Tacos and Trifectas: Tacos Leo, Potential Price

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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:

Tacos Leo

At Carwash on corner of Temple St & Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Score: 9.4

After thinking about it more, I think I gave it a bit of a high score but overall they are still some solid Al Pastor tacos. It’s a great spot to give a try after a Dodgers game.

The Good:

  • Al Pastor done in an authentic way
  • Super affordable prices
  • Open late night
  • Fast service despite large crowd

What to Improve:

  • Add a few more tables for seating
  • Salsas could use more kick
  • Al Pastor could be charred a bit more to my liking

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Del Mar, Race 4, 6:30 p.m. ET

#3 Mt. Leinster (6-1 odds): He’s making his first start off the claim for a barn that is known for plenty of success with claimers. He was last seen finishing second as the favorite against open $16,000 claimers at Santa Anita back in March and now he faces restricted $14,000 claimers that have never won two races. I like the cutback in distance back to a sprint and this jockey/trainer combination can pop up at a price.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

$1 Trifecta: 3 with 1,5,8,9,10 with 1,5,8,9,10 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 1,5,8,9,10 with 3 with 1,5,8,9,10 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 1,5,8,9,10 with 1,5,8,9,10 with 3 ($20)

$20 Win on #3 Mt. Leinster ($20)

ROI Year to date: $560 wagered / $36 returned

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