About D.S. Williamson

D.S. Williamson has been passionate about horse racing since he was 13-years-old. He spent most of his time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ before moving to California in 1997.

Santa Anita Park Preview

As always, opening day for Santa Anita's winter spring meet happens on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas. Two Grade 1 Races, the Malibu and Labrea, take place that day along with two Grade 2 races, the San Antonio and the Mathis Brothers Mile on the turf. For my family and me, Santa Anita Opening Day ushers in the new racing season. That season lasts all the way until the Breeders' Cup. With opening day right around the corner, I [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Horses|

Baffert’s Got Another Strong Derby Hand

It's almost become a foregone conclusion that the great Bob Baffert heads into the New Year with the top 3-year-olds on the planet. No exception to 2019. Bob's stable has at least 4 Derby contenders already with more on the way. Just as a reminder to all of us, his Triple Crown winner this year didn't even break his maiden until 2018. So, we can't expect Bob's top Triple Crown runner to come from the 4 horses I list here, [...]

NFL Week 14 Sunday Night Football Betting Preview

In one of the most important matchups of the year, two of the best teams in the NFC clash on Sunday night. The conference leading Los Angeles Rams were supposed to be here, sitting on one loss with a month left in the NFL Regular Season. Unlike the Rams, the Bears weren’t supposed to be close to where they are with an 8-4 record and in control of the NFC North. This meeting makes for a very intriguing NFL Week 14 [...]

NFL Week 14 Free Picks – Full Sunday Gauntlet Run!

Trying to make sense of my NFL Week 14 free picks took some time! There’s a lot going on this Sunday starting with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Baltimore Ravens as a  -7.0 points favorite. The Chiefs have come back to earth since starting the season on fire against the spread. On Sunday, KC battles the Baltimore Ravens and their top ranked defense. Baltimore’s only a half a game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Ravens have a [...]

Army Black Knights Favored To Beat Navy

One of the most important traditions in college football takes place on Saturday, December 8th when the Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights clash on Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Simply called the Army-Navy Game, the Black Knights and Midshipmen have thrown down almost every year since 1899. The first ever Army-Navy Game took place in 1890. All told, the two squads have battled 118 times with Navy winning 60, Army losing 51, and the teams tying [...]

NCAAF CFP Profiles – Clemson Tiger’s Swinney Seeking 2nd Championship

The Clemson Tigers head to their College Football Playoff Semifinal battle with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish where they started the season - as the second choice to win the National Championship. At +275, oddsmakers have decided that Dabo Swinney’s squad is the only one that can end Alabama’s reign as the top team in college football. Clemson upset Alabama in the 2016 National Championship for the second title in their history. The 2016 crown was the first for the [...]

Notre Dame Returns to National Title Picture After 20 Year Absence

In many ways, the history of Notre Dame Football is the history of college football. The Fighting Irish played their first game November 23, 1887, losing to rival Michigan 0-8. Since that inaugural battle, few college football programs have had the type of success like Notre Dame’s had. The Irish have won 11 national titles, including going back-to-back twice in 1929 and 1930 and again in 1946 and 1947. Among the more famous names in Notre Dame Football lore are [...]

NFL Week 14 Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

Two AFC South rivals coming off impressive Week 13 wins battle each other in NFL Week 14 Thursday Night Football betting on Dec. 6. The Jacksonville Jaguars bottled up Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in an odd 6-0 victory while Marcus Mariota rallied the Tennessee Titans from being down 16-6 at halftime to a 26-22 win over the New York Jets. For Jacksonville, beating the Titans won’t mean much more than bragging rights heading into the offseason. Currently at [...]

NHL Wednesday Free Picks – Oilers-Blues, Blackhawks-Ducks on NBCSN

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers travel to St. Louis to battle the Blues while the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks on the road in a nationally broadcast double-header on NBC Sports Network. Edmonton’s played close to .500 hockey, going 13-11-2 this season before their Monday night battle with the Dallas Stars. The Oilers are in the thick of the Pacific Division race because no team has yet separated from any other. Edmonton’s opponent on Wednesday hasn’t had nearly [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: NHL, SportsWire|Tags: , |

Jockey Profile: Joe Talamo

Horseplayers who play Southern California tracks Santa Anita Park and Del Mar know that one of the most reliable jockeys on the grounds is Joe Talamo. Joe almost never rides the best horse, but he always does a great job. Unless Talamo's mounts have no shot, Joe puts them into a position to cash a check. That's all you can ask when handicapping jockeys. Check out 5 of Joe Talamo's top rides. We'll start with a ride that Joe provided [...]

By |December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Horses|