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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.

Veteran jockey Mario Pino hits 7000 wins
Veteran jockey Mario Pino hits 7000 wins

2021-10-20T22:09:09.208ZVance Hanson

Pino would go on to win an impressive 275 races during the 1979 season. He rode his most winners in a season (297) in 2001, and it wasn’t until 2010 that his season win total dipped below 100.
Hanson: British Champions Day spot plays at Ascot
Hanson: British Champions Day spot plays at Ascot

2021-10-15T21:31:16.636ZVance Hanson

Saturday's British Champions Day at Ascot undoubtedly lives up to its moniker, with several outstanding match-ups and/or betting opportunities across the five group stakes.
Breeders' Cup: Trends worth remembering from Del Mar's first BC
Breeders' Cup: Trends worth remembering from Del Mar's first BC

2021-10-11T20:47:07.071ZVance Hanson

As Del Mar plays host to the Breeders' Cup for a second time next month, we scout out the more notable trends from its first in 2017.
Hanson: Handicapping the Keeneland Turf Pick 3 for Oct. 8
Hanson: Handicapping the Keeneland Turf Pick 3 for Oct. 8

2021-10-08T14:25:06.765ZVance Hanson

New to the wagering menu at the Keeneland fall meet, which begins Friday, is the $3 Keeneland Turf Pick 3.
Classy Edition a rising star for freshman sire Classic Empire
Classy Edition a rising star for freshman sire Classic Empire

2021-10-05T17:54:47.052ZVance Hanson

Since the last installment in our series showcasing the first crop by Classic Empire, the champion has been represented by his first two stakes winners.
Hanson: Spot Plays for the Oct. 3 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe card
Hanson: Spot Plays for the Oct. 3 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe card

2021-10-02T19:26:50.388ZVance Hanson

Wagering on the terrific Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) program on Sunday will be available at TwinSpires.com.

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Spot Plays for the Turf Sprint, Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs
Spot Plays for the Turf Sprint, Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs

2021-09-11T01:16:07.721ZVance Hanson

The biggest day of the 2021 meet at Kentucky Downs is Saturday, and both $1 million features are "Win & You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge preps. Here are the preferred choices in both.
The 10 best horses beaten by Secretariat
The 10 best horses beaten by Secretariat

2021-09-08T18:11:32.244ZVance Hanson

Secretariat's achievements are enhanced because he defeated these 10 star horses.
Kentucky Downs Spot Plays for Sept. 6
Kentucky Downs Spot Plays for Sept. 6

2021-09-05T14:21:37.842ZVance Hanson

Not only will two-year-olds be in focus at Saratoga and Del Mar on Labor Day, but Kentucky Downs will also have a pair of sprint stakes for juveniles on its 11-race program.
Letruska among 5 of the best horses to win in Mexico
Letruska among 5 of the best horses to win in Mexico

2021-08-31T18:12:03.524ZVance Hanson

Letruska is among the five best horses ever to win a stakes in Mexico. What makes Letruska's path toward stardom so interesting, and unique?
Colonial Downs stakes spot plays for Aug. 31
Colonial Downs stakes spot plays for Aug. 31

2021-08-30T16:39:29.981ZVance Hanson

A bonanza of open grass stakes highlight Tuesday's card at Colonial Downs, highlighted by the return of the Virginia Derby (G3).
Hanson: Rediscovering historic Triple Crown TV coverage
Hanson: Rediscovering historic Triple Crown TV coverage

2021-08-24T20:00:08.949ZVance Hanson

Television footage of the Triple Crown from the 1960s and early 1970s is now publicly available, and its most interesting moments are well worth watching.

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Colonial Downs Spot Plays for Aug. 23
Colonial Downs Spot Plays for Aug. 23

2021-08-22T14:33:42.500ZVance Hanson

The leading open, main-track stakes of the 2021 Colonial Downs meet, all of which will be run around one turn over the unique 1 1/4-mile layout, are on Monday's slate of action.

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