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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.

How to bet the 2022 Ellis Park Derby
How to bet the 2022 Ellis Park Derby

2022-08-13T14:00:14.664ZVance Hanson

The finale on a stakes-laden Ellis Park card on Sunday is the $200,000 Ellis Park Derby, a one-mile event for three-year-olds.
First-Crop Sires: City of Light offspring beginning to shine
First-Crop Sires: City of Light offspring beginning to shine

2022-08-08T17:21:21.700ZVance Hanson

City of Light retired to stud at Lane's End Farm in early 2019 to great fanfare.
Hanson: Glorious Goodwood plays for July 28
Hanson: Glorious Goodwood plays for July 28

2022-07-27T17:26:53.378ZVance Hanson

After bypassing Wednesday's action at Goodwood, when two of the three Group races were won by the post-time favorite, it's back-in-the-saddle time for Day 3 of the five-day fixture on Thursday.
Hanson: Glorious Goodwood plays for July 26
Hanson: Glorious Goodwood plays for July 26

2022-07-25T20:01:20.716ZVance Hanson

The two earliest Group offerings on Day 1 offer a bit more hope for those looking to find a longer shot.
Spot Plays for Newmarket July Festival July 7
Spot Plays for Newmarket July Festival July 7

2022-07-06T17:45:18.903ZVance Hanson

The first two days of the July Festival at Newmarket this week have come up high in quality but short on numbers as far as the Group stakes are concerned.
Spot Plays for Northern Stars Turf Festival at Canterbury June 22
Spot Plays for Northern Stars Turf Festival at Canterbury June 22

2022-06-20T22:39:27.905ZVance Hanson

The biggest day on the 2022 racing calendar at Canterbury Park is Wednesday, when five grass stakes carrying a minimum purse of $100,000 are scheduled.
2022 Royal Ascot: Selections for Friday
2022 Royal Ascot: Selections for Friday

2022-06-15T22:17:32.995ZVance Hanson

Day 4 of Royal Ascot 2022 is highlighted by three-year-olds: fillies over the Round Mile in the Coronation (G1), preceded by colt and filly sprinters in the six-furlong Commonwealth Cup (G1).
2022 Royal Ascot: Selections for Thursday
2022 Royal Ascot: Selections for Thursday

2022-06-15T13:51:41.995ZVance Hanson

Day 3 of Royal Ascot on Thursday includes the meet centerpiece, the 2 1/2-mile Gold Cup (G1), which fan favorite Stradivarius will attempt to win for a fourth time.
How to handicap Royal Ascot stakes for juveniles
How to handicap Royal Ascot stakes for juveniles

2022-06-11T13:51:25.000ZVance Hanson

One of the distinguishing features of Royal Ascot is the six stakes devoted to two-year-olds during the annual five-day meeting.
Hanson: Handicapping the 2022 Epsom Derby
Hanson: Handicapping the 2022 Epsom Derby

2022-06-03T14:31:02.893ZVance Hanson

Although Desert Crown might be the most likely winner, there are at least a half-dozen other worthy contenders in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
Hanson: O'Brien can make music again in Epsom Oaks
Hanson: O'Brien can make music again in Epsom Oaks

2022-06-01T17:31:54.448ZVance Hanson

Aidan O'Brien has a strong chance to win Friday's Epsom Oaks for a 10th time.
Hanson: 2022 Preakness Day Spot Plays
Hanson: 2022 Preakness Day Spot Plays

2022-05-21T13:49:00.000ZVance 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.
How beaten Kentucky Derby favorites have fared as Preakness favorites
How beaten Kentucky Derby favorites have fared as Preakness favorites

2022-05-20T19:50:38.000ZVance Hanson

A post-World War II history of beaten Kentucky Derby favorites who were also the post-time favorite in the Preakness.