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Flanigan Too Kool in $25,000 Novice Non-Pro

May 9th, 2017

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion Too Kool,
ridden by Donna Flanigan. Ted Petit photos.

Donna Flanigan, Livermore, Calif., scored 221 points Tuesday on Too Kool to claim the championship of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro. Janice Eaton, Peachland, British Columbia, Can, and Scootin Solano took reserve with 220 points, while Ken Schultz, Sacrameto, Calif., placed third with 216.5 points riding Reys Of Starlight.

Donna Flanigan, the NCHA earner of $246,974, bred Too Kool LTE $39,598, by WR This Cats Smart, out of a Grays Starlight granddaughter, who produced one other NCHA money earner, Too Kool’s 2007 full sister, This Kats Kool LTE $180,219. Flanigan showed This Kats Kool to place third in the 2011 Pacific Coast 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro and as champion of of reserve in 11 other non-pro limited age events.

Flanigan’s most significant win on Too Kool came as 2015 Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Champion of the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup. Trainer Tom Long also showed the mare as an open 5/6 finalist in the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity, as well as in the 2016 Pacific Coast Derby.

Reserve champion Scootin Solano, ridden by Janice Eaton.

Reserve champion Janice Eaton, who also placed third this week on Smooth As I Can in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, is the NCHA earner of $287,813. Ten-year-old Scootin Solano LTE $194,326, by Smart Lil Scoot, was shown for Eaton to place fourth in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Open Finals, as well.

In third, Ken Schultz, NCHA lifetime earner of $177,994, cashed his first big check in the 1993 NCHA Futurity, when he placed third on Bob Acre Oak. Seven-year-old Reys Of Starlight LTE $58,656, by Dual Rey, has carried Schultz as a finalist in 14 limited age events, including the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Non-Pro.