No Hesitation

Woodbine: Meyaard makes a fresh start with smaller stable

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Trainer Jim Meyaard had been operating in relative anonymity, mostly on the Alberta “B” circuit, when he set up shop at Northlands Park in 2007.

Now, after making a serious impression at that Edmonton racetrack over the last three seasons, Meyaard has moved his operation to Woodbine and has every intention of remaining.

Northlands Park: Meyaard-trained horses sweep top honors in Alberta for 2010

As expected, No Hesitation was named the 2010 horse of the year in Alberta at the Night of Champions dinner held at Northlands Park on Saturday night.

Trained by Jim Meyaard, No Hesitation dominated the local 3-year-old division. He won all five of his starts at Northlands in 2010, including the Grade 3 Canadian Derby with usual rider Rico Walcott aboard.  He is owned by Barbara Side.

British Columbia, Oklahoma top options for No Hesitation

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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.

No Hesitation takes Canadian Derby at Northlands

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No Hesitation wins the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park under jockey Rico Walcott.

EDMONTON, Alberta – No Hesitation left no doubt he is the top 3-year-old in Western Canada with a convincing win over Kara’s Orientation in the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park Saturday. The race was marred by a three-horse spill on the third turn.

No Hesitation heads locals in speedy Canadian Derby

EDMONTON, Alberta – Speed, and which horse will be able to carry it going around four turns, seems to be the theme for Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park. The 1 3/8-mile feature attracted 10 horses and headlines a strong 13-race card that includes the $75,000 Speed to Spare for 3-year-olds and up and the $75,000 City of Edmonton Distaff for fillies and mares. Post time for the derby is 3:45 p.m. Mountain.

Meyaard sends a pair in Canadian Derby

Morning-line favorite at 2-1, No Hesitation will break from post 4 in the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile feature drew 10 horses, and post positions were chosen by their connections at the Canadian Derby breakfast Wednesday morning.

No Hesitation, trained by Jim Meyaard, has won the last three stakes for 3-year-olds at Northlands. Professor Pollard, also trained by Meyaard, was the first horse out of the box. Owner Hal Veale, acting on advice from Meyaard, chose post 6.

Meyaard was pleased with the draw.

No Hesitation leads one-two finish for Meyaard stable

Trainer Jim Meyaard finished one-two with No Hesitation and Professor Pollard in the $50,000 Count Lathum at Northlands Park on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum is the final local prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby on Aug. 21.

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