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April 12, 1938.
J. 5, BUTLER
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2,114,135
RACE HORSE NUMBER
Filed May 11, 1957
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', Patented- Apr. 12, 1938
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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