Mark Larsen was born on June 23th, 1973. He is the son of former champion jockey now trainer, Ole Larsen, who is well-known in most of Europe as "Derby-Larsen".
As most jockeys, Mark Larsen also started his career riding pony races, before he took out his amateur license in 1990. His first ride was a winner and soon everyone had an eye on the talented young rider. He won 5 races that year as an amateur.
Also in 1990, Mark's mom and dad decided to move the whole stable to Chantilly, France.
Mark stayed home and instead started his apprenticeship with the then champion trainer, Michael Kahn in Stockholm, Sweden. Despite being in another country, Mark still managed to become champion apprentice in Denmark that year with 24 winners from 105 rides.
After a winter at Gulfstream Park, Florida, riding out for the Danish trainer, Kay Jensen, Mark was offered to go to Woodbine and continue his apprenticeship.
Mark took the golden oppportunity and rode so succesfully that he ended up being champion apprentice in 1991 at Greenwood with 46 winners.
In Canada overall, he was 2nd leading apprentice, only outgunned by his good friend, Mickey Walls, who in the same year broke the world record as winningmost apprentice ever.
At Woodbine, Canada, in 1992, Mark rode his biggest winner to date in the "Cup and Saucer Stakes on "Explosive Red" for Mr. Frank "Magna" Stronach.
He continued in 1993 by winning 4 stakes races on board "Shiny Key", among them the Niagara Handicap, and 2 stakes races in USA with "Explosive Red".
1994 stopped Mark from continuing his career in Canada, when he had a spill and injured his knee. A few months off from riding and racing gave Mark serious problems with his weight and so he decided to move back home to Europe.
The following year he did up for the "damage" by winning stakes races in Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
His biggest winner in 1995 was in the Berlin-Brandenburger Trophy (Gr.2) on "Kill The Crab" for Norwegian champion trainer Wido Neuroth.
Mark's next foreign ventures was in the winter of 1999/2000, where he had the opportunity to go racing in Asia.
Former top jockey, now bloodstock agent, Declan Murphy sucessfully negotiated a 3 months Jockey Club visiting license for Mark in Macau - and Mark paid back the trust by winning 10 races and 2,5 million HKDollars to the owners.
Among them the S.T.D.M Cup on "Ultimate Winner" for Declan's brother - trainer Joe Murphy.
Since then Mark Larsen has been among the leading riders in Scandinavia. He was champion at Jägersro, Sweden in '98 and in '99 also on Copenhagen Racecourse, Denmark.
Mark still travels to Germany, England and France, whenever he is needed.
His biggest "emotional" winner came in 2000, where he rode "Vetrotex" to victory in the Danish Derby, which was Mark's first . For the same trainer, he also won the Prix Jean du Chaudenay (Gr.2) at Saint-Cloud, Paris, in 2001 with "Dano-Mast".
In 2002, Mark is first jockey for Lennart Reuterskiöld in Sweden and Bent Olsen in Denmark. Check out Mark Larsen's website at www.MGL.dk (recently updated) or write him an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org