Strategic Patience won for 89-year-old Don Munger, a marine who fought in World War II and was injured in Iwo Jima.

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It only seems fitting that the Memorial Day feature race at Auburn’s Emerald Downs on Monday was won by a horse trained and owned by 89-year-old Don Munger, a marine who fought in World War II and was injured in Iwo Jima.

Strategic Patience, an 8-year-old mare, rallied from last after a poor start, winning by a neck over Clemens Brook in the 6-furlong race for a claiming price of $10,000.

“She runs her heart out for us,” Munger said. “She’s as honest as the day is long.”

Ridden by Debbie Hoonan, Strategic Patience’s winning time was 1 minute, 10.70 seconds on a sloppy track. The winner paid $6.80.

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