Photo by Laurie Asseo

Off to the Races Radio returns Saturday, March 20 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 show is powered by The Racing Biz and sponsored in part by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Equine Alliance. The program airs each Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It will also be archived on theracingbiz.com and espnrichmond.com.

Listeners can catch it live here.

Featured guests on Saturday include trainer Mike Stidham and owner-breeder Grace Merryman. Stidham, a winner of more than 2,100 races in his career, will send out Proxy in Saturday’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Merryman, who with her husband Louis owns Maryland’s Anchor & Hope Farm, has built an exciting roster of young stallions at Anchor & Hope.

Also slated to join the show is program regular Darrell Wood 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 20 and will extend through the Colonial Downs racing season and into September.