05/29/2007 12:00AM

Crimson King Cat captures Gray's Lake

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ALTOONA, Iowa - Crimson King Cat ($3.20) had to work for his first stakes win, but got the job done in Monday's $55,000 Gray's Lake for 3-year-old Iowa-bred colts and geldings at Prairie Meadows. Crimson King Cat held off stablemate Red Hot N Gold by a head with Tomcat Row 7 _ lengths back in third. Crimson King Cat covered the six furlongs in 1:09.85.

Crimson King Cat has now won 4 of 7 races lifetime with 3 seconds. Owned by Crimson King Farm, the winner was ridden by Perry Compton for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Bettors put $171,431 into the show pool with $168,390 on Crimson King Cat, leading to a minus pool of $45,244.