Tacos and Trifectas: Viva Villa, Longshot at Los Alamitos

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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:

Viva Villa Taqueria

Fontana, Calif.

Score: 9.2

Easy to find location off the Sierra Avenue exit on Interstate 10. They are open 24 hours and have plenty of parking. Large dining area and plenty of tasty options to choose from.

The Good:

  • Al pastor tacos are a good choice
  • Hand-made tortillas
  • Tasty salsas
  • Good variety of Mexican sodas

What to Improve:

  • Al pastor tasted a bit too sweet, might need more of that spicy flavor

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Sept. 16, Los Alamitos Race Course, Race 6, 7:28 p.m. ET

#5 Always Never (12-1 odds): Yes, the company he defeated last time out over the night oval was much easier but I was visually impressed by the way he looked winning off the layoff.  The final time was solid and there are no real standouts in this field. I think he fits well and is worth a gamble at these odds.

Strategy on $80 Budget:

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

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

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

$20 Win on #5 Always Never ($20)

ROI year to date: $880 wagered / $166.10 returned

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