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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.

Councillor Donald R. Landers will join Don Marean as a guest speaker at the 50th anniversary awards-program of the New England Harness Writers Association. The Marlborough, Mass. resident will deliver the 'welcome to Marlborough' address at the October 23. 2011 harness racing awards-dinner of the USHWA chapter of New England scribes.

It was a beautiful day to start off the new 2011 harness racing season, as the opening nine race qualifiers began their day at the Plainridge Racecourse. The conditions were great and you actually thought that you were watching the regular racing card.

It was a change for the better around here today (thursday November 11) as we had some strong winds, but a bright and beautiful day in the area, while harness racing driver Mike Eaton was able to harness a three bagger in the seven race card at the Plainridge Racecourse.

Indian Summer, truly lets you know why people want to live in New England, because today was one of those rather unique days with the temperature in the seventies, that we don`t often see at the end of October. Harness racing at the Plainridge Racecourse was terrific, as Gerald Rocco Jr. and his crew had the surface in outstanding shape.

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