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Publication numberUS2070605 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 16, 1937
Filing dateJan 20, 1934
Priority dateJan 20, 1934
Publication numberUS 2070605 A, US 2070605A, US-A-2070605, US2070605 A, US2070605A
InventorsJoseph B Leighton
Original AssigneeJoseph B Leighton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Racing game
US 2070605 A
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Feb. 16, 1937.

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Patented Feb. 16, 1937 v RACING GAME Joseph B. Leighton, New York, N. Y. Application January 20, 1934, Serial No. 707,460

2 Claims.

This invention relatestogames and has particular reference to a horse racing game of which an actual horse race is closely simulated.

'I'he invention broadly comprehends a game 5 including a playing surface representative of a horse race track with identified-playing pieces or markers adapted to be moved over the playing surface and a set or deck of cards which bear indicia representing the various phases and stages of the race and which cards are dealt out in a predetermined order so as to determine the movement of the playing pieces or markers over said playing surface. v

The invention more specifically provides a game including a game panel defining a surface which is printed or otherwise inscribed to portray a race course closely simulating a horse race track having the various starting lines or barriers", depending upon the length of the race, a goal line or iinish, with lines designating the various stages or subdivisions of` the track or course between the barrier and finish, a plurality of playing pieces or markerseach of which pref'- erably simulates a horse with a jockey bearing a number or otherwise identied, and sets of cards representative of the race and the various stages thereof which are successively dealt outin a predetermined order so as to determine the movement of the playing pieces over the course or track.

The invention further contemplates a game of the indicated character in which the indicia on the various cards of each'set or deck is taken from authentic statistics of an actual race which has been previously run and in which the first card of each set or deck provides the players with information at the outset, such as is usually given prior to the start of an actual race, except for the names of the horses, jockeys and owners which 40 are otherwise identified, while succeeding cards bear indicia relative to the various stages or phases of the race up to and including the order in which the horses finish, and the confirmation and final cards'which bear the actual names of the winning horses, their owners and jockeys.

The invention furthermore has in view `the provision of a game which is highly attractive and interesting to the participants and in which the apparatus employed is comparatively simple and not complicated, and which game may be played by an unlimited number of players.

With the above enumerated and other objects in view, reference is now made to the following specification and accompanying drawings in which there is disclosed a preferred embodiment of the invention, while the claims cover variations and modications thereof which fall within the scope of the invention.

In the drawings:

Figs. 1 to 8 inclusive, represent face views of 5 the various cards making up a deck or set and forming a part of the game apparatus.

Fig. 9 is a plane view of the member which defines the playing surface.

Fig. 10 is a perspective view of one of the 10 playing piecesor markers.

- Referring to the drawings by characters of reierenc'e, I5, I6, l1, I8, I9, 20, 2|, and 22 designate, respectively, one complete deck or set of cards, it being understood that a large number of sets or l5 cards will be furnished with eachgame outt and from time to time additional decks or sets may be added. The several cards oi the deck or set bear a numeral or other equivalent designation 23 which indicates the order in which the cards are 20 to be dealt.

Card number one, illustrated in Fig. 1, bears y thereon indicia which sets forth 4the length of the rac'e, the age limit of the participating horses. the condition of the track, the post positions of 25 the horses which are indicated by\ numbers, the age of the horses, the order in which they flnished in the last race in which they participated, the weight percentage and the betting order, as

Well as the consensus of the seasons leading 30 handicappers select-ions, all of which indicia is substantially the same as is furnished at a race. track prior to the race.

Card number two, or the one that is dealt sec- 0nd in order, sets forth the length of time that 3,; .the horses were delayed at the post, that they are off and the race is on. This card also gives the running positions of the horses and describes them by using their post position numbers which are plainly marked upon the backs of the jockeys. 40 The iirst running description may be given at the sixteenth, eighth, quarter or half mile pole according to the distance of the race or at any other arbitrary division of the track.

