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Jetting to Strada win

April 11, 2004

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Jet Lag N showed off his patented come-from-behind style of racing Saturday night (April 10) at the Meadowlands, outclosing a classy field of mares in the $75,000 Thomas Strada Memorial to win in 1:50.

Driven by Cat Manzi, Jet Lag N rolled down the stretch to rush past Carolina Sunshine (Brian Sears), Bunny Lake (John Campbell) and Burning Point (George Brennan), those three finishing in that order, respectively, in a blanket finish.

Jet Lag N's time was the fastest ever paced by a New Zealand-bred mare. Trainer Richard Banca claimed the 5-year-old daughter of Direct Flight for $75,000 on Feb. 20 from trainer Ross Croghan who, ironically, trains Strada Memorial runner-up Carolina Sunshine.

The invitational event was named for Strada, a longtime harness racing enthusiast who was killed in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001. He was married to Terry, the daughter of Myrna Sholty and the late Hall of Famer George Sholty, and the sister to Kentucky-based horseman Buzzy Sholty.
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