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:
Tacos Don Goyo
Tacos Don Goyo is located on the corner of Telegraph Road and Manzanar Avenue in the city of Downey. Al Pastor was tasty and would definitely have gotten a higher score if it wasn’t for the slow service and cold food. Aside from that, I still gave it a pretty high score because they had a good taste. I’ll give them a pass for the service because I did notice that they were short staffed. There were only two people running the place on a busy night: the cook and a cashier that was doing everything she could to help out. Handmade tortillas and good salsas saved the day. I plan on going back and hopefully the service is better.
- Al Pastor had a good authentic flavor
- Both the red and green salsas are tasty
- Handmade tortillas
- Tacos are only $1.50
- Good selection of Mexican sodas
What to Improve:
- Service and seating. There seemed to be enough space to add a few more tables.
This week’s Trifecta key:
Saturday, Sept. 30, Santa Anita Park, Race 9, Rodeo Drive Stakes, 7:34 p.m. ET
#7 Beau Recall (8-1 odds): If we ignore her debut and her trip to Belmont Park, we’re looking at a very good resume. She finally got away from the talented Sircat Sally and lost a tough photo in the Del Mar Oaks. She was in front before the wire and after the wire. It was just a tough beat for her and anyone holding a win bet on her (including me). I’m giving her another chance today. She draws a better post today and should be rolling late once again. There’s some speed in this field to set up her closing kick. The odds should be good, too.
Strategy on $80 Budget:
$1 Trifecta: 7 with 2,3,5,9,10 with 2,3,5,9,10 ($20)
$1 Trifecta: 2,3,5,9,10 with 7 with 2,3,5,9,10 ($20)
$1 Trifecta: 2,3,5,9,10 with 2,3,5,9,10 with 7 ($20)
$20 Win on #7 Beau Recall ($20)
ROI Year to date: $1040 wagered / $166.10 returned