For Cigar, No Rematch With Rival Skip Away

Posted: October 16, 1996

There will be no Cigar-Skip Away rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic later this month.

Skip Away's trainer, Sonny Hine, remained in a Lexington, Ky., hospital with kidney stones yesterday as the deadline passed for paying one-third of the $480,000 supplemental fee for the Oct. 26 race.

By missing the deadline, the 3-year-old colt - which beat Cigar earlier this month in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and also won the Woodbine Million - is ineligible for the $4 million race in Toronto.

The decision denies fans a chance to see a rematch between Skip Away and Cigar, who had won 17 of 18 before losing the Gold Cup.

It will also likely take Skip Away out of the running for horse-of-the-year honors.

* Greenwood Racing, owner of Philadelphia Park, will open its fourth off-track betting facility Saturday, the Turf Club of Valley Forge at the Oaks Corporate Center off U.S. Route 422.

The facility will offer simulcast betting, seating for 450, 96 handicapper consoles, a restaurant, deli, diner and bar, and 350 television sets. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Greenwood also operates off-track betting parlors in Center City, South Philadelphia and Upper Darby.

TENNIS U.S. tax authorities have made inquiries about tax returns Steffi Graf filed in Germany, a German prosecutor said.

German press reports have said Graf underreported her tennis winnings to U.S. tax authorities, raising the possibility that her tax troubles may spread from Germany to the United States. IRS officials in Washington have declined to comment, citing laws protecting confidentiality.

Graf's father, Peter Graf, is accused of evading taxes on $12 million of his daughter's earnings between 1989 and 1993.

* Jennifer Capriati beat Gabriela Sabatini, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the European Indoor in Zurich, Switzerland.

Martina Hingis, the 16-year-old Swiss star who won the Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday for her first WTA tournament title, routed Japan's Naoko Sawamatsu, 6-0, 6-1. American Lisa Raymond beat Natasha Zvereva of Belarus, 6-2, 7-5; Barbara Schett of Austria beat Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; and Judith Wiesner of Austria edged Nathalie Tauziat of France, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.

* Top-seeded Marcelo Rios of Chile led Frederic Vitoux by 5-2 in the Toulouse Grand Prix when the Frenchman retired because of a strained leg muscle. Dutchman Jacco Eltingh also advanced to the second round, beating fifth-seeded countryman Paul Haarhuis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

* Germany's David Prinosil beat fourth-seeded Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the second round of the Czech Indoor in Ostrava.

Second-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and fifth-seeded Todd Martin of the United States also advanced, as did No. 6 Michael Stich of Germany and No. 8 Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic.

* Australian Patrick Rafter upset third-seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in the opening round of the Marlboro Tennis Championships in Hong Kong.

Austrian Thomas Muster told reporters at the Victoria Park tennis court that he would stop playing Davis Cup if nothing was done to cure tennis of unruly crowds.

Muster, No. 3 in the world, last month walked off the court in protest during a Davis Cup doubles match against host Brazil after alleging that some Brazilian fans spat and threw objects at him.

Brazil was subsequently awarded the match, and Muster was fined by a Davis Cup panel.

* Second-seeded Alberto Costa of Spain beat Israeli champion Eyal Ran, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the second round of the Israel Open in Ramat Hasharon. No. 3 Felix Mantilla of Spain and No. 6 Javier Frana of Argentina also won their opening matches.

MISCELLANY Neal Broten, the last member of the United States' 1980 gold-medal-winning Olympic hockey team still playing in the NHL, was waived by the New Jersey Devils. Broten, who will turn 37 next month, must wait 48 hours to see whether he is claimed.

* FINA, swimming's world governing body, issued a two-year ban against a top official from the Hungarian association in a scandal over a ``phantom'' swim meet.

The move followed revelations last month that half of Hungary's team went to the Atlanta Olympics based on a qualifying competition that never took place.

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