Why Change, who died in June of 2003, was represented by his first winner when his son Thenardier won July 18 at Great Lakes Downs. A Michigan homebred for Rosendo Parra, Thenardier scored at four furlongs in :50.30.
Why Change stood his last season at Patricia Gordon's End of the Trail Farm near Fowlerville, Mich. Parra was the principal owner of the stallion.
"Why Change came up with pneumonia and died three days later," said Gordon, who owned a small percentage. "He was just getting popular up here."
Age 10 at the time of his death, Why Change stood at Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington prior to his stint at End of the Trail. He was a grade II winner in two of his six seasons of racing, winning the 1996 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) and the following year's General George Handicap (gr. II). Bred by Cambus-Kenneth Farm, Why Change (Time for a Change--Secondfromthetop, by Fappiano) won eight of 40 starts and earned $422,050 in his career.