03/11/2004 12:00AM

Gill pair's Beyers highest in Johnson


Only two of the eight horses entered in Saturday's Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park earned a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in their most recent start. And they both belong to Mike Gill.

Gill's entry of Last Intention and My Request appears formidable in the 1 1/8-mile race for 4-year-olds and up.

Last Intention outran his odds of 30-1 when he finished fourth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths, in last month's nine-furlong John Campbell. The 102 Beyer he earned was just four points fewer than the career-best number the 5-year-old gelding was awarded four races back for his win in the Hail Emperor.

My Request was the beaten favorite in last year's Johnson when he was in the barn of Richard Dutrow Jr. Trainer Jerry Robb claimed My Request for Gill out of a $65,000 claiming race in New York on Feb. 21. That day, the 7-year-old My Request was much the best, beating 10 opponents while earning a career-high 106 Beyer.

The top threat to Gill's potent entry is Your Bluffing, the 6-5 favorite on the track's morning line. A 4-year-old trained by Mike Trombetta, Your Bluffing was 6 for 6 at Laurel until he finished fifth of eight in the Campbell. Your Bluffing has a career best Beyer of 97.

Trombetta has changed jockeys, giving the mount to Mario Pino, who has won the last three times he has ridden Your Bluffing.

"I love riding this horse. He's big and strong," said Pino, who was in New York riding Among My Souvenirs in a stakes race when Your Bluffing last raced. "He is easy to ride because he does all the work. I haven't had to sit down on him in any of the three times I've been aboard. He just goes by horses and obviously he likes Laurel. I'm just glad to be back on him."

Gold Wings was well beaten at 51-1 in last year's Johnson, but came back from an eight-month layoff to easily defeat high-priced optional claimers on Feb. 14. If he moves forward at all off that effort, Gold Wings is capable of beating this field.

Chandler Cup has not raced since New Year's Day. The last time he came off an extended layoff, Chandler Cup won going 1 1/8 miles at Laurel in December.

* Sunday's feature, the $75,000 Endless Surprise Stakes, was canceled when only two horses were entered to face local sprint star Gators N Bears. He will instead run in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct.