BALTIMORE, Md. — The relationship between a jockey and his or her horse is a special one.
It's not as special as some relationships at the track.
Both Trevor McCarthy and Katie Davis are superb jockeys. They are based at Laurel Park, super competitive and at the top of their game.
Crossing paths at the course is how they met and eventually fell in love.
"We were both very attracted to one another. We knew that we liked each other," said McCarthy. "We kind of tested the waters, see how we felt."
"How we worked together. In the same house too," continued Davis.
The couple even rides against each other on the regular. At times they finish first, second.
They were engaged last summer and their wedding was to be April 2. The coronavirus pandemic changed that. The big day had to be postponed.
"It was very emotional, that day," said Davis.
Their new wedding date is December 17. It’s all positivity from the soon-to-be McCarthys.
"Maybe there is more things to learn," said Davis.
"Or more things to come," responded McCarthy.
"Yeah, or things to overcome and learn. Because, you’re always learning about each other," said Davis.
All they can do for the time being is wait at their home in Millersville. Racing has been put on hold. Both jockeys are missing out on the prime of their careers. Trevor is 25 years old. Katie is 28.
"We’re not making any money and it’s hard because you have those jockeys who make a lot of money and are rich and maybe can take this time and not have to worry so much. But there are a lot of jockeys who struggle," said McCarthy.
No racing, no nuptials.. for now.
"We just got to wait it out and just be patient," said McCarthy.
"At least we have each other," said Davis.
"That’s the biggest thing, too. It’s more like there could be worse things that happen," added McCarthy. "At least everybody in our family is healthy and safe and that’s the main thing."
And they will be celebrating some 'I do’s' in just a few months.