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.

Stakes action highlights weekend harness cards

While baseball fans may refer to August as the 'dog days of summer', harness racing fans are accustomed to seeing many of the best trotters and pacers exit major stakes on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands and then venture directly into other lucrative spots at numerous ovals. Last Friday evening at Hoosier Park, Lather Up (Montrell Teague) lived up his billing as the 3-10 favorite in the $330,000 Dan Patch Memorial when he quarter moved to command after a 24.4 [...]

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

Hambletonian Day on tap this Saturday at the Meadowlands

This Saturday afternoon novice and serious harness racing enthusiasts alike will focus their attention on the Meadowlands as the famed one-mile oval in northern New Jersey hosts the Grade I, $1 million Hambletonian on a stakes-filled card that has attracted many of the sport's best horses, trainers and drivers. With the Meadowlands not currently available on BetAmerica, our sister site TwinSpires is offering a full card of great Hambletonian day wagering! Saturday's Hambletonian Day card will feature the Hambo, which [...]

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

Harrington offers Governor’s Day card

One week after a heat wave impacted numerous outdoor activity, Harrington Raceway in Delaware hosted its annual, lucrative $600,000 Governor's Day card highlighted by a quartet of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and genders on a night when far more temperate climates arrived and a cameo appearance from Governor John Carney. In the opening race on the card, the $100,000 DSBF final for three-year-old filly pacers, In And Out Again (Tim Tetrick) overcame post [...]

By |July 25th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|Tags: |

Harness racing: Talent on display at East Coast tracks

While many residents along the East Coast were overwhelmed by the oppressive heat and humidity that enveloped the region and caused several thoroughbred racetracks to cancel live cards, standardbred racing fans had plenty of quality action to view at three different ovals Saturday. Saratoga Harness offered a superb card Saturday that featured the half-mile oval's signature event—the $260,000 James Gerrity Memorial for older pacers. Much of the attention in the Gerrity centered around four pacers who drew alongside one another. [...]

By |July 23rd, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Meadowlands, Yonkers offer Saturday night stakes action

This past Saturday night a pair of tracks on opposite sides of the Hudson River offered stellar cards as the Meadowlands hosted a bevy of lucrative stakes and Yonkers Raceway hosted the first major stakes for two-year-olds this season. In the second race on the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands, Evident Beauty (David Miller) just lived up to her role as the 1-5 favorite when she gained command in a modest 28.3 opener, cruised by the half in 57,3, [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Ocean Downs, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Meadowlands offer ample weekend action

While many Americans were headed to the beaches or their back yards for cookouts during the long, July 4th holiday weekend that began last Thursday, harness racing fans were keenly focused on a trio of tracks that had plenty of potential equine fireworks to offer. On Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, a five-eighths mile oval in Pennsylvania commonly referred to as 'Chester' after opening as Chester Downs the previous decade, Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), the nation's top rated standardbred in [...]

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

Pocono Downs and Ocean Downs offer weekend stakes

Last weekend offered serious harness racing fans a chance to see many of the sports top trotters pacers compete in a quartet of lucrative finals at Pocono Downs on Saturday night, while Ocean Downs hosted its second round of Maryland Sire Stakes eliminations for three-year-olds of both gaits and genders. In the first of the lucrative finals at Pocono Downs last Saturday night, Stonebridge Soul (Tim Tetrick) benefited from patient handling and a two-hole trip to forge a mild 3-1 [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Ocean Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park offer finals

On consecutive nights this past weekend, a pair of tracks that have little in common—Woodbine Mohawk Park in Canada and Ocean Downs—both offered finals of various events. Sunday evening at Ocean Downs in Maryland, mild upsets appeared to be the norm for the pair of series finals. In the $10,500 Berlin final for pacing fillies and mares who had not won three races or $8,501 lifetime as of May 17, Lookstraight (Eddie Davis Jr.) rallied from well off the pace [...]

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 [...]