08/26/2003 11:00PM

Four-furlong world record set

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Ameri Brilliance set a world record of 43.76 seconds for four furlongs on dirt Saturday at Timonium. A 4-year-old Ameri Valay gelding, Ameri Brilliance won the optional claiming race by eight lengths.

The former world record for a half-mile on dirt was 43.80, set by Adventuresome Love in 1993 at Stampede Park and tied by Hafta Nafta three years later, also at Stampede.

Owned by Elaine Bassford and trained by Ben Feliciano Jr., Ameri Brilliance was coming off a 6 1/4-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong allowance sprint at Mountaineer Park.