Off to the Races Radio features Dubyuhnell owner Connolly

Off to the Races Radio presented by The Racing Biz returns April 1 with a show featuring John L. Connolly, owner of Kentucky Derby hopeful Dubyuhnell and much more.

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.

Connolly’s runner, a colt by Good Magic, won twice as a two-year-old, including a score in the Grade 2 Remsen to earn 10 points on the Derby trail. But in his sophomore debut in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the Danny Gargan trainee finished eighth as the favorite. That means he’ll need a big effort in Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby, in which he is 6-1 on the morning line, to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Also on Saturday’s program will be Seth Merrow. Merrow, founder of the Equidaily racing journal, is a host on Capital OTB-TV in upstate New York and a longtime handicapper and analyst. He’ll speak to us live from South Florida where he is attending the Florida Derby.

We’ll also have plenty of other features, including Derby Bill, Darrell Wood to talk harness, and chatter about Secretariat-related events this weekend in Ashland.

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