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:
Fiesta Grille at The Los Angeles County Fair
La Fiesta Grille is located near the entrance of the blue gate and offers plenty of tasty options. I decided to go with the carnitas taco. A massive double-tortilla taco with a hefty portion of carnitas. A bit pricey at $6.75 but I had to give it a try.
- Carnitas were fresh, hot, and tasty
- Double tortillas to help you pick up the taco
- Coleslaw was fresh and had a nice crunch
What to Improve:
- Although the portion was large, it was overpriced. I would pay $5 but not $6.75 again.
- Pico de Gallo salsa needs a bit more kick
This week’s Trifecta key:
Saturday, Sept. 23, Los Alamitos Race Course, Race 4, 6:28 p.m. ET
#3 Changing Karma (10-1 odds): This 7-year-old gelding was a bit uncomfortable toward the back of the pack early on in his most recent start, but he leveled out nicely down the stretch. His jockey lost his whip last time and had to angle toward the middle part of the track, which led to losing ground. That’s tough to overcome going five furlongs. He’s got more speed than that last race indicates and I think he’ll be much closer today. Four of his 10 victories have been at this 5 1/2-furlong distance.
Strategy on $80 Budget:
$1 trifecta: 3 with 1,4,5,6,7 with 1,4,5,6,7 ($20)
$1 trifecta: 1,4,5,6,7 with 3 with 1,4,5,6,7 ($20)
$1 trifecta: 1,4,5,6,7 with 1,4,5,6,7 with 3 ($20)
$20 win on #3 Changing Karma ($20)
ROI Year to date: $960 wagered / $166.10 returned