McCarron started the All-Star series with a win in the fourth race on a 5 year old mare named Prized Amberpro, the favorite who won by a neck over Edgar Prado on Coat of Armor. He then finished out of the money in the next two races. By the final race, Prado was in the lead with his second place finish behind McCarron and a victory in the second challenge race on Sizzlin Mick. McCarron was tied at 12 points with Mike Smith and David Flores."I think this will make it that much more difficult for me on Sunday," McCarron said. "But I've made up my mind and I'm satisfied with my decision." Friday's victory in the All-Star Jockey Challenge was the first for McCarron, who has accomplished nearly every feat possible in his 28-year career. Past All-Star championship winners are Gary Stevens (1997), Shane Sellers (1998), Pincay (1999), Prado (2000) and Jerry Bailey (2001).
The NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship annually raises money for disabled and injured jockeys. A percentage of the wagering on the four all-star races will benefit the Disabled Jockey's Endowment. A portion of the proceeds from a memorabilia auction, autograph session and golf tournament also go to the fund.