Laurel Race Course officials have selected 12 of 19 pre-entries as nominational starters for the Washington, D.C. International, but the most attractive entry, Theatrical, is not likely to run in the Oct. 31 race.

Nominated starters will compete for a $750,000 purse, and invitees -- the track can choose up to three -- will vie for a $400,000 purse. The field is limited to 14.

Winner of the Turf Classic in his last start, Theatrical is training at Belmont Park in preparation for Saturday's $500,000 Man o' War Stakes on Aqueduct's turf course.

"Theatrical's owner {Bert Firestone} has stated from the beginning that the horse was going to run on the first dry course he can find," said Laurel president Frank De Francis. "Apparently, that course is going to be Aqueduct's. Obviously, I'm disappointed. But my glass is still three-quarters full."

Le Glorieux, a West German entry who also is a nominated starter in the International, also is being pointed for the Man o' War. But De Francis said his handlers have committed to the International.

Laurel management cannot extend a third invitation unless at least one of the 12 nominational starters is withdrawn. But even if one or more horses are scratched, officials could select a horse off the provisional list in lieu of extending an invitation. Entries close Wednesday; the fee is $2,500.

Of the 12 nominational starters, six represent the United States: Theatrical; the mare Anka Germania, who has won five in a row; Great Communicator; Southjet; Stately Don, and Talakeno. The others are Blue Finn (Canada), Cockney Lass (Ireland), Libertine and Motley (France), Risk Me (England) and Le Glorieux.

The provisional starters, in order of preference, are Daastan (France), Akabir (United States), Lascaux (France), Grey Classic (Canada), Glaros (United States), Media Starguest (England) and Nordavano (United States). The two International invitees, 3-year-olds Gjatsk of the Soviet Union and Omen of Poland, have been working out regularly at Laurel. The Soviets also have the colt Star at Laurel, and trainer Nikolai Nasibov said the 3-year-old may run in a race on International Day.

In yesterday's fourth race at Laurel, the racing stewards exacted an unusual double disqualification.

Stewards called for an inquiry immediately after the seven-horse field left the starting gate as favored Tell Aunt Susan bore in badly from the outside post, bumping Should Be Fast and Chapter Two, who was impeded again when Spring Formal on the outside moved past her on the turn, then lurched into her path.

Spring Formal passed Tell Aunt Susan in deep stretch and finished second to Sound Action, with Tell Aunt Susan third and Chapter Two fourth. But the stewards disqualified Tell Aunt Susan from third to fifth for the infraction at the start, and, following an objection by Kent Desormeaux against Spring Formal's jockey Greg Hutton, dropped Spring Formal from second to third. Chapter Two rose from fourth to second.