08/22/2006 11:00PM

He's fast, but can he last?


Guitars N Cadilacs yielded late to Tejano Trouble sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 12, and he stretches out to a mile at Northlands Park on Friday. Guitars N Cadilacs looms as the lone speed in the $22,500 allowance, which runs as the featured seventh race on the eve of the Canadian Derby in Edmonton.

The connections of Tejano Trouble thought enough of his victory to make him one of 16 nominees to the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby, which has attracted a stellar group, including Queen's Plate hero Edenwold, Prince of Wales winner Shillelagh Slew, and Alberta Derby and Count Lathum winner Halo Steven.

Friday's feature is for 3- and 4-year-olds who have never won three races, the same conditions for the Aug. 12 race. Guitars N Cadilacs made the lead a furlong out, opened up in the stretch, but was unable to fend off Tejano Trouble.

In his previous start, Guitars N Cadilacs was part of the favored entry saddled by Don Gilkyson, and led to the top of the stretch in the one-mile allowance before being overtaken by Magic for Six, who looms as his main rival once again.

Magic for Six was not a factor in the 6 1/2-furlong race last time out, falling far back early, and will appreciate the added yardage on Friday. Trained by Garry Marks, Magic Six drew the rail with Rickey Walcott back aboard. Perry Winters has the return call on Guitars N Cadilacs from post 4.