08/23/2010 3:54PM

British Columbia, Oklahoma top options for No Hesitation

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Ryan Hayes
No Hesitation, winning the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park, could make his next start at either Hastings or Remington Park.


Trainer Jim Meyaard isn’t sure where No Hesitation will make his next start following his win over Kara’s Orientation in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park last Saturday.

“We’ll mull it over this week and make a decision soon,” said Meyaard. “He appears to have come out of the race in excellent shape.”
Meyaard mentioned the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sept. 26 as a possibility.

“I’ve made all the payments so we’re certainly considering the B.C. Derby,” he said. “We’re also considering taking him to Remington Park.”
The race at Remington is the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 10.

“Obviously, Vancouver is a lot closer, but we just haven’t made up our minds,” said Meyaard.

Meyaard and owner Barb Side were just starting to appreciate No Hesitation’s win. The race that was marred when Professor Pollard, Stachys, and Dyna Stroll went down in a spill. Professor Pollard is also trained by Meyaard.

“It was hard to focus on what No Hesitation was doing when the three horses went down,” said Meyaard. “It was a shame they didn’t get to run their races. I know Professor Pollard was full of himself when it happened, and Dyna Stroll and Stachys looked like they were in pretty good positions, too.”

Meyaard said Professor Pollard appeared to be okay but the next few days would tell the story. If he comes out of the incident unscathed he will be pointed to the $50,000 Beaufort Stakes for Alberta-breds on Sept. 18.

According to their trainers, Stachys and Dyna Stroll also appear to have escaped any major injuries.

Trainer Steven Chircop said Kara’s Orientation is heading home to Woodbine, where he will be pointed to the $150,000 Ontario Derby on Sept. 25.

“It is too far to take him home and then bring him back out for the B.C. Derby,” said Chircop. “Plus we want to keep him on one surface for his next few races.”

In his two races prior to the Canadian Derby, Kara’s Orientation finished second in the $174,000 Toronto Cup on the Woodbine turf course July 24 and won a $40,000 conditional claiming race over Polytrack on July 2.

A total of $1,331,686 was bet on the 13-race card, a jump of 23 percent over the $1,084,316 wagered on last year’s 12-race card.
The handle for the Canadian Derby was up 20 percent, with $345,595 wagered on the 10-horse field compared with $288,926 in 2009 when 12 horses ran.