Verrazano paddock shot

Churchill Downs Winner for Verrazano

Opening his account with a stylish win at Churchill Downs on Saturday was promising gelding Spirogyra (3g Verrazano x Miss Inclined, by Pulpit).

He was claimed for $50,000 from his breeder and original trainer Brad Cox in his May 18 debut over Churchill’s main track when finishing second and quickly repaid his new connections with a strong finishing win.

Now with Michelle Lovell, Spirogyra charged home out wide to win the five and a half furlong contest by half a length.

Spirogyra is the third winner from stakes-placed Miss Inclined, a half-sister to Grade II winner Rush Bay.