Nanoosh gets first stakes win in $250K Zia Park Derby

Posted to: Nanoosh Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Nanoosh captures the Zia Park Derby - Coady photography
Zayat Stables' homebred Nanoosh scored his third straight win with a thrilling win in the Nov. 21 Zia Park Derby, running down Air Strike in the final furlong to give the 3-year-old Paynter colt his first stakes victory.

Nanoosh is undefeated in 2018 and is 4-0-0 in seven lifetime starts, with earnings of $217,696. He is the fifth stakes winner this year for Paynter, who currently ranks third on the Second-Crop Sire list with $3.4 million in progeny earnings.

On or near the lead the entire way, Nanoosh finally got past a stubborn Air Strike to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:41.96 for the 1 1/16-miles on a fast main track.

Nanoosh is out of Patrice Merion and won a Canterbury Park turf allowance on Sept. 7 then scored a four length allowance win on Oct. 28 prior to Wednesday's victory.