Kayla Stra's Long-Shot Bet 

She came to California to make it as a jockey, only to be cast as a sex symbol in a reality show. Now she's in the Bay Area trying to win races — and to overcome the prejudice against female jockeys.

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The racing form, in its staccato summary, said it best: "Dueled, stayed on." It might be the tale of Kayla Stra as well.

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