Off to the Races Radio: Busy weekend ahead

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Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns April 9 as its 25th season rolls on.

The one-hour program will air each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. on ESPN Richmond (106.1 FM) and via livestreaming. It will feature news and conversation about Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Virginia, around the Mid-Atlantic, and across the nation.

Nick Hahn will host with support from Frank Vespe. Derby Bill Watson will join each week to provide his handicapping insights and special brand of humor.

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“We’re thrilled to have Off to the Races back on the air,” said Frank Vespe, owner and publisher of The Racing Biz, which presents the program. “We’re looking forward to another season filled with great guests, good banter, and plenty of laughs.”

Saturday’s show will feature a visit from Eric Hamelback, CEO of the national Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). His group is pursuing legal action to prevent the implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA).

Saturday brings three key Kentucky Derby prep races: the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. All three offer 170 points to the top finishers in a 100-40-20-10 configuration. Derby Bill will have plenty to say about those.

Sponsors include the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, Virginia Equine Alliance, Maryland Jockey Club, Charles Town Races, and others.

“We appreciate our sponsors who support Off to the Races,” Vespe said. “And we especially appreciate all of our listeners.”

Each week’s show will be archived on