US 1445095 A
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Feb. 13, 1923.
Filed Jan. 10, 1921 Patented Feb. i3, 1923.
JOIBU H. MGCARTY, OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
Application filed January 10, l9 2l lflse rial I To. 435,011.
To alt concern Be it known that 1, JOHN- H. MCCABTY,
a citizen of the United States of America,
residing at Detroit, the county of'Wayne' have invented cer-' tain new and useful Improvemen'tsm Raceand State of Michigan,
Course Time Records. of whichthe follow ing'fis aspecification, reference being had therein to the accompanying" drawings.
In' order that comparisons may 'be made between 'theitime records made upon several race tracks a'pe'rson may know just how much faster time inaybemade upon one track than upon another, due to track conditions, it is desirable to'have a track r cord of thseveral tracks showing the best time which has been made upon/each track over courses of different len tbs. It is also desirable 'to pro vide suita le handy means for comparing the best time record made by a single horse upon a particular track with the best record made upon any-other track, so that a person m'ay see' at'a glance just what the performance of the horse should he upon the particular track, taking into consideration the difference in track conditions.
The object of this invention is to provide a handy track record for several race tracks upon which record the best time made upon each track may be ieadily recorded, and a comparison made between the several records to determine the number of points of difference between the several tracks, due to track conditions.
A further object is to provide a suitable arrangement of data upon 'data sheets together with means which may be readily applied thereto to show at a glance the number of points or the percentage of difl'er ence between one track and another, due to track conditions.
lVith the above and other ends in view, the invention consists in the matter hereinafter set forth, and more particularly pointcd out in the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing in which The figure SlIOWs data sheets with means applied thereto for the purpose of showing at a glance a comparison of the track data upon one sheet with that of another to disclose the difference in time records due to track conditions.
The arrangement of data upon the data sheets shown in the drawing relates par so that by-such a comparison ticularlyifo races, the data upon each sheet being"ai'ranged'in vertical colum'ns'with" a heading for each column indicating the lengthinfurlongs, miles or fractions thereof of the-several races, miles being indicated'by the' letter M and furlongs by the-Hetter-F E 'These headings for the several vertical columns are indicated upm adam sheet. 1 in a horizontal column extendingacross the'top-of the sheet, as at 2; the length of-each'race or the len h of the coursebeing indicated by suitab e'fi tires as 4} indicating a half mile; 5 in 1- cat-ingfive-eighths of a; mile; 52; indicating five '-and' one-half furlongs, etc, throug'rh' the range of the rari'ous lengths of the races commonly run. In each vertical column 'directl'y' below'each heading is placed figures indicating time and the time is dividedjin'to seconds and fifths of a second F or convenin'ce'thesheet,is, divided into e'i'en'spaves'by lines running horizontally across the sheeh'and 'eaclr space indicates onc fifth of a second longer time than the spare next above.
Vertical lin es'iupon the pa e divide it iuto the several rertical time coliimns 3 with :1 narrow blank column 4 between adjacent columns The several time columns are then divided into separate spaces by horizontal parallel lines 5 extending across the sheet and these several spaces in each time column are numbered to indicate seconds and fractions thereof. The numbers at the head of each'colunnrindicate a number of seconds which is less'than the best time ever made on any track for the distance indicated in the headingiZ at, the top of the column; For instance as indicated in the drawing, the time indicated at the head of the one-half milc'column is fortyssix seconds and each space 3 of the column below this figure indicates one'fifth of a second more than the preceding space. Therefore the numbers 6' indicating full seconds are placed four spaces apart down the length of the column and numbered consecutively as 46. 47, 48, etc, with the intermediate spaces between these numbers marked :1}; g. In the intermediate or blank column 4 following each of the time columns SQmay be placed a suitable mark X as indicated at 7 and this mark will indicate the best time which has ever been made upon the part'hnlar race track, the name of which is indicated at 8 on the margin of the sheet, for
05 upon the sheet the particular distance indicated at 2 at the head of the column, as for instance in the one-half mile column opposite the time 48% is placed an X which indicates that the best time record for one-half mile upon the Windsor track is 48% seconds. A separate sheet is provided for the record of each race track and the naine of the track is indicated upon, the margin of the sheet.
