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.
LA MIRADA – You can never celebrate Earth Day too early – at least not at La Mirada High School. The annual observance of Earth Day is on April 20, but La Mirada students held a kickoff celebration last Monday, ushering in the environmental awareness season with energy-conscious student projects. It was also an opportunity to highlight several “A+ for Energy” grants awarded to the school by global energy company BP. The awards emphasized to students the importance of energy conservation and energy-efficient technologies. “Students are our future clean-energy consumers and future environmentalists,” said teacher Norma Williamson, who organized the celebration that also featured an appearance by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We’re at a critical crossroads right now – either we choose to keep burning more fossil fuels for our cars, or we choose space-age technology,” Williamson added. “The choice is in your hands because you are the future consumers of our country.” Some of the student projects displayed inside the school’s gym aimed to create awareness about recycling, throwing out informational tidbits such as “Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet” and “Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.” Outside the gym, students battled with rainy weather to display their solar-powered projects, which were still functional even though skies were overcast. Sophomores Jeff Hofflund, 17, and Albert Ledesma, 16, used plastic bottles and solar panels to create and power toy boats. “It wasn’t that hard to do and it only took a little bit of time,” said Hofflund. “I knew about solar power and recycling before, but I had never tried it on anything before now.” Sanchez said many people believe they have to tackle environmental problems “in a big way.” “But you can do small things that work, like the recycling program you have here on campus,” she told students. “You’re already on the right foot. And when you work together, you can make a tremendous impact.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!