Off to the Races radio set for Saturday return
Photo by The Racing Biz.
Off to the Races is back.
The weekly radio show, which airs on the ESPN Richmond (VA) family of stations, and is available everywhere via livestreaming, returns for its 21st season, starting February 22. Terrestrial stations include 99.5 FM, 102.7 FM, and 950 AM.
“We are excited to bring Off to the Races back for another great season talking Thoroughbred racing and breeding,” said Frank Vespe, host of the program and owner of The Racing Biz (www.theracingbiz.com), which develops the program.
In 2020, the show is slated to kick of February 22 and to be on every Saturday morning for the next six months. The final episode is scheduled for August 29.
“It’s a great schedule that will allow us to be on the air through the entire Triple Crown season and beyond,” Vespe said. “And that will include the summer racing at Colonial Downs.”
In 2019, on a similar schedule, Off to the Races had a wide-ranging roster of top-notch guests. They included last year’s Preakness-winning trainer Mark Casse; Hall of Fame jockey and Triple Crown winner Ron Turcotte; trainer Graham Motion, who has won numerous Breeders’ Cup races; and many others.
The show also featured regular visits from racing analyst Nick Hahn and Derby Bill Watson, who gained fame as the original on-air handicapper for Colonial Downs. Both will be back in 2020.
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