06/06/2016 1:50PM

Olive Branch may have edge in Astoria

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Three facts stand out in the past performances for the $200,000 Astoria Stakes – nearly every filly in the race won her maiden either racing on or with the lead, nearly all earned their diplomas at the abbreviated distance of 4 1/2 furlongs, and the majority did so competing at venues other than Belmont Park, where the 5 1/2-furlong Astoria will be decided Thursday.

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