07/24/2004 11:00PM

Presidentialaffair wires Salvator Mile


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Presidentialaffair continued his love affair with Monmouth Park as he scored a front-running victory Sunday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Salvator Mile.

Presidentialaffair ($6.60) improved his Monmouth record to six wins in nine starts with a one-length win over 8-5 favorite Unforgettable Max.

"He just bounces over this racetrack," said trainer Martin Ciresa. "I had an option to run him in a Pennsylvania-bred stakes but you can't knock his record here."

The race also fit into Ciresa's plan to run Presidentialaffair in Monmouth's Grade 3, $200,000 Iselin Handicap on Aug. 21.

Presidentialaffair would have to carry his speed an additional furlong in the Iselin.

"I think the longer he goes, the more his speed becomes a factor for everybody else because they have to chase him," said Ciresa. "They are not going to get in front of him."

Nobody did in the Salvator.

Stewart Elliott, who was aboard for his fourth win on the card, let Presidentialaffair set the pace in the 1:35.27 mile.

Unforgettable Max took up the chase in earnest with a quarter mile to run. He lost some momentum by drifting out in deep stretch but recovered to press the issue right to the wire.

Roaring Fever was third.

* Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Eibar Coa were the hot combination as they teamed to win the $55,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes.

Lukas won a Monmouth stakes for a second straight day as Quick Action ($7) dictated the pace in the off-the-turf five furlong race for 3-year-olds.

Lukas captured the Serena's Song Stakes on Saturday with Susan's Angel.

No one was hotter Sunday at Monmouth than Coa who scored his fifth win of the day aboard Quick Action.

The five wins fell one shy of the Monmouth record (last achieved by Joe Bravo in 2002) and Coa's own personal best.

Little Red Rocket was second with War's Prospect third.