It may also be desirable to indicate in the blank columns 4 the best record which has ever been made upon any track or what isknown as the All American Record, by placing a suitable indicating mark as A indicated at 9 on the drawing.
In order that comparisons may be quickly made between the track conditions of the different race tracks and the number of points or ercentage of difference in track records. due to track conditions ascertained at a glance, a strip 10 of suitable material which is preferably transparent, such as celluloid, is provided and this strip is formed with a notch 11 in one edge. series of consecutive numbers, as 1, '2, 3, 4, etc, is arranged in a vertical column 12 along one edge of said St rip in spaced rela tion, corresponding to the spacings of the horizontal lines 5 on the record sheet, the numeral 1 indicating the first space below the notch or shoulder 11, and so on down the length of the strip. Opposite the shoulder ll is placed the numeral 100, indicating 100%, and opposite each number in the column 12 is placed figures indicating the relation in percentage which the time indicated by the numbers in the column 12, hear to a certain selected time record which is indicated as 100%. This percentage column is indicated at 13. A column of figures 14 is placed on the upper end portion of the strip to number the corresponding spaces between the lines 5 on the record sheet, consecutively ul'm'ard from the notch H. as 2, 3, 4 etc.
In order to compare one another for the purpose of quickly determining the difference in time records, due to track conditions, the strip 10 is placed upon the record with the notch 11 adja cent the mark 7 in the blank column d which indicates the best time which has ever been made upon the particular race track over a course of a length which is indiatcd at the head of the vertical column 2, to which the indicating mark is applied. For instance. as shown in the drawing, the strip is applied to the column having the heading i and as indicated by the mark X the best time which has ever been made over a distance of ihccighths of a mile upon the Windsor track is one minuisu flat, which is indicated on the drawing us, 100. The strip 10 is therefore placed with the notch 1 record sheet with 1 directly below this indicating mark, and then by turning to t e record sheet of the track which it is desired to compare with the Windsor track; the best time for fiveeighths of a mile upon that particular track is ascertained; and for the purpose of illustration, it may be presumed that such time record so ascertained is 101% or one minute, one and three-fifths seconds. Glancing at the strip 10 as it. is applied to the record sheet of the Windsor track, it will be noted that the time 101% lies opposite the numeral 8 inthe column 12 upon the indicating strip. This will show that the com ar'ed track is eight points slower than the .inds'or track, or compared in percent age the irids'or track being talten as the standard would 1,00% and the record of the 'other track would be 92%, as shown in the percentage column 13 on the indicating strip. This will indicate to the person that the com Jared track is eight points slower than t e Windsor track or 92% as fast, due to the difl'ere'nc'e in track conditions.
If the record for f'g-of a mile upon, say the Saratoga, track, is 58%, it will be noted at a glance that the Saratoga track is ei 'ht points faster than the Windsor track ecause the numeral 8 in thecolurnn 14 on the indicating strip comes opposite the time space in which the time 58% seconds ism dicatcd. comparison of the \Vindsoi track with the best time made in 'v'ecighths of a mile upon an track, or the All American Record, 'will he quickly seen by noting that the indicating mark A is opposite the nui'ncral 14. in the column 1 which would indicate that the Windsor track is lfi points slower than the All American Record and the relation in percentage which, the Windsor track record bears to the All American Record may be quickly determined by moving the indicating stri up the column to bring its shouldei' 11. )en'eath the indicating mark A, when it will 00 noted that the Windsor track record of 100 or one minute flat, appears opposite the numeral 13 in the column 12, and that the percentage value indicated by the numeral 13 is 87 in the percentage (:0 umn 13. The indsor track is therefore 87% as fast as the best record ever made.
