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), which was positive in 2017.
Stop back each week if you love tacos and want a trifecta play!
This week’s eatery:
A special Belmont Stakes weekend edition of Tacos and Trifectas featuring a seafood taco duel between My Taco Guy (fish taco) and Santa Anita Park (shrimp taco) at the Tacos y Cerveza event at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita Park
- Shrimp had a tasty citrus marinade
- Green salsa was a perfect medium heat
- Onions and peppers complimented the taco well
- Large portion
My Taco Guy
- Fresh and hot fish taco
- Nice crunch on the beer batter
- Green salsa was one of the best offered that day
- Pico de gallo was a good topping to the taco
Recap of previous wager: Our key horse PRETTY PERFECTION ran a very good race to finish a nice second at odds of 6-1. We played against the favorite Girls Know Best and she ended up getting very good trip and taking the victory. As a result of all the rain, the race was moved off the turf and that led to six scratches and three of those runners were in our trifectas. As a result, each trifecta ended up being $6 instead of $30 so we only wagered $28 instead of the $100 total.
This week’s trifecta key:
#12 Strike Power (9-2 odds): He was last seen chasing the pace in the Florida Derby and tiring late to finish a well-beaten eighth in a field of nine. He began his career a perfect 2-for-2 sprinting and you can’t blame the connections for stretching him out and figuring out if he was a Derby contender. He was given a month off after that Florida Derby outing before he posted his next workout on May 5 here at Belmont Park. Since then, he has posted a workout about every seven days and he looks to be coming into this race with a nice foundation. He’s now back sprinting and he’s coming in fresh while picking up one of the best riders on this circuit in John Velazquez. I love the outside post and I think he’s going to get a great trip. I don’t think he needs the lead but if no one wants it early on, I think he can take command early. I’m going to raise the budget to $100 for this race to cover another horse in the trifectas while lowering the win bet to $10. If he wins and one of the horses we tossed gets us out of the trifectas, we should still be able to make back some money because I expect to get better than 9-2 odds at post time given the quality of the field and his disappointing effort last time out. Belmont will have .50-cent minimum trifectas but I’m going to play them for $1.
Strategy on $100 Budget:
$1 Trifecta: 12 with 1,4,7,8,10,11 with 1,4,7,8,10,11 ($30)
$1 Trifecta: 1,4,7,8,10,11 with 12 with 1,4,7,8,10,11 ($30)
$1 Trifecta: 1,4,7,8,10,11 with 1,4,7,8,10,11 with 12 ($30)
$10 Win on #12 Strike Power
ROI Year to date: $884 wagered / $473.30 returned