08/11/2001 12:00AM

Ida to like return to the grass

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - Ida, an improving filly who was third in her last start at Pleasanton, returns to the grass to head a field of eight in the $32,000 allowance feature at a mile at Bay Meadows Monday.

The race is for fillies and mares who have not won $3,000 other than maiden, claiming or starter.

Ida, from the Armando Lage stable, did not win her maiden until her 13th start, taking a $16,000 maiden-claiming race at Bay Meadows in April. After finishing third of only four starters in an allowance race, she turned in two strong efforts on the turf, finishing second for a $25,000 tag and then winning a $32,000 starter allowance.

The horse who beat Ida by a half-length in the $25,000 claiming race, Airplane, won an allowance race in her subsequent start, defeating several who are in Monday's race.

Ida finished third of only five starters in the race at Pleasanton July 5, but seems to prefer the grass-especially the Bay Meadows course-and has worked well since her last start. Russell Baze takes the call, replacing the injured Jose Arriaga.

Jockey hospitalized after spill

Arriaga suffered a fractured collarbone and a concussion in a three-horse spill in the fifth race Friday.

Arriaga was aboard Atherton, who was dueling for the lead into the far turn of the six-furlong race when he broke down and fell. Workshop, ridden by Tony Castanon, and Frigid Pleasure (Ricky Frazier) both tripped over Atherton, tossing their riders. Atherton was humanely euthanized.

Track physician Dr. David Seftel said Arriaga had a "very small amount of bleeding" in the back of his skull and therefore remained in intensive care at Stanford Medical Centerto be closely monitored. Arriaga is expected to be out of the hospital by Tuesday.