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Improbable gets Mike Smith aboard for possible Preakness run

Improbable will have Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith aboard if the colt runs in the Preakness on May 18. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was making the switch from Irad Ortiz Jr. because “Mike and I have a little luck together.” Baffert and Smith teamed with Justify to win the Triple Crown last year. Ortiz rode Improbable to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. The colt was moved up to fourth following Maximum Security’s disqualification.

Triple Crown winner Mike Smith gets Kentucky Derby ride

Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. He has picked up the mount on Cutting Humor, a 30-1 shot trained by Todd Pletcher. The 53-year-old Smith had been on the early 4-1 favorite, Omaha Beach. But the colt was scratched because of a breathing problem.

Jockey Mike Smith back on familiar turf at Belmont

Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who remember him from his successful years riding the New York circuit will hoot and holler.