Updated on 04/27/2012 12:54PM

Jockey Eddie Razo Jr., 46, dies in explosion at home

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Jockey Eusebio “Eddie” Razo Jr., 46, died Tuesday morning in an explosion at his home in Long Grove, Illinois.

Razo’s former longtime agent and friend, Lindy McDaniel, confirmed news of his death Tuesday afternoon. McDaniel, who now books mounts for jockey Jesse Campbell at Woodbine in Canada, said he had earlier in the day spoken with Razo’s wife, Doreen, who had given him only sparse details concerning Razo’s death.

Razo apparently was about to attend a physical therapy session for a wrist injured in an accident in Florida this past winter. Mrs. Razo went to take a shower and saw smoke coming from the unattached garage when she emerged.

Multiple news outlets have reported on the explosion and fire, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. Central. As of Wednesday, Razo’s remains had not yet officially been identified, but an autopsy was scheduled to be performed sometime Wednesday. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Long Grove Fire Protection District and the Lake County sheriff’s office. Phone calls to the sheriff’s office and the Lake County coroner went unreturned, but the Northwest Daily Herald reported Wednesday that initial details concerning the nature of the fire and explosion might become available Thursday.

Razo was a native of Mexico City, and his father, Eusebio Razo Sr., was a trainer on the Chicago circuit. Razo won his first riding title in 1988 at Sportsman’s Park, and his last in 2008 at Oaklawn Park. Daily Racing Form statistics list Razo with 2,692 career winners.

Razo, quiet, good-natured, and humble, was very well liked in Chicago and elsewhere. His business had declined during 2011, and, after briefly riding during the 2012 Oaklawn Park meeting, Razo had been inactive the last several months. Multiple sources said he had plans to become a jockey agent at the upcoming Arlington Park meeting.

Edward Alt More than 1 year ago
Cell phone ignited fire???????? Read up on this.....................
Gustavo Maravilla More than 1 year ago
i know razo jr because i remeber when i use to go to the horse races he use to give me glasses i feel bad for what happened he was a great person and a hard worker i will always remember razo for who he was i remember when my dad use to talk to me about his dad and razo and voy por uno great horse im am sorry for what happen he left behind a good dad who showed to be a hard worker gus
Barb Quinones More than 1 year ago
We would like to express our sympathy to the Razo Family, Jr and Sr. and Alex. Eddie will forever be in our hearts.We will be forever greatfull for him for riding "Royal Bandita" across the finish line first in the "Little Sucker" that gave us the down payment for our home that we still live in. We have a picture of him hanging in the family room SMILING(always smiling). Valla con Dios y Des cance en paz! Jesus(chuy) and Barbara Quinones Family
Anne Ross Stone More than 1 year ago
As a longtime Arlington fan, I have known the name and talent of Eddie Razo. I now own a horse he rode and I feel a connection even more. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, co-workers and family. Via Con Dios.
Anthony Ferruzza More than 1 year ago
R.I.P. Eddie You gave us our first natural hat trick in racing with 3 wins in a row Riding Nirav. You were one of the classiest jockeys around. My condolences to the Razo Family......
Ginger Emerson More than 1 year ago
I, too, loved when I had a horse that Eddie was booked on. I remember he rode a maiden winner for us years ago, and he and Doreen sent us a small silver trophy with the horse's name engraved on it and the words "with thanks, Eddie Razo". He always rode my horses exactly the way they should have been ridden, win or lose. I trusted Eddie completely and knew that if he came back with a comment like "she got tired" that the horse really did get tired. He was gifted and smart.
Jim Carfagno More than 1 year ago
I cannot express how shocked and saddened I am upon hearing about the untimely death of friend and one great jockey Eddie Razo. I came to know Eddie from the MANY rides he had, first on my father in law's horses and later on my own as well as on horses that he rode for partnerships I managed. Anthony Granitz, my trainer, was one those who supported Eddie early in his career and consistently over the years since then. I would have to say that Eddie is in at least half of all the winners circle photos I have collected since I have been involved in racing. One of the many things I will always remember about Eddie is that he ALWAYS had a smile on his face and that when he was on one of my horses I knew he was going to give that horse every chance to win, but if something didn't feel right he would do all he could to nurse that horse home safely. All the thoughts and prayers of my family go to Eddie's wife Doreen, their son and the rest of the Razo Family. RIP Eddie, the races will never be quite the same again.
Alejandro Razo More than 1 year ago
Tio te vamos a extranniar gracias por ayudarnos tanto amis padres a mi.la persona con la mejor clase y lo mas humilde del mundo gracias por todos esos bonitos momento.fueza familia razo !!!
Elba Marquez More than 1 year ago
Cuando nuestro corazon este lleno de tristeza,oremos y veremos como nuestro soberano y todopoderoso Dios nos envia presto alivio y consuelo. continuamos orando por la fam Razo para que el Senor nos de fortaleza ypaz.Dios los continue bendiciendo.
Elba Marquez More than 1 year ago
Eusebio Razo Jr. ha ido a morar con el Senor. Aunque hoy,con profunda tristeza, te decimos hasta luego,nos queda el consuelo de los gratos momentos compartidos.y de que estaras al lado de nuestro padre celestial y de tu mamita mi amiguita Junita la cual quisiste con todo tu carazon. gozando de su infinita bondad y vida eterna.nos unimos en fuerte abrazo a tu papa don Eusebio Sr.y fam. a la viuda Doreen Razo y su hijo Nick.Elevamos al todopoderoso una oracion para que toque nuestros corazones y nos de fortaleza, en la pena que nos embarga a todos los que compartimos contigo. Siempre te recordaremos,amigo del alma Eusebio(Chevo) Tus amigos .. Elba y Carlos H.Marquez Sr. tu companero de trabajos el jinete CHMarquezJr. Carlos E.Marquez y Omayra Marquez.