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Plainville, MA---Cumberland, Rhode Island native Mike Eaton has been racing in New England for over 30 years but he is currently enjoying what looks to be his best harness racing season yet. Proof of that is having two of his stable members capture both top trots on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 5) at Plainridge Park. In the $14,000 Open Handicap trot, Black Broadway (Mike Eaton) settled in fourth off the gate momentarily before Eaton decided to come early and rolled off the pylons before the quarter. From there Black Broadway was parked every step the rest of the mile chasing the front running Wind And A Prayer (Nick Graffam). Despite solid fractions and the appearance of tiring around the final turn, Black Broadway caught a second wind, chased down Wind And A Prayer and then held off a fast closing Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) to win right at the wire in 1:55.1. It was the seventh win of the year for Black Broadway ($8.40) who now has $69,400 on her card for 2017. And in the co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot, Shorething Fashion (Jimmy Whittemore) was parked out the entire mile before tipping three and then four deep around the last turn and trot away to win by almost two-lengths in 1:55.3. Shorething Fashion ($5.60) now has eight wins on the year with $52,177 on the card. Both horses are owned by Eaton and Bob McHugh. For this year Mike Eaton trainees have won 39 races out of 179 starts and $274,564 in purses, giving him a .348 UTR. He is currently the fifth leading dash winning trainer at Plainridge with 31 wins, ninth for UTR (.323) and sixth in earnings ($205,337). For his career Eaton has 714 wins and $1.87 million in earnings. This year he has already exceeded his highest previous annual earnings total ever ($170,145) and is only nine wins away from tying his best one-year win production ever (48). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Oct. 6) with post time set at 2:30 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Black Broadway stepped out of the Open trot this week and the class relief was just the ticket as the classy mare returned to her winning ways, beating all harness racing male rivals in the $14,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 3). In a three-horse duel, Black Broadway (Mark Beckwith) outleft Trotalot (Chris Long) and Just Make Believe (Joe Di Stefano) and headed those two by the quarter in :27.3. When Just Make Believe finally tucked in second at the three-eighths pole, Trotalot immediately pulled from third and rushed for the lead past the half in :56.3. There was no rest for the weary as Namesmuscle (Mark Athearn) pulled at that point and put additional pressure on Trotalot who already used twice, responded well and met the challenge. Those two matched strides up the backside and around the last turn but Trotalot never yielded the lead. At the top of the stretch Money Mayweather (Wally Watson) tipped three-deep around Namesmuscle and now three horses were within a length of each other heading down the lane. Trotalot was keeping those two horses at bay but Black Broadway, who had gotten the trip behind all the action, snuck up the pylons and out-brushed everyone to wire to win by one-half length in 1:55. It was the sixth win in 12 starts in 2017 for Black Broadway ($3.40) whose earnings now total $55,230 for the year. The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh and is trained by Mike Eaton. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Candy Lane (Mark Athearn) also beat an all-male field, including 1-9 favorite Tag Up And Go (Mark Beckwith), with a personal best effort going gate to wire in unfettered fashion to win by three-lengths in 1:55.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall. It was the fourth win of the year for Candy Lane ($15.20) and her owner Linwood Higgins. Gretchen Athearn trains the mare. Drivers Greg Merton and David Ingraham both had two wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 4) with post time for the first race set at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---After winning her first two starts of the year at Plainridge Park, Black Broadway shifted her attention to Yonkers and Saratoga Raceway since May. But today's return to her home harness racing track yielded yet another win there as she captured the $18,000 Open trotting feature at The Ridge on Thursday afternoon (June 29). Black Broadway (Chris Long) left mid-pack and gained the front briefly at the quarter before yielding that position to Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) just past that station. Positions then remained unchanged to the half and the pedestrian :57 split set enticed participation from the back of the pack. Waiting On A Woman (Greg Merton) flushed with a rush and blew right by Guiltywithanexcuse, eventually opening up a two-length advantage on the strength of a sharp :28.3 third panel. That move relegating Black Broadway back to third but she didn't sit there long. As soon as One Swan For All (Wally Watson) faded from fourth on the outside, Black Broadway pulled with a full head of steam and started trotting her hips off. She made up three lengths in no time and overtook Waiting On A Woman halfway down the lane. She then trotted away to win easily in 1:55.2. It was the fifth win in eight starts for Black Broadway ($8.40) and it raised her 2017 earnings to $46,790 for owners Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh. Eaton also trains the winner who is now three for three at Plainridge Park this year. The Eaton-McHugh combination struck again in the $12,000 conditioned trotting co-feature when the lightly regarded Shorething Fashion (Mike Eaton) turned a garden-spot trip into a pylon-skimming nose victory over L Dees Yoyo Ma (Steve Nason) in 1:57, which was a new lifetime mark for the 3-year-old Andover Hall gelding. Shorething Fashion returned $31.60 for his fifth lifetime win. Jim Hardy and Greg Merton each had two driving wins on the card while trainer Mike Eaton saw two of his pupils victorious. