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:
9800 Sierra Ave
They offer a variety of tacos but my preferred choice is carne asada tacos. They are tasty and have a citrus marinade which gives them a nice flavor. Both salsas are good. Green salsa is more mild while the red salsa packs a hot kick. In addition to tacos, they also offer burritos, tamales, sopes, quesadillas, and much more. They have locations throughout Southern California.
- Carne asada is well marinated, never tough or dry
- Good variety of dishes
- Good salsas
What to Improve:
- Service can slow down with just a small line
- Al pastor is too sweet for my taste, needs more authentic spicy flavor
This week’s Trifecta key:
Saturday, Sept. 2, Del Mar, Race 4, 6:40 p.m. ET
#2 Private Marini (4-1 odds): If you ignore his synthetic and turf outings, his dirt record shows four wins from six starts. He’s a much better horse when sprinting on the dirt and his last two outings have been good wins. He took another step forward in his first start for this barn last time out and I like the confident jump up in class by bringing him to Del Mar. He’s got speed but he’s shown he can be effective by stalking the pace. I like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call for this sharp barn.
Strategy on $80 Budget:
$1 Trifecta: 2 with 1,4,6,8,9 with 1,4,6,8,9 ($20)
$1 Trifecta: 1,4,6,8,9 with 2 with 1,4,6,8,9 ($20)
$1 Trifecta: 1,4,6,8,9 with 1,4,6,8,9 with 2 ($20)
$20 Win on #2 Private Marini ($20)
ROI Year to date: $720 wagered / $166.10 returned