Soviet trainer Nikolai Nasibov lost in yesterday's Washington, D.C. International. He bet $10 to win on Great Communicator.

Nasibov saddled Gjatsk in the International at Laurel, but even before the race said he didn't like the colt's chances primarily because he hadn't raced in two months. And, as Gjatsk fell behind his 13 rivals with a quarter-mile to go, Nasibov could focus on Great Communicator, the front-running 17-to-1 shot he bet to win.

"The other time I saw him race {in the Oct. 18 Laurel Turf Cup}, I was impressed with him," Nasibov said through interpreter Steve Frank. "I liked him. I wish our horses looked like that."

During his three-week stay in the area, Nasibov has been to Maryland's famous breeding farms, the state house in Annapolis, the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, the monuments in Washington. But at Laurel, he never made it to the winner's circle or even the cashier's window. In a stirring stretch run, Great Communicator lost by a long neck to favored Le Glorieux.

Gjatsk, 37 to 1, never got into contention after breaking sluggishly and wound up 13th, a comfortable 12 lengths out of last place. The other International invitee, the Polish colt Omen, was 11th, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Gjatsk.

Nasibov thought Gjatsk might have been eighth or ninth had jockey Marat Kojomzharov placed him in contention early, and he should know. The last time he was at Laurel, in 1966, Nasibov rode Aniline to a near victory in the International by gunning the Soviet horse to the lead. Only Behistoun of France was able to pass him in deep stretch.

Nasibov neither lamented nor dwelt over today's International because he wasn't through for the day. Two races later, Star ran in the $30,000 Bald Eagle Handicap.

The Bald Eagle had drawn attention because of racing secretary Larry Abbundi's weight assignment -- giving Star a race-high 123 pounds, from eight to 17 more than any other horse.

The assignment irked Nasibov, who said, "Star's not that good," and the betting public endorsed his assessment. At 14-to-1 odds -- seventh favorite among 11 betting interests -- Star ran seventh virtually the entire mile turf race.

That didn't surprise Nasibov. Star was of inferior class, he said, as Gjatsk had proven two races earlier. And jockey Kojomzharov was weak from spending hours in the steam room to reduce his weight.

"I'm down to 114 pounds now," Kojomzharov, 26, said after the Bald Eagle. "I didn't eat much for the last two weeks."

Still, he had zip with the whip. In the Bald Eagle, Kojomzharov stood out, and not because of his brilliant royal blue silks. With his right hand, the jockey rose off the saddle, cranked the whip high above his head and cracked his mount with wild strokes.

With such distinctive style, it was difficult not to notice Kojomzharov whipping Star well beyond the finish line. It was an honest mistake; in the International, the auxiliary finish line was employed, one-sixteenth of a mile beyond the wire in the Bald Eagle.

Kojomzharov said: "Of course I knew where the finish line was."

Kojomzharov's overall performance did not impress Nasibov. "He sat back too much," the trainer, "and wasn't in rhythm with the horse. Maybe he's not an international-class jockey."

Nasibov acknowledged that his horses also lacked a certain nobleness. He said his country's top race horse, Avral, would have raced in the International had he not ruptured a tendon. Now, he is determined not to lose his prospect for 1988.

"I would like to come back next year and show you that not all our horses are like these two," Nasibov said. "There is one in particular, a 2-year-old now, and I want you to write his name down. Atlantic."

Due North won the $30,000 Bald Eagle, with Noravano second and Tropical Whip third in the one-mile race.

In other stakes races on the International program yesterday, Angel Cordero Jr. rode Doubles Partner to a neck victory over Canada-based Ruling Angel in the $76,200 Anne Arundel Handicap. Arctic Cloud was third. Time for the mile was 1:37 1/5.

In the $33,000 Dahlia Stakes, Kerygma won by 5 1/2 lengths over Now Your Teapottin, with Parade Of Roses third. Allen Stacy rode the winner of the mile race in 1:37 3/5.