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Blane Schvaneveldt passes away


July 6, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Blane Schvaneveldt hoists the Golden State Futurity trophy after winning with Tres Passes on November 1, 2008
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Blane Schvaneveldt, legendary Quarter Horse trainer, passed away on Monday afternoon, July 5, the family announced late Monday. He was 76.

Schvaneveldt suffered a heart arrhythmia on Friday and was hospitalized at Los Alamitos Medical Center after showing signs of distress on Friday morning.

Schvaneveldt won 3,982 races and 38 training titles at Los Alamitos, and trained such champions as Refrigerator, First Down Dash, Town Policy, and Dash for Speed. Schvaneveldt had a record 386 Quarter Horse stakes wins at Los Alamitos.

“It’s hard to imagine a Los Alamitos racecourse without Blane Schvaneveldt,” said Edward C. Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course. “During my early days as a racehorse owner and breeder, I relied heavily on his knowledge and counsel. I can’t begin to tell people how much I will miss him.”

Schvaneveldt is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Shonna Smith and Brenda Figueroa; and three grandchildren, Brandi Mitchell, Brayden Figueroa and Barrett Figueroa.