...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
Chantal Sutherland is a 47-year-old jockey who gained the title of “the world’s sexiest jockey” due to her stunning looks, which opened the door for modelling opportunities.
However, her primary success came from horse racing, which she chose to pursue over modelling.
Sutherland has accumulated over 1,200 wins during her career, leading to an estimated net worth of $20 million (£16m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Equibase estimates her career earnings to be over $59 million (£47m), with a 12% win percentage contributing to her fortune.
Early Success and Decision to Pursue Racing
Sutherland began her career in Canada in 2000, where she quickly gained recognition for her talent and went on to make a killing in her native country.
However, she also gained fame in North and South America, and her stock rose in the industry.
Her focus has always been racing, and she made history in 2012 as the first woman to ride in the world’s richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, and the first female to win the Hollywood Gold Cup.
Modelling and Acting Opportunities
Despite being a jockey, Sutherland’s good looks have earned her modelling and acting gigs throughout her career.
She was named one of People magazine’s “100 most beautiful people in the world” in 2008, and she has appeared in Sports Illustrated and had a four-page spread in Vogue magazine.
In 2012, she posed naked on a horse for Vanity Fair, which garnered attention from the media and the public.
She also appeared in the television series Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman, in five episodes.
Combining Passions: Jockey and Poster Girl
Sutherland has also been able to combine her two passions, as she was once the poster girl for the Del Mar racetrack in California.
Her relationship with fellow jockey Mike E. Smith made headlines in 2010 when they participated in the “Battle of the Exes” competition.