Platform Centos 5.10 x86_64 hyper-v WHM220.127.116.11
SpamAssassin Server version 3.3.1
running on Perl 5.8.8
with SSL support (IO::Socket::SSL 1.79_01)
with zlib support (Compress::Zlib 2.06)
been some progress here.
so razor has been reinstalled in /root/.razor (left /etc/mail/.razor alone)...
Compounding the issue was the fact that exim appears to need customization outside of "user_prefs" file in my setup (WHM 11).
Final Update: So for WHM/cPanel 11, using the account level filter will create an exim rule in::
Now to figure that all out...