Modeled after the Breeders' Cup, the Great State Challenge races are limited to horses from jurisdictions where the official state horsemen's association is an NTRA member. The top eight NTRA-member horsemen's associations -- California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Texas, based on current dues -- are guaranteed one horse in each race. The state with the overall best performance in the Challenge will receive a trophy. Based on points allocated for each race, the top point-holder will be crowned the NTRA Great State Challenge Champion.The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited will fund a guaranteed purse of $150,000 for each race, plus $50,000 in purses for Breeders' Cup-nominated horses. An additional $50,000 comes from each participating state's breeders' fund, to be paid to each individual state-bred horse that finishes in an awarded position, making each race worth as much as $250,000.
The races are:
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Juvenile Fillies, 7 furlongs on the dirt for 2-year-olds fillies
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Juvenile, 7 furlongs on the dirt for 2-year-olds
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Sprint, 6 furlongs on the dirt for 3-year-olds and older
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Turf, 9 furlongs on the turf for 3-year-olds and older
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Distaff, 8.5 furlongs on the dirt for 3-year-olds and older, fillies and mares
-- NTRA Great State Challenge Classic, 9 furlongs on the dirt for 3-year-olds and older