Buying into the action

Matt Veno
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TRURO - Truro's Tracey Ungar has always enjoyed watching a horse develop.
The 50-year-old mother of two has owned several horses and her 12-year-old daughter Olivia is involved in show jumping.
So when the chance presented itself to become a standardbred race horse owner in May, Ungar jumped at the chance.
"We like horses," Ungar said. "We weren't regulars watching the races but we liked to watch them train and make improvements and develop into a horse and driver combination."
Ungar is a part owner of five-year-old Evans Jackpot, an Ontario sired horse typically piloted by Ryan Ellis. The pair will team up to run in Race 11 on Thursday looking for the horse's third career win. The 13-dash card is part of the Atlantic Grand Circuit Week festivities at the Bible Hill oval.
It was a connection with Ellis that got Ungar involved in the racing community at Truro Raceway. Ungar's daughter shows horses at a barn owned by Danica Ellis, Ryan's wife.
"They knew we liked to watch the horses jog and train and asked us if the chance came up to get a good horse if we would be interested in becoming a part owner," Ungar said. "So we said 'OK sure.'"
It's a decision Ungar is glad she made.
"It's really nice to go visit him and help get him ready or help take off his gear after the race," Ungar said.
Ungar said she and her family didn't typically take in races, but now that they have a horse in the field, they are there to watch 'Jack' in every race they can.
"It's really fun to be rooting for your horse," she said. "Even if he doesn't win, it's still exciting to watch them start and try to manoeuvre and get into position."
Although they have owned and worked with horses before, Ungar said owning a race horse has opened her eyes to a different kind of discipline for horses.
"It's another aspect," she said. "It has its own challenges that are different from jumping or thoroughbred horses."
Ungar said the best part about owning a race horse is the owner can have as much or as little involvement in working with the horse as they like. Owners who like working with horses can do so, but those who are more timid around the animals can let the trainers do the bulk of the work.
"Obviously that's an agreement that has to be worked out but you can just put your money in and watch and cheer your horse on," Ungar said.
Ungar said she would recommend anyone thinking about getting into ownership to do so. But Ungar was quick to point out those looking to buy a horse should consult with someone in the business.
"You should talk to someone who knows," she said. "Ask someone about it or take them to see the horse."

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Organizations: Ryan's

Geographic location: Ontario

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