01/28/2008 1:00AM

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Happy Boy, the nine-length winner of Round 1 of the Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Jan. 17, has been bought from his Brazilian owner by the Maktoum family. His next run is expected to be in Round 3 of the Maktoum Challenge on March 6. . . . Turf Paradise canceled live racing Monday, citing poor track conditions after heavy rain. . . . New Zealand Bloodstock's yearling sale season opened Monday, and the two-day premier yearling yale showed sharp gains from last year, with a session-topping price of about $718,262 (U.S.) for a One Cool Cat-Diamond Cashel filly that Australia's Patinack Farm purchased from Cambridge Stud. The session grossed about $30,948,242 for 255 horses, up 27 percent from last year's opener, with the average price up 35 percent, to about $159,609. . . . A traffic accident knocked down two power poles near Golden Gate Fields on Monday, delaying the first race by 27 minutes. The races were held under the power of ontrack generators.