08/20/2011 7:20PM

Del Mar: Shediak is best


Shediak, winning for just the second time in his 23-race career, overcame traffic on the backstretch to win an optional claimer over seven furlongs in Saturday's seventh race.

Ridden by a confident, and patient, Patrick Valenzuela, Shediak ($24.80) closed well through the final furlong to finish a half-length in front of Master Chef. Valkyrie Missile, the 8-5 favorite, finished third. Valkyrie Missile was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Steve Knapp.

Shediak was the first outsider to win in Saturday's pick six races, preceded by Santabarbrabendita ($11.40) and Sweet Swap ($4.20) in the fifth and sixth races.