You usually don't remember the jockeys in horse racing, the ones risking, riding and whipping. You remember the horses, the Secretariats and Big Browns. You watch the trainers and rich owners get the glory.
But jockeys, they're usually anonymous, blending into the background despite their brightly colored outfits.
Not Chantal Sutherland.
She's a model and an actress in addition to her full-time job of piloting stampeding thoroughbreds. She tweets and gets featured in articles across the web. She's been named Bleacher Report's hottest female jockey, and is coming soon to a television show.
She's a sports figure that transcends past the track, as we'll show you here.
According to her official website, that's how she's referred to in the horse racing community.
It's a nod to the super famous race car driver who, like Sutherland, has moved beyond the competitive side of her sport and entered other endeavors.
For instance, Sutherland has a jewelry line and helps out different charities, but acting is where she truly has started to shine.
Falling in love with horses was easy for Sutherland—her father owned a horse farm. Born in 1976 in Winnipeg, Canada, Sutherland was raised in the Toronto area and showed athletic skill at a young age.
She was a star field hockey player and was invited to try out for Canada’s junior World Cup team. Her first introduction to competitive life with a horse was through equestrian events.
She didn't try racing thoroughbreds until after college.
Sutherland's self-described "big break" in the sport came in 2001. She was given the Sovereign Award, which honors Canada's top apprentice jockey. She won it again the next year, and earned $5.7 million in winnings.
Since then, her career has taken off. She started training with top-level coaches in America, and quickly became one of Canada's top jockeys.
Still, with aspirations to compete in the Breeders' Cup and the Kentucky Derby, Sutherland moved stateside and hasn't looked back.
She's scheduled to ride in the 2011 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs – a realization of a dream.
Like any athlete with big aspirations beyond their sport, networking and having an online presence is key.
Sutherland tweets about her workouts, gives compliments to articles written about her and will even post a random picture or two every once in awhile.
And, of course, she keeps her 4,700-plus followers updated on her racing career.
Follow her @jockeychantal