07/05/2015 4:56PM

Go Blue Or Go Home wins second Highlander in record time

Michael Burns
Go Blue Or Go Home wins the Highlander Stakes in record time Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Go Blue Or Go Home ($36.60) won the Grade 2, $200,000 Highlander Stakes for the second time Sunday at Woodbine but for the first time on turf, breaking the six-furlong course record in the process.

The Highlander was washed off the grass at the last minute in 2013, when Go Blue Or Go Home made all the running over a wet Polytrack. This time, he pressed the favored Something Extra through moderate fractions before leading throughout most of the stretch en route to a neck win over a charging Katie’s Eyes. Mosler rallied for third, and Something Extra weakened to fourth in the seven-horse field.

The final time of 1:07.18 lowered the course record by 0.21 seconds.

Alan Garcia rode Go Blue Or Go Home, who earned $120,000 for owners Jim and Susan Hill and trainer Reade Baker.

“He broke good, and he was in a nice spot,” Garcia said. “Reade Baker told me a week ago, ‘I have a winner for you,’ and he was right.”