06/25/2004 12:00AM

Native Heir back for annual trip in Bailes


There's only one dirt race on the Colonial Downs stakes schedule. When it's scheduled, Native Heir seems to be automatically entered.

Sunday will be no exception. A 6-year-old gelding trained by Phil Schoenthal for owner Michael Gill, Native Heir will be making his fourth appearance in the $50,000 W. Meredith Bailes Memorial, a six-furlong sprint for Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired older horses.

The highweight at 124 pounds, Native Heir won the Bailes in 2001 via disqualification and also won in 2002. But he was upset at 1-5 odds last year, when he finished second to Smashing Beau.

For those who don't want to take a short price on Native Heir, there are two viable alternatives. Halo Homewrecker, a New York-based 4-year-old colt, and 6-year-old Satan's Code, who has blossomed since coming to Scott Lake's barn, appear capable of giving Native Heir some trouble.

As a 3-year-old last season, Halo Homewrecker won the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct and finished third behind Posse and Midas Eyes in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge at Belmont.

Trained by Mark Hennig, Halo Homewrecker's form has been spotty so far this season. His best race came in April, when he rallied along the rail to finish third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, in a three-other-than allowance. He didn't return until almost two months later, when he flashed early speed and faded in a turf sprint.

Halo Homewrecker's best performances have come at seven furlongs, so the distance of the Bailes might be too short for him.

As recently as April, Satan's Code was facing $15,000 maiden claimers. In two starts for Lake, however, Satan's Code beat first-level allowance sprinters at Philadelphia Park and came back to finish second, beaten only a length by Native Heir, in a five-furlong restricted stakes at Colonial.