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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:

The TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes is right around the corner, and if you’re heading to Monmouth Park Saturday for the War at the Shore, we have 10 things you need to know before you go to New Jersey’s biggest horse race.

1. The race is going to be really, really good.

The $1 million, Grade 1 TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 20, serves as a bridge between the recently concluded Triple Crown season for 3-year-olds and the Breeders’ Cup prep season that’s just getting underway and culminates in November.

It’s pretty hard not to have fun at Del Mar’s summer meet, which kicks off on July 17. Sunny Southern California, top-class racing and the beach just steps away? It’s no wonder the track is known as the “Playground to the Stars.” But if you have some doubts, any of these eight tried-and-true tips will guarantee you have a great time.

Upstate New York drew thousands of fans for a wonderful opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course, where the historic track kicked off its 151st meet in style.

America's Best Racing's Penelope Miller was there from morning training hours to afternoons at the races to share the excitement of a day in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

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