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.