Tacos and Trifectas: Preakness Longshot 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 if you love tacos and want to get a trifecta play!

This week’s eatery:

Garduno’s Taco King

14604 Pacific Ave.

Baldwin Park, CA

Carnitas score: 9.2

  • Well done carnitas
  • Authentic taste
  • Green salsa had a good amount of heat
  • Great prices

Recap of previous wager: Our key horse Tacitus ran a terrific race despite plenty of traffic trouble to originally finish fourth but would later be placed third after a disqualification. Unfortunately I did not use Code of Honor or Country House in my plays. It was a tough miss given the terrific payout and our key horse Tacitus hitting the board. I got a bit greedy and wanted to hit for $1 instead of the minimum $.50 cent play and that’s why I left out other runners. This time around in the Preakness I’m going to drop the denomination and use more runners since my key horse will be a big price.

This week’s trifecta key:

Saturday, May 18

Pimlico, Race 13, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, 6:48 ET

#13 Win Win Win (15-1 odds): Win Win Win was bumped soon after the start of the Derby and didn’t appear to be handling the sloppy track all that well while losing ground toward the back of the pack. He then had to put on the brakes in between horses when approaching the final turn and lost all chance at gaining any kind of momentum. He finally found some room at the top of the stretch and passed a number of rivales to finish 10th (ninth after the DQ). I thought it was a good effort given his trip and his first experience over a sloppy track. I think he’s got a great shot at getting a good, clean trip from this outside post position and the return to a dry and fast track should be beneficial to him. I was very impressed with his second-place finish at Keeneland where he had to stop at the top of the turn and then rallied to a very good second-place finish over a speed-favoring track that day.

Strategy on $100 Budget:

$.50 Trifecta: 13 with 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 with 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 ($28)

$.50 Trifecta: 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 with 13 with 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 ($28)

$.50 Trifecta: 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 with 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12 with 13 ($28)

$16 Win on #13 Win Win Win

ROI Year to date: $900 wagered / $0 returned

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