Samantha Bussanich is 23 and is a native of Emerson, New Jersey. She developed a passion for the sport as a young girl when her Grandpa took her to Calder Racetrack. As she was growing up she was determined to create a career for herself in the Thoroughbred industry. While attending the University of Kentucky, Samantha double majored in Marketing and Equine Science & Management. Between devoting her time to her studies, Samantha worked for Mark Casse, Keeneland, Godolphin, and helped create Nexus Racing Club, America’s only racing partnership geared to attracting young adults to the sport. Besides horse racing, Samantha’s interests include playing basketball, photography, and listening to Taylor Swift.
“Applying to the Godolphin Flying Start program has been a goal of mine since I was in the 8th grade. I could not be more delighted to have been chosen as one of the twelve trainees to receive this scholarship. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the opportunities available and learning from industry professionals around the world.”