Profile Picture: Vance Hanson

Vance Hanson

Vance Hanson has been a contributing writer and editor for BRISnet.com, TwinSpires.com and KentuckyDerby.com since 2008. Prior to joining the Churchill Downs Inc. family, he served as a publicity assistant at Canterbury Park and as a handicapper/writer for Daily Racing Form.

Hanson: 2022 Preakness Day Spot Plays
Hanson: 2022 Preakness Day Spot Plays

2022-05-20T15:49:40.318ZVance Hanson

Traditionally one of the top four most-wagered programs of the year in the U.S., total handle on the Preakness card figures to be $100 million or thereabouts.
Hanson: Spot plays for Black-Eyed Susan Day May 20
Hanson: Spot plays for Black-Eyed Susan Day May 20

2022-05-19T18:40:00.000ZVance Hanson

The 14-race Preakness eve card at Pimlico on Friday has a variety of possibilities, including a wide-open renewal of the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) with a field of 13 three-year-old fillies.
How beaten Kentucky Derby favorites have fared as Preakness favorites
How beaten Kentucky Derby favorites have fared as Preakness favorites

2022-05-18T19:50:38.000ZVance Hanson

A post-World War II history of beaten Kentucky Derby favorites who were also the post-time favorite in the Preakness.
Hanson: Wagering strategy for Kentucky Derby Day
Hanson: Wagering strategy for Kentucky Derby Day

2022-05-07T14:13:00.000ZVance Hanson

The primary plays on the afternoon will be in the Kentucky Derby itself, the Pick 4 that ends in the Derby, and a win play earlier on the card.
Hanson: Kentucky Oaks Day spot plays
Hanson: Kentucky Oaks Day spot plays

2022-05-06T14:45:00.000ZVance Hanson

Spot plays for the Kentucky Oaks and other undercard races by Vance Hanson
The best longshot to bet in the 2022 Kentucky Derby
The best longshot to bet in the 2022 Kentucky Derby

2022-05-04T21:12:06.564ZVance Hanson

In a seemingly wide-open edition of the Kentucky Derby, Charge It might indeed be the best longshot to keep an eye on.
France may hold the cartes in 1000 Guineas
France may hold the cartes in 1000 Guineas

2022-04-30T19:14:52.304ZVance Hanson

The betting market for Sunday's 1000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket is largely concentrating on two fillies who are lightly-raced with two starts apiece: Tenebrism and Tuesday.
Perfect Power the upset play in 2000 Guineas
Perfect Power the upset play in 2000 Guineas

2022-04-29T16:51:30.611ZVance Hanson

The first classic of the British season, the 2000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket, tends to get lost in the shuffle as far as attracting an American audience.
Four horses to follow in the 2022 Grand National Steeplechase
Four horses to follow in the 2022 Grand National Steeplechase

2022-04-08T16:47:00.000ZVance Hanson

Before taking in the wall-to-wall U.S. action on Saturday, my attention and wagering dollars will be making a brief detour to the outskirts of Liverpool for the Grand National Steeplechase.
Recent trends in the Santa Anita Derby
Recent trends in the Santa Anita Derby

2022-04-04T18:13:42.055ZVance Hanson

The last quarter-century of the Santa Anita Derby (G1), which will be renewed on Saturday with a purse of $750,000, has been impacted to a great degree by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Recent trends in the Blue Grass Stakes
Recent trends in the Blue Grass Stakes

2022-04-04T18:02:38.396ZVance Hanson

With a purse of $1 million the Blue Grass (G1) is the richest of the three Kentucky Derby (G1) preps that will be held this coming Saturday.
Recent trends in the Wood Memorial
Recent trends in the Wood Memorial

2022-04-04T17:54:10.969ZVance Hanson

Although it has not produced the winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) in nearly two decades, the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct generally adds to the Derby discussion.
Recent trends in the Arkansas Derby
Recent trends in the Arkansas Derby

2022-03-29T21:14:00.021ZVance Hanson

A couple Arkansas Derby trends worth noting since 2010, plus a special look at filly participation.