Former top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.
• Photo Gallery: 12/15: Students help the homeless “I need a T-shirt. I need jeans. I’m outside so I don’t need nothing pretty,” she said. Homeless since 1997, Talbert, 52, said somebody stole her shopping cart and everything inside. “I don’t know who did it,” she said. But students from Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina, who had spent Thursday morning passing out hundreds of clothes, toiletries, blankets and socks to the homeless in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, had pretty much run out of supplies. So Athalie Waugh and Natalie Pinto, two juniors from Glendora High School, walked around the corner and bought Talbert a blanket for $6. “She had nothing,” said Waugh, who spends $6 on lunch every day. Pinto chimed in: “We don’t even finish our food.” “You don’t even know realize how good you have it until it’s thrown in your face like this,” Waugh said. About 35 students from Sierra Vista Middle, and 10 from Glendora and South Hills high schools handed out clothes, blankets and toiletries to the homeless around Third and Los Angeles streets in downtown Los Angeles. They’ve been making annual trips downtown for five years and have given out more than 100,000 items, according to teacher Sheila Edwards, who organized the event. As Dorothy Mendez, 52, accepted a few shirts and socks, she called out to the students: “It’s going to be freezing tonight. I’m doubling up on socks.” Get an education, she told one girl, “or else you’ll be out here collecting socks like me.” Most of the recipients wished students a Merry Christmas or said, “God bless you.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 LOS ANGELES – Sitting on the ground in a downtown parking lot, Ethel Talbert clutched a box of chocolates and asked two teenage girls for a blanket and clothes. For More Info 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!