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:
At Carwash on corner of Temple St & Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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.
- 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