10/29/2008 11:00PM

Tagg says Hello Broadway training big

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Hello Broadway wilted under the bright spotlight of the Grade 1 Champagne last month. Sunday, he will try to make amends when he runs back in an interesting renewal of the Grade 3, $100,000 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct.

A half-brother to Nobiz Like Shobiz, Hello Broadway was a gritty neck winner of a seven-furlong maiden race at Saratoga, beating next-out winner Imperial Council. Hello Broadway jumped right into the Champagne, where he finished fifth, 9 1/2 lengths behind Vineyard Haven.

Trainer Barclay Tagg said there may have been a warning sign that Hello Broadway wasn't going to fire his best effort when he did not train strongly the day before the race under exercise rider Simon Harris.

"Simon had gotten on him the day before and said he was very quiet," Tagg said. "We took his temperature and he had no temperature, he ate up his dinner and all that kind of stuff. We saw no reason not to run him. We ran him and he just didn't run his race."

Tagg said that jockey Eibar Coa got off the horse and said "he was dull," Tagg said. "I have no idea why."

Tagg said that since the Champagne, Hello Broadway "has been a bear." Hello Broadway worked four furlongs in 48.26 seconds on Wednesday over a dry Belmont main track.

The Nashua, run as a one-turn mile, could draw as many 10 horses, led by Royal Vindication, a son of Vindication who has won his last two, including the Trapp Mountain Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 13. Others expected to run include the undefeated Forty Thieves, Friesan Fire, Gone Astray, Prince Charming, Break Water Edison, and Take the Points.

NYRA may delay fall stakes announcement

The New York Racing Association might delay announcing its 2009 fall stakes schedule because of the possibility of a purse increase in the fall created by the anticipated revenue stream generated from the launch of a slots casino at Aqueduct, NYRA president and chief executive officer Charlie Hayward said Thursday.

NYRA typically in December gets approval and releases the stakes schedule for the following year. The schedule is usually printed on the NYRA calendar given to paying customers at Aqueduct on New Year's Day. But the schedule for September through December 2009 may not be finalized to be printed on the calendars.

Delaware North was recently approved as the operator of the slots project, though it's unclear when the machines, known as video-lottery terminals, will be installed.

"We don't know when the VLTs are going to launch," Hayward said. "It's possible that we could increase the purses in late '09, but we don't know that we're going to be able to do it."

Hayward said that he and Hal Handel, NYRA's executive vice president and chief operating officer, were to meet with P.J. Campo, the racing secretary and director of racing, on Saturday to go over a draft of next year's stakes schedule.

Hayward said some have suggested that NYRA construct a program that would compete with next year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

"I'm not going to say we're not going to change some things around, but we're not doing it with any regard to the Breeders' Cup schedule," Hayward said. "Some people that are dirt-course advocates as opposed to [synthetic] said, 'Gee, it shouldn't be at Santa Anita two years in a row; you guys should put a bunch of races up against the Cup.' What's that do for anybody? It doesn't make any sense. It's not beneficial to us. Our goal is to run the best racing program in the country; our goal is not to pick a fight with the Breeders' Cup."

Hayward had previously stated his frustration because he believes that Breeders' Cup officials reneged on a handshake agreement with NYRA that would have brought the event to Belmont in 2010. Instead, the event will be held at Churchill Downs that year. Hayward said NYRA would be interested in hosting the event in 2011.

Hostess to be sold at Keeneland

After she runs in Saturday's Grade 2 Long Island Handicap here, Hostess will board a van Sunday to Kentucky, where she is cataloged to be sold Tuesday at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.

James Bond, who has trained Hostess for all 21 of her starts, would love to see whoever buys Hostess keep her in training.

"There's a lot of racing left in her I think," Bond said. "She's a great filly, she's been running with some of the best fillies all year. It's my Christmas wish to get her back to train."

Hostess, a 5-year-old daughter of Chester House, has a record of 4-3-7 from 21 starts and she has banked $379,418 for owner William Clifton Jr. Her victories include the Grade 3 Orchid and Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap.