Eddie "Sit Still" Ambrose, a famed jockey whose horse lost the 1928 Preakness in a stretch duel that still intrigues racing historians, died Thursday of heart failure at the Lorien-Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Belcamp. He turned 100 in April.
Mr. Ambrose rode in six Preaknesses and was best known locally for the 1928 Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Aboard Toro, owned by E. B. McLean, former publisher of the Washington Post, he attempted to close the gap in the stretch against Harry Payne Whitney's Victorian, ridden by Sonny Workman.
"Whether Ambrose or Toro became overconfident or whether Victorian came again always will be a disputed question. Toro, after once showing in front, lost the verdict by the slightest of margins," Edward Sparrow wrote in The Sun.