From the Paulick Report
Following the trail older sister Kayla blazed seven years earlier, Desiree Stra has ventured from Australia to America to ride as an apprentice on the Southern California circuit with Del Mar being the first stop.
Desiree, 27, is three years younger than Kayla and the daughter of Alex Stra, a trainer in Australia. Like Kayla, she learned to ride and started her professional career there, getting on her first horse at age seven and first thoroughbred at 14. She rode her first winner as a professional, a horse named Young Tearaway in the Hawker Cup in 2012. Punting Form statistics show her with 23 career wins from 310 starts.
She’s been here only three weeks and has ridden three races without a win.
“I did fairly well down there and I thought it would be pretty cool to follow in my sister’s footsteps and give it a try,” Stra said. “It’s a working holiday, but I’ve got a one-way ticket so I plan to stay awhile and see what happens. I want to get to know my little nephew, he’s growing up pretty quickly.”
Kayla is the mother of Brys Baldwin, nearly two years old.