09/25/2010 7:52AM

Cauthen agent, Eddie Campbell, dies

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Eddie Campbell, a longtime agent whose clients included Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen, died early Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Campbell, who worked primarily in Kentucky and Ohio, was instrumental in the rapid rise of Cauthen in 1976, when the jockey began riding at age 16 at Churchill Downs and River Downs.

“Eddie had me off-and-on during my first year of riding and got me connected with agents in other areas of the country when he couldn’t leave home,” said Cauthen. “He really was a great guy. You never heard anybody say anything bad about him. Being an agent is a tricky job, but he was smart about it, and he was very personable, too. He made you laugh and not take yourself too seriously.”

At various times in his career, Campbell also handled the riding engagements of Earlie Fires, Carlos Marquez, Brent Bartram, John McKee, and many others.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Carol, and three daughters and one son.

Funeral services are being handled by the T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati.* Jack G. “Jackie” Poole Jr., a longtime trainer who raced primarily on the Ohio circuit, died Thursday after an illness. Poole, who was from a large family of horsemen, won 215 races during his 20-year career.