04/21/2010 12:00AM

Boehle works on better gate habits


Trainer Mike Puype was expecting a win from Boehle at Santa Anita on March 27 when the unexpected occurred at the starting gate. Boehle reacted to a rival becoming upset, broke through the stalls, unseated jockey Martin Pedroza, and ran off. She was scratched.

The last month has been spent schooling Boehle for her comeback in Friday's seventh race at Hollywood Park, a first-level optional $25,000 claimer for statebred females over 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Puype expects better manners. "She's been back to the gate and has been fine," he said. "It could have happened to have any horse. She broke through the gate and got loose. She false broke, it's not like she went crazy."

Owned by breeders Patrick Harney and Charles Reilly, Boehle, 4, has won 2 of 11 starts. She won a maiden claimer on the synthetic main track at 2 and a starter allowance on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in January. Puype said the move to turf has benefited the filly.

"She moved up a little bit on grass," he said.

Boehle is part of a field of seven. She must beat Samantha's Rule, who was third in the March 27 race in which Boehle was expected to start, and Ruination, the sharp winner of a maiden race over a mile for statebred females on March 28.