Tacos and Trifectas: 17 Hands at Del Mar, Highly Anticipated Debut

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Welcome to Tacos and Trifectas! Each week, America’s Best Racing’s Southern California correspondent Jose Contreras - @LosPonies to those who follow him on Twitter - will provide a taco review along with a selection that he will key in trifecta bets in hopes of winning some cash to buy more tacos! Contreras will map out a trifecta betting strategy for how to key his main pick and keep track of his return on investment (ROI).

Stop back each week if you love tacos and want a trifecta play!

This week’s eatery: 17 Hands

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Score: 8.2

I was pleasantly surprised. The adobada taco was pretty good. Good marinade, a bit greasy but it had a good flavor. The price could be lower but the portion is decent, so I’ll give them a pass. I would buy again. 17 Hands is located close to the Plaza de Mexico on the grandstand side next to the paddock.

The Good:

  • Molcajete salsa had a nice flavor
  • Marinade was better than expected
  • Location also includes a bar, wagering windows, televisions, and a patio overlooking the paddock.

What to Improve:

  • It comes with cheese. An al pastor/adobada taco should not come with cheese.
  • Ordering window was completely covered with signage, you wouldn’t know they sell food if you were new to the facility.
  • Tortilla could be fresher

This week’s Trifecta keys:

Saturday, Nov. 11, Del Mar, Race 7, 6:30 p.m. ET

#3 Pitino (9-2 odds): I like the spacing of the drills since the middle of September and the two latest workouts have been on this surface. His dam was a debut winner and his sire, Union Rags, has had some nice winners. They paid almost a million dollars for him and this barn is due to get rolling at Del Mar.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

$1 trifecta: 3 with 1,5,8,9,11 with 1,5,8,9,11 ($20)

$1 trifecta: 1,5,8,9,11 with 3 with 1,5,8,9,11 ($20)

$1 trifecta: 1,5,8,9,11 with 1,5,8,9,11 with 3 ($20)

$20 win on #3 Pitino ($20)

ROI Year to date: $1,520 wagered / $2,259.30 returned

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