About Ted Black

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, Ted first began covering racing in 1987 on a freelance basis for the Bowie Blade-News, the Prince George’s Journal and the Prince George’s Sentinel. He has been a member of the National Turf Writers Association since 1995.

Harness action heats up on Sunday

A trio of five-eighths mile harness racing ovals scarcely in close proximity to one another took center stage on Sunday afternoon and evening as Miami Valley Raceway, Rosecroft Raceway and Pompano Park offered a bevy of solid overnight events for trotters and pacers. Just past the midway point of the program at Miami Valley, All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) gained command early then withstood a first over bid from Another Breath (Dan Noble) by the half and three-quarters then outlasted [...]

By |February 17th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Yonkers and Meadowlands offer solid Saturday night cards

On the same evening that Laurel Park hosted its Winter Racing Carnival featuring a pair of lucrative graded stakes, both Yonkers Raceway and the Meadowlands had solid programs highlighted by a bevy of overnight events. In one of the early races on the Yonkers card, Tyber Tyke (George Brennan) lived up to his role as the 7-5 favorite in the non-winners of $20,000 last five starts class when he gained command before the opener, got a breather by the half [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Numerous stakes highlight Laurel Park Winter Carnival of Racing

With the promise of brief, mild snow showers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region looming on Saturday afternoon, Laurel Park will host five open stakes during its Winter Carnival of Racing that could have a genuine winter feel well before and after post time. Right at the midway point of the card on Saturday, Laurel will present the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for three-year-old cols and geldings at one mile on the main track with several perhaps already looking ahead to a [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: SportsWire|

Sharp scores highlight trio of Sunday cards

Harness racing enthusiasts had plenty of action to follow on Sunday afternoon and evening as Miami Valley, Rosecroft and Pompano Park each had something to offer. Just before the midway point of the Sunday card at Miami Valley, Hominy Hill (Trace Tetrick) gained command past the opener and led throughout to forge an 8-1 upset in the $20,000 Open II for trotters by getting the mile in 1:56.2. A seven-year-old Swan For All gelding owned and trained by Sandy Tetrick, [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Rosecroft, Pompano and Northfield offer solid Sunday cards

One week after the New England Patriots upended the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53, many harness racing enthusiasts were focused on the Sunday cards that unfolded at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland, Pompano Park in Florida and Northfield Park near Cleveland, Ohio. In the opening race on the Sunday card at Rosecroft, Capital Builder (Jonathan Roberts) left early to secure good position before the opener in 26.4, yielded to 6-5 favorite Rock N Roll Jet (Kim Vincent) before the [...]

By |February 10th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Yonkers and Meadowlands offer Saturday cards

While many thoroughbred racing enthusiasts were following the three-year-olds on both coasts on Saturday, numerous harness racing fans were following the action at Yonkers Raceway and the Meadowlands as much of the frigid temperatures finally departed. In the opening race on the Yonkers card, a non-winners of $20,000 last five starts class for pacers, Soho Lennon A (Jordan Stratton) lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite from the rail when he gained command in a modest 28.3 opener, [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Three-year-olds on display on both coasts

Three months before the top three-year-old colts in the land gather for the latest edition of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, a bevy of talented sophomores were on display on the first Saturday in February at Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. In the early portion of the Aqueduct card, Motagally (Manny Franco) easily lived up to his role as the 3-4 favorite in a nine-furlong maiden special weight race [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Dover Downs Thursday card offers blend of upsets

On a night when several thoroughbred race tracks cancelled their live cards, Dover Downs offered a solid Thursday program in which drivers and pacers braved the subfreezing temperatures to unleash numerous fast miles over the five-eighths mile oval. In one of the final races on the card, Never Say Never N (Corey Callahan) forged a 9-1 upset in the $25,000 Open Handicap when he gained command from the rail early and never relented en route to a length victory in [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Wednesday qualifiers signal start of Rosecroft winter-spring meet

Wednesday afternoon, just before the vaunted polar vortex could make its presence felt throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Rosecroft Raceway hosted seven qualifiers as the various trotters and pacers took their first strides toward appearing in the upcoming winter-spring meet that runs two nights per week February 6 through May 18. In the first of the seven qualifiers on Wednesday afternoon, Always A Rose (Jared Moyer) benefited from a lively early tempo and second over cover to score by a length [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Top trotters and pacers highlight Yonkers Saturday night card

One night before millions of sports enthusiasts will gather round their televisions to watch Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, a rematch of their classic Super Bowl 36 encounter, Yonkers Raceway in New York will offer a solid overnight card featuring numerous quality trotters and pacers. Right at the midway point of the Saturday card a solid field of eight trotters will gather in the $44,000 Open Handicap. Smalltownthrowdown (Daniel Dube) won last [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|