Off to the Races radio: Mark Casse featured

by | Mar 13, 2020 | Breaking, Business, Regionwide

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Off to the Races returns Saturday, March 14, 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.

The program will air each Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It will also be archived on theracingbiz.com and espnrichmond.com.

Saturday’s guests include trainer Mark Casse. a winner of more than 2,800 races, has a roomful of trophies to admire, including a Preakness Stakes victory, a Belmont Stakes win, five Breeders’ Cup wins, and 11 Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer. Casse recently wrote an article calling for an end to the use of clenbuterol, and he has been outspoken that the recent indictments of 27 individuals for doping Thoroughbred and standardbred horses is for the good of the industry.

As usual, Darrell Wood will also join the show for a Virginia Racing and Breeding Minute.

“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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