Tacos and Trifectas: Speedy Service, Fast Filly

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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:

Amapola Rico Taco

Colton, Calif.

Score: 7.8

The Good:

  • Tacos are $1.80
  • Quick service
  • Good variety of authentic dishes

What to Improve:

  • Asada was a bit too dry
  • Save the cabbage for the hard shell tacos

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Los Alamitos Race Course, Race 8, Soviet Problem Stakes, 6:58 p.m. ET

#7 Ismelucky (6-1 odds): I liked the progression she showed in each of her first three starts which led to two wins including a stakes victory over this track. I thought she found herself too close to the pace early on last time. She ended up holding on to what I thought was a game fourth-place finish. The horse she dueled with ended up fading to last and the eventual winner made a last-to-first move. I think she will be more effective with an off-the-pace trip.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

$1 Trifecta: 7 with 1,3,4,5,9 with 1,3,4,5,9 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 1,3,4,5,9 with 7 with 1,3,4,5,9 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 1,3,4,5,9 with 1,3,4,5,9 with 7 ($20)

$20 Win on #7 Ismelucky ($20)

ROI Year to date: $1760 wagered / $2328.50 returned

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