04/30/2016 8:22AM

Empire Way sires first winner


Empire Way, a son of Empire Maker, sired his first winner when Dutt Bart won the first race at Los Alamitos on Friday. Dutt Bart won the event for juvenile maidens going 4 1/2 furlongs by coming from off the pace in the six-runner field and drawing away in the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 6-1. Yodelers Way, another first-time starter for Empire Way, finished fourth. Favored Lofty Cause, by freshman sire Creative Cause, finished last.

Dutt Bart, out of the Essence of Dubai mare Applaud Dubai, is trained by Mike Harrington and owned by Albert Chou and Terry Lovingier. He was bred by Lovingier and reported sold for $50,000 at the 2015 Barretts October sale, with Harrington the buyer.

Empire Way stands at Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs, Calif., for $5,000.

Empire Way was bred by Palides Investments and campaigned by Heinz Steinmann. Out of Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy, he was trained by Harrington and won one of 12 starts while racing in Southern California, earning $119,170. He won his maiden in his first start at Hollywood Park in a 6 1/2-furlong race on a synthetic surface.

His best effort in a stakes was when second to I’ll Have Another in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. It was the only time he was on the board in six stakes starts.

Empire Way has 21 juveniles in his first crop.