01/08/2004 12:00AM

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Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey who played the role of George Woolf in the movie "Seabiscuit," will host the 2004 Eclipse Awards ceremony. Stevens succeeds Kenny Mayne, the ESPN sportscaster who hosted the last four Eclipse Award ceremonies. . . . Portland Meadows canceled racing for Saturday because of a severe ice storm that prevented the taking of entries Thursday morning. Racing also was canceled Monday and Friday because of the storm; all three cards will be made up later on. . . . On Tuesday, Sunland Park in New Mexico handled a record $1,692,155 from all wagering sources. The previous record of $1,658,953 was set on Feb. 18, 2002. . . . The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced that it would move its August select yearling sale from the Del Mar HorsePark to Del Mar racetrack in 2004. The Aug. 16 auction will take place in the paddock at Del Mar, where it was last held in 1995. . . . Turf Paradise has increased the purses of 18 stakes from $35,000 to $40,000, meeting the minimum purse level for black-type stakes. . . . Three Valleys was officially disqualified Thursday from his victory in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 3 for testing positive for clenbuterol. Three Valleys gives up the victory to second-place Balmont, whose rider, the now retired Pat Eddery, picked up a final Group 1 victory. . . . Contract negotiations between Mountaineer Park and its local horsemen continued this week. Mountaineer has lost four days of live racing because of no agreement.