Off to the races

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 15, 2008 at 09:19:

In Reply to: Off to the races posted by Joseph R. Brown on February 15, 2008 at 09:18:

: What is the origin of the phrase "off to the races"?

When you set off to anything or anywhere, you may be said to be "off to" it/them. You can be "off on holiday/to work/to the cinema/to the races" or any number of other things. (VSD)