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

Skip Away's trainer, Sonny Hine, remained in a Lexington, Ky., hospital Tuesday 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 -- who beat Cigar earlier this month in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and also won the Woodbine Million -- is ineligible for the $4 million race.

"My husband hasn't seen the horse since Saturday morning," said Carolyn Hine, who owns the horse her husband Sonny trains. "He is a hands-on trainer, he's always there when the horse has worked. Anything the horse has done, he's been there. He's not going to make a rash decision.

"He said to me, 'I don't want to run him.' I said, 'That's fine, you call the shots, you're the trainer.' "

Sonny Hine was stricken by kidney stones and entered the hospital last Saturday. Skip Away's workouts for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday had to be postponed and Hine never got to see the horse work before the deadline expired.

Hine needed to pay the supplemental fee because the original breeder of Skip Away didn't pay a $500 fee when the horse was born.

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.

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