07/04/2010 12:00AM

Schvaneveldt on life support


Blane Schvaneveldt, the legendary Quarter Horse trainer, was on life support at a Los Alamitos, Calif., hospital early Sunday afternoon.

The 76-year-old trainer was hospitalized Friday after showing signs of distress. He was later diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, according to a statement released by Los Alamitos publicity on behalf of the trainer's family.

Schvaneveldt is the all-time leading trainer at Los Alamitos, with 3,982 victories and 38 training titles.

Over the years, he has won many of the track's major stakes multiple times, including an astonishing nine runnings of the Champion of Champions, the annual year-end race that plays a pivotal role in the World Champion voting. He has trained such well known champions as Refrigerator, First Down Dash, Cash Rate, Town Policy and Dash for Speed.

Schvaneveldt has won six runnings of the Ed Burke Futurity and Go Man Go Handicap and won five runnings of the El Primero Del Ano Derby, Los Alamitos Derby, Vessels Maturity, Golden State Futurity and Governor's Cup Futurity.

Schvaneveldt won the richest race of his career in December 2008 when Tres Passes won the $2,038,250 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Schvaneveldt won his first seven-figure race in November 2008 when Tres Passes won the Golden State Million Futurity.