Saratoga Race to Honor Congresswoman Giffords

Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut and Giffords' husband, will present winning trophy.

The seventh race on the July 22 opening day at Saratoga Race Course will be named in honor of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Representative from Southern Arizona who is recuperating from injuries sustained when she was shot at a constituent event Jan. 8.

“The Gabrielle Giffords,” a maiden race for 2-year-old New York-bred fillies is scheduled to go to post at approximately 4:21 p.m. and has drawn a field of 11. After the race, Giffords’ husband, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, will make a presentation to the winning connections.

Mark Kelly is a NASA astronaut who commanded the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, which landed on June 1 after a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

Giffords’ chief of staff, Pia Carusone, is a Saratoga native