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, Pompano host solid Sunday cards

On the same evening in the which the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers both punched their tickets to Super Bowl 54 in Miani in two weeks, standardbred fans were looking to cash ample tickets at a pair of five-eighths mile ovals that offered varying conditions. Sunday evening marked the opening night of the Rosecroft Raceway winter-spring meet and owners, trainers, drivers and onlookers were greeted with chilly, windy conditions through 13 races. Roughly 1,000 miles south at Pompano [...]

By |January 19th, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

Stakes abound throughout the day on Saturday

While many sports enthusiasts were already looking forward to the pair of National Football League conference championships on Sunday, thoroughbred racing fans were keenly focused on the stakes card that transpired at the Fair Grounds and Laurel Park as the road to the Triple Crown got under way. The stakes action at Laurel Park got under way early and the opening event was hardly formful. Victim Of Love (Weston Hamilton) forged a 9-1 upset when she pressed the pace through [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

Pompano Park caps weekend harness action

On the same evening in which the four teams that will advance to the National Football League conference championship games were determined, Pompano Park in southern Florida hosted a competitive card of overnight races that offered harness racing enthusiasts a reprieve from the pigskin menu. In the opening race on the Sunday card at Pompano Park, Music Is Art (Ken Holliday) easily lived up to his role as the 1-9 favorite in a non-winners of $4,800 last four starts/optional $15,000 [...]

By |January 12th, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

Yonkers and Meadowlands hosts Saturday cards

While many sports enthusiasts were closely watching the National Football League playoffs on Saturday, harness racing fans focused on a pair of tracks in close proximity to one another as both Yonkers Raceway and The Meadowlands offered cards with similar overnight conditions. In fact, the opening race on the card, a non-winners of $15,000 last five starts class for pacers, Talbotcreekwhiskey (George Brennan) forged a mild 3-1 upset when he gained command before the opener, got a breather to the [...]

By |January 11th, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

Wiggle It Jiggleit completes comeback with victory

It had been over three years since he last reached the winner's circle and more than four years after he enjoyed a dominant sophomore campaign en route to being harness racing horses of the year in 2015, but Thursday evening at Dover Downs Wiggle It Jiggleit kicked off the season with his first win in quite a while. Sent out as the solid 5-2 second choice from post two in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap, Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) left [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

New Year’s Day offers plenty of good racing action

The old adage that nothing changes on New Year's Day certainly does not apply to thoroughbred racing since all of the runners, regardless of their actually foaling date, turn one year older on January 1. Several horses celebrated their "birthday" in style on Wednesday as the Road to the Kentucky Derby technically got under way with the first three-year-old stakes of the year. While last year's two-year-old colt division was a modest group at best, cemented by the fact that [...]

By |January 1st, 2020|Categories: RacingWire|

Dover Downs hosts intriguing Thursday card

Temperatures may be expected to plummet this week, but those venturing the Dover Downs will have a chance to pad their Christmas shopping bankrolls on Thursday through a number of intriguing events for pacers. Two horses that have proven dominant at times on their respective circuits will seek to continue their success on Thursday evening at Dover. Romantic Interest (Frank Milby) the top overnight pacer at Rosecroft Raceway this past fall where he won the Maryland Open four times during [...]

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

Harness action prevails on Saturday from noon to midnight

Harness racing enthusiasts may have diminished in numbers over the years but the remaining group is a genuinely hearty breed that insists on watching Saturday action from noon to midnight at tracks large and small. As is typically the case on Saturdays, the action begins early at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey. The half-mile oval which once hosted several Breeders Crown events and is designated as the starting point for the sophomore trotters each spring courtesy of the Dexter Cup, [...]

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

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|