10/10/2008 11:00PM

Epitome of a Lady draws off


Epitome of a Lady, the only member of the field with two career victories, sat just off Got Tobe Rio early and pulled clear in the stretch to win the $51,900 Harvest Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair.

Epitome of a Lady, ridden by Catalino Martinez, stuck her head in front in the lane and pulled away to win the six-furlong race for 2-year-old Cal-bred fillies by 3 3/4 lengths. She was timed in 1:10.16 and paid $8.

Costa Marta, the 3-5 favorite, stumbled slightly leaving the gate and was never a factor, finishing third, two lengths behind Got Tobe Rio.

Owned by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Mark Schlaich, and George Todaro, Epitome of a Lady earned $30,900 for her third victory in four starts. She now has career earnings of $68,280.