But Gural will experience even a first for him in Friday's first race at the Meadowlands when Gural the horse-owner faces Gural the horse.
Gural is a part-owner of 3-year-old trotting colt Propulsion, a $250,000 purchase by noted pedigree expert Myron Bell. Propulsion, a royally bred son ofout of Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, was fifth last week in his first career pari-mutuel start.
Among Propulsion's eight opponents on Friday is Gural Hanover, a 3-year-oldgelding, owned by Jesse and . Gural Hanover sold for $17,000 at the 2012 Harrisburg sale, but won his only career pari-mutuel start last September at Balmoral Park. He makes his Meadowlands debut on Friday for trainer .
"I guess the pressure is on Myron to deliver with our expensive horse," said Gural, "but I'm looking forward to watching Gural Hanover race too."
by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands