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If Alphecca doesn't count, then spring's tally of 2nd-magnitude stars is only three.
In standard chess, Daniel Quizon of Dasmarinas, Cavite ruled the boys 12-under category, John Marx Anastacio of Pangasinan bagged the gold in the boys' 13-17, Kylen Joy Mordido of Dasmarinas City reigned in the girls' 13-17 and Alphecca Gonzales of Cebu province won the girls' 12-under.
The Alpha star of Corona Borealis, noticeably brighter than the rest, is named Alphecca (from an Arabic word referring to a broken circle) or Gemma (from Latin, referring to its position as a jewel in the crown).
Back 4 Alphecca is readily discounted leaving Barking Mad as the clear pick on official ratings 4 His record in claiming company in the last year is excellent, reading 212131 4 Ran well on his penultimate start to finish second in a competitive handicap at York Barking Mad always leads, and he is certain to do so again here as none of the other runners have a history of pushing the pace.
At least one combines the last two topics: Jeff Soyer is a self-described "gay gun nut" in Vermont who runs the blog Alphecca.
ALPHECCA looked as if he still had plenty to learn as he stayed on to finish a one-paced third in the conditions race at Ascot yesterday.
It's a semicircle of modestly dim stars set with one brighter gem: 2nd-magnitude Gemma, also known as Alphecca or Alpha Coronae Borealis.
Distinction, who departs on his Australian adventure today and he bade farewell to Newmarket for the time being when working well in company with Alphecca on the round gallop.
Interestingly, however, this star is also often called Alphecca.
It's easy to find because it's upper-left of Arcturus and bears a 2nd-magnitude gem, the star called Gemma or Alphecca.
Leading St Leger fancy Maraahel was another on the artificial surface and he travelled well in company with Alphecca.