Cupecoy's Joy, one of the early New York-bred grade I winners, has died at Robert Perez' Haras Lucy Grace near Otisville, N.Y. The 25-year-old daughter of Northerly was bred by Perez and raced for him in partnership in the name of Ri-Ma-Ro Stables.
Cupecoy's Joy's fame rests on her victories in the Acorn (gr. I) and Mother Goose (gr. I) Stakes in consecutive starts at Belmont Park as a 3-year-old in 1982 and her front-running effort for the opening mile in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The Acorn and Mother Goose came a year after Fio Rito won the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga to become the first New York-bred grade I winner. Cupecoy's Joy set a stakes record in the mile Acorn and beat subsequent champion Christmas Past in the Mother Goose. In her next start, Cupecoy's Joy ran second to Christmas Past in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont.
Cupecoy's Joy, who ended up unplaced in the Run for the Roses, won a total of five stakes and placed in 10 others. She retired with six wins from 22 starts and earnings of $377,960 from racing at ages two and three for trainer Alfredo Callejas.
As a broodmare, Cupecoy's Joy produced 11 named foals, but only three won. Several of them were sired by grade II winner Senor Speedy, whom Perez stands at Haras Lucy Grace. A Northern Dancer granddaughter, Cupecoy's Joy was produced from the Alsina mare Lady Abla.