Turfway Park Racetrack announced Saturday that Cinicinnati Reds manager Pete Rose and Turfway Chairman Jerry Carroll were two of three winners of a January Pik Six payoff at the Kentucky racetrack. In a statement, the track said it was taking the unusual step of disclosing names of winners because of the "notoriety and publicity" surrounding the victory. The disclosure by the track reportedly came after mounting pressure from the Internal Revenue Service.Rose, baseball's career hit leader, has been the subject of an investigation into his gambling habits. Rose faces a one-year suspension is he is found to have bet on baseball, and a lifetime ban if he bet on the Reds.
A source familiar with the investigation said no decision would come until the end of next week, "at the very earliest."
The racetrack's statement said Rose, Carroll and Arnold Metz held the winning Pik Six ticket Jan. 25. Lyle Robey, chairman of the Kentucky State Racing Commission, said Carroll broke no state rules or laws by wagering at his own racetrack.
Records reflect a total of $63,760 in federal and state taxes was withheld from the winning wager when it was cashed, leaving net winnings of $201,909.20.
Elsewhere, several teams were involved in transactions Saturday. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent shortstop Felix Fermin to the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Jay Bell. Also, the Atlanta Braves purchased second baseman Jeff Treadway from Cincinnati and catcher John Russell from Philadelphia.
In Grapefruit League action in Florida, Boston outlasted Los Angeles 5-2 in 15 innings, St. Louis topped Toronto 4-2, Cincinnati edged Pittsburgh 4-3, the New York Mets defeated Houston 5-3, Montreal clubbed Atlanta 9-4, Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2, Minnesota slipped past Detroit 2-1, Texas clipped Philadelphia 4-2 and Baltimore nipped the New York Yankees 7-6.
In the Cactus League, San Diego topped the Chicago Cubs 4-2, San Francisco bested Seattle 3-1 and Milwaukee edged Cleveland 7-6 in 11 innings. Saturday's game between California and Oakland at Palm Springs, Calif., was postponed because of rain.
At Winter Haven, Fla., Luis Rivera slammed a three-run home run in the 15th inning to lift the Red Sox over Los Angeles. Rivera's first home run in a Boston uniform came off Dodgers rookie Jim Neidlinger.
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Nelson Simmons singled home two runs in the eighth inning to lift St. Louis over Toronto. Simmons' single came after Toronto relievers Mark Eichhorn and Duane Ward had walked the bases loaded.
At Plant City, Fla., the Reds scored four runs in the second inning to break a three-game losing streak with a triumph over Pittsburgh. Cincinnati scored what proved to be the winning run on shortstop Sammy Khalifa's error.
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Darryl Strawberry drove in two runs with a solo home run in the third and a sacrifice fly to lead the Mets over Houston. Cesar Cedeno homered for Houston.
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Tim Raines and Tom Foley had two hits apiece to pace an 11-hit Montreal attack. One of Foley's hits was a home run, while Jody Davis homered for Atlanta.
At Sarasota, Fla. Danny Tartabull's double-play ground ball scored Kevin Seitzer in the eighth inning to lift Kansas City over the White Sox. Seitzer opened the inning with a walk and went to third on George Brett's single.
At Miami, Mickey Tettleton's three-run homer keyed a six-run fifth inning for the Orioles. Ken Phelps hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. A crowd of 26,417 in attendance was the largest to watch a baseball game in Florida.
At Yuma, Ariz., Bruce Hurst scattered five hits and struck out eight over seven innings to lift San Diego over the Cubs. Hurst boosted his exhibition record to 4-1 with his longest outing of the spring.
At Tempe, Ariz., Kelly Downs scattered five hits over seven innings and collected his first victory of the spring as San Francisco topped Seattle. The only run allowed by Downs came on an RBI triple by Greg Briley.
At Tucson, Ariz., Bill Spiers scored on LaVel Freeman's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to lift Milwaukee over the Indians. Cleveland reliever Brad Havens had opened the 11th by hitting Spiers, then allowed a single by Bill Bates.