BALTIMORE (AP) The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a musical chairs feel to it.
Of the 13 jockeys in Saturdays race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. Most notably, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar trainer Bob Baffert, bumping Irad Ortiz to Bourbon War.
It seems to be a little bit more than maybe most of the time, but this isnt uncommon, Smith said. Especially during this Triple Crown stuff, theres a lot of musical chairs. A lot of people picked up horses at the last minute and won the Derby, won the Preakness and won the Belmont, for that matter.