Go Blue Or Go Home Gives Hills, Baker Queen’s Plate Day Double
Owners Jim and Susan Hill and trainer Reade Baker doubled up on Queen’s Plate Day at Woodbine, when Go Blue Or Go Home raced to a front-running victory in the Grade 2 Highlander Presented by Pizzaville Stakes on Sunday. Earlier on the card at the Toronto, Canada, track, the Hills and Baker won the G2 Dance Smartly with Solid Appeal.
The Highlander had originally been scheduled for six furlongs on the turf, but a deluge forced track officials to move the race to the synthetic Polytrack. Super Chunky finished second, with Dan the Tin Man third.
Luis Contreras rode Go Blue Or Go Home, a 4-year-old gelding by Bluegrass Cat out of Go Baby Go, by Lion Cavern. The Highlander winner was bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm and Winstar Farm and sold by Morgan’s Ford Farm to the Hills for $90,000 as a weanling at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The win was his fifth in seven career starts and first in a graded stakes.
Go Blue Or Go Home was coming off a two-length win in the Kari Boyes Memorial Stakes on the synthetic Tapeta track at Presque Isle Downs June 10, his first start of 2013.