Off to the Races Radio features Xtra Heat owner Taylor

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Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns March 11 with a show featuring racehorse owners Kenneth Taylor and Peter Vegso.

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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“With Triple Crown prep races starting to heat up, great racing throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and an exciting Colonial Downs season coming in the summer, we’re excited to bring back Off to the Races Radio for another fun season,” said Frank Vespe, owner and publisher of The Racing Biz, which presents the program. “Off to the Races is the longest-running racing radio show in the region, and we’re lookingforward to bringing in great guests and talking racing throughout the year.

Taylor owned the Hall of Famer Xtra Heat, who died recently at age 24. He purchased her for just $5,000, and, under the training of John Salzman, Sr., she went on to win 25 stakes and an Eclipse Award while earning nearly $2.4 million. In 2015 she was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame.

Vegso, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, owned three Virginia Derby winners during the first incarnation of Colonial Downs. He’ll send out his homebred Lord Miles in Saturday’s key Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby.

Sponsors of Off to the Races include the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, Virginia Equine Alliance, Virginia Harness Horse Association, and others. The program will air each Saturday through early November’s Breeders’ Cup.

“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