Off to the Races Radio: Reid, Wellman featured

Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns Saturday, September 24 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 features trainer Robert “Butch” Reid, Jr., as well as owner Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. From the sulky side, Shenandoah Downs announcer Thomas Kearney is on tap.

Reid, based at Philadelphia’s Parx Racing, has a bevy of horses entered in stakes Saturday at the track, as it presents the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1 Cotillion. Among them, Reid will send out Morning Matcha in the Cotillion. Wellman’s group has owned numerous high-level runners, and particularly promising right now is recent Grade 3 Virginia Derby winner Capensis.

Sponsors include the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, Virginia Equine Alliance, Maryland Jockey Club, Virginia Harness Horse Association, 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