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Downs top apprentice jock nominated for Sovereign

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JENNIFER REID, the 23-year-old bundle of dynamite out of Melfort, Sask., who pushed veteran British jockey Paul Nolan to the final race of the 2012 season before losing the Assiniboia Downs Jockey of the Year title by one victory, has been listed by the Jockey Club of Canada as a finalist for the Sovereign Award as the Apprentice Jockey of the Year.

Her competition is Skye Chernetz and Scott Williams. Chernetz had 25 wins in 385 starts at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto. Williams, who rode at Northlands Park in Edmonton, had 100 victories in 440 starts.

During her final year as a bug (apprentice rider), Reid compiled a record of 75 wins, 77 seconds and 43 thirds in 351 races, and a total earnings of $663,544.

As of Monday's statistics, Reid's record at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, where she has been riding since last October, has her sitting 12th in the standings with 20 wins, 24 seconds and 16 thirds after 151 rides for earnings of $168,308.

Sharing the honours

KIMBERLY KOBAR and Christine Sheppard shared the player-of-the-week honours this week in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League.

Kobar, goalie for the Norman Wild, sees nearly 50 shots per game and has a .911 save percentage so far this season.

Sheppard, a forward with the Wild, has 18 points in league action so far this season, among the circuit's top 10 scorers.

High school stars of the week

CLAYTON PENNER of the Steinbach Christian Flames basketball team is this week's Tri-Star Rural High School athlete of the week.

Penner was chosen an all-star at the Steinbach Christian tournament last week, helping the Flames claim the championship trophy.

The six-foot-two small forward and Flames co-captain has averaged 22 points and six rebounds per game this season.

The Grade 12 student maintains and 80 per cent average while also competing for the school's volleyball and track and field teams.

The Home Run Sports Urban high school athlete of the week is Kara Pilek of the St. Boniface Centurions basketball team.

The five-foot-five guard has paced her school to recent high tournament finishes -- second at the Elmwood tournament and the title of the Warren tournament.

Pilek leads her team in assists, minutes and also averages 12 points per game.

The Grade 12 student keeps an average of 83 per cent and is also a member of badminton, volleyball and track & field teams.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 24, 2013 D4

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