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.

Rosecroft races through rainy conditions on Monday

Amid conditions that were far from ideal on Monday evening, Rosecroft Raceway hosted one of the final live cards of the 2019 season as trotters, pacers and drivers weathered the misty elements. Despite the conditions, both the fall meet champion pacer and trotter were decided. In the opening race on the card contest over a track labeled "good" as light rains transitioned into intermittent showers, No Concert (Chris Offutt) overcame a modest tempo carved out by 3-2 choice Makin Money [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Ample stakes action takes place on Thanksgiving eve

On the day when millions of Americans across the country were hitting the highways or airports to travel to various Thanksgiving Day destinations, Dover Downs, Penn National and Zia Park all offered plenty of lucrative stakes on Wednesday when most racing fans are accustomed to seeing claimers and career maidens compete. During a stakes-filled card at Zia Park, Motion Emotion and Mr. Money Bags both earned narrow victories as the post time choice in the Zia Park Oaks and Zia [...]

By |November 27th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Maryland earns Monday night spotlight

On the same night that millions of Americans watched the Baltimore Ravens throttle the Los Angeles Rams, 45-6, on Monday Night Football, Rosecroft Raceway offered a solid program that highlighted the top pacers and trotters owned by residents in the Free State. In the feature race on the program, Romantic Interest (Frank Milby) lived up to his tole as the 8-5 favorite in the $12,000 Maryland Exclusive Open from post eight when he brushed to command past the opener, maintained [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Meadowlands offers stellar card just before Thanksgiving

As millions of Americans make plans to hit the highways or sky-ways this week for the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, numerous harness racing fans across the land focused their attention on Saturday night's stakes-filled card at the Meadowlands in northern New Jersey. Once considered the 'mecca of harness racing' when its weeknight and weekend cards were unmatched, the Meadowlands now attains center stage status on only a few occasions during an abbreviated schedule. In addition to Meadowlsnds Pace night [...]

By |November 24th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Harness stakes action winding down this month

With the Breeders Crown finals having already been contested and many of the stakes completed across the country, there are only a few marquee events remaining on the slate for harness racing owners and fans. This Saturday night the Meadowlands will host eight stakes worth nearly $3 million for a good blend of younger and older trotters and pacers of both genders and several divisional honors - and potentially horse of the year - could be finalized this weekend. Several [...]

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Dover Downs hosts quartet of Matrons on stellar Thursday card

Harness racing enthusiasts may be unaccustomed to seeing the sport's top pacers and trotters compete on Thursday nights, but that was clearly the case tonight when Dover Downs hosted a quartet of lucrative Matron Stakes for three-year-olds of both gaits and genders on a clear, crisp evening in the First State. In the first of the four Matrons, Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) continued his torrid conclusion to the campaign when he romped home four lengths clear as the 2-5 favorite in [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Dover Downs hosts next round of Matron Stakes

While the Breeders Crown races may have already passed and perhaps crowned the numerous division champions, many of the sport's best sophomore pacers and trotters of both genders will head to Dover Downs on Thursday for a quartet of lucrative Matron Stakes. In the first of the four, Gimpanzee (Brian Sears), who just outlasted the late bid of stablemate Greenshoe to capture the Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old colt trotters, looms the solid choice in the $200,000 Matron Stakes for [...]

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Rosecroft hosts $100,000 Potomac Pace

When post positions for the $100,000 Potomac Pace were drawn on Wednesday the field appeared in deep in quality and quantity, but on the afternoon of the race the signature event lost two of its primary attractions, reigning horse of the year, McWicked and This Is The Plan. Nevertheless, while the Potomac may have scratched down to a field of six the feature event still had ample quality remaining, with Breeders Crown Open hero, American History (Joe Bongiorno) being made [...]

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

Santa Anita set to host Breeders Cup championships

Days after the Washington Nationals captured their first World Series in franchise history, a number of owners and trainers will be seeking world titles of their own this weekend when Santa Anita Park in Southern California hosts the latest edition of the Breeders Cup World Championships on both turf and dirt. Friday's card will focus primarily on the top two-year-olds in sprints and routes on both turf and dirt, while Saturday will offer the more traditional array of events primarily [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Rosecroft hosts solid Monday card

Since many of the local owners and trainers have to travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to compete at Roseroft Raceway two nights each week have found traffic virtually unbearable amid the ongoing bridge repairs, the track has moved the Sunday cards up one night to Monday night and that program has developed into its best of the week. In the opening race on Monday night, Home N Dry overcame missing a week due to bridge traffic and post eight [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|