10/01/2008 11:00PM

Hello Broadway follows half-brother's path

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Two years after Nobiz Like Shobiz finished second in the Champagne Stakes, Hello Broadway will try to one-up his older half-brother when he runs in Saturday's 137th renewal of this key race for 2-year-old colts.

Like Nobiz Like Shobiz, Hello Broadway enters the Grade 1 Champagne after winning his career debut. Nobiz Like Shobiz, a son of Albert the Great, won his first start by 10 3/4 lengths going a mile at Belmont, while Hello Broadway won his debut by a neck over the Shug McGaughey-trained Imperial Force going 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga. Both Nobiz Like Shobiz and Hello Broadway are owned by Elizabeth Valando, trained by Barclay Tagg and out of the mare Nightstorm.

"I think this horse was fitter for his first race than Nobiz was," said Robin Smullen, assistant trainer to Tagg. "Nobiz had some nice works, but this horse had a 59 [second five-furlong move] every time he worked. Shug's horse headed him at the sixteenth pole, and he was just fitter than Shug's horse. He just dug down and gave a little bit more."

Off his monster debut win, which came at the Champagne distance of a mile, Nobiz Like Shobiz was sent off as the favorite, only to fall three-quarters of a length shy to Scat Daddy. Hello Broadway, a son of Broken Vow, could go off favored in Saturday's wide-open Champagne field.

"He's doing very well, we're looking forward to the race," Smullen said. "It's a tough race, but we'll see where he fits in there. He hasn't done a whole lot wrong. He's had some nice breezes coming up to it. A lot of us are trying to find out where our 2-year-olds are and where they belong."

Though the Champagne is a Win and You're In race for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Smullen indicated that Hello Broadway is unlikely to ship to Santa Anita for that race due to the fact it's being run over a synthetic surface.

"I don't think that Barclay has made that decision yet, but it's pretty much a definite that neither he nor the owner like synthetic surfaces," said Smullen, who added the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in late November is a more likely spot.

Rollers, Summer Patriot to skip BC

Smullen said Rollers and Summer Patriot will not be pointed to any Breeders' Cup races either. Rollers, a 3-year-old New York-bred son of Stormy Atlantic, was very impressive winning the Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park last weekend, his third straight victory. Rollers earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for the win, his third straight triple-digit figure.

Smullen said the Hudson Handicap for New York-breds here Oct. 18 is the most logical next spot for Rollers.

Summer Patriot, who finished third behind Grand Couturier in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, will likely make his next start in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 8.

Red Rocks making progress

Forced to miss the Sword Dancer Invitational due to swelling in a hock, Red Rocks, who defeated Curlin in the Man o' War in July, is making progress in his attempt to make it to the $3 million Breeders Cup Turf.

On Monday, Red Rocks worked five furlongs in 1:05.17 over a soft Belmont turf course. That came eight days after he worked four furlongs in 52.07 seconds over firm Belmont turf.

"We're accelerating," trainer Mark Hennig said. "He went an easy half to see how things responded. The hock's done tremendous. We went what I thought was an easy five-eighths around the [cones] on soft turf. We're going to need to step it out again and get a couple of good, solid, long works into him if we're going to be able to run, but he's handling everything really well."

Red Rocks won the BC Turf in 2006 at Churchill. He finished third in the race last year at Monmouth Park.

Formal Decree, Altesse win stakes

Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Godolphin Stable continued its super fall meet Thursday when Formal Decree outfinished Dry Martini to win the $81,700 Strawberry Burrah Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths. It was two lengths back to Hard Top in third.

The win was the sixth from 11 starters at this meet for Godolphin. The outfit's other wins included Grade 1 scores in the Gazelle and Beldame as well as the Grade 2 Kelso. Formal Decree had not win since Feb. 1, 2007. He had finished second in his two previous starts in this country.

Formal Decree, under Jean-Luc Samyn, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.73 over yielding turf.

Also on the card, Altesse ($11.40) rallied along the rail under John Velazquez and rolled to a 5 1/4-length victory over pacesetting City Bird in the $76,450 Quick Mischief Stakes for fillies and mares. Altesse, a daughter of A.P. Indy owned by Helen Alexander, Helen Groves, and Dorothy Matz and trained by McGaughey, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.08.

She will most likely run next in the Grade 3, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap here on closing day, Oct. 26.