Introducing Team BetAmerica

New for 2014, the #TeamBetAmerica TV campaign features leading jockeys Chantal Sutherland-Kruse and Kayla Stra… check out our new television commercials on NBC and FoxSports1!

Team BetAmerica Roster

For Summer 2014, BetAmerica is proud to sponsor the following riders…

Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

Chantal Sutherland-Kruse

Canadian-born jockey, model and actress, Chantal was twice named Outstanding Apprentice at the Sovereign Awards. Splitting her time between Woodbine and Southern California, Sutherland-Kruse has been the regular rider for such talented horses as multiple stakes winner Game On Dude and Great Hot. She recently finished third on Asserting Bear in Canada’s answer to the Kentucky Derby: the Queen’s Plate.

Kayla Stra

Kayla Stra

Kayla began her career in her native Australia and came to America as a personal challenge. She soon found success on both the Northern & Southern California circuits before settling down south with her young family. Kayla’s zen approach to life seems to resonate with horses and has resulted in a 26% in-the-money rate. She captured her first graded stake aboard Top Fortitude in the 2014 G3 Laz Barrera.

Mario Gutierrez

Known as “Marvelous Mario” at Hastings Racecourse where he rode at on arrival from his hometown of Veracruz, Mexico, Gutierrez has been the regular rider for Team O’Neill and Reddam Racing in Southern California for several years. He was aboard I’ll Have Another for the colt’s undefeated 3yo season that included victories in the G1 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Martin Pedroza

The Panamania-born Pedroza has won over 3,600 races in a career that began more than three decades ago after his brother – also a jockey – introduced him to the sport. His first G1 victory came aboard Martial Law in the Santa Anita Hcp (at 50-1 odds) and he is the undisputed king of the Fairplex track in Pomona. One of the most resilient riders, Martin is back riding after recovering from a broken shin.

Edwin Maldonado

Edwin came to Southern California from Columbus, Ohio, by way of tracks in Winnipeg (Canada), Texas, and Louisiana. Known as a very good speed rider, Maldonado’s breakout year came in 2012 with wins aboard talented stakes winners Comma to the Top and Izzy Rules, and he was a half-length from winning the 2013 G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint aboard Reneesgotzip.

Joe Steiner

Born into a racing family from just outside Seattle, Joe knew he was going to be a jockey at the age of five. He owns notable wins aboard Danthebluegrassman and Saratoga Passage. Steiner retired from race riding for a time to recover from injury and worked for the Jockeys’ Guild before becoming one of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s main exercise riders, then returning to the saddle.

 

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