01/06/2006 1:00AM

Golden Man flourishing as Dutrow's iron horse

Golden Man will be racing for the third time in nine days if he starts in Sunday's Brutally Frank Stakes.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In an era when horses are routinely given weeks, if not months, between starts, Golden Man appears to be a throwback. At least trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. treats him as such.

Dutrow entered in Sunday's $60,000 Brutally Frank Stakes at Aqueduct, just three days after he finished second in an optional claiming race here on Thursday. That race came five days after Golden Man finished third in a $75,000 claiming race on New Year's Eve. Thus, he would be running three times in nine days.

Earlier in December, Dutrow ran Golden Man twice in four days, with the gelding finishing second both times.

During the summer - while Dutrow was on suspension - Golden Man ran on consecutive days in graded stakes at Delaware Park and Monmouth Park. Golden Man finished third in the Long Branch at Monmouth on a Saturday and second in the Leonard Richards at Delaware Park on a Sunday.

"There's no way that I could ever look at a horse or train a horse and know he wants to do that,'' Dutrow said Friday from Florida. "It's a trial and error thing. He seems to have some kind of a screw loose - not as far as you riding him - but you see a silliness to him. I don't know why I did the day after thing with him. You know I like doing the three-, four-, or five-day thing when they fit.''

Not only is Dutrow running Golden Man back on short rest, he also is cutting him back in distance from 1 1/16 miles to six furlongs.

"We got nothing to lose at all,'' Dutrow said. "If he runs dead last and gets beat 40 lengths it's not going to disappoint us. What happens if he wants to do it off a three-day rest?''

Dutrow said his assistants at Aqueduct told him the horse came out of Thursday's race in good order and ate up well.

Dutrow also entered right back in the Brutally Frank. Byanosejoe finished third in the same optional claiming race in which Golden Man was second. Dutrow named Eibar Coa on both horses, so only one may run.

Before entries closed, Dutrow seemed keen on running both. Byanosejoe has had more success sprinting on the inner track, winning 4 races from 7 starts, and may actually be a better fit for this race. Dutrow was unhappy with the ride Byanosejoe got in Thursday's race. Byanosejoe has never run back on such short rest before.

"I know Joe likes the inner track; I know he likes sprinting on the inner track,'' Dutrow said. "It's not the toughest stake in the world. We got nothing to lose by trying it.''

Dutrow recalled a horse he claimed back in 2000 who had great success running on short rest. Rhinestone Dewey, a filly, ran 12 times in 38 days after Dutrow claimed her. Rhinestone Dewey had 4 wins and 4 seconds during that time and earned nearly $160,000.

The horse to beat in the Brutally Frank may be , who comes off a fourth-level allowance win at Laurel on Nov. 9. Wild Jam, trained by Ben Perkins Jr., has run well on the inner track, including a third-level allowance win over this course last March 16 in which he earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 100. The horse he beat that day, Ojibway, is also in this field.

Spooky Mulder, Storm Boot Gold, Redskin Warrior, and Exciting Metro complete the Brutally Frank field.

Great Intentions eyes Laurel stakes

Great Intentions, who finished sixth as the favorite in the Grade 1 La Brea at Santa Anita on Dec. 31, will make her next start in the $225,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 18, trainer Mike Hushion said.

Hushion said that Great Intentions didn't appear to care for the sealed, wet track in the La Brea. Neither did her stablemate, Mystic Chant, who finished last in the La Brea while coupled with Great Intentions. Hushion left Mystic Chant in California to run her on the grass.

"I hate to use that as an excuse,'' Hushion said of the off track. "I hate any excuse.''

Hushion mentioned that Nothing but Fun, the Cotillion winner who finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, will ship to Palm Meadows this week to begin preparing for her 4-year-old campaign.

"I'm not pointing for anything special, just taking it as it comes,'' Hushion said.

Keeneland Kat to Ghostzapper

Keeneland Kat, who won the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park, has been retired and will be bred to Ghostzapper, trainer Kelly Breen said.

Keeneland Kat, a daughter of Hennessy, won 2 of 3 starts in her brief career and was third in the Grade 1 Frizette. She was being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies but was not entered because of an illness. According to Breen, Keeneland Kat has still not fully recovered from that sickness.

"Her blood is still not good,'' Breen said. "We've tried different medications and she hasn't responded. We decided to try and breed a champion.''

* Sackie Garnett, who was recently fired as the workout coordinator for the New York Racing Association, was released from a local hospital on Friday after having undergone triple bypass surgery last week. Garnett had worked for NYRA for 35 years before being relieved of his duties for undisclosed reasons.