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April 12, 1938. J. 5, BUTLER I 2,114,135 RACE HORSE NUMBER Filed May 11, 1957 Tr T 969. 4. Jame? 5.‘ 35779:’ Gum/mud ', Patented- Apr. 12, 1938 2,114,135 - UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,114,135 anon HORSE NUMBER James S. Butler, Lewiston, Maine Application May 11, 1937, Serial No. 141,914 3 Claims. This invention relates to an identifying device and more particularly to an arrangement for identifying a particular entry in a horse race or the/like. Heretofore it has been proposed to identify an entry in a race, for example, a particular horse, by means of tags, labels or other devices adapted to be attached to harness portions at either side of the horse. The conventional type of identi fying means comprises rectangular shaped pieces of canvas, cloth or other similar material having numbers printed thereon. The numbers, as in dicated above, are attached to the harness por tion at either side of the horse, generally in the vicinity of the center of the body portion and are supported on the saddle portion of the har ness. One objection to the use of these arrange ments, is that considerable di?lculty is encoun tered in connection with the maintenance of the numbers in proper position so that they are vis U ible to officials and patrons, at all times during a race. It frequently happens, that the cloth or other material upon which the numbers are printed or stamped, becomes displaced with the . result that the numbers are moved into an up side down position or the material is turned up wardly so that the number is not visible. Even though the cloth members are tied down at the edge portions, it will be appreciated that vdue to ) the position of ‘these elements, namely, at either side of the harness portion, during the course of a race, and particularly when the horses are in substantially direct alignment that the num bers of the entries intermediate the inner and outer lanes of the track, that is from the pole position out, will not be visible. Considerable di?lculty has been encountered byrace officials in properly identifying the win ner of a race‘ because the‘ numbers have become } displaced and they have also been unable to identify a particular horse at the start or during the race, which for‘some reason or other may be subject to disquali?cation. - In addition to the (01. 40-129) ric attached to the harness. During the progress of a race, the drivers are frequently in direct alignment and it is impossible to distinguish thev numbers appearing on the arm bands. The purpose of the present invention, isto 91 provide an identifying device adapted to be po sitioned so that it is visible at all times during the start, progress and finish of a race. In ac cordance with the present invention, the identi fying device is mounted on the horse’s head, di rectly between the ears and is held in a substan 10 tially vertical position. The number designating the particular entry is printed or otherwise ?xed to a disk on either side thereof, the disk being constructed and arranged whereby it is held in 15 a position visible to officials and patrons'alike during the course of the race. An object of my invention is to provide an im proved identifying device whereby the entries in a horse race and the like, may be quickly identi- 4 ?ed through the medium of a numbering system, the designated number being visible to officials and patrons at all times durlngthe race. Another object of my invention is to provide an identifying device, whereby the number, des ignating a particular entry is supported in a sub stantially vertical position between the ears of the horses A further object of my invention is to provide an improved identifying device for horse races 30 and the like, designed to eliminate errors on the part of o?icials in mistaking designated numbers, due to the displacement of the devicev upon which the numbers are printed. A still further object of my invention is to provide an improved numbering device for horse races and the like, which is strong and sturdy in construction,”consisting of but few parts not liable to become displaced even after long and continued use. 40 With these and other objects in view, which may be incident to my improvements, the in- _ course of a race, by means of these devices. , While it has been proposed to identify the horses vention consists in the parts and combinations to be hereinafter set forth and claimed, with the understanding that the several necessary ele ments, comprising’ my invention may be varied in construction, proportions and arrangement, without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claims. . and drivers, that is, numbers are placed on the In order to make my invention more clearly harness and each driver is assigned the same number which is. applied to an armband, the same objection applies to the use of arm bands as mentioned in connection with the use of fab understood, I have shown in the accompanying drawing means for carrying the sameinto prac tical effect, without limiting the improvements in their useful applications to the particular con 55 trouble and annoyance experienced by race oi? ; cials in connection with the conventional type ~ of identifying devices, the patrons have also found it almost impossible to distinguish between entries or follow a particular entry during the 5 60' 2 2,114,185 structions, which for the purpose of explana tion, have been made the subject of illustration. In the drawing: Figure 1 is a perspective view of the side of my improved identifying disc; and Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the means used to support