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Schvaneveldt hospitalized

July 3, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Blane Schvaneveldt, minutes after his charge Tres Passes won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on December 12, 2008
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Legendary trainer Blane Schvaneveldt was rushed to Los Alamitos Medical Center on Friday, July 2, after suffering what his family believes was a heart attack.

“We think he suffered a heart attack but we still don’t know for sure,” said Schvaneveldt’s daughter, Shonna Smith. “His heart is beating by itself and my dad is breathing a little bit on his own, but he does have a ventilator to help him breathe.

“My dad was with my mom when he started suffering from a weak heart. They were at the (Los Alamitos track kitchen) when he started feeling pretty bad. A couple of Los Alamitos trainers helped put him in the car so that he could go to the hospital right away. It took my mom about two to three minutes to rush him from the track to the hospital. My mom said that she could hear him breathing a little bit on the way to the hospital. They did CPR on him when they arrived. We are now waiting for the next set of tests.

“He does have intermittent brain waves, which is good because that means he does have brain activity,” she continued. “Right now we don’t know how long he may have been without oxygen to the brain. We have had so many people that have come to visit him. A lot of trainers and track officials stop by to see him and the hospital staff told us that they’ve been inundated with phone calls. We are blessed to know so many people that love and care for my dad. Right now he needs a lot of prayers. Right now all I want is for him to be okay and get better.”

Schvaneveldt had not regained consciousness as of late Saturday.

Schvaneveldt, 76, is number one in the Los Alamitos record book with 3,982 Quarter Horse wins and 386 Quarter Horse stakes wins. A 12-time AQHA Champion Trainer, Schvaneveldt has 38 training titles at the Orange County track. His richest ever wins came in 2008 when Janet McKinnerney’s Tres Passes won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity. Schvaneveldt saddled Abigail Kawananakoa’s Divide The Cash to a 350-yard track record win of :17.061 on June 11. Schvaneveldt is also the winner of a record nine Champion of Champions. Schvaneveldt was on a recent “Legends” episode on TVG, making him the first person exclusive to Quarter Horse racing to be featured on the show. Schvaneveldt is a member of the AQHA Hall of Fame and the Idaho Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.