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.