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.

Ocean Downs kicked off summer season on Sunday

  Sunday evening marked the beginning of the Ocean Downs harness racing meet and the Maryland half-mile oval five miles west of Ocean City offered a blend of overnight races for trotters and pacers at three different distances over the seaside oval. In the opening race on the Sunday card at Ocean Downs, Ponder Time (Allan Davis) gained command easily through the clubhouse turn the first time, maintained the advantage through modest fractions of 28.2, 59.3 and 1:28.3 over the [...]

Yonkers offers sophomore stakes action

Saturday Harness Racing Recap One week after thoroughbred racing fans watched War Of Will rebound from his troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby to capture the Grade I Preakness Stakes, harness racing enthusiasts were able see numerous top sophomore pacers compete in a pair of lucrative stakes at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night. Art Rooney final Saturday's feature was the $300,000 Art Rooney final for three-year-old colt pacers and the winner would have certainly made the event's namesake proud. Bettor's [...]

Memorial Day cards highlight weekend of harness action

Harness Racing Memorial Day Harness Racing While the most lucrative stakes race of the weekend was contested at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night, harness racing enthusiasts still had ample stakes action on Sunday afternoon and Memorial Day Monday at a trio of venues. Monday afternoon Vernon Downs in upstate New York presents both the $210,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final for three-year-old filly trotters and the $215,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final for three-year-old colt trotters. Both of them are [...]

Meadowlands, Rosecroft, Yonkers offer live action after Preakness

In the moments immediately following the latest renewal of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Meadowlands, Rosecroft Raceway and Yonkers Raceway all offered solid cards that featured stakes races. Rosecroft's card began with the first of four $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders that comprise the "Sophomore Showdown" portion of the program, In the opening race on the card, Anna B (Frank Milby) easily lived up to her role as the 1-5 favorite when she [...]

By |May 19th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Meadowlands, Yonkers offer stakes action on Preakness Day

Not long after the Preakness Stakes goes official on Saturday - preferably without a lengthy inquiry - both the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway will give harness racing fans plenty of stakes action for sophomore and older pacers. In one of the earlier races at the Big M, a solid group of pacing mares will go postward in the second leg of the Rainbow Blue series. Named in honor of one of the best Maryland-bred pacing mares of all-time, the Rainbow [...]

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

Maryland racing takes center stage on Saturday

This coming Saturday afternoon and well into the evening, thoroughbred and harness racing fans will shift their attention to a pair of Maryland tracks as Pimlico Race Course hosts the latest renewal of the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, then Rosecroft Raceway presents four $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes finals on its "Sophomore Showdown" closing night program of the spring meet. Saturday afternoon's focus locally and nationally will of course be on [...]

Yonkers, Rosecroft and Harrington offer ample action

In the weekend between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes there may little of note occurring in the thoroughbred racing world, but harness racing fans will have ample action over the next three nights at Yonkers Raceway in New York, Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland and Harrington Raceway in Delaware. Saturday night's card at Yonkers Raceway is highlighted by two divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers and two divisions for pacing colts, all of which [...]

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

Meadowlands, Pocono Downs, Rosecroft and Yonkers offer solid Saturday cards

In the wake of the controversial finish and subsequent disqualification in the Kentucky Derby, harness racing fans had ample action to consume at The Meadowlands, Pocono Downs, Rosecroft Raceway and Yonkers Raceway. Then just before the midway point of the Meadowlands card on Saturday night, Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) lived up to his role as the 3-5 favorite in the $30,000 Preferred when he brushed to command before the half in 55.1, raced unpressed through the far turn and by three-quarters [...]

By |May 4th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Harness action spans day and night on Saturday

While millions of thoroughbred racing fans across the country will be focused on the latest renewal of the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening, harness racing enthusiasts will get their fill of stakes action beginning in the afternoon and lasting well into the night. Freehold Raceway will actually kick off the stakes action when the New Jersey half-mile oval hosts the $66,000 Lady Suffolk for three-year-old filly trotters and immediately followed by the $120,000 Dexter Cup for [...]

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

Kentucky Derby kicks off Triple Crown trail on Saturday

This coming Saturday afternoon millions of novice and serious horse racing fans alike will gather at home, race tracks or simulcast outlets to watch the 145th edition of the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby, the famed "Run for the roses" known as America's most famous horse race. Saturday afternoon well over 150,000 spectators will gather at spacious Churchill Downs for the Derby and millions more be watching on television when the full field of 20 sophomore colts, one gelding [...]

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