06/10/2012 12:01PM

Former jockey Perrodin dies from cancer at 55

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Lou Hodges Jr.
E.J. Perrodin, shown aboard The Beter Man after winning the Battler Star Handicap at Fair Grounds in 2005, won 3,083 races during his 39-year riding career.

E.J. Perrodin, a jockey for 39 years who was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after retiring in February, died on Sunday morning, confirmed his brother-in-law, trainer Patrick Mouton. Perrodin was 55.

Mouton said services will be held Wednesday at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, La. He said there would be a visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a funeral service to immediately follow. Perrodin died at his home in Haughton. 

Perrodin retired during the Fair Grounds meet, and a short period of time later learned he had a significant tumor in his lung. The cancer was advanced, and it also spread to his brain. He battled courageously, and in May even made an appearance at Louisiana Downs, located minutes from his home in Haughton, La., to receive a lifetime achievement award. 

Perrodin was a native of Rayne, La. He began race-riding at the age of 17, in Lafayette, La., and would go on to win 3,083 races during his career, for more than $41 million in mount earnings. Perrodin won more than  200 stakes races, some of them with such horses as Candid Glen, Sarah Lane’s Oates, Waupaca, Clever Song, Police Inspector, and Composure. Perrodin also won six races on a Fair Grounds card on Nov. 18, 1979.

Perrodin, known in particular as a talented turf rider, made a significant career comeback in August 2008, at the age of 51. Just nine months earlier he had suffered a severely fractured pelvis, six broken ribs, a punctured lung,  and a lacerated spleen when a horse flipped and fell on him in the post parade of a race at Fair Grounds in November 2007. Perrodin spent a month in the intensive care unit at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, and would come back to reach the 3,000 win milestone in December 2008 at Fair Grounds.

Perrodin is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his young son, Devin.

Dennis Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
I LIVE IN DIAMONDHEAD MS SINCE THE STORM.I USE TO SEE EJ WITH HIS MOM IN THE GROCERY.I ALWAYS WISHED HIM WELL AS HE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FG RIDERS.I BET HIM IN THE BIG RACE WHEN HE RODE CANDID GLEN FOR DR GLEN WARREN AND ANDREW LEGGIO THE HORSE PAID $183 TO WIN THAT DAY.MY UNCLE CALLED ME AND ASKED ME IF I BET THE HORSE BECAUSE HE KNEW I ALWAYS BET HIM I WAS AT CASINO MAGIC AND LET OUT A LOUD SCREAM.EVERYBODY THOUGHT I HIT THE JACKPOT ON THE SLOTS BUT LITTLE DID THEY KNOW I BET $20 WPS ON CANDID GLEN AND WON A BUNDLE.THANKS T JOE FOR ALL THE GOOD WINNERS AND MEMORIES R I P A FAN HOT ROD
Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
did not know him but nonetheless sorry to hear the loss...may he Rest In Peace and God Bless his Family
Stargazer46 More than 1 year ago
Well this breaks my heart. I want to say thank you to Mike Smith who acknowledged EJ's illness during the interviews and so forth during the Preakness. "To live in on hearts you've left behind, is not to die." You'll be remembered by your fans always. Prayers for peace to Lisa and Devin and NIcole.
Stargazer46 More than 1 year ago
Sorry tough to type with teary eyes...it is To live on in hearts you've left behind.....
Beth Burns More than 1 year ago
I will never forget The Sod God. I cashed my biggest trifecta ticket ever when he won his biggest race the Explosive Bid. He was always a favorite of mine. Condolences to the family Beth Burns Grayville Ill
Michael Jourdan More than 1 year ago
sacrificed his body to ride.....that's dedication
Mr 6 More than 1 year ago
rip
William Hawk More than 1 year ago
RIP Elvis...will miss you much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to watch you ride. RIP
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
R.I.P EJ you where a true gentleman. Im glad to have the pleasure of meeting you.
Curtis Lowe More than 1 year ago
R.I.P. T JOE