Photo by Laurie Asseo

Off to the Races Radio returns for its 2021 season Saturday, February 13 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, will mark its 22nd season, starting February 13. Terrestrial stations include 99.5 FM, 102.7 FM, and 950 AM.

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

For the opening week, guests include trainers Michael Stidham and Brittany Russell. Stidham, a longtime trainer in the Mid-Atlantic, will send out the Godolphin homebred Proxy (8-1 morning line) in Saturday’s Grade 2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, the weekend’s most prominent Kentucky Derby prep race. Russell, based at Laurel Park, will saddle several Saturday runners, including Hello Beautiful, the morning line favorite in the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie.

Also slated to join the kickoff show are longtime regulars Darrell Wood, who will visit weekly to talk all things Virginia, and former Colonial Downs on-air handicapper Derby Bill Watson. The show is hosted by Nick Hahn with support from Frank Vespe.

“We’re excited to kick off the new season of Off to the Races,” said Vespe, who is the owner and publisher of The Racing Biz, which oversees Off to the Races. “No one knows Mid-Atlantic racing better, and we look forward to another season with top guests, compelling interviews, and great handicapping — and plenty of laughs along the way.”

The Off to the Races season kicks off February 13 and will extend through the Colonial Downs racing season and into September.