Updated on 09/17/2011 6:28PM

'Monster' Blackdoun sweeps series

Blackdoun hits the wire a neck ahead of Toasted (#3) in the Del Mar Derby on Monday.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Not even a slow pace and a crowded field could keep Blackdoun from his date with destiny on Monday at Del Mar. He rallied from last to first in the Grade 2, $400,000 to become only the third horse in track history to sweep Del Mar's summer stakes races for 3-year-olds.

The first was Lightning Mandate in 1974, but 30 years ago, both the Oceanside Stakes and La Jolla Handicap were run on the main track. Now, all three are run on turf, the same surface over which Ladies Din swept all three in 1998.

Ladies Din and Blackdoun share something else in common. Both are trained by Julio Canani, who won his meet-leading sixth stakes race, and moved into sole possession of eighth place on Del Mar's all-time stakes list.

Blackdoun has an electrifying turn of foot, and he used it to vault into contention on the far turn. He had to wait momentarily a furlong out, then knifed between horses and was up in time under a clever ride from Corey Nakatani to prevail by a neck.

Toasted nosed out Laura's Lucky Boy for second. Fast and Furious finished fifth after encountering traffic trouble. Tyler Baze, who rode sixth-place finisher Semi Lost, lodged an objection against Blackdoun, claiming interference, but the stewards saw absolutely no evidence of anything on the tapes and rightly rejected the claim.

Blackdoun ($3.80) covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:46.75 while completing the final three furlongs in approximately 34 seconds.

"He's a monster," Nakatani said. "He's a very special horse. I was dead last early, but I wasn't sweating it. I knew what I had."

Blackdoun is owned by Marsha Naify and the Woodside Farm of Naify's sister, Christina, and Christina's husband, Laurent Zilber. Zilber is the nephew of French trainer Maurice Zilber, who purchased Blackdoun in France four months ago and sent him to Canani in the United States.

Blackdoun won a division of the Oceanside on opening day July 21, then took the La Jolla on Aug. 14. That busy schedule gave Canani pause as to what was next.

"This was a hard race," Canani said. "He can do whatever he wants now. If he wants to go to Hawaii, he can go to Hawaii for a month."

Gary Stevens, who rode Laura's Lucky Boy, collapsed in the jockeys' room following the race, apparently suffering from dehydration. He was treated at the track's first-aid room, then transferred to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for further evaluation.

* Earlier in the day, Our New Recruit was an impressive winner in his first start since taking the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March. He scored by two lengths in the $76,325 Pirate's Bounty Handicap for older sprinters. Our New Recruit ($9.20) covered six furlongs in 1:08.25. Baze rode the winner for trainer John Sadler.