11/19/2011 11:55AM

Laurel: Edgewater in spot to break out of slump

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Edgewater, in the Delaware Park paddock prior to the Joe French Memorial in July, will run for a claiming tag for the first time in Tuesday's feature at Laurel Park.

The 5-year-old gelding Edgewater has kept some classy company this season. Within the past six months, Edgewater raced against three horses who competed in this fall’s Breeders’ Cup, including Drosselmeyer, the upset winner of the $5 million Classic.

Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Park, however, Edgewater will be running for a claiming tag for the first time in his 19-race career.

The class drop could help Edgewater snap a five-race losing streak in Tuesday’s sixth-race feature, a third-level optional $32,000 claimer at one mile on the main track.

Edgewater, locally based with trainer Rodney Jenkins, had a good campaign in 2010, when he won 3 of 8 starts, including the $75,000 Governor’s Day at Delaware Park. His lone win in six starts this season came in his 2011 debut in a nine-furlong allowance at Charles Town. He was beaten 10 lengths by Drosselmeyer going 1 1/4 miles at Belmont Park in May and finished sixth lengths in back of 2010 BC Marathon winner Eldaafer going 1 1/16 miles at Delaware Park in August.

Most recently, Edgewater set the pace and weakened slightly to finish third in the HBPA Governor’s Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race at Charles Town.

The two other logical contenders in Tuesday’s feature are High On Candy, who ships from Parx for trainer Scott Lake, and Wiki, a 4-year-old who was claimed for $20,000 last time out by high-percentage trainer Jamie Ness.

High On Candy has been second or third in three straight starts at this level since Lake took him for $25,000 in June. He returns to a mile – a distance where he is 3 for 6 lifetime – after stalking the pace and finishing third, beaen less than two lengths, going 6 1/2 furlongs a month ago.

Wiki will be making his first start for the nation’s leading owner, Midwest Thoroughbreds. He owns a 5-for-11 lifetime record and will run for the optional $32,000 tag.

The other intriguing horse is Mine Train, a Dogwood Stable 4-year-old who was transferred from Neil Howard’s string to Maryland trainer Chris Grove this fall. In two starts for Grove, Mine Train has a win and a second in second-level optional claimers at Penn National and Charles Town.