Sound the horns, there's a new documentary soap opera on the tube."Jockeys," a 12-episode series that airs Friday nights on Animal Planet, takes viewers behind the hooves for a look at the big stakes and little riders in the sport of kings.The show follows seven riders: Hall of Famer Mike Smith, his girlfriend and Canadian jock Chantal Sutherland, young gun Joe Talamo, veterans Jon Court, Aaron Gryder and Alex Solis, and Aussie Kayla Stra.

Here's what she had to say: Page 2: You are no stranger to publicity. "Do you and Mike sit down and watch the show together on Friday nights? We usually have a bunch of people over and we watch the show all together.

We've seen you in Sports Illustrated, Vogue and People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" list. We haven't seen the episodes before, so we're watching it as everybody else sees it.

With that and the TV show, are you recognized all over town? It's funny because we've never seen ourselves on TV like that, so it's really interesting to see how you act and how you move and how you speak. Mike called me from California one day when I was racing in Saratoga. " But he just said that he was going to be coming out to the track and he asked if he could take me out to dinner.

Chantal Sutherland: Sometimes people recognize me, if I'm wearing pigtails, or if I'm with Mike. As I've said before, he's a little, baldheaded Mexican! It's weird, and then, each time it's like, "Oh gosh, I hope I don't say anything stupid." The feedback I've gotten so far has been really positive, though. I remember saying that I didn't really know him that well and he just kept calling and finally I said that he could take me to dinner but it would be with my whole family because my brother, my sister, my parents were all there to see me, too. I thought he was crazy, but he did: He took us all out -- there was like 10 of us -- and he paid for the whole dinner and he was so nice. The very first time I saw Mike it was seven or eight years ago. I was working at a bar and grill and he came in and I knew who he was but I didn't know him at all and, honestly, I looked at him and I thought he was gorgeous.

I can't go anywhere without somebody pointing him out. We'll go in the drug store or Target and people will be like, "Oh my God, are you the two jockeys? Everyone from our friends to the reviews in the paper; people seem to think it's interesting and different and genuine. And after that I thought, well, I guess I owe him another date, and that was that. You know when you stare at somebody because you think that they are just so good-looking? I didn't talk to him or anything but I noticed him right away, so it's funny to think about where we have ended up. When you guys sit down at the dinner table, is it hard not to talk about horse racing? We talk about racing right after a race; we usually immediately come up to each other and ask if they saw it and what they thought and we get feedback from each other, which is really great.

But beyond that we don't talk about it all the time.

In fact, usually at the dinner table we talk about Mike feeding our dog table scraps! Speaking of dinner time, I think it's interesting that the show highlights the eating habits and weight struggles of men in ways that we usually think of as women's issues.

He has this thing where I swear he does it to make her like him more than me. It documents guys "flipping" to keep the weight off. There are some jockeys that flip, but a lot of them don't. Well, I'll say it's not easy to keep yourself between 100 and 112 pounds every day of every month of the year. I'm a woman; once a month I retain water and I crave chocolate and sugar. I'm very in tune to my body and know that I want to eat everything but know I can't.

These guys are so intense that most of them do it the right way. That's when I end up being in the sauna a little bit more than usual, but for the most part, I just train hard every day with a trainer in the gym. You are fully responsible for the content you post.

But even that is really intense -- it's running up the mountain six miles every day, and getting in the sauna, and going to the gym -- that kind of thing. Racing horses and winning provides such gratification that's all you focus on. I do Bikram yoga, and I run outside on trails to break it up all the time so my body doesn't get used to anything. That's a frequently asked question and it's a good one. It's exciting and it's challenging and there are a lot of emotions and nerves that come with it but right there before the gates open, before that minute and a half or two minutes of the race, it just hits you. Content that includes profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"), or other inappropriate content or material will be removed.

It's crazy either way, but it's because they know that they have to keep the weight off. The guys are like brothers and they treat me so well. I feel like, if there was ever a time when I needed them, they would stick up for me, any one of them. He comes across a little bit cocky on the show, but he's such a wonderful person. This is what you train for, this is what you do; there's nothing else like it. We reserve the right to block any user who violates our terms of use, including removing all content posted by that user.