11/16/2006 12:00AM

Ah Day looks solid again in Northern Dancer


Multiple stakes winner Ah Day, coming off two of the fastest races of his career, is well spotted to secure his third straight stakes victory in the $75,000 Northern Dancer at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile race, restricted to 3-year-old Maryland-breds, drew a field of six.

Ah Day, trained by King Leatherbury, most recently cruised to a four-length victory in the one-mile Japan Racing Association, earning a career-best 105 Beyer. Prior to that, he was awarded a 103 Beyer, matching the figure he got this past April winning the nine-furlong Frederico Tesio, in the six-furlong Sonny Hine.

If Ah Day fails to fire, the most likely winner would be either Forty Crowns or Rhythmn Master.

Forty Crowns was the runner-up to Ah Day when he moved up to stakes company for the first time in the JRA.

The New York-based Rhythmn Master exits a win against $75,000 claimers at Belmont and will be facing Maryland-breds for the first time since finishing fourth in last year's Maryland Juvenile Championship.