Bit of a departure today, and in honor of Saturday’s upcoming Kentucky Derby, we present this little vignette. Intrepid filmmaker Jeff Krulik turned his skills from camera-toting to library-hunting to uncover this gem. This Universal short tells the story — unfortunately, mostly without sound — of one John Q. Dohp. Mr. Dohp’s initial film appearance came in a humorous piece about the Irish Sweepstakes in which he portrayed a perpetual — yet perpetually optimistic — loser. Here, Mr. Dohp — played by Dave Oliver — takes his uncanny ability to lose to Louisville, where his horse wins but he loses all the same.
The Derby in question is the 1936 edition, won by Bold Venture at 20.50-1. Bold Venture took the lead after three-quarters and, according to the chart, held on “with fine courage under strong handling.” Brevity, the 4-5 favorite, was second.