Gary Stevens reached for the white wooden folding chair next to him and tapped his knuckles on it.
“Knock wood,” the Hall of Fame jockey said with a grin.
At a Tuesday morning news conference to promote the 2017 Breeders’ Cup that will be held for the first time at Del Mar, Stevens was considering his prospects for appearing in horse racing’s biggest weekend come November.
There is every reason to believe Stevens will be there and riding, considering he has been waiting an entire career for something this grand to take place at the seaside track at which he has spent so many summers.
But more than most, he knows there are no guarantees in his game.