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.

Charles Town, Laurel offer Saturday stakes action

With the Kentucky Derby now just two weeks away, thoroughbred racing fans getting more than a glimpse of 'Derby fever' had the chance for a modest reprieve of sorts on Saturday afternoon as Charles Town and Laurel Park both offered stakes-filled cards. In one of the early races on the Charles Town card, Strong Like Bull (Arnaldo Bocachica) proved fresh and fit off the layoff to gain command soon after the start and lead throughout en route to a two-length [...]

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

Plenty of Stakes Action Saturday

While many thoroughbred racing enthusiasts are already getting Kentucky Derby fever with the "Run for the Roses" now just two weeks away, both thoroughbred and standardbred racing fans alike will have ample wagering opportunities Saturday afternoon through Saturday night as Charles Town, Laurel Park and Yonkers Raceway all offer lucrative stakes action. Although many Charles Town fans are accustomed to seeing the horses compete under the lights on Saturday night, tomorrow afternoon the track's signature event, the Grade II, $1 [...]

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

Five-eighths mile tracks highlight Sunday harness action

On a day when severe thunderstorms were looming throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic region, a trio of five-eighths mile harness racing ovals took center stage on Sunday. Nearing the midway point of the card at Harrah's Philadelphia - commonly known as Chester Downs among horsemen and fans - Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) easily lived up to his role as the 3-5 favorite when he brushed to command before the half in 55.1, opened a clear lead down the backside [...]

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

Levy series elims conclude at Yonkers

On the same evening in which thoroughbred racing fans watched the last two Kentucky Derby preps at Keeneland and Oaklawn Park, Yonkers Raceway hosted the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series for Free-For-All pacers looking to secure a berth in next Saturday's $665,000 final. Earlier on Saturday afternoon the focus was on two Derby preps, the Grade III, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. [...]

By |April 13th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Blue Chip Matchmaker and Levy set for fifth and final leg

This coming weekend will mark the fifth and final rounds of eliminations for both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series for Free-For-All pacers with a dwindling number of slots available for those lucrative finals on April 20. Friday evening will offer three divisions of the BCMM last prelim and 15 of the 20 distaffers will be competing in the the series through all five legs, barring any scratches. Defending series champion, Shartin N and stablemate Bettor [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Sunday afternoon harness action heats up

Temperatures throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region rose quickly over the weekend and the pacers and trotters at a trio of five-eighths mile ovals appeared to thrive amid the moderating conditions. Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - still commonly referred to as 'Chester' by serious and novice fans alike - Grantmeawish (Tim Tetrick) lived up to his role as the 1-5 favorite in a non-winners of five races or $50,000 lifetime class when he gained command before the opener in 27.4, got [...]

By |April 7th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Yonkers, Meadowlands and Pocono Downs offer solid Saturday cards

On the day the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament fans found out which teams would be playing in the National Title game on Monday and thoroughbred racing fans watched a trio of Kentucky Derby prep races at three different ovals, Yonkers, Meadowlands and Pocono Downs offered solid overnight cards. In one of the early races on the Yonkers card in which a quartet of George Morton Levy Memorial Series divisions were contested, Bellows Binge (Jason Bartlett) easily lived up to [...]

By |April 6th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita offer Kentucky Derby, Oaks preps

Saturday afternoon proved to be among the best days for those who follow horses looking to punch their tickets to the Grade I Kentucky Derby and accompanying Grade I Kentucky Oaks as Aqueduct Race Course in New York, Keeneland Race Course in New York and Santa Anita Park in Southern California all hosted lucrative graded stakes that served as ideal preps. Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct, Tacitus (Jose Ortiz) punched his ticket to the Debry when he overcame a rough start [...]

By |April 6th, 2019|Categories: RacingWire|

Blue Chip Matchmaker, Levy series both head to round four

A glimpse at the draw for this weekend's fourth round of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial series for Free-For-All pacers at Yonkers Raceway reveals a hint of both attrition and strategy in the demanding, lucrative venture. Among the 22 distaffers slated for the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, 19 will be making their fourth consecutive appearance in the series on Friday and one of the absentees, Apple Bottom Jeans, owns two wins and [...]

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

Rosecroft and Pocono cap month of March on Sunday

On the day in which the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was finally whittled down to the "Final Four", a pair of five-eighths mile harness racing ovals in the Mid-Atlantic region capped off the month of March with solid cards. In the opening race on the Sunday afternoon card at Rosecroft, Varsity Hanover (Justin Vincent) benefited from a pair of early miscues from rivals Coaster (Kim Vincent) and favored Bad Man Sam (Tony Morgan) to inherit the lead before the half, [...]

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