10/07/2004 12:00AM

Almost all of Ohio's best


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - The best Ohio-breds in training traditionally compete on Best of Ohio day, which has a big impact on the balloting for Ohio divisional champions at year's end.

That will be the case again Saturday, except that the leading Ohio-bred 2-year-old colt, Wallstreet Scandal, will be racing at Belmont Park in the Grade 1 Champagne, rather than at Thistledown, which hosts the 18th renewal of the Best of Ohio. Wallstreet Scandal, who is trained by Rick Violette Jr., won first time out at Saratoga and in his only other start finished second in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont. Bred in Ohio by Langsem Farm Inc. and Eutrophia Farm, Wallstreet Scandal, has been sold twice at auction and races for Klaravich Stables.

The $75,000 Endurance offers the biggest purse of the Best of Ohio races. Real Echo, a 4-year-old who won the Governor's Buckeye Cup by six lengths in his last start, should be the odds-on choice in the 1 1/4-mile race. He comes into the Endurance at the top of his game for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who also is his part-owner. Weldon Cloninger Jr. will ride at 122 pounds.

Real Echo's main opposition should come from Xtra Jack and Cat Singer. Xtra Jack has made three starts in Ohio, all in stakes, and has two seconds and a third. Trainer Keith Desormeax shipped him in from Louisiana Downs for the nine-furlong Cleveland Gold Cup and after the race local trainer Tim Girten purchased him for owner Jack Matia. He is cross-entered in the Sprint.

Cat Singer was third in Beulah Park's six-furlong Honey Jay on Sept. 19 and before that won the Isi Newborn here at the same distance. But Cat Singer is a proven router and is stakes placed at 1 1/4 miles. Hector Rosario Jr. will come in to ride for trainer Luis Palacios.

Chuckie's in Love has made only 1 of his 25 starts in Ohio, finishing second to Real Echo in the Governor's Buckeye Cup. A little improvement would make him a solid threat.

Bug Hunter is the horse to beat in a field of 14 in the $60,000 Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles. He won going away when stretched out to a mile and 70 yards in his most recent start and appeared to be well within himself at the finish.

Premier Court set the pace in front of Bug Hunter and finished a clear second, 3 1/2 lengths behind. I'lltellyounolies may be the upset horse. He has won 1 of his 3 starts and was an even fifth in a tough mile allowance at Turfway Park Sept 24.

Trainer Tim Hamm has six horses - more than any other trainer - entered in the Best of Ohio races. Hamm holds a strong hand in the $50,000 Distaff with a three-horse entry.

Oh So Easy tops Hamm's entry in the 1 1/8-mile race and is looking for her fourth consecutive stakes victory. Entrymate Barnsy is a two-time stakes winner from five starts this year and adds to the strength of the entry.

Ashwood C C, the top Ohio-bred handicap mare the past two seasons, seeks to regain her winning form and could be dangerous for trainer Rodrigo Madrigal.

Noon Win will try to stretch her stakes winning streak to four in the $60,000 John W. Galbreath for 2-year-old fillies. Noon Win will be going around two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile race, but the manner in which she has been drawing off in her races indicates the distance should not be a problem. Marketable and Pyrite Bonds have both been second behind Noon Win and should be the main contenders.

Ben's Reflection heads the eight horses entered in the $50,000 Sprint at six furlongs. He has won 5 of his 8 races this year and in his last start won the Honey Jay at Beulah Park.

If trainer Girten opts to run Xtra Jack in the Sprint, he is the horse to beat.