Trackside on Radio is broadcast from Middleburg, Virginia near Washington, DC.  It was started in 1988 by Carol Holden and Sam Huff–who breed and race Thoroughbreds at Huff Farm/Sporting Life Stable–and covers Thoroughbred flat racing and steeplechase racing.

Trackside on Radio programs are carried by several commercial stations and are available as podcasts at the website (for a list of programs, go the website and click on “Listen to Trackside” and/or “Podcast”). Carol Holden does frequent vignettes on a variety of subjects and she and Sam Huff do a weekly show that is of longer duration and is available on Saturdays. The Saturday shows typically include in-depth interviews with owners, trainers, riders, and assorted other racing personalities.

Mr. Huff and Ms. Holden founded the West Virginia Breeders Classics in 1987; he is the current chairman of the board of the organization and chief executive officer and she is the current president. The twenty-fifth edition will be held on October 15, 2011 at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. This track is approximately 73 miles from Washington, DC.

Carol Holden has an extensive background in racing that gives her the expertise to conduct racing programs in a knowledgeable way. Early in her career, she worked in an assortment of racing jobs both on the racetrack and farm. Her management experience includes putting together partnerships–and she did this prior to the time that women were commonly found in significant roles in the racing industry and before partnerships became such a popular modus operandi for ownership. Today, she is the vice president of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

Sam Huff, in addition to co-hosting Trackside on Radio, is part of the radio broadcast team for the Washington Redskins on ESPN980. He teams with Sonny Jurgensen and Larry Michael. Mr. Huff was an All-American football player at West Virginia University and then played in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. In 1982, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a prominent figure in the famous NFL “sudden death” title game in 1958 that is generally recognized as the event that catapulted the NFL to prominence in the early days of television.

If you are interested in the world of racing, Trackside on Radio takes you behind the scenes and also provides a myriad of perspectives on the sport and industry. Carol Holden and Sam Huff are enthusiastic ambassadors for horse racing and they spread the word through their broadcasts in an informative, articulate, and personable manner.

Copyright © 2011 Horse Racing Business


  1. Is the show available on iTunes ?

  2. Been listening to Sam and Carol for years. Chatty and interesting show for racetrackers and casual fans alike.