Mike Smith will ride in Kentucky Derby after all

Mike Smith aboard Roadster
Mike Smith sits aboard Roadster moments after guiding his Derby contender to victory in the Santa Anita Derby on May 4.

Jockey Mike Smith, a two-time Derby winner, will replace Corey Lanerie aboard Cutting Humor in Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers tweeted the news at about 7:30 a.m. Friday.

When favorite Omaha Beach scratched on Wednesday, Smith appeared to be left out of the Run for the Roses.

Smith guided the Bob Baffert-trained Roadster to victory in the Santa Anita Derby, then rode Omaha Beach to the winner’s circle a week later at the Arkansas Derby. When it came time for a decision, Smith surprised some by going with Richard Mandella and Omaha Beach, spurning Baffert, with whom he teamed for the Triple Crown win last year aboard Justify.

Cutting Humor is a 30-1 longshot.