Jockey who rode in Aiken Trials dies

Robert "Ted" Shields, who worked in Aiken for several years and rode in the Aiken Trials, died last week in Oldsmar, Fla., from injuries suffered from a horse rearing up and falling on him.

Shields, who rode for a number of years as a jockey and was working as an exercise rider in Florida, was pronounced dead at Mease Countryside Hospital. He was 60 years old.

The native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, rode at a number of race tracks as a jockey. He won his first race on his fifth mount at Bowie Race Course while under contract to Carl Chapman, said Linda Shields, his ex-wife. He rode as a jockey through 1994.

Shields worked for a number of Thoroughbred operations and trainers in Aiken including Greentree, Buckland, Mike Freeman, Marvin Greene, Tim Frommer, Hill N' Dale and Hall of Fame conditioner Mack Miller, said Linda Shields.

In addition to his ex-wife, he is survived by his daughter Claire and brother William.

- Aiken Standard