The Young White Blaze
There wouldn’t be many thirteen year olds passionately interested in getting into breeding Standardbreds, but Southland teenager Tristan Larsen is one.
Not only is he researching breeding matches but the Southland Boys High School student has saved enough money to pay for half the service fee for freshman sire Sweet Lou – known on the racetrack as “The Great White Blaze” because of the distinct white marking on his face.
“I was always keen on it. It was just about when I’d pick something out. He’s (Sweet Lou) new and I thought I’d try something different and I’d give him a go. I’ve done a bit of research. He’s quite an athletic horse and he was a really good two year old. Woodlands Stud sent Adore Me, a Christian Cullen mare to him so I thought Regina could go there as well” said Tristan.
The son of Southland trainer Kirk Larsen, mother Michelle says their son is hard working. And rather than his parents paying the $6,000 service fee Tristan was encouraged to save hard and stump up half the money to get Christian Cullen mare Regina Coeli served. “He’s got a breeding book at home with photos of some of Sweet Lou’s foals. I said if you want to send Regina to Sweet Lou you’re going to have to put the money up. He’s been working for a while and has had cows. He mucks out and sometimes drives fast work for Kirk before he goes to school.”
Regina Coeli raced for the Larsen’s in the 2008/2009 seasons winning twice from twenty starts. She’s been a success in the broodmare barn leaving Jango Fett (7 wins) and Mojito which has won three races in Australia.
She has a Western Ideal three year old filly and a two year old filly by the same name and is due to foal to American Ideal.
Regina Coeli and young Larsen have known each other for a while and it would be fair to say they weren’t always the best of mates.
“She always used to attack me. When she was in the box and I walked pasts he’d try and grab my hat. I think she was just a bit growly” he said.
Once the foal matures Tristan is keen to head to the racetrack rather than to the sales. “I’m keen to race it and see how it goes.”
And a possible name? “I’ve a few in mind after watching the Cup story on Media Puzzle.”
This is not the first racing or breeding venture young Larsen has pursued. He’s also leased a two year old filly off Nevele R called Southern Code.
“He’s done most of the work with her. Kirk was in the sulky for the first two days then Tristan took over,” said Michelle.
Southern Code is by Changeover out of the unraced Holmes Hanover mare Joyful Holmes which is out of Joyrock. Joyful Holmes is a half-sister to Waipawa Lad, the winner of 17 races. He’s also won in America in 1-52.2.
“She’s (Southern Code) a well-mannered horse. Does everything she’s supposed to. She’s had an abscess so she’s in the paddock,” said Tristan.
He also has a small share in the Falcon Seelster mare Hoshi Bromac. She won one race and is a full sister to Howard Bromac which won an Auckland Cup plus sixteen other races and $358,612 for the Larsen’s.
“We’re sending her to Stunin Cullen because we won the service fee with Risk Factor,” said Tristan.
Hoshi Bromac has some well-bred stock on the ground and is just at the start of her breeding career.
She’s left Sur Le Feu (Courage Under Fire filly which has won five races in Australia), Varena (Western Ideal three year old filly), Divine Justice (Changeover two year old filly) and Calypso Rock (a Rocknroll Dance yearling colt).
So young Tristan Larsen is on his way, breeding from a mare his parents have lent him. With Adam Bowden the owner of Sweet Lou expected to be on track in Invercargill for Diamonds Day in April next year, you can be sure this young man will be keen to meet him.