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Strada Memorial on April 9

March 26, 2005

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The second annual Thomas Strada Memorial, a race to honor the memory of a victim of terrorism, will be contested on Saturday, April 9, at the Meadowlands.

The invitational pace for free-for-all mares will carry a $100,000 guaranteed purse. The purse for the memorial race, organized by one of Thomas' brothers, Michael, was enhanced with donations from friends and family.

Thomas Strada, 41, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center where he worked for Cantor Fitzgerald since 1995. He was a vice president on the corporate bond desk.

An outdoorsman, Strada shared his love of harness racing with his wife, Terry, whose father was a Hall of Fame horseman, the late George Sholty.

"Tommy spent many nights at the Meadowlands," Michael Strada recalled. "This was his hobby. We grew up as neighbors to many drivers and trainers in Westbury, and, of course, he married the daughter of a Hall of Famer, George Sholty. We thought this would be a way to honor him."

Jet Lag N won the inaugural Thomas Strada Memorial on April 10, 2004.
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