Tacos and Trifectas: Taqueria El Tio, Longshot Key

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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:

Taqueria El Tio

10250 Rosecrans Ave

Bellflower, Calif.

Score: 7.9

Get two tacos al pastor for the price of one every Thursday. It’s a great deal. Good selections of drinks. Lots of tasty options on the menu. Salsas could be much better but they do have a side cart with onions, pickled carrots, and cucumbers.

The Good:

  • Al Pastor done authentic way
  • Great Taco Thursday deal
  • Easy to find from freeway exit
  • Fast service

What to Improve:

  • Get better salsas

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Del Mar, Race 6, 7:40 p.m. ET

#7 Eckersley (12-1 odds): I was visually impressed with his latest win coming off a layoff from a dull effort. It took him a few strides to get in rhythm early on last time out but he found his best kick late to win from last to first. He had to go wide but looked to have plenty of energy crossing the wire and I think he’s going to be sharper today. He’s worth a gamble at today’s odds.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

$1 Trifecta: 7 with 2,3,4,5,6 with 2,3,4,5,6 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 2,3,4,5,6 with 7 with 2,3,4,5,6 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 2,3,4,5,6 with 2,3,4,5,6 with 7 ($20)

$20 Win on #7 Eckersley ($20)

ROI Year to date: $640 wagered / $36 returned

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