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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.

Handicapping the Preakness Day Late Pick 5
Handicapping the Preakness Day Late Pick 5

2021-05-14T18:27:50.589ZVance Hanson

Pimlico's 12% takeout on the Pick 5 is among the best that can be found anywhere in the country.
Handicapping the Cross Country Pick 5 for May 8
Handicapping the Cross Country Pick 5 for May 8

2021-05-07T21:55:27.475ZVance Hanson

Multi-race bettors who like turf racing should find some appeal in Saturday's Cross Country Pick 5, the sequence of which uses a total four grass races at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park.
Kentucky Oaks Day spot plays at Churchill Downs
Kentucky Oaks Day spot plays at Churchill Downs

2021-04-30T15:25:51.533ZVance Hanson

We'll concentrate our spot plays on the final three stakes on the Kentucky Oaks card, including the fascinating feature of the day.
Spot Plays for the Kentucky Derby card and 2000 Guineas
Spot Plays for the Kentucky Derby card and 2000 Guineas

2021-04-30T14:58:03.445ZVance Hanson

The Kentucky Derby (G1) is back where it belongs in 2021, on the first Saturday in May, and as expected the entire 14-race card at Churchill Downs is tremendous.
Pimlico: Handicapping the all-stakes Pick 5 for April 24
Pimlico: Handicapping the all-stakes Pick 5 for April 24

2021-04-23T21:43:11.350ZVance Hanson

We're only a week out from the Kentucky Derby (G1), which means the Preakness (G1) is not far behind.
Defections mean shrinking number of Derby bubble horses
Defections mean shrinking number of Derby bubble horses

2021-04-19T19:53:32.652ZVance Hanson

Less than two weeks out from the Kentucky Derby (G1), it appears nearly everyone who wants to run in the Churchill Downs classic may have the opportunity.
Queen Elizabeth's top race horses of all time
Queen Elizabeth's top race horses of all time

2021-04-15T14:43:58.880ZVance Hanson

A prominent fixture on the turf since ascending the throne of the United Kingdom in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has enjoyed tremendous success as both an owner and breeder in her seven decades as the sport's most recognizable patron. Indeed, a number of her most accomplished runners came along during the first decade or so of her long and inspiring reign.
Several "bubble" horses in good shape to make Kentucky Derby
Several "bubble" horses in good shape to make Kentucky Derby

2021-04-12T17:26:38.541ZVance Hanson

The 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby prep series is complete, but the field for the May 1 classic at Churchill Downs remains somewhat fluid.
Handicapping the Cross Country Pick 5 for April 10
Handicapping the Cross Country Pick 5 for April 10

2021-04-10T14:19:50.142ZVance Hanson

Saturday's Cross Country Pick 5 largely consists of stakes at Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Oaklawn Park, but kicks off with a first-level allowance for older horses at the Big A.
Four horses to follow in the 2021 Grand National Steeplechase
Four horses to follow in the 2021 Grand National Steeplechase

2021-04-09T15:29:22.078ZVance Hanson

After the 2020 race was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the world-famous Grand National Steeplechase is back on the calendar Saturday.
Horses to Watch on TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby Day
Horses to Watch on TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby Day

2021-03-19T12:30:24.000ZVance Hanson

A blockbuster 14-race card awaits horseplayers on Saturday when Fair Grounds hosts TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby Day.