Crimson turned in the fastest mile time of 1:57 2/5 in the fourth of five divisions of the Hanover Colt Stakes for 2-year-old pacers at Freestate Raceway last night. Each division was valued at $14,230.
Driven smartly by Jody Stafford, Crimson was in fourth most of the mile in the fourth division while favorite Sticky Two Step and Air Magic set the pace. The pair cut fractions of :29 2/5, :58 1/5 and 1:27 for six furlongs. At that point Crimson moved out and easily won by three lengths over Croquemonsieur, driven by Dick Macomber.
Racing as an entry with Niason, Crimson was ignored by the betting public, which allowed him to pay $27 to win. It was the colt's second parimutuel victory without a defeat.
The first division went to Ima Fool Too, who easily beat favorite Surfer Lobell by 2 1/2 lengths in 2:00 3/5, the colt's best time in five previous races. Trained and driven by Kim Vincent, Ima Fool Too gained the lead by the quarter pole and never was pushed on the way to his second straight parimutuel win.
In the second division, Keep It Up fought off several challenges to win in 1:58 4/5. Driven by Don Irvine Jr., Keep It Up turned back Armbro Handy at the quarter pole, Concealed Weapon at the three-quarters and favorite Righteous Bucks in the stretch to win by nearly a length. It was Keep It Up's first victory in two parimutuel tries.
In the third division, Zaxson got his nose up at the wire to beat favorite Marvel in 2:01. Driven by Ron Waples, Zaxson raced second behind Marvel for the entire race until the top of the stretch when Waples moved to the outside for the winning move in the colt's first parimutuel start.
In the final division, Jiffy Pop took the lead at the half-mile pole and then left the field behind in the stretch to win by 11 1/4 lengths in 1:58 3/5. Tough Critic, with Steve Milam in the sulky, was second. Driven and trained by Norm Parker, Jiffy Pop remained undefeated in two career parimutuel starts.