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Youthinkthatsfunny won the West Virginia Futurity. Photo by Coady Photography.

Trainer John McKee made a three-pronged assault on Saturday’s $50,000 West Virginia Futurity at Charles Town Races.

But in truth, he needed only one of the trio. Youthinkthatsfunny, a McKee homebred by his stallion Fiber Sonde, stalked the early pace of favored Juba Did It before powering away to a 2 1/4-length victory in the seven-furlong affair.

It was the second straight stakes win for Youthinkthatsfunny, who also scored in the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders Classic October 10. Youthinkthatsfunny now has three wins from five career starts, $103,260 in career earnings, and the inside track to top two-year-old honors in the state.

Youthinkthatsfunny also has now won both of his two-turn tries in impressive fashion; he took the Moscarelli by over three lengths.

Youthinkthatsfunny was impressive enough in the Moscarelli that none of his beaten rivals from that contest ranin the Futurity.

But McKee sent out two others — Shutupn’kissme and Theladyistrue, the place and show horses, respectively in the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic, for fillies, one race after the Moscarelli — while trainer Kristy Petty countered with two recent maiden winners in Juba Did It and Just Gets Better.

When the gates opened, it was Juba Did It, the 1.10-1 favorite, who was away quickest. With Antonio Lopez in the irons, he quickly established a two-length advantage after an opening quarter-mile in 23.34 seconds. Youthinkthatsfunny was his nearest pursuer.

Juba Did It maintained the advantage through a half-mile in 47.61 seconds and three quarters in 1:13.71.
But Youthinkthatsfunny and regular pilot Reshawn Latchman had dead aim. As the field straightened away for home, Juba Did It drifted off the rail, leaving an inviting opening inside. Latchman steered his mount to the rail, and he barged through the opening and past the tiring Juba Did It.

Running time for the seven furlongs over a fast main track was 1:28.23, and Youthinkthatsfunny’s margin of victory was just over two lengths. It was another length-and-change from Juba Did It, in second, to show horse Just Gets Better.

Youthinkthatsfunny paid $4.80 to win, and the exacta, with the favorite in second, returned $6.40 for a buck.