Beholder snaps Royal Delta’s streak
• Beholder won the $2 million Distaff by 4¼ lengths Friday at Santa Anita, spoiling Royal Delta’s bid for a third consecutive victory at the Breeders’ Cup, with veteran jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith dominating on opening day in Arcadia, Calif.
Stevens, who at 50 began a comeback in January that included winning the Preakness Stakes, earned his ninth career Cup win and first since 2000.
Smith, a 48-year-old hall of famer, won two of the five Cup races at Santa Anita, and will be aboard early favorite Game On Dude in the $5 million Classic today. He and Royal Delta finished fourth as the 7-5 favorite in the Distaff.
Beholder ran 1 mile in 1:47.77 on her home track, where she is trained by Richard Mandella. This weekend is the 10th anniversary of Mandella winning a record four Cup races in a single day at the 2003 world championships.
Four jockeys and five trainers won each of the Breeders’ Cup races in front of 35,833 fans on a sunny, cloudless day with the temperature in the 80s. Attendance was up 1,214 over last year’s Friday total.
Smith triggered the day’s biggest upset in the $500,000 Marathon, the first of five Cup races. He guided London Bridge to a length victory that was worth $20 to win.
Smith followed it up with a length victory aboard Britain-bred Outstrip in the $1 million Juvenile Turf, extending his record for most Cup wins by a jockey to 19. Smith is already the event’s leader among money won with more than $23 million.
Goldencents snapped a five-race skid by winning the $1 million Dirt Mile for co-owner Rick Pitino, the Louisville basketball coach.
Rafael Bejarano rode Goldencents to a three-length victory. It was the fourth Cup win and first since 2007 for both him and trainer Doug O’Neill.
Ireland-bred Chriselliam won the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, giving jockey Richard Hughes and trainer Charles Hills their first Cup victories.
Iowa kicks Collins off team after DUI
• Iowa reserve linebacker Marcus Collins was kicked off the team after being charged with drunken driving. Collins was arrested early Friday by Iowa City police. He was charged with operating while under the influence and driving with a suspended or canceled license. Collins, a native of Yeadon, Pa., played in six games this season.
• Temple University named Kevin Clark as athletic director. Clark came to Temple last year as a senior adviser to school President Neil Theobald. He also has served as interim AD since May 3.
Couples takes lead at Schwab Cup final
• Fred Couples took the second-round lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting his second-consecutive 6-under 65 in the Champions Tour’s season-ending event in San Francisco. First-round leader Peter Senior bogeyed the 18th for a 69 and fell 2 strokes back. Bart Bryant was third at 8 under after a 66. Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry had a 71 to remain 3 under.
• Novak Djokovic won his 15th consecutive match and Roger Federer avenged a loss last week to Juan Martin del Potro, setting up a semifinal match between the two at the Paris Masters in Paris. Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4, and Federer edged Del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Richard Gasquet. Nadal will face David Ferrer, a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 winner over Tomas Berdych.
• Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen criticized the team Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for not paying his salary this season and threatened to skip the final two races of the season in protest. The former F1 champion said he had to be persuaded to race here this weekend.
— From wire reports