The jockey colony at Charles Town Races in West Virginia is as competitive as it gets with at least 7 jocks out of dozens closely battling for the lead position in the meet’s standings on a weekly basis. One of those in the hunt is Elias Peltroche, younger brother of fellow Charles Town jockey Fredy Peltroche. In fact, with just 45 mounts through 2/25/2012, Elias has 12 wins while brother Fredy with 90 mounts has 14 wins. Elias is holding down 10th best position while Fredy was 7th in the standings.
For Elias, born the into a family of 10 brothers and sisters in the small town of Sondor, Peru, it was not unusual to have to fight for a place around the dinner table or for attention from his parents. Felix and Maria, Elias’ parents, were farmers and cattle ranchers. Elias started school, like most kids in the United States do, at the age of 6. The big difference between most kids Elias’ age and Elias is that Elias was following a passion to be around horses. He exercised horses for people until the age of 14.
In 1990, Elias moved to Lima, Peru (the country’s capitol) with help from his uncle. Elias attended the Lima Jockey School. After graduating, he came to the United States and rode his first winner at Calder’s Tropical Park meet. Since that time, Elias moved to Charles Town, West Virginia and began riding mostly at Charles Town and Laurel Park while also riding some at Penn National and Pimlico.
In 2011, Elias began riding then 2 year old filly, Dance to Bristol, by Speightstown, out of Dance to Dawn, by Louis Quatorze for trainer Ollie Figgins, III. Dance to Bristol and Elias finished second in a Maiden Special Weight at Laurel Park on October 15th. They then followed that up with a win on October 29th in another Maiden Special at Laurel. On November 19th, Elias and Dance finished second in the Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel only getting beat a half of a length. On December 7th, 2011, Ollie Figgins, III made the decision to ship Dance to Bristol to Ozone Park, NY and Aqueduct Race Track for the Pandera Stakes. After battling odds on favorite Well Kept (ridden by Ramon Dominguez) for five furlongs, Elias and Dance to Bristol gained the advantage in deep stretch and held on to win over the sloppy going by a nose. For 2011, Dance to Bristol went 2 wins and 3 seconds for 5 starts earning $74,600.00. Already in 2012, Dance to Bristol, now 3, and guided by the capable hands of Elias Peltroche, has already earned a 4th place finish in the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct and a commanding win on 2/4/12 at Laurel Park in the Marshua Stakes.