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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.

Hanson: Spot Plays for Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood
Hanson: Spot Plays for Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood

2021-07-26T22:00:47.855ZVance Hanson

The five-day Goodwood Festival, colloquially known as "Glorious Goodwood," runs from Tuesday through Saturday this week, with Group 1 features highlighting the first three days.
Hanson: Handicapping the Saratoga Late Pick 5 July 17
Hanson: Handicapping the Saratoga Late Pick 5 July 17

2021-07-16T18:57:21.837ZVance Hanson

Saturday's Late Pick 5 sequence at Saratoga includes two graded stakes and an excellent first-level allowance sprint for three-year-olds.
First-Crop sires: Classic Empire quick out of the stall with five early winners
First-Crop sires: Classic Empire quick out of the stall with five early winners

2021-07-13T18:42:38.861ZVance Hanson

Coolmore is undoubtedly pleased so far with Classic Empire, who through July 11 had sired five winners throughout North America from his first crop.
Hanson: Spot plays for Newmarket July 9 card
Hanson: Spot plays for Newmarket July 9 card

2021-07-07T17:56:07.307ZVance Hanson

For followers of English racing, the summertime festivals held at Newmarket, Goodwood, and York are generally delightful opportunities to scope out winners.
Hanson: Spot plays for Indiana Derby Day July 7
Hanson: Spot plays for Indiana Derby Day July 7

2021-07-06T22:33:14.383ZVance Hanson

One of the several offers available to TwinSpires bettors for Wednesday's Indiana Derby card at Indiana Grand is the popular Bet Back promotion.
Hanson: Selections for Day 4 at Royal Ascot on June 18
Hanson: Selections for Day 4 at Royal Ascot on June 18

2021-06-17T17:12:52.859ZVance Hanson

Looking through Friday's card at Royal Ascot, we've kept in mind the strong likelihood of soft ground and attempted to handicap accordingly.
Hanson: Selections for Day 3 of Royal Ascot on June 17
Hanson: Selections for Day 3 of Royal Ascot on June 17

2021-06-16T19:12:08.627ZVance Hanson

The weather is forecast to change for the worse for Days 3 and 4 at Royal Ascot on Thursday and Friday, making handicapping ahead of time a challenge.
Hanson: My longshot play for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Day 2 at Royal Ascot
Hanson: My longshot play for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Day 2 at Royal Ascot

2021-06-15T17:18:34.271ZVance Hanson

Firmer conditions could help a longshot produce a peak effort in Wednesday's Duke of Cambridge S. (G2) at Royal Ascot.
Hanson: Godolphin can stay hot with a longshot on Day 1 of Royal Ascot
Hanson: Godolphin can stay hot with a longshot on Day 1 of Royal Ascot

2021-06-14T19:08:56.677ZVance Hanson

The St James's Palace S. (G1) is arguably the most intriguing betting race among the four Group stakes on Tuesday's Royal Ascot opener. Also discover the favorites for the Queen Anne S. (G1) and King's Stand S. (G1) on day 1!
Hanson: Spot Plays for the June 13 card at Pimlico
Hanson: Spot Plays for the June 13 card at Pimlico

2021-06-12T20:36:56.681ZVance Hanson

Sunny skies and hopefully a drying-out turf course should make for a strong afternoon of racing Sunday at Pimlico, which hosts five stakes on its 10-race program.
Hanson: How I'm playing the Belmont Stakes Day card
Hanson: How I'm playing the Belmont Stakes Day card

2021-06-04T20:17:34.387ZVance Hanson

Saturday's Belmont Stakes Day program is a dandy. We'll have a couple spot plays early in the card, followed by a Pick 4 bet that ends with the "Test of the Champion."
Hanson: How I will bet the Epsom Derby on June 5
Hanson: How I will bet the Epsom Derby on June 5

2021-06-04T15:53:34.926ZVance Hanson

He's been more about style than substance so far, but there's no question there is also some potentially good karma involved with Mohaafeth in Saturday's Epsom Derby (G1).
Hanson: Spot plays for the Epsom Oaks, New York Stakes on June 4
Hanson: Spot plays for the Epsom Oaks, New York Stakes on June 4

2021-06-02T19:34:05.202ZVance Hanson

Our two spot plays on Friday will come on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.