08/29/2003 11:00PM

Ellis Park: Big day for Vance


Less than an hour after saddling In Rome to win the Bassinet Stakes at River Downs, trainer Dave Vance watched via simulcast as Reason to Talk posted a 12-1 upset in he $75,000 Dade Turf Classic at Ellis Park.

Reason to Talk, ridden by Jon Court, split horses in deep stretch before going on to a three-length win over front-running Two Dot Slew in a field of eight fillies and mares. Piconeach finished just a nose back in third, and May Gator, the 7-5 favorite, was a major factor to midstretch but weakened in the final furlong to finish in a dead heat for fourth.

Reason to Talk ($26.60) finished 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.90 miles over good turf.