10/03/2001 11:00PM

'Greenbay' looking for elusive form


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - When Greenbaypacker arrived at Hastings Park this spring, trainer Allan Jack thought that he would be a stakes horse, like Mike K and Ball and Chain already in his barn.

So far it hasn't worked out, although Greenbaypacker finished third to divisional leader Lord Nelson in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes July 21. That was Greenbaypacker's last start, and he'll try to get back on track when he faces six other horses in a $25,000 optional race at 6 1/2 furlongs on Saturday.

Greenbaypacker earned a few impressive Beyer Speed Figures running in conditional allowance races in Southern California. His career-best Beyer of 101 is higher than that of any of the local leaders in the older-horse stakes division. However, he finished fourth while racing wide in a $25,000 optional race June 2 in his first start here and then finished second in two subsequent races at the same level.

"If he was running like he did in California he'd swamp horses like Lord Nelson and Mike K," Jack said. "He got sick just after his last race, but he's been training great lately and hopefully he'll run back to his California form."

Point Five may not have as flashy Beyer figures as Greenbaypacker, but he has won almost $70,000 more than Greenbaypacker - and most of it was earned sprinting at Hastings Park. A classy 6-year-old gelding, Point Five is coming off of a sharp win over $20,000 claimers Sept. 9, showing more speed than usual while tracking a moderate pace on his way to a 1 1/2-length victory. Frank Barroby has trained Point Five throughout his career.

Brass Key has some speed, drew inside, and could be dangerous dropping off of a solid third for $35,000 in his last start.