the disc shown in Figure 1. Referring to the drawing and more particu larly to Figure 1, the disc comprises a body por 10 tion I having a numeral stamped, printed or otherwise a?ixed thereto, said number being used to designate a particular entry in a race. At tached to the bottom of the disc and near the periphery thereof, is an extension member 2, to seat in a complementary socket 15 adapted formed on the disc supporting device, as will be explained more fully hereinafter. Extension member 2 may be attached to the disc by rivets 3 orother suitable fastening means. The disc is preferably made from a light weight 20 metal, for example, aluminum or the like and both surfaces thereof are provided with identical numbers of the character shown in Figure 1, that is, a plurality of discs having different num 26 bers are provided, but each disc has its designated number printed or otherwise attached to the front and back of the body portion thereof. Referring to Fig. 2, there is shown a support device for the numbering or identifying disk de 30 scribed above, comprising a base member desig nated generally by numeral 4, the base being formed with a horizontal portion 5 and down wardly extending arms 6. Attached to the hori zontal portion by rivets ‘I or other suitable means, 85 is a vertical socket member 8 having a longi tudinal opening 9 therein. The arms 6 of the base member are provided with suitable straps III attached intermediate the ends of the arms and the horizontal portion 5, the straps being pro 40 vided with suitable buckles I I adapted to receive the ends of the straps and hold the same in the desired adjusted position. It will be noted that the downwardly extending arm members 6 are curved inwardly and out 45 wardly in the vicinity of their end portions for the purpose of accommodating the arms on the side pieces of the bridle, that is, the arms are so shaped that they conform with the configura tion of the animal's head portion and more par ticularly so that they will ?t snugly against the side straps of the bridle. The strap members III may be riveted to the edges of the arms or may be threaded through a suitable slot formed in these members. In mounting the identifying advice in the op 55 erative position, support member 4 is placed on the head portion of the animal with the hori zontal section 5 resting upon the head portion and between the ears, the downwardly project ing arms 6 being inserted through the conven tional or standard loops on the side portions of ‘the bridle. In order to maintain the disc sup porting member in position, straps I0 are wrapped around the side portions of the bridle, the ends 65 of the straps being threaded through the buckle members which are adjusted to the required po sition. After the support member has been se cured, as above noted, to the horse’s bridle, ex tension member 2 of the identifying disc I is inserted into longitudinal slot 9 of socket mem ber 8 and positioned downwardly until‘ the end of the extension member is substantially flush with the bottom of the slot. In this connection, it will be appreciated that tight engagement be tween the extension member and slot may be e?ected in various ways. 10 While I have shown and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, I wish it to be understood that I do not con?ne myself to the precise details of construction herein set forth, by way of illustrations, as it is apparent that many changes and variations may be made therein, by those skilled in the art, without de parting from the spirit of the invention, or ex ceeding the scope of the appended claims. I claim: 1. A device for identifying a particular entry in a horse race or the like, comprising a base member formed with a horizontal portion and a pair of downwardly extending arms, said hori zontal portion being supported at the top of the horse's head and between the ears, a strap at tached to each of said arms adapted for engage ment with opposite side portions of a bridle, a socket member attached to the horizontal por tion of said base, a disc having identifying in dicia on opposite sides thereof and means to detachably connect the disc with said socket. 2. A device for identifying a particular entry in a horse race or the like, comprising a disc hav ing identifying indicia on opposite sides thereof, means to support said disc on a horse's head be tween the ears, comprising a base member formed with a horizontal portion and a pair of down wardly extending arms, a strap attached to each of said arms adapted for engagement with a por tion of a bridle, a support member for said disc attached to the horizontal portion of said base and a complementary extension attached to the periphery of the disc adapted for cooperative engagement with said disc support member, whereby the disc is supported in a substantially erect position with the indicia clearly visible from either side thereof. 3. A device for identifying a particular entry in a horse race comprising, a disc having iden» tifying indicia on opposite sides thereof, means to support said disc on a horse’s head between the ears, with the indicia visible from either side of the head, comprising a base member formed with a horizontal portion and a pair of downwardly extending arms, a strap attached to each of said arms adapted for engagement with opposite side portions of a bridle, a socket member attached to the horizontal portion of said base and a com plementary extension attached to the periphery of the disc adapted for insertion into the socket, whereby the disc is supported in a substantially, erect position with the indicia clearly visible from either side thereof. JAMES S. BUTLER.