Fabricio Buffolo and Jacquie Basha have joined the staff of Besilu Stables, founder and president Benjamin Leon Jr. announced Dec. 12.
Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buffolo is a graduate of the Darley Flying Start class of 2003 and served as a bloodstock assistant to Darley's John Ferguson and as a member of Darley's nominations team near Lexington. As bloodstock manager for Besilu Stables, Buffolo will be involved in operational, breeding, and bloodstock decisions, including racing and sales.
Buffolo attended veterinary school at the Universidad Paulista Brazil and has also worked in England and the United Arab Emirates.
Basha, a veteran business and marketing consultant, is the new director of business development and marketing for Besilu Stables. He has worked with racing industry clients in Florida, California, New York, and Kentucky, including Gulfstream Park, Hialeah Park, Ellis Park, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Basha, who holds a masters degree from Harvard University, will be responsible for marketing, advertising, media relations, and corporate partnerships. She will also serve as liaison to racetracks and industry organizations.
"I am pleased to have both Fabricio and Jacquie join our team at Besilu Stables," Leon said. "They both share my passion for horses and my vision to build an operation with high quality horses and top pedigrees, while taking a business approach to expand Besilu at a reasonable pace, with reachable goals and excellent end results."
Buffolo will be based primarily in Ocala, while Basha will divide her time between Miami, Ocala, and Saratoga Springs.