08/30/2003 12:00AM

Ellis Park: Big day for Vance

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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.