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Entry from June 02, 2017
The Championship Track (Belmont Park nickname)

The Belmont Stakes is the last race of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Belmont Park advertised in June 1987 that it was “The Championship Track.”

“The Championship Track” has been trademarked, but for Homestead-Miami Speedway—not Belmont Park.

Belmont Park has also been called “Big Sandy.” The Belmont Stakes has been called the “Run for the Carnations” and the “Test of a Champion.”


Wikipedia: Belmont Park
Belmont Park is a major Thoroughbred horse-racing facility located in Elmont, New York, just outside New York City limits. It first opened on May 4, 1905. It is typically open for racing throughout May and June and into late July, and again from late September through late October.

It is widely known as the home of the Belmont Stakes, regarded as the “Test of the Champion”, the third leg of the Triple Crown.

History of Championship Track
Belmont is known as “The Championship Track” because almost every major champion in racing history since the early 20th century has competed on the racecourse—including each of the 12 Triple Crown winners. Along with Saratoga Race Course, in Upstate New York, Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, and Del Mar and Santa Anita racecourses, in Southern California, Belmont is considered one of the elite racetracks in the sport. The race park’s main dirt track has earned the nickname, “the Big Sandy”, given its prominent overall girth.

1 June 1987, Newsday (Long Island, NY), pg. 84 ad:
THE BELMONT
BELMONT PARK
THE CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK

5 June 1987, New York (NY) Times, pg. D23, col. 2 ad:
THE BELMONT
BELMONT PARK
THE CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK

6 September 1987, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Horse Racing: new Game for Babies” by John Pricci, pg. 29:
As an aside, the byproduct of such a vigorously sought prize might have been on display this week at Belmont Park where, for a second straight time, Capote failed to win his “non-winners of 3” condition, giving up without a fight although two furlongs remained in a sprint that required 1:23 4/5 to complete. Unless something is wrong, champions never are permitted to stop trying. In any case, it was no way for “The Championship Track” to open its doors.

OCLC WorldCat record
Belmont Park : the Championship Track
Author: Kimberly Gatto
Publisher: Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2013.
Edition/Format: Print book : Document Computer File : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Belmont Park is best known for the annual Belmont Stakes, the challenging final leg of racing’s Triple Crown. But Belmont is also renowned because nearly every American champion Thoroughbred has competed on its grounds. Named for the illustrious Belmont family, the track has seen many exciting races since it opened in 1905. In addition to the eleven Triple Crown winners, Belmont Park has hosted legends of yesteryear--such as Man o’ War and Nashua--and modern-day superstars like Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. In addition to the Belmont Stakes, the track is home to other important races, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the “Met Mile,” and it periodically hosts the Breeder’s Cup. Join author Kimberly Gatto as she explores Belmont’s most exciting moments.

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Bold Senator‏
@BoldSenator
On my way to the Big Apple #NewYorkCity and my new digs at Belmont Park or as we know it....."The Championship Track”.
4:56 PM - 3 Oct 2013

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Anna Molas‏
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Great day in Belmont Park, the championship track! 🐎 #BelmontStakes #thedaybefore #AmericanPharoah #nyc
9:02 AM - 6 Jun 2015

myPalmBeachPost (FL)
‘I know horses better than people’
Lake Worth man turns passions for the ponies into paintings.

LOCAL By Kevin D. Thompson - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 9:18 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016 | Posted: 7:00 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2016
(...)
Here’s Taylor, this southern gentlemanly kid from a dot-small town in South Carolina, hanging at the home of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, the site that’s been dubbed “The Championship Track” because almost every major champion in racing history since the early 20th century has competed on the racecourse.

TimeOut New York
Eight reasons to take a day trip to the Belmont Stakes next weekend
By Annalise Mantz
Posted: Friday June 2 2017, 2:38pm
(...)
Since the Belmont is always the final race, this is where Triple Crowns champions are born—hence the racetrack’s nickname of the “championship track.”

(Trademark)
Word Mark THE CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services in the nature of automobile, motorcycle, truck and go-cart races; organizing and conducting motorsports racing events. FIRST USE: 20081130. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20081130
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 77755227
Filing Date June 9, 2009
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Date Amended to Current Register April 7, 2010
Registration Number 3812300
Registration Date June 29, 2010
Owner (REGISTRANT) Homestead-Miami Speedway, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DELAWARE 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach FLORIDA 32114
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “TRACK” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register SUPPLEMENTAL
Affidavit Text SECT 8 (6-YR).
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