The annual Melbourne Cup, Australia's largest thoroughbred race, was marked by two tragedies on Tuesday. Immediately after crossing the finish line, a favorite named Admire Rakti died in his stall. Shortly after, another horse named Araldo was euthanised due to injuries sustained when he was spooked by a flag-waving patron. The horses had placed last and seventh, respectively.
Warning: Disturbing images below
These aren't the first casualties of the Cup. Before Tuesday, three horses had suffered fatal injuries in the 35 years since the event began. Just last year, a horse named Venema had to be euthanized after breaking a leg during the race.
Representatives of the organizers, Racing Victoria, called the incidents "freak accidents" and said that the horses received adequate veterinary care.
Footage shot in the stables after the race shows Admire Ratki's legs give way: