12/14/2005 12:00AM

Philadelphia Park track report


Trainer Ed Lehman and jockey Nick Santagata don't hook up very often. But when they do, watch out.

Since July, Lehman and Santagata have combined to go 7 for 11, all at Philadelphia Park. That computes to a 63 percent success rate, and most importantly for bettors, an exceptional $7.47 return on investment.

Their latest success came in Tuesday's ninth race, a first-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies going seven furlongs. Tazaliya, a Florida shipper making her first start for Lehman and racing on Lasix for the first time, upset a field that included a pair of stakes-placed fillies and paid $32.80.

* The 3-year-old gelding Hold the Salt could be a horse capable of soon moving up to the stakes ranks.

Away from the races for nearly three months, Hold the Salt ($6) cruised to a 3 3/4-length victory in a two-other-than allowance last Sunday. Ridden by Jose Flores for trainer Christophe Clement, Hold the Salt earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, 1 point higher than his previous race, a victory at Delaware Park in mid-September.

* Senorita Louisa might develop into a nice horse for Lehman after winning her maiden by eight lengths last Saturday. Making her third career start, Senorita Louisa ($9.80) was awarded a Beyer Figure of 77.