Free Spirit's Joy to Old Friends

Colt beat Best Pal, Lite Light, and Olympio in Super Derby.

Free Spirit’s Joy, winner of the 1991 Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs, has been relocated to Old Friends equine retirement home near Georgetown, Ky. The 22-year-old son of Joey Bob out the Staunch Avenger mare Rays Joy formerly resided in Colorado.

Free Spirit’s Joy was an up-and-comer going into the Super Derby for owner Free Spirit Stable. Based at Louisiana Downs with trainer Clarence Picou and winner of two Louisiana stakes immediately prior to the $1 million Super Derby, Free Spirit’s Boy faced major runners Best Pal, Olympio, and the filly Lite Light. Sent off at 28-1, Free Spirit’s Joy beat Olympio by 2 1/2 lengths, with favorite Best Pal and Lite Light finishing unplaced. The time, 2:00 4/5, was three-fifths of a second slower than the track record.

During his career, Free Spirit’s Joy won or placed in 21 of 32 races and earned $841,277. 

Picou’s daughter, Suzie Picou-Oldham, spearheaded the effort to retire Free Spirit’s Joy to Old Friends.