Many second phase additions to YBa₂Cu₃O7-x (YBCO) films, in particular those that self-assemble into aligned nanorod and nanoparticle structures, enhance performance in self and applied fields. Of particular interest for additions are Ba-containing perovskites that are compatible with YBCO. In this report, we discuss the addition of Ba₂YRuO₆ to bulk and thick-film YBCO. Sub-micron, randomly oriented particles of this phase were found to form around grain boundaries and within YBCO grains in bulk sintered pellets. Within the limits of EDS, no Ru substitution into the YBCO was observed. Thick YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition from a target consisting of YBa₂Cu₃Oy with 5 and 2.5 mole percent additions of Ba₂YRuO₆ and Y₂O₃, respectively. Films with enhanced in-field performance contained aligned, self-assembled Ba₂YRuO₆ nanorods and strained Y₂O₃ nanoparticle layers. A 0.9 µm thick film was found to have a self-field critical current density (Jc) of 5.1 MA/cm² with minimum Jc(Q, H=1T) of 0.75 MA/cm². Conversely, Jc characteristics were similar to YBCO films without additions when these secondary phases formed as large, disordered phases within the film. A 2.3 µm thick film with such a distribution of secondary phases was found to have reduced self-field Jc values of 3.4 MA/cm² at 75.5 K and Jc(min, Q, 1T) of 0.4 MA/cm².