Knowing the best time which any particular horse has made upon any track, it is therefore easy to determine what time he should make upon any other track as for instance, if he has made of a mile in fiftyninc seconds, flat, upon the Sm-a'togu track he should make upon the Windsor track of a mile. in fifty-nine. plus the number of points which the Vi'inilsor track is slower than the Saratoga track. in other words.
h determining the ditlerence in speed rec ords of two race tracks compared, which difierence is due to track conditions, and knowing what the lioises recordhas been, it is easy to determine what time he should make on any particular track, the weather and other variable conditions being the same as in the previous races runbyhim The particular arrangement of the data upon the data sheets is such ,that a'ri' accurate time record may be easily kept, it being only necessary to place an indicating mark 7 in the blank column opposite the particular time indicated in the particular time column l3 underneath the heading 2 which indicates the length of the race. By the use of the strip 10 the comparison of the time records of different race tracks may be made at a glance and the owner of a string of horses can eliminate the factor of track conditions in considering the time which any one of his horses should make upon any particular track, and further, if he so desires, he may keep an accurate record of the best time which any of his horses has made upon any of tlrediffcrent tracks, by placing a distinctive mark within the blank column & opposite the time indication in the column 3 which corresponds to the time the horse has made. He is therefore, enabled to see whether or not any one of his horses is improving and have an accurate check on the performance of his horses. If he did not know just how slow one track was compared with another, he might come to the conclusion that his horse was falling; behind in his record when in reality he might be gaining. This record system, is therefore of great benefit and importance to breeders and owners of racing animals.
What I claim is A race course record comprising :1 record sheet having the name oi a race course thereon and a plurality of time columns with each column provided with a heading indicating distance, said columns being divided into spaces and each space marked to indicate seconds or fractions of a second, and indicia on they sheet indicating the best linumade for the distance indicated in the heading upon the course to which the sheet refers, whereby the number of points of difference in speed between different tracks due to track conditions may be determined by the position. of said indicia relative to the position of the markings in said time columns which correspond to the best time made upon another track.
2. A race course record comprising a record sheet having the name of a race course thereon and a plurality of time columns with each column provided with a heading indicating distance, said columns being diridcd into spaces and each space marked to indicate seconds or fractions of a second, and indir-ia on said sheet indicating the best time made for the distance indicated in the heading upon the course to whiclrthe. sheet refe s, and means adapted to be applied to said 'sheet to indicate the number of points of difi'erence ,.in speed, (die, to track condirimsgbntee tli'etrfack; the record .of which is jfu'pgirsaid sheet and another ew time "3'; Aft-ace cpiirsfeire'eoid comprising'fa Zrecord sheet having the name of a racecourse thereon and a plurality of time columns with each column provided with a heading indicating distance, said columns being dirided into spaces and each space marked to indicate seconds or fractions of a ,second, and indicia on said sheet indicating the best time made for the distance indicated in the heading upon the course to which the sheet refers, and a strip having indiciathereon and adapted to be applied to said column to show the number of points of difi'erence in speed due to track conditions between the track, the record of which is indicated upon said sheet, and another track, the time record of which is known.
4. A race course record comprising a record sheet having the name of a race course thereon and a plurality of time columns with each column provided with a heading indicating distance, said columns being divided into spaces and each space marked to indicate seconds or fractions of a second, and indicia on said sheet indicating the best time made for the distance indicated in the heading upon the course to which the sheet refers. and a finder strip adapted to be applied to the columns of the sheet, said strip being provided with numbers arranged in a vertical column in numerical order with the lowest number at the top and also provided with a vertical column of figures placed adjacent the first column, said strip being adapted to be applied to said sheet with the lowest number of its first column oposite the space below the indicia. on the sheet which indicates the best time made on that track, whereby the number of points of difference in speed due to track conditions, between the track. the record of which is recorded upon said sheet and the known record of another track is indicated by applying said strip to the columns upon said sheet.
A race course record comprising a record sheet having the name of a race course thereon and a plurality of time columns with each column provided with a heading indicating distance, said columns being divided into spaces and each space marked to indicate seconds or fractions of a second, and indicia on said sheet indicating the best time made for the distance indicated in the heading upon the course to which the sheet refers. and a finder strip having a notch adapted to be applied to any one of the columus on said sheet with the notch adjacent the indiciz: indicating best time, said strip being provided with columns of numbers spaced vertically to correspond to the spacing of the several spaces of the columns on said sheet and reading in numerical order in opposite directions from said notch to show the number of pnints of difference due to track conditions between the track indicatedupon the i'cord'shet to which the obs strip is applied and ;irmther tmk, the time 10 rcoid of (vhi'cll islcntnv'n.
In tes'ti'inflny i'rhei'bli I allix my signature in pi'es en'c'e of'two witnesses.
JOHN H. McCARTY.
LEWIS E. Fun-012125 KNNA M. Donn.