And then there is Walter Flowers, of Chicago, who was stopped by the cops for allegedly having improper license plates. Flowers, in a hurry to get to the track in time for the daily double, just took off. The lawmen chased him for eight miles and when they caught up they added to the license-plate charge some stuff about speeding, attempting to elude police and improperly changing lanes. In all the excitement Flowers missed the daily double, but maybe it's all for the best. A man whose day is going like that should not be putting money on the horses.
When Prince Michael was named to Britain's bobsled team the Daily Express wrote, "Bachelor Prince Michael of Kent, 28, is back on the battlefield of sheer skill, danger, and fear which only a few years ago would have been out of bounds to a member of the Royal Family.... Before the war, Prince Michael's father, the late Duke of Kent, his uncles, King George VI, the Duke of Windsor, and the Duke of Gloucester, were discouraged from participating even in low-speed races on horses at point-to-points."
So what happens? During the trials at Cervinia, Italy, Prince Michael's sled goes over and he's dragged for about 600 yards, suffering shock, gashes, bruises and a hairline fracture of the jaw. Guess it's back to out of bounds for the old battlefield of sheer skill, danger and fear.