TJ's streak continues. Black Maria, a three-time American champion, shares her name with another Black Maria who gained fame for winning the Jockey Club Purse in 1832 at the old Union Course in New York. Slated as a "best of three" four-mile heat race, the race ended up going through five heats before Black Maria settled the issue by finally winning a second heat after 20 miles of racing. The feat earned her the nickname of "The Twenty-Mile Mare." A "Black Maria" was also police slang for a horse-drawn or motorized van used to transport prisoners.
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.