Tacos and Trifectas: Tijuana's Tacos, Price Play

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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:

Tijuana’s Tacos

Fontana, Calif.

Score: 7.9

The Good:

  • Al pastor marinade is a bit on the sweet side
  • Great salsa bar
  • Tacos are only $1.99
  • Charro beans are a tasty freebie

What to Improve:

  • Al pastor had too much fat content, need better quality meat
  • Drink wasn’t cold enough, nobody likes a room-temperature Coca-Cola

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Oct. 14, Santa Anita Park, Race 8, 7:06 p.m. ET

#4 Camino de Estrella (8-1 odds): He broke great and showed enough tactical speed to get a good trip early on. He rallied to a nice victory and won under wraps in the final yards. There was a big gap back to the third- and fourth-place finishers. If you ignore the sprints and the turf outing, you’re left with a good record routing on the dirt. I like that jockey Flavien Prat is back on board.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

$1 Trifecta: 4 with 3,5,6,7,11 with 3,5,6,7,11 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 3,5,6,7,11 with 4 with 3,5,6,7,11 ($20)

$1 Trifecta: 3,5,6,7,11 with 3,5,6,7,11 with 4 ($20)

$20 Win on #4 Camino de Estrella ($20)

ROI Year to date: $1120 wagered / $166.10 returned

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