Off to the Races radio: Easter, Kelly featured
Photo by The Racing Biz.
Off to the Races returns Saturday, February 29, with a lively program focused on Thoroughbred racing and breeding from Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and around the country.
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. It will continue through August 29.
Saturday’s guests include Debbie Easter, presidet of the Virginia Equine Alliance and executive director of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, and author Jennifer Kelly, whose first book was Sir Barton and the making of the Triple Crown. She currently is at work on her second book and also writes a monthly column, BackTracks, on The Racing Biz.
“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 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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