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (June 30) with post time set for 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Fresh off a victory in her seasonal debut last week, Black Broadway came off cover to capture the $14,000 Open trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (April 20) and made harness racing history in the process. When the gate released the seven classy trotters, Waiting On A Woman (Greg Merton) shot right to the front and authored a brisk :26.4 opening panel. With all participants seated only briefly, the outer flow was on the move with Tag Up And Go (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) coming first, bringing Black Broadway (Ron Cushing) along for the ride to the half in :56.4. Positions remained status quo until the trotters moved through the last turn. Tag Up And Go cleared Waiting On A Woman and Black Broadway swung three-high around him before the two separated themselves from the field. Down the lane it was Tag Up And Go on the inside holding onto a diminishing lead as Black Broadway was outside gobbling up ground. Under steady urging from Ron Cushing and seemingly aware of where the line was, Black Broadway got up just in time in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:54.4. The time of 1:54.4 was a new track record for both 4-year-old and aged trotting mares. It was the second win in as many starts for Black Broadway ($5.60) this year and it raised her 2017 bank to $12,000. Black Broadway is owned by Robert McHugh and Mike Eaton. Eaton also trains the mare. Six horsemen and one horsewoman registered multiple wins during Thursday's card. Kevin Switzer Jr., Jim Hardy, Bruce Aldrich Jr., Jimmy Whittemore and Greg Merton all scored driving doubles. On the training side, Jim Hardy also captured two victories along with Dennis Whittemore and Charlene Cushing. After the first two weeks of racing at Plainridge Park, Bruce Aldrich Jr. leads all drivers with 14 wins, sitting ahead of Greg Merton with 11 and Ron Cushing and Jim Hardy with six apiece. Monique Cohen leads all conditioners with five wins followed by Heidi Gibbs, Dan Gill and Jim Hardy with four each. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 24) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Ideal Smile is one of the hottest horses on the grounds, having rattled off three straight 1:54 and change victories for owners Scott and Lisa Ehrlich and driver/trainer Steve Wiseman. Two of those decisions have come from a stalking position, while last week’s tally was accomplished in coast-to-coast fashion without an anxious moment as the son of American Ideal made 6-5 look like a belated Xmas gift. He’s back in action Saturday night with a second-tier starting position. Scott Ehrlich related, “Ideal Smile caught my eye in the early part of last year here  when he showed very good speed on the front-end for Mike Eaton, carrying it well most of the time. This impressed me because I feel that the bias at Cal Expo almost always favors closers.  “Fast-forward to last October when Mike invited my family to his farm to jog some horses when we made a trip to New England. By luck, I got to jog Smile and I liked the way he went.  Mike said he as for sale, but that was about the end of it, or so I thought.  “About a month later, Mike called me and said he was for sale as part of a package deal with Surprisingly Sweet.  By pure luck, I had watched a race of hers and loved the way she closed.  Then after watching more of her previous races, she fit the type of horse I love and we made the deal. “Since getting them, both of them have required some time to get built up to where they should be physically/weight wise, especially Smile. Steve and Kathie Wiseman, and their fine crew, including Smile’s great Caretaker, Mike Fowler, have done an outstanding job of getting them to where we want them to be.  And while they're much closer, they aren't there yet, which would lead you to hopefully believe that better things are yet to come.”  SATURDAY NIGHT WILL FEATURE FREE ADMISSION AFTER 4 P.M. WITH $1 BEER, COFFEE, HOT DOGS AND SODA. HANDICAPPER DAVE BROWER WILL ALSO BE LIVE ON SITE BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SO BE SURE TO STOP BY THE SIMULCAST CENTER AND SAY HELLO. Race honors memory of Dr. Robert Goodbary Saturday’s night’s 11th race at Cal Expo is named for Dr. Robert Franklin Goodbary, DVM, who passed away on December 28, at his ranch in Clements, California.  In his final days he was surrounded by family and friends at home, where he candidly would say he was “Just chuggin’ along”.  Known to everyone as Doc, he was born August 3, 1934 in Chandler, Oklahoma to Omer “Snip” and Olga Mae Goodbary. His father worked as a ferrier, moving his family from Oklahoma to Yuba City, California in the 1940’s.  His mother was a homemaker.  Doc Goodbary graduated from Yuba City High School in 1952.  While in high school, he worked as the only paperboy who delivered the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle to Yuba City and Marysville.  He also worked for Dr. Sam Fisher as a kennel boy, and later worked with larger animals, primarily cows.  After graduating from high school, he attended college at Michigan State and graduated in 1958 with a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine.  This is where he met Noel Lassen, whom he married and they had two sons, David and Richard Goodbary. During his summers off from college, he came back home to work at the Del Monte Cannery as the Floor Foreman, overseeing about 35 employees.    After graduating from college, Doc moved back to California, where he began his career as a Professor at the University of California-Davis, then opened a small animal Veterinarian Clinic. He also owned and operated the Buena Mora Ranch in Pleasanton and later a ranch in Clements. Doc Goodbary worked as the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Race Track Veterinarian in Northern and Southern California racetracks, operating on and treating many a racehorse in his day. In Northern California, he worked many years at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and Tanforan racetracks, as well as the Northern California Fairground circuit that included Cal Expo, Stockton, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa and Fresno.  In Southern California, he worked many years at the Los Alamitos and Santa Anita racetracks.  Doc Goodbary enjoyed watching football, gardening (at home and even at the racetrack), playing cards and winning, loved dancing and making his annual treks to Sayulita, Mexico to vacation with family and friends. He liked being in charge and doing it his way, the right way.  No one was ever a stranger to him. He was greatly respected, loved and adored by family, friends and colleagues who knew him. They all were considered family. Doc Goodbary  is survived by his wife, Jeannette Goodbary of Clements; his son, David Goodbary of St. Louis, Missouri; his brother and sister-in-law, George and Ginger Goodbary of Marysville, California; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Connor, Dylan, Brooke, Ryan, Amanda, Alex and Anthony; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, “Snip” and Olga Mae Goodbary; his two sisters, Mary Ann Yerzy and Donna Sue Prevatt; his son, Richard Goodbary; and special friend, Dorothy Stringer, who was his mother-in-law. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to this animal rescue:  The Grace Foundation P.O. Box 4692 El Dorado Hills, CA  95762 Mark Ratzky    

