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.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round Begins Thursday

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs kicks off Thursday, when the Columbus Blue Jackets battle the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars take on the St. Louis Blues.  Columbus Blue Jackets (+125) at Boston Bruins (-150), 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN The Blue Jackets entered the playoffs one of the longest shots on the board, largely because their first-round opponent was the top team regular-season team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Columbus entered the playoffs one of [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hurricanes and Capitals Meet in Game 7

After two thrilling Game 7 NHL matchups Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will square off for a third Wednesday. Carolina Hurricanes (+125) at Washington Capitals (-150), 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN This first-round series has followed a specific pattern. The home team has won every game. How can the Hurricanes break the home-ice advantage pattern? Carolina appears to be most effective when they're the aggressor. The Hurricanes will want to try and overwhelm Washington goalie Braden Holtby with shots the [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Omaha Beach and By My Standards

Omaha Beach winning the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) - Coady Photography The 2019 Kentucky Derby is so deep it only makes sense to discuss the chances of the likely favorite winning in the same blog about the chances of one of the longest shots on the board. Omaha Beach should enter the Kentucky Derby as either the first, co-first, or second choice. Omaha Beach has beaten Game Winner and Improbable in his last couple of races. He looks [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Vekoma and Tax

Vekoma winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo Not a lot of love is flowing towards Bluegrass Stakes winner Vekoma and Wood Memorial runner-up Tax. Nobody’s talking about either horse having a shot to win the May 4 Kentucky Derby. That might be an issue because both appear well-suited for decent Derby runs. First up? Vekoma. After making the case for and against Vekoma to win the Run for the Roses, we’ll turn our attention [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Maximum Security and Spinoff

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) Because 20 horses enter into the Kentucky Derby starting gate, there’s a chance that many runners will offer overlay odds. Two of those horses offering overlay odds on May 4 should be the Todd Pletcher trained Spinoff and the Florida Derby winner, Maximum Security. Both are quality three-year-olds who deserve to be in the starting gate. But, questions surround both, which is why to get a real idea of whether either has [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Improbable and Tacitus

Improbable wins Street Sense S. (Coady Photo/Churchill) The Kentucky Derby on May 4 figures to be one of the most difficult to handicap in years. The 2019 Derby is incredibly deep. There won’t be a clear-cut favorite like Justify last year. That’s why it’s important to think about the pros and cons of each entrant. In this blog, I provide a Derby case for and against both Improbable and Tacitus. The Bob Baffert trained Improbable could go off [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Roadster and Game Winner

Game Winner wins American Pharoah S.(Benoit Photo) Two time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert will saddle three horses for the May 4 Kentucky Derby. All three should garner plenty of action. Two of the three are Roadster, the Santa Anita Derby winner, and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Game Winner. Both appear to have what it takes to win the Run for the Roses. Not only are they trained by arguably the top three-year-old horseman of [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tuesday NHL Preview

A couple Game 7s are on the docket Tuesday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs battle the Boston Bruins and the Vegas Golden Knights take on the San Jose Sharks. Toronto Maple Leafs (+120) at Boston Bruins (-140), 4 p.m., NBCSN When the season started, the Maple Leafs weren't known as a defense-first team, and they didn't change anyone's mind during the season. They finishing 20th in goals allowed (3.04), 28th in shots allowed (33.4), and tied for 16th in penalty-kill [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Monday NHL Preview

In a pair of Game 6 matchups Monday, the defending champion Washington Capitals battle the Carolina Hurricanes on the road, while the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators. Washington Capitals (+105) at Carolina Hurricanes (-120), 7 p.m. ET After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, it appeared Washington was headed for a sweep, but now the Caps are in a tough fight. The Hurricanes bounced back with 5-0 and 2-1 victories, but Washington ripped away momentum with a 6-0 [...]

Lowry Leads, Johnson Looms in RBC Heritage

After a nearly four-hour rain delay, the PGA resumed the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links late Friday afternoon, but couldn’t get every round in. They’ll resume second-round play and begin the third round Saturday. Shane Lowry is the leader at 9-under, with Dustin Johnson, Trey Mullinax and Emiliano Grillo looming. Lowry has two more holes to play in the second round before starting the third round. His birdie on the 15th Friday put him [...]