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Ah Day won his second straight Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park yesterday.

Ah Day, with Jeremy Rose aboard, won the $80,000, six-furlong race by 4 3/4 lengths. After going into the far turn, Ah Day took control of the race.

He paid $3.60 and finished in 1:09.95. Cognac Kisses finished second and Lemons of Love was third.

The race was Ah Day's his first since May. After the Grade II Churchill Downs Handicap, "a rear-end problem" was discovered during an examination, and King Leatherbury, who bred, owns and trains Ah Day, decided to rest him.

The 5-year-old will next race in the Grade II, $300,000 General George Handicap at Laurel on Feb. 18. Ah Day finished second in the race last year.

"Very impressive and I was hoping he wouldn't use himself up too much so he'd have something left for the General George," said Leatherbury, who's third on the all-time wins list with 6,230. "He exploded in this race last year and it appeared that he exploded again. He's really a nice horse. We stopped him at the right time and brought him back slowly."

Rose, who won four races yesterday, became the sixth jockey to win aboard Ah Day.

"It wasn't any easy race but once it was clear he was going to win I wanted to save something for next time," Rose said.

Ah Day has won 10 of 22 lifetime starts and earned $697,154.

Wonder Mon -- Wonder Mon, the 3-year-old Kentucky Derby prospect owned by Marylanders Dave Picarello and Foard Wilgis and trained by Gary Capuano, arrived in Florida yesterday. He is scheduled to run Saturday in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 24.

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