03/29/2008 12:00AM

Happy Boy scratched from World Cup

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Several horses were scratched Saturday from the Dubai World Cup card, most notably Happy Boy, who was withdrawn from the World Cup, leaving a field of 12 for the $6 million race.

Happy Boy had recently battled a leg infection, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said earlier this week, and was behind in his preparation to make the World Cup. A Brazilian import who was purchased privately after a blowout handicap win here earlier in the winter, Happy Boy also handles turf, and could wind up in England this spring.

Longshot Aleutian was scratched from the Godolphin Mile, while Rock Ascot was scratched from the UAE Derby, a race from which Zain Alma Aenee had been withdrawn earlier in the week.

Conditions for the races here tonight should be ideal, with mostly clear skies, a fast dirt track, and firm turf. It was hot today, but temperatures fall quickly once the sun goes down at about 7:30, well in advance of the World Cup itself.