Saratoga Race to Honor Congresswoman Giffords

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

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