For the second time in seven years, trainer Julio Canani will try to complete an Oceanside Stakes-La Jolla Handicap-Del Mar Derby sweep when he sends out Blackdoun in the $400,000 Derby this afternoon.
Successful in the same three races for 3-year-old turf specialists with Ladies Din in 1998, Canani will watch Blackdoun, a French-bred son of Verglas, take on Semi Lost, Sujimoto and seven others in the Grade II at 1 1/8 miles.
A winner of three of 11 in France, Blackdoun won his division of the Oceanside by 2 1/2 lengths in his first start in the U.S. on July 21, then overcame trouble to win the La Jolla by three-quarters of a length about three weeks later.
Semi Lost, a gelded son of Lost Soldier, has found a home on the grass for the Desperado Stables Inc., and Bob Bone and trainer Jeff Mullins. He has been one-two in all four of his races on the grass, while Sujimoto finished third in the La Jolla in his U.S. debut for Amerman Racing LLC and trainer Bobby Frankel.