Tacos and Trifectas: Downtown L.A. Taco Truck, Malibu Stakes Longshot

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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 if you love tacos and want to get a trifecta play!

This week’s eatery:

Adrian’s Tacos

1000 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Score: 7.8

·   Al Pastor seasoning reminded me more of chorizo than true al pastor

·   Both the red and green salsas are tasty

·   Easy to find and search on social media

·  Terrific price given the portion of each taco ($1.50 each)


Recap of previous wager: Our key horse Platinum Warrior was never in contention and finished a dull tenth.

This week’s trifecta key:

Wednesday Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park, Race 9, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, 7:00 ET

#8 Nero (12-1 odds): In his most recent race, he broke good, pulled his rider to the lead and took control down the stretch to win by a comfortable margin while never asked for his best. He’s a lightly raced runner that has plenty of talent but can be a bit quirky to ride. I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet. He’s got plenty of natural speed to get himself into a good position early on and I think we are going to find out how good he really is in this spot.

Strategy on $100 Budget:

$.50 Cent Trifecta: 8 with 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 with 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 ($28)

$.50 Cent Trifecta: 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 with 8 with 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 ($28)

$.50 Cent Trifecta: 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 with 3,5,6,8,9,12,13,14 with 8 ($28)

$16 Win on #8 Nero

ROI Year to date: $1,780 wagered / $1,441.30 returned

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