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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.

Chop Chop among three early stakes winners for freshman sire City of Light
Chop Chop among three early stakes winners for freshman sire City of Light

2022-11-14T18:20:08.996ZVance Hanson

Since our first installment highlighting the first crop by City of Light, the freshman sire has been represented by an additional six winners, three of whom have won stakes.
Hanson: A case for Flightline's early retirement
Hanson: A case for Flightline's early retirement

2022-11-08T19:34:34.340ZVance Hanson

While some racing fans are disappointed Flightline won't reappear on the racetrack, the "he has nothing more to prove" argument might be a sound one.
Breeders' Cup: How to play the All-Turf Pick 3 on Friday
Breeders' Cup: How to play the All-Turf Pick 3 on Friday

2022-11-04T08:18:00.000ZVance Hanson

The All-Turf Pick 3 starts with the Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) and will include the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and Juvenile Turf (G1).
2022 Breeders' Cup contenders worth considering at a price
2022 Breeders' Cup contenders worth considering at a price

2022-11-04T05:46:00.000ZVance Hanson

As was the case last year, the longshots we find the most intriguing a week out from the Breeders' Cup are largely concentrated on the weekend's grass races.
Finding vulnerable favorites in the 2022 Breeders' Cup
Finding vulnerable favorites in the 2022 Breeders' Cup

2022-11-01T21:54:27.609ZVance Hanson

A primary key to handicapping the Breeders' Cup successfully, or any race card for that matter, is finding and eliminating vulnerable favorites.
Magnificent Seven: Multi-generation winners of the same Breeders' Cup race
Magnificent Seven: Multi-generation winners of the same Breeders' Cup race

2022-10-31T13:53:51.769ZVance Hanson

One of the more intriguing situations in racing occurs when a horse replicates family success by winning the same stakes that their sire or dam did during their racing days.
Hanson: Spot Plays for British Champions Day at Ascot Oct. 15
Hanson: Spot Plays for British Champions Day at Ascot Oct. 15

2022-10-14T21:02:31.014ZVance Hanson

There are several competitive betting affairs with larger fields earlier in the Ascot card, and a couple horses have caught my eye as potential value plays.
The up and down history of the American Grand National
The up and down history of the American Grand National

2022-10-12T19:16:04.251ZVance Hanson

The American Grand National, which carries a purse of $250,000 and is contested over 2 5/8 miles, is the richest and most prestigious jumping event in the U.S.
Lukewarm Breeders' Cup favorites typically ones to avoid
Lukewarm Breeders' Cup favorites typically ones to avoid

2022-10-12T16:19:17.129ZVance Hanson

Knowing what kind of horses are best avoided is often just as important as who to latch onto. Breeders' Cup favorites the betting public is very cool towards is one such group.
Hanson: Betting the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Hanson: Betting the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

2022-09-30T20:51:25.021ZVance Hanson

With course conditions expected to be very soft and a with a full field of 20 entered, Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) looks a fascinating betting affair.
Recent trends in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Recent trends in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

2022-09-26T19:04:50.218ZVance Hanson

With the 2022 edition of the Arc at Longchamp coming up this Sunday, Oct. 2, here's a look at recent trends in the 1 1/2-mile fixture.
What does shaky history of odds-on BC Classic favorites mean for Flightline?
What does shaky history of odds-on BC Classic favorites mean for Flightline?

2022-09-12T18:13:58.766ZVance Hanson

The main question is not so much who specifically will win the Breeders' Cup Classic, but whether Flightline will be a single or not.
Spot Plays for Doncaster Sept. 8
Spot Plays for Doncaster Sept. 8

2022-09-07T16:50:52.557ZVance Hanson

Fillies are in the spotlight Thursday on Day 2 of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster.