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The Old Mare Is Still What She Used To Be

The 7-year-old Minnesota bred mare Honey’s Sox Appeal was back on her game last week when she defeated an open company turf allowance field on Wednesday evening, winning by a head under the hot jockey Leslie Mawing. Honey’s Sox Appeal has won at least once per season since her initial start in 2015 for a total of 11 victories including five stakes. Twenty-seven of her 28 career starts have come in Shakopee, grossing $434,400 in purse earnings for her owner and co-breeder Robert Lindgren. That sum is the third largest in the history of Canterbury and the most by any filly or mare. That’s Canterbury Hall of Fame material.

Owners are optimistic by nature. That is needed in a sport where wins don’t come easy. This versatile mare has rarely let Lindgren down no matter what he has asked of her: dirt, turf, slop, long or short. “I expected that effort from her,” he said of the Wednesday triumph.

At some point Honey’s Sox Appeal will retire from racing and become a broodmare. Lindgren indicated he was contacted by several commercial stallion farms before the breeding season commenced last year. “I expect to breed her this season coming up,” he said, but not until he takes a look at the potential Minnesota bred competition for next year. “I will analyze the fillies and mares at Canterbury at the end of the season,” and from there will determine whether 2021 will be a racing season for Honey’s Sox Appeal or retirement.

The next likely start for her would be the Glitter Star Stakes August 19, a main track route race restricted to Minnesota bred fillies and mares and a showdown with the talented Ready to Runaway. Do not miss out on this! Run, don’t walk! Get your tickets now!