Photo by Laurie Asseo

Off to the Races Radio returns Saturday, July 3 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 ESPN Richmond (VA), 106.1 FM and is available everywhere via livestreaming, will mark its 22nd season, starting February 13.

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.

Listeners can catch it live here.

On Saturday’s show, we’ll visit with Dallas Stewart and John Mooney. Stewart, a trainer, has won nearly 900 races in his career, including two Breeders’ Cup races. He’s also had the runner-up in four Triple Crown races. Mooney is the head of racing at Delaware Park, which hosts its signature events the next two weeks: the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks Saturday and the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap July 10.

Jill Byrne will also join the show for a quick update on preparations for Colonial Downs’s 2021 season.

Also slated to join the show are Darrell Wood and Derby Bill Watson. Wood will provide updates and insights on racing and breeding in Virginia, while Derby Bill is the former on-air handicapper for Colonial Downs. 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.