Born in Philadelphia, Pa., JJ Graci is the father of two grown children and grandfather of two. He attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Graci has vast experience in horse racing and broadcasting. JJ has been a fixture in the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry since 1962 as both an owner and a trainer. In fact, he still holds the record as the most winning trainer at Atlantic City Race Course; not to mention the multiple titles he's held at Garden State Race Course in New Jersey. In 1985, he made his debut on national television in a special called “NUTTIN' BUT A HORSE RACE” on WNEW in New York. JJ was campaigning a horse named Irish Sur on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Graci was the Delaware Valley’s Hometown boy. He was such a natural in front of the camera in the special that he caught the eye of NBC. As a result Graci was hired as expert analyst on the NBC broadcast of The Jersey Derby. JJ landed a similar position on "Philadelphia Park Live" the following year.
Later he formed Equine Network Productions, a production company specializing in video concepts for the thoroughbred horseracing industry. That same year as both executive producer and host, J.J. released "AT THE RACES!" and the show immediately brought recognition to both Graci and his production company, the audience swelled from 105,000 to 2.5 million viewers. AT THE RACES was seen throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The program garnered the Cape Award for programming excellence in New Jersey for five consecutive years and received Best Sports Program, Best Sports Series, Best Single Sports Program, and Producer of the Year awards as well. After the initial success of AT THE RACES, Mr. Graci wasted no time in expanding his reach in the cable television industry. He quickly began work on feature pieces for other broadcast programs such as THE WINNERS CIRCLE, DOWN THE STRETCH and RACING ACROSS AMERICA!
As a result of his TV prowess, WIP Sports Radio, Philadelphia sought to add him to their list of personalities by naming him co-host of AT THE RACES, the first radio program devoted to horseracing. Due to the shows initial success Graci was asked to host a daily program called "J.J. GRACI‘S CALL TO THE POST", followed soon after by the acclaimed "IT’S POST TIME WITH J.J. GRACI"! WIP received a local Emmy Award for the broadcast of the Jersey Derby hosted by JJ Graci. In 1999 JJ relocated to South Florida where he immediately made his mark by winning Calder's 2000 Breeders Cup Handicap with the Cinderella Horse of the Year CYBIL. Cybil was a $2,200 Keeneland Sale purchase and earned almost $300,000 in her career.
Graci re-established his radio career in Florida with AT THE RACES which was aired on Fox Sports radio from 2002-2004. The advent of the internet gave Graci a new venue to increase his audience as the show was broadcasted on attheracesandbeyond.com. As the show became more popular nationally, Sirius radio saw the potential of the show and added it to it’s’ sports talk schedule. The show debuted on Sirius Satellite radio in the summer of 2005. Sirius has approximately 10 million subscribers.
In 2004 JJ became the spokesperson for Team Afleet Alex, during the career of the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner. Graci and his partner, Anita “Samm” Saint Clair, are credited for establishing the fund raising efforts between Team Afleet Alex and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Approximately 3 million dollars was raised for children’s cancer research directly through their efforts. JJ and Samm were considered instrumental in the connections receiving their special eclipse award.
In 2006 Cecil Peacock, a Canadian power company owner sought out and hired JJ to represent his horse Brother Derek in his triple crown quest.
In 2008 JJ moved to the Detroit area for the opening of the new thoroughbred track. He continued broadcasting both sports and local talk. He also created Jolt Nation.com which aired a Crime Scene Show, a legal show and High School sports as well as other local events.
Now back in South Florida and hearing the issues facing the Thoroughbred industry… it was time to jump back in to the proverbial saddle and do “It’s Post Time with JJ Graci” once again in addition to a morning talk show. The morning show garnered immediate success and the horseracing show is on the rise.
Recently both JJ and Anita became part owners of WDBFradio.com
JJ Graci Documentary “Nuttin But a Horse Race” Ny, NY, “Philadelphia Park Live” Philadelphia , “JJ Graci’s Call to the Post” WIP All Sports Radio Philadelphia, “It’s Post Time” Suburban Cable NJ, “At the Races” WWAC Atlantic City and Fox Sports Miami, “At the Races and Beyond “ Foster sports radio Miami, WWNN Boca Raton and Sirius Satellite Radio, New York, NY, Community Chat WLCO and WQUS Lapeer, MI, Crime Scene with Byron Konschuh WLCO, WQUS, Charter Cable and Joltnation.com, The Ed Farrell Show WLCO, Joltlive.tv, Ustream and joltnation.com. Film “First Saturday in May” (cameo appearance), Tribeca Film Festival, NY and Barbaro (cameo).
Anita Saint Clair aka “Samm Graci”
Born in Philadelphia, Pa. The eighth of twelve children. Mother of four grown children and grandmother of eight. Attended Temple University where her father Jack Saint Clair Jr coached Track and Cross Country. In addition to "earning her feathers" through the survival of seventeen-plus years as partner, confidant, co-host, travel companion, planner extraordinaire and helpmate to JJ Graci (no small feat in and of itself), Anita developed, produced and hosted a cable television show called “Santa Claus Live” for 4 years. The show was an instantaneous success.
She also has been co-host to JJ at Fox Sports, Beasley Broadcasting and Sirius Satellite radio. During both the Afleet Alex and Brother Derek campaigns Anita wrote all the press releases and dealt with the media on the accuracy of the stories. She was the driving force behind the Alex’s Lemonade/Afleet Alex juvenile cancer research campaign which raised over 3.5 million dollars in one year and continues to bring in donations to this day. See JJ’s bio for more…
“At the Races” WWAC Atlantic City and Fox Sports Miami, “At the Races and Beyond “ Foster sports radio Miami, WWNN Boca Raton and Sirius Satellite Radio, New York, NY, Community Chat WLCO and WQUS Lapeer, MI, Crime Scene with Byron Konschuh WLCO, WQUS, Charter Cable and Joltnation.com, The Ed Farrell Show WLCO, Joltlive.tv, Ustream and joltnation.com
Film “First Saturday in May” (cameo appearance), Tribeca Film Festival, NY and Barbaro (cameo).
J.J. GRACI & ANITA 'SAMM' GRACI
POST TIME WITH J.J. GRACI