06/13/2007 11:00PM

Distance a question for Crimson King Cat


Crimson King Cat will try two turns for the first time and older horses for just the second time when he faces seven other Iowa-breds in the $70,000 Cyclones Handicap on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

Crimson King Cat has been a model of consistency with 4 wins and 3 seconds in 7 lifetime starts. He comes into the 1 1/16-mile Cyclones off a gutsy win in the six-furlong Gray's Lake on May 28, earning a 77 Beyer Speed Figure.

"Until they actually go the two turns, you really never know," said Scott Pope, Crimson King Cat's owner. "We think he'll go the route, but this is not an easy spot."

Perry Compton is back aboard for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Roarofvictory was second in the $65,000 John Wayne Stakes last time out on May 19, but his lone try at two turns two races back demonstrates that distance should not be a problem. An allowance winner at a mile and 70 yards on April 30, a race worth an 89 Beyer, makes Roarofvictory a major player in the Cyclones.

Roarofvictory is part of a three-horse coupled entry for leading trainer Dick Clark.

Diginandrun will be looking for his third consecutive win around two turns for owner-trainer Nicole Young. Despite breaking from the outside post 8, he should be near the lead for regular rider Joel Campbell.

Last year's 3-year-old Iowa-bred champ Gilded Leader is improving with each start. Sur Sandpit, a winner on Monday, is back in just five days. The 7-year-old Buzzle Ways has been working beautifully in Chicago for his 2007 debut. All could be live longshots.