05/11/2003 11:00PM

Waingarth may finally get it done


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Recent losses by Waingarth have led trainer John Sadler to offer a simple assessment of the gelding's chances in Wednesday's seventh race at Hollywood Park.

"He's due," Sadler said.

The 5-year-old Waingarth has lost his last 12 starts, dating back to an optional claimer at Santa Anita in October 2001. This year, he has lost five starts, including a fourth-place finish in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-breds here on April 26.

Wednesday's seventh race is a $55,000 optional claimer over 7 1/2 furlongs that has drawn five runners. Waingarth is not entered to be claimed, but eligible through the nonwinners-of-three condition.

"He's close to breaking through that condition," Sadler said. "He's been knocking on the door. I think he's tough in there."

Owned by John Barr's Oakcrest Stable, Waingarth has won 3 of 21 starts and $234,408, a record highlighted by a victory in the 2001 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.

In Wednesday's race, he drew the rail and will be ridden by Tyler Baze, his regular rider since September.

The competition includes High Wire Act, who is winless in his last five starts; Primerica, who won an allowance race at Santa Anita on April 19; Elaborate, who has earned $561,452; and Arsen, who was stakes placed at 2 and 3 and has one win this year.

High Wire Act is expected to set the pace. Trained by John Shirreffs, the 7-year-old High Wire Act has suffered through his share of setbacks. He has made only five starts in the last 28 months and has not started since January.

Primerica and Elaborate will probably be the favorites, and both can race close to the pace.

The 5-year-old Primerica won a one-mile allowance race at Santa Anita on April 19, edging Spicy Stuff, who returned to win at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Primerica has been in the top three in his last seven starts.

Elaborate, an 8-year-old, is being offered for a $100,000 claiming tag. Trained by Paco Gonzalez, Elaborate was third in a similar field over 6 1/2 furlongs April 10, finishing one position in front of Waingarth.

Arsen starts for trainer Dan Hendricks. The winner of an allowance race on Feb. 27, he was third over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf on April 24, a distance that was probably shorter than his best trip.

At 3, Arsen finished third in the Golden State Mile and fourth in the El Camino Real Derby. He could be a threat from off the pace.