06/15/2013 2:07PM

Delaware Park: Relay Bill should find conditions suitable Monday

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Relay Bill is scheduled to return to the turf for the first time since upsetting the Capital City Stakes at Penn National at 22-1 last August in Monday's sixth race at Delaware Park.

In the last five years, Penn National-based trainer Tim Kreiser has won with only one horse making the switch from a dirt sprint to a turf route. That horse happens to be Relay Bill, who upset the $100,000 Capital City Stakes at odds of 22-1 last August. The now-4-year-old Relay Bill is scheduled to make his first start on grass since that victory in Monday’s sixth race at Delaware Park.

Th e second-level allowance, which carries a purse of $38,000, is carded for 1 1/16 miles on turf. But with thunderstorms in the forecast, it could get shifted to the main track. If it remains on the grass, however, non-firm conditions could be exactly what Relay Bill needs to deliver his best performance.

In the Capital City, Relay Bill was sent to the front and opened up as much as a five-length lead before driving home 3 1/4 lengths in front over soft ground. The 86 Beyer Speed Figure he earned remains the best of Relay Bill’s five-race career. In his lone start this season, Relay Bill dueled up front before fading badly in the six-furlong E Dubai for Pennsylvania-breds on June 1.

The horse with the best back class in Monday’s field is Humble and Hungry, a 5-year-old who won the Grade 3 Commonwealth at Churchill Downs in the fall of 2011 and finished second in the Grade 2 Dixie in 2012. In two starts this season, Humble and Hungry has been far back at the finish, but he was close to the leader for the first mile of the 1 1/8-mile Dixie at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard. The combination of a steep class drop and the third start of his form cycle could produce major improvement.

Unbroken, the runner-up in the Restoration at Monmouth Park last summer, also will be making his third start following a layoff. He finished fifth against company similar to Monday’s in his last outing but was beaten only 2 1/4 lengths.

If the race gets moved to the main track, the advantage could swing to the 3-year-old Dreaming of Jazz. He cleared his first allowance condition with a solid 85 Beyer two starts ago at Pimlico and exits a distant third-place finish in the Canonero II. Dreaming of Jazz will be meeting older horses for the first time.