Tacos and Trifectas: Carne Asada at Cotija’s, Kelso 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:


Colton, Calif.

Carne Asada Tacos

Score: 7.8

  • They have regular large portion tacos, but I got the “mini” street tacos at $2 each.
  • Good selection of salsas and condiments at salsa bar.
  • Yellow-corn tortillas are not my favorite, they were a bit cold.
  • They do have a drive-thru and outdoor seating.

Recap of the previous wager: Our key horse Indian Blessing ran huge in defeat to get second at 10-1. Unfortunately, one of the only two horses I eliminated from my ticket was eventual winner Significant Form. The $1 trifecta paid more than $660. Ouch! Another missed opportunity. Let’s get back to work this week.

This week’s Trifecta key:

Saturday, Sept. 21

Belmont Park, Race 10, Grade 2 Kelso Handicap, 5:57 p.m. ET

#7 TALE OF SILENCE (12-1 odds): He returns to the track he likes best. All three of his wins have been here at Belmont Park, including a victory in the Grade 3 Westchester at this same distance. He seems to run his best at this one-turn mile at Belmont, and I like his post position all the way on the outside. This post should allow him to settle into whatever position he wants without having to be pressured immediately coming out of the gate. I find it interesting that Javier Castellano takes the call for a barn that he doesn’t usually ride for. He rode this horse all the way back in July 2016 when he made his debut at Saratoga. True Timber is making his first start since March, Pat On the Back has been primarily racing against New York-breds, Golden Brown appears to better on the turf, and I think this could be a good spot to take a shot with Tale of Silence.

Strategy on $100 Budget:

$1 trifecta: 7 with 1,2,3,4,5,6 with 1,2,3,4,5,6 ($30)

$1 trifecta: 1,2,3,4,5,6 with 7 with 1,2,3,4,5,6 ($30)

$1 trifecta: 1,2,3,4,5,6 with 1,2,3,4,5,6 with 7 ($30)

$10 win on #7 Tale of Silence

ROI Year to date: $1500 wagered / $106 returned

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