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Dean Kutz, at 48; jockey had more than 2,800 winners

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dean Kutz, a jockey who rode more than 2,800 winners during almost 30 years at tracks in the Upper Midwest and Kentucky, died yesterday. He was 48.

He died at St. Joseph Hospital following a long illness, Keeneland said.

Mr. Kutz began his career in 1972 and overcame a number of physical setbacks. His fingers were disfigured from frostbite as a child, and he received a kidney transplant from his sister in 1984.

Mr. Kutz later lost his larynx to throat cancer in 2000 but returned to ride competitively.

Mr. Kutz won 2,835 races and his mounts earned more than $33.6 million. His victories at Keeneland included the 1992 Phoenix Breeders' Cup aboard British Banker and the 1994 Forerunner atop Jaggery John.

He also rode successfully at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Ellis Park on the Kentucky circuit.

Mr. Kutz, a native of Carrington, N.D., was inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the Canterbury Downs Hall of Fame.

A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow in the Keeneland sales pavilion.

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