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