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Exhibition Harness Races in South Carolina on March 11th
Quote:Iconic Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland will be returning to her roots to drive Standardbreds in a jurisdiction that most would not immediately associate with harness racing.

The Canadian-born and raised Sutherland, who now plies her trade as a jockey stateside, will be part of a series of exhibition races at McGhees' Mile in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, March 11. This will be Sutherland's first time driving Standardbreds publicly, but by no means her first time in a jog cart.

Sutherland's father Hugh is a longtime harness racing industry participant as a trainer and owner in Ontario. He helped introduce Chantal to horses and harness racing before she made the jump to the thoroughbred side. Her career skyrocketed from there, winning two Sovereign Awards and eventually becoming a top jockey in the U.S. Sutherland later proved her Standardbred skills in a time trial at The Meadows Racetrack on September 23, 2013 breaking the North American record with an open class trotter under saddle.
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This seems like a really great story. Having a thoroughbred jockey participating as a driver. Apparently she has close ties to Harness Racing. Sounds like it will be an exciting day at the racetrack down there.
This would be a fun day at the track. No betting, just watching the horses and drivers competing straight up.

Sutherland is a nice looking lady. That's not a bad thing either.

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An article on the races from a newspaper in South Carolina:

Ohio horseman will be busy during McGhees' Mile Standardbred Races on Saturday

Quote:For Jeff Nisonger, harness racing is addictive.

“It gets in your blood,” he said. “The adrenaline rush, it’s kind of like a drug.”

On Saturday, Nisonger and other horsemen at McGhees’ Mile will be showing the Aiken community what their sport is all about during the Standardbred Races.

Gates will open at 9 a.m., and the post time for the first race will be noon.

There will be eight races for standardbreds and one for miniature horses, said Janis McGhee, whose family owns McGhees’ Mile, on Monday.
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$10 General Admission. If I lived down there, I would probably still go. It's probably going to be a blast.
At 10 bucks, how many people are they expecting?
I'm guessing it's not be simulcast anywhere but it would be neat to watch the action.
Quote:It won't count toward her career totals and it won't show on any charted lines, but Chantal Sutherland can now boast winning races both as a Thoroughbred jockey and a Standardbred driver.

Sutherland was the special guest at McGhees' Mile in Aiken, South Carolina as the training facility conducted its third annual matinee card of non-sanctioned exhibition races. Janis McGhee of McGhees' Mile estimated a crowd of approximately 3,500 people came out to watch the eight races and witnessed a bit of history as Sutherland guided three-year-old trotting colt Emeril to victory for one of her two wins on the card.
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