Fox that is familiar sight at Aiken Training Track strikes a pose

December 7, 2018

While Cary Frommer was sitting in her SUV on Tuesday morning, watching the horses from her stable gallop by on the Aiken Training Track, something a little bit unusual happened.

A red fox hopped up on the track’s outside rail nearby.

Frommer, who is the Training Track’s president, used her smartphone’s camera to photograph the wild animal.

In addition, Maddie Hamlin, who is in charge of social media for Frommer’s thoroughbred training and sales business, took a video of the fox with her phone.

A still image from Hamlin’s video accompanies this story.

Said Frommer of the fox: “She walked over, saw something across the track and then she jumped right up on the outside rail, as light as a cat. She looked over at what it was that caught her eye, and then she hopped down and went over to the infield.”

For Frommer, this particular fox has become a familiar sight at the Training Track.

“We’ve got kind of a relationship going,” Frommer said. “She has come up onto the clockers’ stand when I have been there and sat and just watched things. She had four cubs this year, and I’ve got great pictures of them. One time, I sat down about 10 feet away from them, and she left and then came back with a mole for the cubs.”

But before Tuesday, Frommer had never seen the fox jump up on the outside rail.

According to Frommer, foxes have lived on the Training Track property for a long time in a small patch of woods behind the clockers’ stand.

“Thirty-five years ago, when I first came to Aiken, there was a fox family in those woods and every year since, there has been a fox family there,” Frommer said. “Every year, there has always been a male and female fox that have had cubs.”

The Training Track is at 538 Two Notch Road S.E.

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