LEXINGTON, Ky. - Arkansas Thoroughbred owner Frank Fletcher created a stir Thursday in Ocala, Fla., when he spent $1.5 million for two horses in the first 90 minutes at the Ocala Breeders&rsquo; Sales Company&rsquo;s April juvenile sale&rsquo;s final session. Two Fletcher purchases, an $825,000 Macho Uno colt and a $675,000 Hard Spun colt, helped fuel gains in gross and median for the session and a record gross for the entire four-day auction.\r\nThe session sold 196 juveniles for a $6,927,200 gross, a dramatic 42 percent increase over last year&rsquo;s total for a substantially lower number of horses, 159, last year. The session average swelled by 15 percent, climbing from $30,618 last season to $35,343. The results were dampened by a 6 percent decline in median, which fell from $18,000 to $17,000. But buy-backs also fell, dropping from last year&rsquo;s 34 percent to a more moderate 26 percent.\r\nFifty-two horses brought $100,000 or more, up from 32 last year, testifying to the relative strength in the upper market.\r\nFor the entire sale, 822 juveniles brought a combined $25,897,400, a record for the April sale and an increase of 26 percent over last year&rsquo;s total for 736 horses. The sale average was $31,505, a 13 percent gain from last season, and median was unchanged at $20,000. Buy-backs for the four days combined also declined from 26 percent to 24 percent.\r\nFletcher went to a sale-topping $825,000 for the first 2-year-old, a Macho Uno colt whose consignors included 23-year-old Tristan de Meric. Cataloged as Hip No. 1049, the colt had worked the fastest-ever quarter-mile at OBS during last week&rsquo;s under-tack show, when he was clocked in 20.4 seconds. The gray or roan colt is out of the Wild Again winner La Defense. A half-brother to stakes-winner Quelle Surprise, he is bred similarly to Grade 1 winner Macho Again.\r\nNick de Meric, agent, sold Hip No. 1049 on behalf of a three-man partnership led by his son Tristan. The de Merics and Jackson McKay had bought the colt for just $22,000 at the OBS January mixed sale last year.\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;m floating,&rdquo; said Tristan de Meric, who is his father&rsquo;s assistant trainer. &ldquo;I got very lucky. A lot of things went right, and he was an awesome horse. He never missed a day and loved to train. Everything we&rsquo;ve asked him to do, he&rsquo;s wanted to do it for us.&rdquo;\r\nFletcher came back to snap up Hip No. 1094, a Hard Spun colt, for $675,000, the auction&rsquo;s second-highest price. The Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbred agency consigned the dark bay or brown son of Light From Above, by A. P. Indy. The colt had worked a furlong in 10 seconds at the April 15 under-tack show.\r\nRandy Hartley and Dean De Renzo paid $30,000 for the colt at last year&rsquo;s Keeneland September yearling auction.\r\nHill &rsquo;n&rsquo; Dale Bloodstock&rsquo;s Donato Lanni represented Fletcher, who said he would be sending 2-year-olds to trainer Bob Baffert for the first time this year.\r\n&ldquo;I met him and enjoyed talking to him, and every time I turn on the television he&rsquo;s winning big races,&rdquo; said Fletcher, the owner of Fletcher Companies, which includes steak houses, hotel and real estate companies, and 13 car dealerships. &ldquo;I decided if I&rsquo;m going to spend more than I can afford, I need to get a guy who knows what to do with them.&rdquo;\r\nThe four-day auction has posted buoyant results so far. At Wednesday&rsquo;s third session, the last for which final statistics were available, 207 horses grossed $6,054,200, up 30 percent from the total for 172 horses at last year&rsquo;s corresponding session. Average price rose from $27,087 in 2010 to $29,247, and median climbed from last year&rsquo;s $18,000 to $20,000. Buy-backs also dropped from 29 percent in 2010 to 23 percent.