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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:

Schwanies Grill at The Gap

Los Alamitos Race Course

Score: 8.9

The Good:

  • Authentic street style tacos
  • Hefty portion in each taco

What to Improve:

  • Tortillas could have been fresher
  • Red salsa had a good kick but it could use a bit more flavor

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Santa Anita Park, Race 7, Grade 1 American Oaks, 6:30 p.m. ET

#6 Beau Recall (6-1 odds): I have respected her all year long and have supported her at the windows as well, including her tough beat two starts ago in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, in which she finished second by a nose. She had a tough trip at Keeneland last time out and was a non-factor at Belmont Park earlier this year. I give her two legitimate excuses for those two outings and if you ignore those efforts, you’re left with a win and four seconds since arriving from Ireland. I think the freshening since October will have her ready to go, and I expect a big effort from her. Her closing style should fit this race well.

Strategy on an $80 Budget:

$1 trifecta: 6 with 1,4,8,9,10 with 1,4,8,9,10 ($20)

$1 trifecta: 1,4,8,9,10 with 6 with 1,4,8,9,10 ($20)

$1 trifecta: 1,4,8,9,10 with 1,4,8,9,10 with 6 ($20)

$20 win on #6 Beau Recall ($20)

ROI Year to date: $1,920 wagered / $2,840.40 returned

2017 American Oaks
December 30th, 2017

Winning Time: 2:00.11
  • Purse: $300,000
  • Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning Time: 2:00.11
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
4 Daddys Lil Darling
$6.00
$3.60
$3.00
2nd
1 Madam Dancealot (IRE)
$4.20
$3.60
3rd
2 Kathy's Song
$6.00
4th
9 New Money Honey
5th
6 Beau Recall (IRE)
7th
10 Coachwhip
8th
3 Bernina Star
9th
7 Desert Duchess
Scratches
Payoff
Pick 3
10-8-4
10-8-4
$72
Daily Double
8-4
8-4
$29
Exacta
4-1
4-1
$14
Superfecta
4-1-2-9
4-1-2-9
$422
Super High Five
4-1-2-9-6
4-1-2-9-6
$829
Trifecta
4-1-2
4-1-2
$56
Race Replay
Play
Payoff
Pick 3
10-8-4
10-8-4
$72
Daily Double
8-4
8-4
$29
Exacta
4-1
4-1
$14
Superfecta
4-1-2-9
4-1-2-9
$422
Super High Five
4-1-2-9-6
4-1-2-9-6
$829
Trifecta
4-1-2
4-1-2
$56

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