(Qurbaan wins the G2 Bernard Baruch at Saratoga / Coglianese Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Shadwell Stable’s Qurbaan, under a perfect ride by Joel Rosario, surged strongly up the rail to defend his title in Monday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 6-year-old Speightstown chestnut saved all the ground in third position as Dream Friend led the field through splits of 24.81 and 50.98 on the soft Mellon turf.

Jockey Joel Rosario — Qurbaan (1st):

Rosario said he was happy to sit behind the free-wheeling Dream Friend.

“On paper, it looked like there was only one horse with speed. He was up close and it looked like I could go to the lead, but I just decided to follow the other horse,” said Rosario. “I got through inside and everything worked out good. He was fine with the ground. He gave me a strong kick and it looked like he was really happy with it today.”

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin — Qurbaan:

“It was great for him,” said McLaughlin. “He’s one of the barn favorite and unlucky so many times to be second, third with little excuses, but today, everything went perfect and Joel [Rosario] rode him great. It was a great ride. He’s very good after riding  a horse a time or two, I’ve found out. He rode him last time and he knows the horse. [Qurbaan] can be too keen or too far back sometimes, but he was ridden perfectly.”