05/27/2001 11:00PM

Flom's Prospector rolls


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Flom's Prospector, coming off a win in a $40,000 claiming race, ran the heavily favored El Dorado Shooter into submission, then drew off to a stunning 7 1/2-length victory in the $61,300 Saratoga Handicap at six furlongs at Bay Meadows.

El Dorado Shooter, who had won five of his last six, broke a step slowly but quickly moved into the lead, while Five Star Day, expected to be his main foe and pace rival, broke poorly and never got close to the lead. Flom's Prospector, however, kept the pressure on El Dorado Shooter, although El Dorado Shooter maintained a narrow lead through fractions of 21.98 and 44.14 seconds.

Flom's Prospector, ridden by Jason Lumpkins, forged into the lead in early stretch and quickly drew away. Five Star Day, who had settled into third after his slow start, was up to beat the tiring El Dorado Shooter by a neck for second money.

El Dorado Shooter, the even-money favorite, had not started since

March 25 and had missed a race April 21 because of a minor virus. On Sunday morning, his trainer, Cliff Delima, said, "He's fine. The only thing I can figure is he wasn't tight enough. He was blowing pretty hard after the race."

Flom's Prospector ($30.20) ran the distance in 1:08.66 for his first stakes victory.