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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-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.
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.
Big Mike Smith and little Ryker Kesler stole the show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Arrogate overhauled 4-5 favorite California Chrome in the final 100 yards to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.
The ride is far from over for Mike Smith, even at age 51.