Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra and racing secretary Georganne Hale met with veteran rider Sheldon Russell, the Jockeys' Guild representative in Maryland, after training ended at 10 a.m. to discuss the situation and arranged for the riders to take the horses straight from the paddock to the gate and unsaddle in the paddock instead of on the track. "It was a good team effort to get it done today," Russell said. "All the riders were willing to give it a go. Georganne and Sal were very understanding of the situation. They allowed us to leave the jocks room with six minutes to post and go straight to the gate."