Off to the Races Radio: Jerry Crawford featured

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Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns April 16 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 Jerry Crawford. Crawford’s group, Donegal Racing, owns and campaigns Mo Donegal. That runner is headed to Churchill Downs for the May 7 Kentucky Derby after his sharp score in the G2 Wood Memorial April 9, his second graded win.

Also on the show Saturday is Joanne Shankle. Shankle is the assistant trainer to Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon. They will send out Shake Em Loose — a Preakness hopeful — in Saturday’s Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park. A win there will put the onetime $16,000 claimer in the Middle Jewel.

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.”

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