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Baltruchis grazing as his deep head wound heals

After head injury comes victory on Derby Day

Like so many horse and riders who make it to the Kentucky Derby, it’s often a tough road, pitted with seemingly impossible odds. So while an eighth-grade teacher from Forney, Texas and an ex-racehorse with a two inch hole in his head may seem to have little in common with racing’s finest, it was on that celebrated first Saturday in May last year that the pair had their greatest victory. That was the day that Kristi Montgomery, a 40-year-old mother who hadn’t ridden in 20 years, climbed into the saddle of an ex-racehorse she had nursed to health from a […]