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Bold Union is queen of Astoria

Bold Union proved a 10 3⁄4 length victory in her debut June 1 at Monmouth Park was no fluke, running away with the 102nd running of the $100,000 Astoria at Belmont Park Sunday and romping the seven-horse field by 9 3⁄4 lengths in the 5 1⁄2 furlong race for two-year old fillies.

The daughter of Dixie Union, trained by Kelly Breen, was the 9-5 favorite and covered the course in 1:05.92.

“In the race at Monmouth, she made the lead and was pricking her ears like she was waiting for company,” jockey Stewart Elliott said. “Today, we found out she could run.”

Earlier in the day, Rick Dutrow won a stakes race for the second consecutive day, leading Dagnamit to a half-length victory in the 116th running of the $100,000 Tremont, a 5 1⁄2 furlong race for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Dagmanit, which edged favorite Mr. Mistoffelees, was the lone New York-bred in the five-horse field.

Reach Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at dbutler@timesledger.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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