Cards number three, four and ve give the posi- -45 tions of the various horses as the leader reaches other subsequent positions on the track, card number ve being the stretch card, while card number six sets forth the order in which the horses finish and the odds on those horses outside of the winners, that is, from the fourth to the last horse, respectively.

The seventh card confirms the order of iinish of the iirst three horses by giving the number and the name of the horse, thevodds, to win, the 55 time and place of the race and such other information as is usuallygiven at the confirmation of a race.

The eighth and last card of each deck bears the names and numbers of all of the horses in the race, the names of the owners, the names of the jockeys and the weights lof the jockeys.

In addition to the cards, the game outfit includes a member 24 preferably of a flexible sheetl of material, such as oil cloth, leatherette or any other suitable fabric or material, in order that the same may be rolled, folded or otherwise reduced in size for shipment or for storage when not in actual use. It is not an essential .of the invention that the member 24 be of a flexible sheet of material, as the same may be inthe form of a table top or rigid structure, if desired. The member 24, if of a fiexible nature, is laid on a flat horizontal surface and its upper face is printed or otherwise inscribed to define a race course, simulating a horse race track 24, having the straight away portions 25 and 26 representing the home stretch, and back stretch, respectively, and the curved ends 21 and 28 representing the turns. The track 24 also includes the usual subdivisions 29 and 30, known as the chute from which the horses participating in the race are led up to the post or starting line which is arbitrarily selected according to the length of the race. 'Ihe home stretch portion 25 is provided with atransverse line 3i which designates the goal or finish point.

The game apparatus also includes a number of playing pieces or markers 32 which will preferably be in theform of a horse mounted on a base with a jockey thereon, the jockey bearing a number or designation 33 for identifying the same during each race which isrun.

In the playing ofthe game, decks or sets of cards are laid face down and the first card is withdrawn and turned face up. The horses are arranged in the post position designated onthe card and the various players or participants in the game select, from the information given on card number one, their choice for the race. It will be understood that any number of participants may select the same horse or several horses in the same race. After the selections have been made, the second card is withdrawn from the deck and placed face up, and the playing pieces or markers 32 are moved in accordance with the indicia thereon designating their relative positions.

Cards number three, four and ve are dealt in their order and as each card is dealt the playing pieces or markers are moved along the course in accordance with the information indicated thereon. When card number six is dealtthe winning and succeeding playing pieces are' moved accordingly. Card number seven is then dealt to confirm the order of finish of the rst three horses and'providing the players with the information thereon which shows the time and place of the actual race and the names of the first three horses and other information. Card number eight, the final card, is then turned over to give the names of all the horses, their owners, the jockeys and the weights of the jockeys. It will be understood that with the same member 24 and playing pieces or markers 32, any number of decks or sets of cards may be furnished having the same type of indicia, on the cards, e cept as to the variations in the information and the order in which the markers ory playing pieces are arranged during the various stages or phases of the race.

In order to properly assemble the cards of each deck, the same may be provided with coded infor mation suchas the arrangement of stars 34 which appear in proximity to the numerals or designations 23.

From the foregoing it will thus be seen that a .game apparatus has been devised which affords a highly attractive and amusing entertainment for the participants.

What is claimed is:

l. A game including a plurality of cards each bearing indicia adapted to indicate the relative positions of each of a plurality of playing pieces at each of the various stages of a race and each card bearing thereon a designation for indicating the order in which it is to be arranged for dealing and the order in which it is to be dealt.

2. A game including a plurality of cards each bearing a designation for indicating the order in which the cards are to be arranged for dealing and the order in which they are to be dealt, the rst card bearing indicia adapted to indicate the relative positions of each of a plurality of playing pieces at the start of a race, the subsequent cards each bearing indicia to indicate the relative positions of all of the playing pieces at each of the various stages of the race.


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US4199147 *Sep 19, 1978Apr 22, 1980Stansberry Charles DHorse race betting game
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U.S. Classification273/246, 273/298
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00006, A63F3/00082
European ClassificationA63F3/00A10