Plainridge Racourse went to post on Monday, (April) 15) for its 15th harness racing opener.

Harness racing driver Mike Eaton has been making his share of winner's circle appearances since arriving from the East Coast last month and the 49-year-old Massachusetts native plans on continuing the trend here at Cal Expo.

What a way to start October! Harness racing driver-trainer Mike Eaton upped his dash wins with five trips to the Plainridge winners circle Monday (Oct. 1).

For almost as long as the track has been open (March 17,1999) the 'Eaton kids' have had their pitctures taken more times then you can count. That's because father Mike is always among the leading harness racing drivers, traiiner and owneers at Plainridge Racecourse.

After being shutout last week from winning a race on the June 12 Plainridge harness racing program, Mike Eaton made up for it with four winning drives on Thursdays Flag Day card.

Just when it looked like Paul Battis' prised trotter, Cranmeadow Express, would extend his winning streak to eight going back to last July, he was caught at the wire by Lazer Zone in Tuesday's (May 29) racing action at Plainridge Racecourse.

In a rare Saturday afternnon opening of the Plainridge harness racing meet, a good sized crowd took advantage of the weather and the 14th season of racing which goes to December 7.

Mystical Valentine delivered a strong stretch kick to capture Saturday night's $10,000 Open pace, while the trotter Famous Image and pacer Noble Wabbit each established Vernon Downs harness racing records for going 7/8ths-of-a-mile--the wrong way of the track.

More than $80,000 was 'up for grabs' as the spotlight turned to the two-year-old harness racing finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes program Thursday (October 20) at Plainridge Racecourse.

Wine Guide with Jolene Andrews driving, ran away from the field in the amateur ranks Monday (October 17) at Plainridge. The win was his sixth harness racing victory in the last nine starts all coming with Andrews in the bike.

Two Plainridge driver-trainers who go back to when the track opened in March, 1999, scored a pair of wins Thursday on a dreary rainey afternoon over the harness racing strip. Mike Eaton who is always one of the track's top drivers posted wins with Mighty Terry in the second race, and Famous Image from post eight in the fifth race.

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