Fight For Gold made the seventh start of her career in a maiden race at Laurel Wednesday and finished third. The 2-year-old filly was eligible for the Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town Saturday night, but the owner and trainer decided to pass the event because Quadratic, a major stakes winner in New York, figured to be too formidable a foe.
Then, Thursday morning, Quadratic's trainer, sent word that his colt would not compete in the Tri-State. So Fight For Gold was entered and 80 hours after having beaten by eight lengths in Maryland the maident earned $52,000 of the Tri-State's $65,100 purse.
Fight For Gold came off the pace to overtake Misty Malarky, the 1-to-2 favorite, in midstretch and continued on to register by three-quarters of a length over Antiquarian, another long shot.
Entremont Stable owns Fight For Gold. The Redskin's Pat Fischer owns Antiquarian. Fight For Gold paid $30.20 straight and combined with Antiquarian for a $1,030.20 exacta after completing the seven furlongs in 1:27 2/5.
Misty Malarky held on for third place, two lengths behind Antiquarian. Bluegrass Music finished fourth in the field of 10 Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland-bred 2-year-olds.
Dennis Kirk rode Fight For Gold, which carried 109 pounds compared to 119 on Misty Malarky. The two fillies had met before, July 21 at Bowie, when Misty Malarky made her first start. Misty Malarky won by a half-length over Fight For Gold after the two had dueled on even terms until the late stretch.
Misty Malarky proceeded to win three of four starts while Fight For Gold was unsuccessful in threemore attempts.
Larry Dupuy guided Misty Malarky from the rail position in the Tri-State. She was hustled from the gate in order to gain a narrow lead over Gap Old Blade and North Quest continued to prompt Misty Malarky's pace until the stretch turn, when Antiquarian, on the inside, and Fight For Gold, on the outside, began their rallies.
The favorite gradually gave way in early stretch. Fight For Gold gained command nearing the 16th pole and held Antiquarian safe through the final strides.
Fight For Gold had earned only $5,000 previously. Five of the 10 starters in the Tri-State were maidens.