Trainer Schvaneveldt, 76, dies

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, who won nearly 4,000 races and handled such quarter horse champions as Refrigerator and Dash for Speed, has died. He was 76.

Schvaneveldt died Monday after suffering heart arrhythmia late last week, said family spokesman Brad McKinzie.

Born in Idaho and one of 12 children, Schvaneveldt began his career in the Pacific Northwest before arriving at Los Alamitos in 1968. He won 3,982 races and 38 racing titles at Los Alamitos, located in Orange County.

Schvaneveldt is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame and the Idaho Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Shonna Smith and Brenda Figueroa; and three grandchildren.