used to be very OCD about what foot to put my boot on first or my shirt and bandana, and it eventually got out of hand. I believe that I once read a scripture or heard something in church or by Joel Osteen saying that God does not want us to believe in superstitions and to rather have faith unto him. That was it, and I let it all go. For now, I just wear a cross necklace when I ride.  

What song best describes your work ethic?        

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Katy Perry’s “Roar”.

Have you ever stolen anything from a hotel? If yes, what?      

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: No.

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If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?                      

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE:  Healthy chicken and Quinoa. 

What makes you angry?                

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: People who are mean.

Do you do any volunteer work? If so, for whom?

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: I do anything that I am asked. I wish I could do more.

Which current fellow jockey do you admire the most and why?         

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Kayla [Stra] … mother, jockey, yoga studio. After she wins, she breast feeds. That’s heroic.

What was your lucky break?                     

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Game On Dude

What’s the magic formula for success?   

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: Not sure. Let me know if you find out. Hard work and a little intelligence must be in there. 

What is your most valued racing memento?      

SUTHERLAND-KRUSE: My saddles. They are all pink and someone once told me that I could never do that and be successful. Well, IDON’TPINKALOT OF YOU. Should be a name of a horse or maybe IPINKALOTOFYOU!

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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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