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She’s An Angel Of The First Degree

Honey’s Sox Appeal did it again. She won for the ninth time at Canterbury Park. This latest win came last Friday, opening night of the 25th season of live racing. It put the 6-year-old Minnesota bred mare fourth on the list of all-time leading money earners at Canterbury with $335,970, passing Sir Tricky and placing her just a few thousand dollars behind the illustrious Crocrock.

Honey’s Sox Appeal is owned by Bob Lindgren of Prior Lake. He also bred her along with Paul Knapper. Lindgren has another 10 horses including the broodmare, and mother of Honey’s Sox Appeal, A J’s Honey. She is the dam of the unraced Red Hot Candy and stakes winner Happy Hour Honey, who now is a broodmare herself and dam to Happy Hour Cowboy, a 2-year-old that could debut here this summer.

“I’m not in a rush to get [Honey’s Sox Appeal] to the breeding shed,” Lindgren said. He intends to race her even further into the history books.

Honey’s Sox Appeal began her career as a 2-year-old winning her debut and finishing second in the Northern Lights Debutante.  The next year, she finished second in the Genter Stakes and Minnesota Oaks before winning the first of three consecutive Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championships.  The list of equines to win three times on Minnesota Festival Day reads like a Who’s Who of Minnesota Racing: Nomorewineforeddie in the Sprint, Bella Notte in the Distaff Sprint, Coconino Slim in the Classic, and Glitter Star in the Distaff Classic. Crocrock won the Sprint four times, three in a row from 2000 to 2002 and then again in 2004. Crocrock’s accomplishments landed him in the Hall of Fame.

Lindgren’s plans for his mare include “going for four in a row.” When he sent her to trainer Mac Robertson to begin her 2019 campaign, Lindgren felt Honey’s Sox Appeal was “in the best shape she’s ever been in.”  Her powerful 2  1/2 length win Friday over stakes-quality competition may have confirmed that. The next start should come May 18 in the $50,000 Lady Slipper Stakes, a race she won in 2017.