Off to the Races Radio: Motion, Beem featured

Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns Saturday, September 3 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.

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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 features visits with trainer Graham Motion and Colonial Downs track announcer Jason Beem. Motion has a somewhat unusual distinction: he was won the last three runnings of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby — which have taken place at two different tracks, in two different states, over a span of five racing seasons. He’ll send out Royal Patronage in Tuesday’s renewal.

Pacific Northwest native Beem has called races from sea to shining sea and will call Tuesday’s big races from Colonial. He’s also a published author of a novel called Southbound.

Sponsors include the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, Virginia Equine Alliance, Maryland Jockey Club, Charles Town Races, Delaware Park, 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